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Dr. Tim Goddard named 2019 Outstanding Graduate Student Mentor

We are proud to announce Dr. Tim Goddard, a professor in the Faculty of Education, is the 2019 recipient of the UPEI Faculty of Graduate Studies Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Mentorship. Dr. Goddard has been an active and successful mentor for many graduate students since joining UPEI in 2008.

The nomination letter written by several of his current and past graduate students describe him in glowing terms: “Dr. Goddard has a natural ability to make his students feel capable and heard while challenging assumptions and providing a different perspective,” wrote one nominator. “Students leave Dr. Goddard’s office and classes feeling focused and prepared, and most importantly, ready to tackle their research projects with confidence.”

As part of this award, Dr. Goddard becomes the UPEI nominee to the Canadian Association of Graduate Studies Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Mentorship. Dr. Goddard will also be featured as a keynote speaker at the UPEI Graduate Studies and Research Conference in May.

Congratulations, Tim, from all of your colleagues and students on this well-deserved recognition!

Source: UPEI Campus Connector, February 28, 2019

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Dr. Goddard is spending the week in Prishtina, Kosovo, engaged as a consultant to the Education System Improvement Project (ESIP). This project, funded by the World Bank and implemented by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST), seeks to support education sector reforms in Kosovo. ESIP has four components, related to strategic and financial planning, teacher management and certification, student assessment and examination systems, and monitoring and evaluation. Dr. Goddard is working to support the development and institutionalization of the teacher career system, from graduation and initial licensing through a probationary year to professional certification. He will help design, cost, and implement teacher induction and professional development processes as part of an integrated licensing system.

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Dr. Goddard presented a keynote address to the Annual Meeting of the British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society (BELMAS) at Stratford-upon-Avon on Friday 7 July. The title of his keynote is: ‘When the horizon is behind you: Global leadership in a flat earth world’.

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Dr. Goddard recently travelled to western Canada, as he has been appointed to a team which will be conducting a university review on behalf of the Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences. 

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Dr. Goddard has travelled to Toronto the last week of May, to attend the 86th annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences [http://www.ideas-idees.ca/]. The largest gathering of scholars in Canada, Congress brings together over 8000 academics and graduate students and this year is hosted by Ryerson University.

Dr. Goddard and two of his graduate students, Brittany Jakubiec and Teresa Zhang, are presenting the results of a research project they recently completed. Funded by a UPEI Internal Research Grant, the study is founded on the idea that despite the wealth of research-based literature about social justice and schools, there remains a disconnection between theoretical approaches to social justice and how school leaders actually ‘make social justice real’ in their daily practice. The paper is entitled “Broad shoulders: A discussion of how school principals on Prince Edward Island understand and enact principles of social justice in their work” and will be presented on Wednesday afternoon at 1.30 pm.

One of the interesting findings of the research is that the team found a statistically significant correlation between the work of a school leader and the community context. Most of the other research in this area has been qualitative in nature, and so to have some quantitative results makes a significant addition to our knowledge base.

In addition to presenting this paper, Dr. Goddard will also be attending meetings and other events. These include a regular meeting of the FHSS Board of Directors, the General Assembly and Annual General Meeting of the FHSS, and events linked to his membership in the Canadian Society for the Study of Education and the Canadian Association for the Study of Educational Administration. This includes a meeting of the editorial board for the Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy. He will also be part of the “Meet a Board member” program, which provides an opportunity for members of Congress to discuss the role of FHSS and its (potential) influence on their academic lives.

On the research side he will be attending presentations by other scholars, participating in an authors’ meeting for contributors to a proposed new book, International Education as Public Policy in Canada, to which he has been invited to contribute a chapter, and connecting with colleagues from across Canada (and around the world) to discuss scholarly matters of mutual interest.