Professor’s research aims to improve access to high-quality mental health care in Ontario

Rachelle AshcroftA research grant of $295,419 has been awarded to Renison professor Rachelle Ashcroft. The funding will help Ashcroft and her team develop a model that will help Ontarians have better access to mental health care. The Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) Operating Grant has been awarded to Professor Ashcroft and her team over a three-year term. 

“Common mental disorders such as depression and anxiety disorders are highly prevalent in the Canadian population, affecting more than one in five Canadians over their lifetime,” says Professor Rachelle Ashcroft, Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work at Renison University College. “The main objective of our research is to develop a model that describes the system of non-financial and financial incentives that can be used to improve access to high-quality mental health care in Family Health Teams. Our research will also identify existing disincentives that may be deterring access to quality mental health care in Family Health Teams,” says Ashcroft. (Read the full story)

Chancellor Search

The second term of Renison’s current Chancellor, The Right Rev. D. Ralph Spence, will, unfortunately, come to an end in April 2016. In light of this, the Board of Governors has established a search committee to look for and, ultimately, recommend to the Board a new candidate to take on the role of Chancellor. The Search Committee is in place and has recently begun its work. 

As the search process begins, the committee would like to invite all members of the Renison Community to put forward, for the committee’s consideration, the names of individuals who they believe could fill the requirements of our next Chancellor. (Find out how to share the name of a potential candidate for the position of Renison's Chancellor.)

Welcome to new Studies in Islam professor

A note from Principal Wendy Fletcher: As you know we have been searching for a new faculty person to work with us in our Studies in Islam program. Our search is now successfully completed.

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Timothy Gianotti as an Associate Professor in the Studies in Islam program. Dr. Gianotti is a distinguished academic and public scholar of Islamic thought and brings with him two decades of university level teaching experience in the US and Canada as well as a rich background in academic administration at both undergraduate and graduate level. Dr. Gianotti describes himself as “a socially engaged theologian promoting interfaith understanding, engagement, and mutually transformative encounters around the globe.” As a Catholic-educated Muslim scholar who speaks English, French, Arabic, and Cantonese, Dr. Gianotti truly embodies interfaith and intercultural understanding. (Read the full story)

New Turkish non-credit classes at Renison this fall

Become skilled in everyday communication with a course in conversational Turkish! Consisting of one class a week (2 hours) over a 10-week period, this class is designed for the beginner level and assumes no prior knowledge of the Turkish language. In this course, basic conversational skills are introduced, which include greetings, asking well-being and basic knowledge of adjectives, classroom discourse, and days of the week. Students will learn interrogative pronouns (who, what, which) as well as how to express there is/isn’t, there are/aren’t. Students will develop elementary level language skills. Tuition is $250 plus HST (an additional $30 application fee applied if this is your first time taking a non-credit course at Renison). You can register online by Friday, September 18, 2015 to reserve your spot in this inaugural class. Classes will take place on Wednesdays, 7:00-9:00 pm, from September 23 to November 25. For more information, please see ourwebsite or contact Idrisa Pandit

There are also non-credit courses in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean available this fall. Please visit the East Asian Studies website for more information and to register. 

ELC instructors participate in two-week international teaching experience in Turkey 


From June 27th to July 11th, three instructors from Renison's English Language Centre visited Yeditepe University in Istanbul, Turkey to provide English classes as part of a summer university experience program. Representing Renison on the international teaching experience were Kim Burrell, English for Academic Success (EFAS) Senior Language Instructor/Teacher Development Coordinator, Raveet Jacob, Bridge to Academic Success in English (BASE) Language Instructor, and Charlie Ewing, EFAS Language Instructor.

Designed for high-achieving Turkish high school students, the program allows students to discover Yeditepe University’s various disciplines and faculties, while receiving English language classes from Renison instructors. As a University of Waterloo exchange partner, a variety of academic credit courses at Yeditepe University are taught in English, meaning Turkish high school students who are admitted to undergraduate programs at Yeditepe University require an advanced level of English. (Read the full story online)

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