Misgeld, Dr. Phil. (Heidelberg)
Program Coordinator and Professor, cross-appointed to the
Departments of Philosophy and Political Science, University of Toronto
Research Interests: For many years I have dedicated myself
to the assimilation and interpretation, in North America, of some
forms of European social theory and political philosophy, applying
them to education and to the theory of the social sciences.
recent years I have changed my emphasis and now I include in social
theory and philosophy more historical, ethically normative and
practical elements. I have felt the need to take this step due
to an intensive and sustained encounter with the theme of human
rights in the context of Latin American politics and culture.
Extended visits and working association in Chile and Mexico, but
also regular interaction with refugees, activists and researchers
from Colombia have led to this rethinking of themes in European
social theory and their being relocated toward the Americas.
major research themes and efforts therefore are at present:
1. The legacies of injustice and widespread suffering in the Americas:
differences between North and South in this regard
2. Human rights and projects of social emancipation in the new
3. Possible educational responses to situations of extreme suffering
4. Modernity, democracy and post-national identities (themes from
critical social theory).
is my intention to include students in a thorough discussion of
these topics and my courses are arranged to achieve this purpose.
Bascia, Ph.D. (Stanford)
Chair of Theory and Policy Studies in Education and Associate
Interests: organizational and social context of teaching and
administration; teachers' unions and professional associations;
teacher leadership and development; educational policy analysis
and program evaluation
A. Jones, Ph.D. (Toronto)
Associate Professor (on sabbatical from January 2002 to
Interests: My research focuses on policy and politics of higher
education in Canada. I am interested in the relationships between
institutions of higher education and government, the relationships
between institutions, and the decision making process within these
institutions. Aside from the formal structures, I am curious about
the role played by pressure groups and individuals both inside
and outside the higher education community in influencing policy.
Recent projects have included a national survey of Canadian university
senates and senate members (sponsored by the Social Sciences and
Humanities Research Council of Canada), national studies of faculty
and student organizations, and the critical analysis of higher
education policy in Ontario. My publications include: Higher Education
in Canada: Different Systems, Different Perspectives (Garland,
New York, 1997); The University and the State: Reflections on
the Canadian Experience (Canadian Society for the Study of Higher
Education, 1998); and "Traditional Governance Structures
- Current Policy Pressures: The Academic Senate and Canadian Universities"
(with Theresa Shanahan and Paul Goyan in Tertiary Education and
Management, 2002). My most recent project involved co-editing
a book on university governance involving contributions from scholars
in nine countries.
projects have been sponsored by UNESCO, the Association of Universities
and Colleges of Canada, the Bertelsmann Foundation, Human Resources
and Development Canada, and the Law Society of Upper Canada.
Portelli, Ph.D. (McGill)
Professor (on sabbatical January 1, 2003 to June 30, 2003)
Interests: Democratic values and critical leadership; student
engagement and critical pedagogy; educational standards and issues
of equity and diversity; philosophical issues in educational administration
and policy studies; developing critical/philosophical discussions
in schools; the Maltese in Canada.
projects have included: (a) a national project on student
engagement in school life and learning, and (b) an inter-disciplinary
research on The Maltese in Toronto: A Voice from the Periphery.
is currently working on three other projects:
i. "Toward an Equitable Education: Diversity, Poverty and
Students At-Risk" (a national study);
ii. Student engagement and conceptions of education;
iii. A Critical Analysis of the OTQT.
publications include: Philosophy of Education: Introductory
Readings (2001, 3rd revised edition) co-edited with William Hare;
The Erosion of Democracy in Education: From Critique to Possibilities
(2001) co-edited with R.Patrick Solomon; What to Do? Case Studies
for Teachers (1998) co-authored with William Hare; A Curriculum
of Life (2002, with Ann Vibert); Beyond Common Standards: Toward
a Curriculum of Life (2001, with Ann Vibert); School Leadership
and Critical Practice in an Elementary School (2001, with Ann
Vibert); Fr. Fortunato Mizzi's Contribution to Maltese Catholics
in Toronto (2001).
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