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Marilyn Dumont from Centre for Humanities, is a finalist for the prestigous national Raymond Souster Award for her book of poetry entitled The Pemmican Eaters

April 05, 2016

Black History Month

February 16, 2016

AU’s online student orientation is re-launched

November 09, 2015

New sociology class launching in September: Examines impact of workplace and environmental exposures.

August 19, 2015

The Write Site 10th Anniversary Essay contest is now closed to entries.

August 14, 2015

Congratulations, Six AU Professors to receive grants

April 29, 2015

Athabasca’s master’s in integrated studies takes interdisciplinary approach - Metro News

March 11, 2015

Do you like to read ? Turn your love of reading into a degree!

March 05, 2015

The Post-Baccalaureate Diploma Program in Legislative Drafting at Athabasca University is pleased to announce the launch of four open access courses

February 10, 2015

Wisdom Engaged: Traditional Knowledge and Northern Community Well-Being Conference

February 10, 2015

Registration Form

Communications Foundation Announces Executive Changes

January 01, 2015

The Canadian Communications Foundation (CCF) is pleased to announce the election of Dr. Evelyn Ellerman, PhD, as President of the Foundation, effective today, January 1st 2015.

Solid foundation courses for undergraduate studies

October 22, 2014

Foundation courses help you make sure you start off your university education right. Sometimes these are courses you have to take to meet the requirements for a program; sometimes they're optional. Either way, foundation courses help you develop the learning skills you'll need for university. And Athabasca University has many great foundation courses that you can take whether or not you're enrolled in a program. These courses also transfer to many programs at other post-secondary institutions.


Integrating Work and Life in the Online Classroom

October 09, 2014

One of the largest Master of Arts programs in interdisciplinary studies in Canada, Athabasca University's MA Program in Integrated Studies (MA-IS) includes courses across the full spectrum of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, from literature to anthropology, and from global studies to education studies. Across a wide variety of over 90 courses from which students can select, the MA-IS Program integrates a variety of disciplines to form 11 interdisciplinary Focus Areas in broad fields such as community, culture, education, equity/justice, globalization, heritage resources, labour, leadership, literature, new media, and organizational studies.


The latest issue of the Journal of Integrated Studies has just been published.

May 15, 2014

The latest issue of the Journal of Integrated Studies has just been published.

JIS is the student-run peer-reviewed graduate journal for MAIS. MAIS students volunteer as editors, reviewers, proofreaders, and layout editors. It is an opportunity for graduate students to learn the peer-reviewed publishing process and showcase their work.

Graduate students from any program -- even outside of Athabasca -- can submit work to the journal as long as there is an integrated, interdisciplinary focus. (Only MAIS students can volunteer with us and become members of the editorial team.)

We are looking for visual artwork done by graduate students or recent graduate alumni as well as articles. If you know students who also do visual art of photography, let them know about the journal.


AU’s Writer in Residence, Tim Bowling, wins the City of Edmonton Book Prize

May 05, 2014

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences congratulates Tim Bowling, AU’s 2013-2014 Writer in Residence, on winning the City of Edmonton Book Prize for his Selected Poems:

Please also join AU at Tim Bowling’s upcoming presentation as AU’s Writer in Residence on May 16th at 3:30 p.m. at AU-Edmonton. The presentation is titled "Building a Snowman on an Iceberg: One Writer's Life in Letters."

Dr. Lyle Grant interviewed by Prosocial Progress Foundation

April 01, 2014

Lyle Grant, Professor of Psychology in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, was recently interviewed as part of online film on sustainability titled Prosocial Progress: A Blueprint for Social Sustainability by the Prosocial Progress Foundation. Dr. Grant and colleagues describe important ways in which principles of behavioural psychology can be used to improve prosocial behaviour and social sustainability.

Dr. Paul Kellogg receives 2013-2014 PARSE Award

March 19, 2014

Dr. Paul Kellogg, Associate Professor, Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies, is a recipient of the 2013-2014 President's Award for Research and Scholarly Excellence (PARSE). This award is given in recognition of a record of excellence in research scholarship carried out by a full-time member of the AU faculty or staff. It is given for the specific purpose of bringing a major project to completion in a way which will result in a publishable manuscript (book or monograph) at the completion of the grant period.

During the period of the award Dr. Kellogg will be preparing Arms and the Nation: Welfare, Warfare and Development in Canada and United States for publication.

New Program: Minor in Philosophy

January 06, 2014

The Philosophy Minor is designed to introduce students to the great philosophical questions, such as, truth, justice, beauty and meaning, as well as help students develop critical reading and thinking skills to be better able to interpret texts, evaluate arguments, and write coherently and persuasively.

Check it out at AU Undergraduate Calendar page.

2013-2014 Writer in Residence

October 18, 2013

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences welcomes Tim Bowling, Athabasca University’s 2013-2014 Writer in Residence/Writer for Health. Tim is an award-winning poet, novelist, and essayist. Please visit the Writer in Residence website to learn more about this year’s Writer in Residence/Writer for Health.

Tim’s first public presentation, "When Even The Sun is Roadkill to Our Speed: A Writer's Take on Morality and the Environment," is scheduled for October 18th, as part of the Arts and Science Research Talk Series.

Date: October 18, 2013
Time: Doors open at 2:30 presentation starts at 3:00p.m. MST
Place: Athabasca University, Room 1112
      Peace Hills Trust Tower
      10011 109 Street, Edmonton

Adobe Connect URL: bowling/

Creating an Effective e-Portfolio Webinar Session

April 18, 2013

On April 22, 2013, the Athabasca University Graduate Students' Association (AUGSA) is hosting a webinar on Creating an Effective e-Portfolio.

Full details can be found here.

Adobe Connect Link:

Graduate Student Workshop

March 22, 2013

"How to Write a Conference Abstract in APA Style" (Co-sponsored by the Write Site and the Faculty of Graduate Studies)

Are you a graduate student who wants to submit a paper to a conference but isn't sure how to write an abstract for your work? If you are, then this workshop is for you. Through examples and hands–on exercises, you will learn about the purpose and audience for an abstract as well as strategies and processes for writing an effective one. Special consideration will be given to abstracts in APA style, and you will also have the opportunity to assess a draft of a real conference abstract.

This workshop is co-sponsored by the Write Site and the Faculty of Graduate Studies. It is free and will be held from 1:00pm-3:00pm (MST), on April 10th, 2013 via Adobe Connect. All registrants will will receive a link to the Adobe e-room before the workshop.

Those wishing to register should send an email to

For more information about the workshop, please contact the Write Site Coordinator, Linda McCloud-Bondoc, at

Marilyn Dumont to present at Edmonton Poetry Festival

April 04, 2013

Award-winning poet and AU Creative Writing tutor, Marilyn Dumont, will participate in the CBC at Noon ⁄ Aboriginal Stories series at CBC Centre Stage in Edmonton City Center Mall (SE Entrance, 10062 - 102 Avenue) on Thursday April 25, 2013, from noon to 1:00 p.m. (MST).

Marilyn Dumont's first collection of poetry, A Really Good Brown Girl, won the 1997 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award presented by the League of Canadian Poets. In subsequent years she has won the Stephan G. Stephansson Award, the McNally Robinson Aboriginal Poetry Book of the Year and the McNally Robinson Aboriginal Book of the Year.

At AU, Marilyn tutors students in English 381 Creative Writing in Prose and was influential in establishing the Writer in Residence program.

The complete schedule of the week-long Edmonton Poetry Festival is available here.

Tololwa Mollel to perform at African Poetry and Arts Day

April 04, 2013

AU's 2011/12 Writer in Residence, Tololwa Mollel, performs at the Edmonton Poetry Festival, April 27, 2013 – African Poetry and Arts Day.

Tololwa Mollel, known for his story telling and performances set to music, will perform in Swahili and Maasai.

Presenters include George Elliott Clarke, Valerie Mason John, Roman Gebre Mariam, Yaa Serwass, Elsa Robinson and Alexander Fwallah.

Performances are at the Africa Centre, 13160 127 St., from 10 am – 4 pm (MST).

Identity, Agency and the Digital Nexus (April 5-7, 2013)

March 13, 2013

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is pleased to announce Identity, Agency and the Digital Nexus, an international symposium hosted by Athabasca University and funded by a SSHRC Connection Grant.

Full details can be found at:

Virtual Symposium on Pre-Modern Studies

March 18, 2013

Athabasca University and the Pre-Modern Institute at the University of Alberta presented the first annual virtual symposium on Pre-Modern Studies on Saturday, March 16th, 2013. The topic was "Catastrophe, Calamity and Chaos in the Pre-Modern World." The contributions cluster in three areas: Late Antique/Early Medieval History, Late Medieval English Literature, and Colonial Latin America.

The symposium presentations are posted on the symposium website at:

Alberta Studies 2013 Symposium

March 04, 2013

On March 4, 2013, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences held the Alberta Studies 2013 Symposium. The multidisciplinary symposium showcased wide-ranging, current research at various stages of development. Several members of FHSS participated, and the presentations touched on a variety of Alberta issues, including climate change, capitalism and class formation, consumerism, governance, housing and homelessness, and workers and workplace injury.

The presentations were recorded, and will be available in the near future.

The full program indicates the breadth of the research shared:

  • Lorelei Hanson and Greg Powell: Framing Climate Change in Wild Rose Country: A media perspective on climate change reporting in Alberta
  • Bob Barnetson: Incidence of work and workplace injury among Alberta teenagers
  • Donica Belisle: Selling Consumer Citizenship: Women, Retailers, and Alberta's Home Economics Weeks During the Great Depression
  • Josh Evans: Poverty Management Makeovers: Following 'Housing First' Policy in Alberta
  • Jason Foster: From "Canadians First" to "Workers Unite": Evolving Union Narratives of Migrant Worker
  • Paul Kellogg: Prairie Capitalism Revisited: Capital Accumulation and Class Formation in the New West
  • Mark McCutcheon: Monster mines and pipelines: Frankenstein figures of oil sands technology
  • Lorna Stefanick: Information Access, Transparency, and Good Governance: the Alberta record

Working Session with Writer in Residence Hiromi Goto

February 22, 2013

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences invites you to a working Web-conference with Hiromi Goto, Athabasca University's 2012-13 Writer in Residence. The craft of writing is the focus, with attention to form and process, including questions of length and time. Hiromi invites you to submit one question to her in advance at Depending on the number of questions, she may not be able to answer all the questions. The session is open to all writers: AU students, staff and the general public. Join us in person or via Adobe Connect Web-conference.

Date: March 8, 2013
Time: 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. MST
Place: Athabasca University, Edmonton
      Peace Hills Trust Tower
      Room 1112, 10011 109 Street, Edmonton

Adobe Connect URL:

Teleconference numbers: 1 – 877-385-4099 (Canada and USA)
      780 – 421-1483 (Edmonton)
      604 - 899 – 2339 (Vancouver)

Participant code: 4996282#

Please remember to use your mute button or #69 to mute and unmute.

Drs. Lynda Ross and Evelyn Ellerman receive 2012-13 PARSE Awards

January 30, 2013

Dr. Lynda Ross and Dr. Evelyn Ellerman are the 2012-2013 recipients of the President's Award for Research and Scholarly Excellence (PARSE). This award is given in recognition of a record of excellence in research scholarship carried out by a full-time member of the AU faculty or staff. It is given for the specific purpose of bringing a major project to completion in a way which will result in a publishable manuscript (book or monograph) at the completion of the grant period.

During the period of the award Drs. Ross and Ellerman will be readying the following works for publication:

Dr. Ross - Motherhood/Mothering in the Real Word
Dr. Ellerman - Sponsoring Print Culture in the Colonies: A Theoretical Overview

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences launches new websites

January 31, 2013

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is pleased to announce the launch of its new websites for the Centre for Humanities, Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies, and Centre for Social Sciences.

Updated January 28 2014 by Student & Academic Services

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