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Nicholas Ng-A-Fook

Professor of Curriculum Studies, L’Université d’Ottawa/University of Ottawa

Dr. Nicholas Ng-A-Fook is a Full Professor and Vice-Dean of Graduate Studies at the University of Ottawa in their Faculty of Education. He is actively engaged in addressing the 94 Calls to Action put forth by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, in partnership with local Indigenous and school board communities. His teaching and research are situated within the wider international field of curriculum studies. As a curriculum theorist, he draws on different life writing research methodologies—autobiography, ethnography, oral history, and narrative inquiry—to co-create, support, and sustain culturally responsive, relevant, and relational curriculum with school leaders and teachers who seek to serve their different communities. He is a Past-President of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education, the largest research association in Canada. For his ongoing service to his field of study, in 2018 he received the Canadian Association of Curriculum Studies Ted. T. Aoki Distinguished Service Award. He is the host of the FooknConversation Podcast (see www.fooknconversation.com).

He has co-edited and published the following award winning books:

Llewellyn, K. & Ng-A-Fook, N. (2020). (Eds.). Oral History, Education, and Justice: Possibilities and Limitations for Redress and Reconciliation. New York, New York: Routledge. (Society of Professors of Education Outstanding Book Award, 2021; Canadian Association Foundations Education, Outstanding Edited Collection Book Award, 2021). (SSHRC Funded)

Llewellyn, K., & Ng-A-Fook, N. (2017). (Eds.). Oral History and Education: Theories, Dilemmas, and Practices. New York, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. i-388. (Canadian Oral History Association Prize; awarded to an outstanding example of oral history practice, 2018). (SSHRC Funded)

Ng-A-Fook, N., & Ibrahim, A., & Reis, G. (2016). (Eds.). Provoking Curriculum Studies: Strong Poetry and Arts of the Possible in Education. New York, New York: Routledge, pp. i-306 (Society of Professors of Education Outstanding Book Award, 2017; AERA Division B, Outstanding Book Recognition Award, 2016)

Experience

  • 2020–present
    Vice Dean of Graduate Studies, University of Ottawa
  • 2016–present
    Full Professor of Curriculum Theory, University of Ottawa
  • 2017–2020
    Director of Indigenous Teacher Education Program, University of Ottawa
  • 2014–2019
    Director of Anglophone Teacher Education, University of Ottawa
  • 1999–2001
    Ontario Accredited High School Science and History Teacher, Simcoe County District School Board

Publications

  • 2020
    Oral History, Education, and Justice: Possibilities and Limitations for Redress and Reconciliation, Routledge
  • 2020
    Reconceptualizing Teacher Education Worldwide: A Canadian Contribution to a Global Challenge, University of Ottawa Press
  • 2020
    Is CRRP Enough?: Addressing Antiracism(s) in Teacher Education, Journal for the American Advancement of Curriculum Studies

Grants and Contracts

  • 2021
    Indigenizing PostSecondary Curricula with Indigenous Curriculum Specialists: A Pilot Collaborative Study at University of Ottawa
    Role:
    Co-Applicant
    Funding Source:
    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • 2020
    Co-Curricular-Making: Honouring Indigenous Connections to Land, Culture, and the Relational Sel
    Role:
    Co-Applicant
    Funding Source:
    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • 2020
    Bâtir des liens : Mobiliser les histoires autochtones pour le changement social – Building Connections: Mobilizing Indigenous Histories for Social Change.
    Role:
    Co-Applicant
    Funding Source:
    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • 2019
    Thinking Historically for Canada's Future
    Role:
    Co-Applicant
    Funding Source:
    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • 2018
    Just because we're small doesn't mean we can't stand tall: Reconciliation education in the elementary classroom
    Role:
    Co-Applicant
    Funding Source:
    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • 2015
    Developing mobile media spaces for civic engagement in urban priority schools
    Role:
    Co-Applicant
    Funding Source:
    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • 2011
    Making Digital Histories: Virtual Historians, Historical Literacies, and Education
    Role:
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

Professional Memberships

  • Canadian Society for the Study of Education