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Alyson King

Alyson King
PhD

Assistant Professor

Faculty of Social Science and Humanities

Contact information

Bordessa Hall - Room 307
Downtown Oshawa
55 Bond Street East
Oshawa, ON

905.721.8668 ext. 3421

alyson.king@uoit.ca


Background

Dr. Alyson King earned her PhD degree in the History of Education at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. Dr. King’s undergraduate degree is in Canadian History and International Relations. She is currently conducting research with Dr. Shanti Fernando on supported education for persons living with mental illness and (multi)literacies in the knowledge economy. She also conducts research on student experiences in universities. Working with Dr. Shirley Van Nuland, UOIT Faculty of Education, she is completing research on the founding members of the university for the Voices of UOIT project.

Education

  • Undergraduate degree in Canadian History and International Relations
  • PhD in the History of Education Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto

Courses taught

  • Education Policy
  • Fundamentals of Professional Writing
  • Global Communities
  • History of Science and Technology
  • Impact of Science and Technology on Society
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Mobilizing for Change
  • Political Economy of Global Development
  • Reading Our World
  • Youth Cultures

Research and expertise

  • History of higher education
  • Literacies in the knowledge economy
  • Non-fiction graphic novels
  • Student experiences in the university
  • Women's history

Research areas of specialty:

  • History of higher education

Bachelor of Arts (BA) undergraduate thesis supervisor for Sierra McKenzie (2013). UOIT in the News: Examining the institutional and geographical contexts surrounding the institution’s inception

SHHRC, Insight Development Grant. Fernandes, S., King, A., Eamer, A., Stanyon, W. (Co-Investigator) Supported Literacy Education for Persons Living with Mental Illness: Exploring Social and Economic Implications

  • 2013,  $50,926

Involvement

  • Selected publications

    King, Alyson E. and Douai, Aziz. (Accepted). From the “damsel in distress” to girls’ games and beyond: Gender and children’s gaming. Chapter in Gender Considerations and Influence in the Digital Media and Gaming Industry. Edited by Julie Prescott, University of Central Lancashire and Julie McGurren, Codemasters, UK. IGI Global.

    King, Alyson E.  (Accepted). Creating a Canadian identity for children in Kayak: Canada’s History Magazine for Kids. Chapter in Exploring Canadian Identity/ies in Comics, A Collection of Essays. Edited by Gail de Vos and Chris Reyns-Chikuma.

    King, Alyson E. (Submitted). Exploring Identity and Multiliteracies through Graphic Narratives. Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education.  

    Fernando, Shanti et Alyson E. King. (2013). Winners and Losers: Literacy and Enduring Labour Market Inequality in Historical Perspective. Revue Interventions économiques 47. Mis en ligne le 13 février 2013, consulté le 14 février 2013. URL :http://interventionseconomiques.revues.org/1912

    King, Alyson E. and Shanti I. Fernando. (2013). The Economy and Beyond: The Benefits of Lifelong Literacy. Conference Proceedings, Canadian Association for Studies in Adult Education Annual Meeting.

    King, A. (2012). Cartooning history: Canada’s stories in graphic novels. The History Teacher. 45 (2), pp. 189-219.

    King, A. (2011). Hating Everything: A graphic coming-of-age tale.Girlhood Studies. 4(1), 67–94. doi:10.3167/ghs.2011.040106

    Hughes, J., King, A., Fuke, V. and Perkins, M. (2011). Adolescents & ‘Autographics’: Reading and Writing Coming-of-Age Graphic Novels.Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literature. 54 (8), 601-612. doi:10.1598/JAAL.54.8.5

    Hughes, J. and King, A. (2010). Dual Pathways to Expression and Understanding: Canadian Coming-of-Age Graphic Novels. Children’s Literature in Education, DOI 10.1007/s10583-009-9098-8

  • Presentations

    Fernando, S. and King, A. (2013). The Economy and Beyond: The Benefits of Life-long Literacy.  Presented at the Canadian Association for Studies in Adult Education, June 2-5, 2013, University of Victoria, Victoria, B.C.

    King, Alyson E. (2013). Minority Students @ UOIT: A Classroom Perspective on Issues of Retention. Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education Annual Meeting. 4 June 2013, University of Victoria, Victoria, B.C. Organized panel titled: Current Practices and Future Directions: Supporting Marginalized Students in the Universities.

    King, Alyson E. (2013). Facilitator and Commentator for panel: New Directions in the History of Indigenous Education/Nouvelles orientations en histoire de l'éducation autochtone. Canadian Historical Association Annual Meeting. 3 June 2013, University of Victoria, Victoria, B.C.

    Crichlow, Wesley and King, Alyson E. (2012). Engaging Communities and Parents: A Digital Approach To Student Engagement, Retention and Success (Poster). Learning to Earning | Higher Education and the Changing Job Market Conference. Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, 1-2 November 2012.

    King, A. (2012). Jobs, Professions or Knowledge? Creating a new university in a time of political and economic conservatism. Presented at the Canadian Society for Studies in Higher Education, Annual Meeting, Waterloo, Ontario.

    King, A. (2011). Students at Work and Play: Creating a Student Culture in a New University. Canadian Society for Studies in Higher Education, Annual Meeting, Fredericton, New Brunswick.

    King, A. (2010). Cartooning history: Canada’s Stories in Graphic Novels. Canadian Historical Association. Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec.

    King, A. (2010). Hating Everything: A Graphic Coming-of-Age Tale. Canadian Communication Association. Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec.

    Hammett, R., Burke, A., Hughes, J., King, A., Toope, D. (2010).Playing in Webkinz World: Living and Learning Literacies / Le Webkinz World et les littératies. Canadian Society for the Study of Education/Société canadienne pour l’étude de l’éducation. Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec.

    Burke, A., Hammett, R., Hughes, J. and King, A. (2009). Challenging Traditional Notions of Literacy: Children’s Playmaking on the Internet. Edge 2009: Inspiration and Innovation in Teaching and Teacher Education. Memorial University of Newfoundland.

    Hughes, J., King, A. and Fuke, V. (2009). Adolescents and ‘Autographica’: Reading and Writing Coming-of-age Graphic Novels / Les adolescents et l’« autographie » : lire et écrire des romans graphiques sur l’adolescence. Canadian Society for the Study of Education/Société canadienne pour l’étude de l’éducation. Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario.

    King, A. (2009). Adventurous Children: Images of Children in Kayak: Canada’s History Magazine for Kids. Paper presented to the Society for the History of Children and Youth Conference, University of California, Berkeley, July 10-12, 2009

    King, A. (2005). Educating Women for the Modern World, Paper delivered at the 13th Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Scripps College, Claremont, California, June 2005. Organized roundtable, title: “Shaping Identities: Women and Higher Education in Canada and the United States.” Other roundtable members were: Constance Backhouse, Sara Burke, Margaret Kechnie, and Jacqueline McNeil

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