Lakehead Researchers Receive More Than $300,000 in Grants – OrilliaMatters | Team Cansler

dr Meridith Lovell-Johnston of Orillia campus was awarded $61,000 for a project inspired by the impact of post-secondary schools going online due to COVID-19

Her experiences as the child of parents who immigrated to Israel from the Soviet Union prompted Professor Mirit Grabarski to investigate why some immigrants are more successful than others in the Canadian job market.

“I’ve heard a lot of stories about immigrants looking for jobs and being integrated by my parents and their friends,” said Dr. Grabarski, an assistant professor in the Lakehead University School of Business Administration who leads the research project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities.

“I’ve noticed that not everyone has achieved their career goals, so I wondered what made the difference.”

As an adult immigrant coming to Canada, Dr. Grabarski attempted to understand and measure the motivational cognitive component behind this difference – which she termed “career enablement” in her PhD thesis.

“The next natural step was to bring it back to where it started, which is immigrants. I was lucky that Dr. Jelena Zikic was interested in this project and I hope we can share some interesting insights,” she said.

dr Zikic works at York University’s School of Human Resource Management. Together, the researchers will examine why the integration of immigrants into the Canadian labor market is not realizing its full potential.

Upon arrival in Canada, well-educated and skilled immigrants are underemployed, which undermines national economic policy goals and immigrants’ own career aspirations.

It is therefore important to understand how employers can support the integration of skilled immigrants into the workforce and make better use of their human capital.

“While recruitment of immigrant employees is regular, the process of organizational integration beyond entry is still very unclear. This research will examine the immigration process and identify inclusion practices for skilled immigrants that support the Canadian government’s long-term goals,” said Dr. Grabarski.

She and her team received a $64,000 Insight Development grant from SSHRC to conduct this study over a two-year period.

The research team will consider both organizational and individual perspectives to understand the successful professional integration of skilled immigrants.

for dr Meridith Lovell-Johnston of Lakehead University’s School of Education and her research team was inspired for their SSHRC-funded project exploring the humanization of learning when post-secondary schools were forced to go online due to COVID-19.

In 2020, eCampus Ontario issued a call for funding seeking proposals to develop open access resources in a variety of different areas, including humanizing learning.

“This call coincided with events in our own faculty dealing with the shift to full online learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dr. Lovell-Johnston, who works at Lakehead Orillia.

In the second year, they will seek other post-secondary educators outside their schools to expand the pool of participants. In addition, they will implement and evaluate humanizing learning principles in courses at the Faculty of Education via their working groups.

“Taking a broader view of the issue, students who traditionally face barriers to post-secondary learning, such as B. older students, international students and others, also face a number of significant barriers to online learning,” said Dr. Lovell-Johnston.

Research has found that when forced, rather than voluntarily, to go online, the average college student experiences headaches—headaches that pose even greater challenges for older students, international students and others.

“In developing the SSHRC proposal, we wanted to examine the initial transition to post-secondary college, when these students would experience online instruction while adapting to university or college courses. We were very excited to reach out to our local colleges to collaborate on the proposal,” said Dr. Lovell-Johnston.

The research team, which will receive a $61,804 Insight Development grant, includes co-applicants Dr. Joan Chambers and Dr. Sonia Mastrangelo, both on the Lakehead University Faculty of Education.

Associates include Helen DeWaard, Lucas Johnson, Sabreena MacElheron, Steven Secord, all of whom work at Lakehead’s Faculty of Education; Kimberly Veneziale of Confederation College; and Wayne Brown of Georgian College.

“Congratulations to each of these researchers and many thanks to SSHRC for their continued support,” said Dr. Andrew P. Dean, Lakehead’s Vice President, Research and Innovation.

“Research in the social sciences and humanities has a long and distinguished history at Lakehead University. These Insight grants demonstrate the diversity, timeliness, and applicability of this research.”

In 2021-22, Lakehead University received nearly $2 million in support from the Research Support Fund to cover indirect costs of research, including costs of supporting intellectual property management, research and administration, ethics and regulatory compliance , research resources and research institutions.”

Insight Development Grants (two-year grants)

Total funding received: $318,472

  • dr Michel Beaulieu, Institute of History, TThe Martin Incident: Espionage, the Image of Canada, and Forgotten Lessons$43,964.

    • co-applicant

      • dr David Ratz, History Department, Lakehead University

    • Employee

      • dr Kari Alenius, University of Oulu

  • dr Martin-Joe Ezeudu, Bora Laskin Law School, The Transition from Corporate Social Responsibility to Corporate Legal Responsibility: A New Reality and Implications for Canadian Transnational Mining Companies? $21,760.
  • dr Mirit Grabarski, Faculty of Business Administration, Rented! What’s Next?: Career Advancement and Integrating Immigrants into Organizations$64,607.

    • co-applicant

      • dr Jelena Zikic, University of York

  • dr Max Haiven, Institute for English Studies, The Worker as Futurist: Cultivating the Radical Imagination with Amazon Employees through Speculative Fiction Writing$53,936.

    • Employee

      • dr Sarah Olutola, Lakehead University
      • dr Graeme Webb, University of British Columbia

  • dr Meridith Lovell-Johnston, Faculty of Education, humanizing learning in online and offline spaces for teachers working with adult learners facing barriers to post-secondary education, $61,804.

    • co-applicant

      • dr Joan Chambers, Faculty of Education, Lakehead University
      • dr Sonia Mastrangelo, Faculty of Education, Lakehead University

    • Employee

      • Helen DeWaard, Faculty of Education, Lakehead University
      • Kimberly Veneziale, Confederation College (Confederation College of Applied Arts and Technology)
      • Lucas Johnson, Faculty of Education, Lakehead University
      • Sabreena MacElheron, Faculty of Education, Lakehead University
      • Steven Secord, Faculty of Education, Lakehead University
      • Wayne Brown, Georgian College (Georgian College of Applied Arts and Technology)

  • dr Ryan Tonkens, Center for Health Care Ethics and Institute for Philosophy, Leaving No One Behind: Recommendations for Protecting Vulnerable Canadians from Unfair Discrimination and Other Harmful Consequences of Human Genome Editing$47,401.

Partnership Engage Grant (one-year grants)

  • dr Ruth Beatty, Faculty of Education (Orillia), Exploring a comprehensive culturally-responsive Indigenous mathematics program$25,000.

    • co-applicant

      • Colinda Clyne, Upper Grand District School Board

    • partner

      • Upper Grand District School Board, Guelph, Ontario.


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