SET welcomes Dr. Pamela Richardson
The School of Education and Technology looks forward to the arrival of new core faculty member, Dr. Pamela Richardson, in June 2015.
Pamela is a practitioner-scholar with a background in special and gifted education. She brings passion, knowledge and curiosity about building inclusive learning communities, social justice pedagogy and research, creativity studies, and critical approaches to understanding ability and human development. Her work is situated at the confluence of human development research and curriculum studies and she holds commitments to critical and post-structural perspectives and research methodologies. She is interested in social constructions of gender and talent across the lifespan; arts-based and narrative approaches to understanding learning, teaching and human development; poetic inquiry; teacher inquiry and participatory action research; contemplative and mindful inquiry; and, collaborative writing.
Prior to coming to Royal Roads University and the MAELM program, Pamela taught for a close to a decade in teacher education and graduate level programs in the Faculties of Education at the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University and Vancouver Island University. While at UBC (Okanagan), Pamela co-developed an interdisciplinary, inquiry-based summer intensive program for beginning secondary teachers.
Pamela is the co-editor of English Practice, the journal of the BC Teachers of English Language Arts and is an active BCTELA executive member.
She holds both a Ph.D. and Masters in Special Education from the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada), a Bachelor of Education in Secondary Education with a focus on anti-oppressive pedagogy from the University of Ottawa, and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in History and Music from Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada).
Pamela’s interdisciplinary Ph.D. dissertation – Past-Buoy Lines: An Arts-Based Inquiry into Giftedness – drew on notion of creative gift economy, contemporary literary and poetic writers, cross-genre arts-based inquiry methods, and post-structural approaches to human development research to offer a fundamental questioning of how we research and relate to creativity and inner-gifts towards new possibilities for conceptualizing and living giftedness in subversive, fluid and inclusive terms.
Before stepping onto her academic path, Pamela worked as a secondary English and Social Studies teacher, a trauma and anti-violence counsellor for women, and a coordinator in youth mental health services.