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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


Research keywords

  • Higher education
  • under-represented students
  • multiliteracies
  • history of education
  • women’s history
  • Supported Education, literacy and mental health
  • graphic novels

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. Her undergraduate degree is in Canadian History and International Relations. She is currently on two major research projects. As Principal Investigator for a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council(SSHRC) Partnership Development grant, she is working with a team of researchers from across Canada to better understand how under-represented university students are successful in graduating from university. As a co-investigator on a SSHRC Insight Grant, she is conducting research with Dr. Shanti Fernando, Dr. Allyson Eamer and Dr. Tyler Frederick on supported education for adults living with mental illness.

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
  • The Politics of Indigenous Rights (Special Topics course)
  • Reading Our World
  • Social Policy and Technology
  • Youth Cultures

Research and expertise

• higher education
• literacies in the knowledge economy
• non-fiction graphic novels
• student experiences in the university
• supported education
• women's history

Research areas of specialty:
• higher education

Doctoral Student

Dissertation

Rajendra Rambajue, Tentative topic: Group Homes in Canada: An Exploration of Educational and Non-Educational Programs that Support At Risk Youth with Healthy Reintegration (Non-Deviant) into Society, September 2016 to present (secondary supervisor).

Undergraduate Students

Honours theses

Dunn, A. (2015.) Replacing the Gardiner: Walkability’s Importance in an Unexpected Place.

McKenzie, S. (2013). UOIT in the News: Examining the institutional and geographical contexts surrounding the institution’s inception. [We developed the material from the thesis into a publishable article, which was published by the Canadian Journal of Higher Education in 2016.]

Independent Study Course Projects

Nieto, Israel Guzman. (Fall 2016). Policies against sexual violence and sexual harassment: History and current policy implementation.

O’Neill, Carolyn. (Fall 2016). Challenging the culture of the hypersexualization of women: How the sexual health and media literacy education curricula in the Ontario secondary school system become ineffective curricular add-ons.

Student Research Award supervisions (undergraduate summer research awards)

Jackson, D. (2017). Project: Tools for Success: Helping Students Achieve and Succeed

McKenzie, S. (2012). Project: UOIT in the News (won Student Research Showcase Award for her poster on her research.)

McKenzie, S. (2011). Project: Voices of UOIT (won Student Research Showcase Award for her poster on her research.)

McKenzie, S. (2010). Project: Voices of UOIT (won Student Research Showcase Award for her poster on her research.)

Diversities of resilience: understanding the strategies for success used by underrepresented students in Canadian universities (SSHRC Partnership Development Grant: $135,794) 2016-2018
Principal Investigator, with team members: Dr. Nawal Ammar (UOIT), Dr. Allyson Eamer (UOIT), Dr. Susan Brigham (MSVU), Lorena Fontaine (University of Winnipeg), and Dr. Fiona McQuarrie (University of the Fraser Valley). 
Research examines how underrepresented post-secondary students from across Canada are able to be successful in persisting to graduation by surveying and interviewing 4th year students and recent graduates from three Canadian universities in Ontario, Nova Scotia, and Manitoba.

Increasing literacies through supported education and policies of inclusion (SSHRC Insight Grant: $169,389) 2016-2021
Co-investigator with Dr. Shanti Fernando (PI), Dr. Allyson Eamer, Dr. Tyler Frederick.
Project examines supported education programs for adults at psychiatric hospitals across Canada by interviewing students, staff and volunteers involved in the programs.

Participation and persistence: An analysis of immigrant visible-minority students at UOIT (UOIT SSHRC Small Research Grant Program: $2,908) 2014-2015
Principal Investigator with Dr. Allyson Eamer and Dr. Nawal Ammar on research that aims to understand the prevailing facilitative factors (both structural and individual) that help immigrant visible minority university students to succeed.

Academic Integrity Project (Teaching Innovation Fund Grant: $17,222) 2014-2015
Principal Investigator on applied research project to develop new resources and tools for UOIT’s academic integrity website; created learning modules, quizzes, teaching assignments and activities, and case studies to assist in teaching the fundamentals of academic integrity.

SSHRC, Insight Development Grant
Fernando, 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

  • Recent publications

    Eamer, Allyson, Fernando, Shanti, and King, Alyson. (2017). Still on the margins: English language learning and mental health. Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education: Studies of Migration, Integration, Equity, and Cultural Survival, DOI:10.1080/15595692.2017.1289918.

    Fernando, S., King, A.E., and Eamer, A. (Forthcoming 2017). Supported Education practitioners: agents of transformation? Occupational Therapy in Mental Health.

    Fernando, S.I. and King, A.E. (Forthcoming 2017). Education Interrupted: Learning Careers of Adults Living with Mental Illness. Eds. B. Merrill, et al. Chapter in Continuity and Discontinuity in Learning Careers: Potentials for a Learning Space in a Changing World. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers/ESREA.

    King, A.E., Eamer, A., and Ammar, N. (Forthcoming 2017). Participation and Persistence: An Analysis of Immigrant Visible-Minority Students at UOIT. Chapter in eds. B. Merrill, et al. Continuity and Discontinuity in Learning Careers: Potentials f or a Learning Space In a Changing World. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers/ESREA.

    King, Alyson E. (2016). Adventurous Children: Creating a Canadian identity for children in Kayak: Canada’s History Magazine for Kids. Canadian Review of Comparative Literature / Revue Canadienne de Littérature Comparée, 43(1), 119-136.

    King, Alyson E. (2015) Exploring Identity and Multiliteracies through Graphic Narratives. Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education: Studies of Migration, Integration, Equity, and Cultural Survival, 9(1), 3-20, DOI: 10.1080/15595692.2014.952406.

    King, Alyson E. and Douai, Aziz. (2014). 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. DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-6142-4.

    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.

    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.

  • Recent conference presentations

    Brigham, S. and King, A.E. (2017). Adult Pathways to Inclusion and Diversity in Higher Education. Standing Conference on the University Teaching and Research in the Education of Adults, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, July 4 to 6, 2017.

    King, A.E. and Brigham, S. (2017). Underrepresented Students at Canadian Universities: Exploring Stories of Resilience. Pathways to Resilience IV Conference, Cape Town, South Africa. June 14 to 16, 2017

    McQuarrie, F., Eamer, A., King, A.E., Brigham, S., Ammar, N., and Fontaine, L. (2017). A Strengths-Based Examination of Canadian Post-Secondary Students’ Academic Completion Strategies. Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education Annual Meeting, May 27 to 30, 2017.

    Fernando, S.I., Frederick, T., King, A.E., and Eamer, A. (2017). Finding hope through education: Student experiences of Supported Education. Canadian Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Ryerson University, Ontario, May 31, 2017.

    King, A.E. and Tamrici, A. (2017). Daring to Succeed: Developing a cross-Canada analysis of diverse students and their strategies for success. C2UExpo2017, Simon Fraser University, B.C., May 3 to 5, 2017.

    Fernando, S.I., King, A.E. and Eamer, A. (2017). Roundtable: Community-based Supported Education Program: A case study. C2UExpo2017, Simon Fraser University, B.C., May 3 to 5, 2017.

    King, Alyson E. (2016). Roundtable: Creating a culture of academic integrity: a case study. Canadian Society for Studies in Higher Education. University of Calgary, Alberta. May 29 to 31, 2016.

    Fernando, S.I. and King, A.E. (2015). Education Interrupted: Learning Careers of Adults Living with Mental Illness. European Society for Research on the Education of Adults (ESREA). Access, Learning Careers and Identities Network Conference. Seville, Spain. November 2015.

    King, A.E., Eamer, A., and Ammar, N. (2015). Participation and Persistence: An Analysis of Immigrant Visible-Minority Students at UOIT. European Society for Research on the Education of Adults (ESREA). Access, Learning Careers and Identities Network Conference. Seville, Spain. November 2015.

    King, Alyson and Fernando, Shanti I. (2015). Is Knowledge Power? An exploration of an historical normative framework for literacy policy, adult education and the economy in Canadian communities. Warwick Lifelong Learning Annual Conference, England. June 29-July 1

    King, Alyson E. and Fernando, Shanti I. (2015). Keep Stop Start: Assessing a supported education program for persons living with mental illness. Hawaii International Conference on Education. Honolulu, Hawaii. January 5 to 8.

    Fernando, Shanti I. and King, Alyson E. (2014). Supported Adult Literacy Education for Persons Living with Mental Illness: Quality of Life and Social Implications. Conference Proceedings, Canadian Association for Studies in Adult Education Annual Meeting, May 24-27, 2014, Brock University, St. Catherine’s, Ontario.

    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 & 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 & 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 to 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: Constance Backhouse, Sara Burke, Margaret Kechnie, and Jacqueline McNeil.

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