York’s Faculty of Education recently honoured two professors for research excellence in their work at the Faculty’s annual Research & Teaching Celebration on March 31.
Professors Jennifer Jenson and Steve Gaetz were presented with the Dean’s Research Impact Award for the 2014/15 and 2015/2016 academic years respectively.
Jenson has published widely on education, technology, gender, design and development of digital games, and technology policies and policy practices in kindergarten-to-Grade 12 schooling. Since joining the Faculty she has received close to $7 million in research funding. Jenson received $2,498,116 for her recent project, “Re-figuring Innovation in Games,” which enables and supports a timely rethinking and ‘reconfiguring’ of an industry in which innovation is impeded by gendered inequality.
Gaetz, who is also the director of the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness and the Homeless Hub, has received over $7 million in research funding and garnered international attention for his work on homelessness. He was recently awarded the prestigious Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Impact Award for his work to facilitate the flow and exchange of research knowledge both within and beyond the academic community.
“Both Jennifer and Steve have made tremendous contributions within their respective fields of research and have brought recognition to York nationally and internationally,” said Ron Owston, dean of the Faculty of Education. “Through their work and accomplishments, I am once again reminded of the outstanding professors that we have within our Faculty.”
The Dean’s Research Impact Award in the Faculty of Education was established in 2014 to recognize tenured faculty members whose work has made a significant impact on children, youth, communities and/or policies in education. Recipients receive a conference grant and their names are acknowledged on the Honorific Distinctions plaque located on the second floor of Winters.