UCalgary Team Teaching Award Honors Social Work Professors | New
The University of Calgary Teaching Awards recognize and celebrate faculty members’ outstanding contributions to education. Those who receive the awards are nominated by fellow students, faculty, and staff. This year, the awards recognized extraordinary efforts to create valuable learning experiences through online, in-person, and blended conferencing.
Dr. Régine King, PhD, and Dr. Patrina Duhaney, PhD, of the Faculty of Social Work (FSW) have been recognized as outstanding contributions to teaching and learning for their course, Afrocentric Perspectives in Social Work (SOWK 555.55 ). The course was developed as part of FSW’s commitment to social justice, equity and anti-racism.
Both King and Duhaney have been central and catalytic figures in faculty discussions and formal efforts to examine teaching, research and service contributions to the university and the wider community in order to make advancing the principles of equity, diversity, inclusion and anti-racism.
Adopting the team-teaching approach for their course allowed the two educators to unite their intersecting and overlapping teaching approaches to help harness the critical thinking of their students. SOWK 555.55 is designed to introduce learners to ideas, questions, and analytical perspectives that are fundamental to the lives of people of African descent. It centers Afrocentric perspectives as a body of knowledge for social work in response to historical and contemporary social issues affecting Black Canadians, such as addressing anti-Black racism.
“Congratulations to both Dr. King and Dr. Duhaney for their team teaching award and for their inspired commitment to advancing Afrocentric bodies of knowledge, epistemic pluralism, and more inclusive perspectives in the social work curriculum,” says Dr. Malinda S. Smith, PhD, Vice Provost and Associate Vice Provost for Research (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) at UCalgary. “Equity, diversity, inclusion and anti-racism must be integrated into teaching and learning and, in turn, will go a long way to improving the student and learning experience at UCalgary .
“Their efforts to cultivate a deeper understanding of Afrocentric knowledge and perspectives are central to UCalgary’s commitments to the Scarborough Charter on Anti-Black Racism and Black Inclusion, and they are driving change that will benefit all all students at the University of Calgary and in the community at large. .”
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Dr. Regine King
Dr. Régine King, PhD, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Social Work, holds a Doctorate of Social Work and a Masters of Education in Counseling Psychology and Community Development from the University of Toronto, as well as a Bachelor of Education from the National University of Rwanda.
“I would like to thank the Taylor Institute for recognizing my teaching through this team teaching award,” says King. “I would like to express my gratitude to the management of the Faculty of Social Work and to the colleagues who supported our appointment.
King’s research interests include racial equity and justice, cross-cultural mental health, social processes of healing, forgiveness and reconciliation, refugee issues, and Indigenous knowledge. Her research program is guided by anti-colonial and anti-racist perspectives and by black feminism.
King is a community researcher who uses critical ethnography and critical storytelling and storytelling methods in her research projects. She has published her work in the areas of truth and reconciliation, intergroup dialogues, collective trauma healing, anti-black racism, refugee mental health, transnational social work, and critical pedagogies. King is a translator of knowledge through public speaking on various issues including, but not limited to, promoting health and mental health equity and preventing genocide. She is a member of various academic committees and community advocacy groups.
Dr. Patrina Duhaney
Dr. Patrina Duhaney, Ph.D., is an assistant professor, critical race researcher, and social work activist in the Faculty of Social Work. Her research addresses issues of race, racism, the intersections between victimization and criminalization, and is informed by critical race theory, critical race feminism, and anti-racism.
Duhaney has over 14 years of experience as a social worker, counselor and frontline worker with diverse populations, including female victims of domestic violence and those in conflict with the law. She is actively involved in various initiatives within the university and in various communities to help highlight Black experiences and perspectives and to combat anti-Black racism.
Duhaney says she’s grateful to FSW for nominating her and King for the team teaching award; their students and colleagues for their kind words along the way; those who wrote strong letters of support; and those who helped prepare their application.
She says the development and delivery of SOWK 555.55 was timely given the recent signing of the Scarborough Charter by UCalgary.
“It is because of our tireless efforts to educate Black people about anti-Black knowledge, experiences, ways of knowing, and racism that this course will be required for new students entering FSW’s Bachelor of Social Work,” says Duhaney .