EducationDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Supervisor: Dr. Susan Rodger
Where did you complete your undergraduate degree?
Queen’s University, Honours Bachelor of Science, Field of Study: Life Sciences.
Where is “home” for you?
Why did you come to Western for your graduate degree?
I came to Western for three reasons: At school, I love that regardless of graduate students’ individual fields of study, our Faculty of Education PhD program is rooted in principles of equity and social justice. Outside the classroom, I understand how Western earns its reputation as the best student experience in Canada - the extra-curricular options available to Western students are practically unlimited! Between work and play, Western offers opportunities for professional development to get us ready for the tough job market.
Have you worked as a teaching assistant or research assistant?
I was the Faculty of Education’s first Lead TA in 2013-2014 – what a great opportunity to work with like-minded graduate students across campus who are passionate about teaching and learning! This led to further work for the Teaching Support Centre, which has given me the opportunity to be involved in multiple teaching, facilitating, and curriculum development projects, both onsite and online. It has increased my capacity to be creative in ways that I didn’t know I was capable of.
Being an RA for my supervisor, Susan Rodger, has been the best partnership anyone could ask for. Being on her team has given me the opportunity to develop multiple mental health literacy resources for students, teachers, and broader communities of learners.
Where’s your favourite place on campus to work/study/research?
The Graduate Writing Lab – it’s a hidden gem that allows graduate students to work in a quiet, beautiful space. There are a wealth of writing resources available onsite, too.
How do you de-stress?
I like to sing, dance, play piano, read, or laugh uproariously with friends.
What is it about your grad program that enables you to thrive and be successful?
I appreciate the opportunity for interdisciplinary work, because we get the chance to collaborate with institutional and community partners who all must contribute in vital ways to tackle large social or structural issues in education.
Our Doctorate of Philosophy in Education Studies challenges students to engage with foundational theories and focused areas of educational research. Through developing expertise in a specific field, candidates will also contribute to existing bodies of knowledge and extend the reach of research to influence theory, policy, and practice.
The Own Your Future doctoral professional development program creates career-ready graduates with the Power Skills necessary to excel in their studies and achieve their future goals. Assess your own strengths and opportunities for growth and focus on what you want to get out of your time here at Western. To learn more, visit www.uwo.ca/ownyourfuture.
- 12 Terms (4 years)
- Full-time study
Applicants (domestic and international) are encouraged to apply for the following scholarships:
- Research based Master's degree in Education or equivalent from an accredited university.
- "A" standing (80%) or equivalent in previous graduate work.
- Evidence of previous scholarly research, such as a Master's Thesis, Masters Research Project, or Qualifying Research Paper acceptable to the Doctoral Admissions Committee and the Associate Dean of Graduate Programs.
- Professional qualifications and work in an educational setting (teaching experience or other) is recommended.
- Students with Master's degrees and an excellent academic record in a related field, who have experience in education and teaching in universities, colleges, or organizations other than public schools, and who may not have professional teaching credentials or qualifications, will also be considered for admission.
- Students may be required to make up for any deficiencies in their specific backgrounds by taking appropriate additional course work.
English Language Proficiency
Applicants whose first language is not English must furnish evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language:
- The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum acceptable score is 550 for the paper and pencil version, 213 for the computer version, or 86 for the internet version with no individual score below 20. [Western's TOEFL ID is 0984].
- The International English Language Testing Service (IELTS). Minimum acceptable score is 6.5/9 overall with no individual score lower than 6.0
- The Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB). Minimum acceptable score is 80 on each section and an overall score of 85.
- The Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL Assessment). Minimum acceptable score is 60.
Please visit https://www.edu.uwo.ca/graduate-education/admission-contact/apply.html for current deadline information.
Fields of Research
- Applied Linguistics
- Critical Policy, Equity and Leadership Studies
- Curriculum Studies
- School and Applied Child Psychology