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Harris, Vaandering Making Waves for Faculty of Education

October 10, 2012

With the start of a new semester in the Faculty of Education, faculty members are back in full swing in the same way students are. Two such faculty members are Dr. Greg Harris and Dr. Dorothy Vaandering, both of whom are leading the charge for various social issues.

Dr. Harris recently served as a reviewer of fellowship applications on the Education Committee for Universities Without Walls (UWW), an organization that focuses on the development of HIV researchers in Canada. Between 2009 and 2012, the organization has trained over 30 graduate students and seven community leaders from across the country in three significant areas of HIV research: community based research, interdisciplinarity and research ethics.

Said Dr. Harris of his involvement with UWW: "It's a privilege to have the opportunity to contribute to national and local HIV research capacity in this way. Over the last couple of years we have seen more and more fellows from Atlantic Canada and specifically from Newfoundland and Labrador. In fact, we have two new fellows this year studying at MUN."

You can read more about UWW here.

A few doors down from Dr. Harris in the Education building, Dr. Dorothy Vaandering has been hard at work as well. Her focus is on restorative justice in education, as well as other social justice issues. She recently appeared on CBC Radio in St. John's to discuss disciplining students in the classroom, and the idea that it may be time for a new approach.

"Student behaviour and discipline is a challenging, on-going issue that many are invested in. In spite of all our best efforts to affect change, we often miss addressing the root of the concern for the sake of dealing with the person and their inappropriate actions," said Vaandering.

"Restorative justice in education is about educators prioritizing the development of relationships over and above adherence to rules. A few fundamental changes rooted in our understanding of the need for belonging can make an incredible difference. "

You can hear Dr. Vaandering's appearance here.

The faculty is proud to congratulate Dr. Harris and Dr. Vaandering on their recent exposure and success in their fields.