Welcome to the Faculty of Education at the University of Windsor.
It is our great pleasure to be the host for the 2020 Joint PhD Program doctoral seminars here along the Detroit River on the traditional territory of the Three Fires Confederacy of First Nations.
The University of Windsor is collaborating with Lakehead University and Brock University to offer you a rich doctoral program in Educational Studies that draws upon the combined teaching and research expertise of our faculty members. Through interactions with these experts and with one another, through a uniquely-deliver cohort model, you will explore and challenge long-established ideas and ideologies that impact education. I am confident that your efforts this summer in Windsor will help you to generate new knowledge and directions in research, enhance your professional practice, and engage you in diverse partnerships locally, nationally, or internationally.
Doctoral work is undeniably challenging. These summer seminars are particularly intense, but they also have the potential to be liberating. The great educational philosopher Maxine Greene, drawing from Kierkegaard some 150 years earlier, wrote about such difficult intellectual work as that which can move us beyond the bland routinization of life toward critical awareness of present conditions, a sense of moral agency, and a conscious engagement with, and larger sense of responsibility for, an ever changing and problematic world. So, as I welcome you to this particular stage of your PhD journey, I also encourage you to remember that as the work gets difficult, the pay-off is a kind of intellectual emancipation or an awakening that few who complete the PhD journey would ever say they regret.
Do please also take some time to enjoy the City of Windsor, one of Ontario’s best kept secrets, and the proud International Gateway between Canada and the United States of America.
With all very best wishes,
Ken Montgomery, Dean
Faculty of Education
University of Windsor