Research in the Faculty of Arts

The Faculty of Arts is a vibrant community of scholars and students active in research, scholarship, and teaching across more than 20 departments and programs in the social sciences and humanities. We regard the creation of new knowledge through research, scholarship, and creative endeavours, and the sharing of these insights as the central mission of our faculty. Like that of the liberal arts more generally, our goal has always been to generate insights into the many important questions confronting humanity and to generate new knowledge and ideas that inform and enrich our students, scholarly communities and our world.

The Faculty of Arts is home to some 126 tenured faculty members – some of the brightest academic minds, researching in innovative new directions. We have globally renowned and award-winning experts disseminating their findings in areas such as anxiety, pain and stress; climate change and the environment; social justice and community safety; and society, politics and identities – just to name a few.

On the following pages you will find more information about our research culture, our areas of expertise, our centres and labs, and our extraordinarily talented faculty researchers. Explore our research capabilities for yourself and see how the Faculty of Arts is changing and enhancing lives through innovation and expertise.

 Latest Research News

The Dean of Arts Office is thrilled to unveil a new note card design for 2022, featuring the original work of Indigenous artist Torrie Ironstar. Ironstar is deaf, and Two-Spirit, and is a self-taught artist. SEE MORE>>

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The Faculty of Arts wishes all a 2021 holiday season full of peace and joy. We're delighted to share our holiday card, featuring an original piece by Saskatchewan-based artist Torrie Ironstar.  READ MORE>>

The School of Journalism’s Dr. Patricia Elliott will serve as Distinguished Professor of Investigative and Community Journalism at First Nations University of Canada for the next three years. READ MORE>>

The Department of History is pleased to partner with the Regina International Film Festival to host a National Canadian Film Day screening of the 2017 National Film Board documentary Unarmed Verses. The April 21 screening will also feature a filmmaker Q&A led by Dr. Dawn Flood (Campion College) and History Honours student Moniefa McCausland. READ MORE>>

We are delighted to share the Faculty of Arts' 2021 note card, featuring ‘Honouring the Buffalo’, an original piece by Saskatchewan-based Métis artist Phyllis Poitras-Jarrett. Poitras-Jarrett's art was also featured on our 2020 holiday card, with an original piece titled ‘Rabbit (aen lyayv)'. READ MORE>>

Despite the widespread occurrence of anxiety and depression among post-secondary students, they remain underserved in terms of treatment and support. The University of Regina Online Therapy Unit's UniWellbeing program aims to change this via internet-delivered Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. READ MORE>>

Eight UofR history students are among the university’s newest published authors. They are all contributors to a new open access ebook, Canada and Speeches from the Throne: Narrating a Nation, 1935-2015. READ MORE>>

A new pilot project will provide $62,520 in funding for the University of Regina’s Community Engagement and Research Centre to expand community-based experiential learning programming at the U of R. READ MORE>>

Organized by Dr. Robin Ganev (Department of History), the Central Canadian Online British History Seminar (CCOBHS) is a new series of talks that aims to highlight and share the work of Prairie-based scholars of British history. The series kicks off on January 12. READ MORE>>

Your friends in the Faculty of Arts wish you a holiday season full of peace, joy and renewal. We're delighted to share our 2020 holiday card. It features an original piece titled ‘Rabbit (aen lyayv)’, by Saskatchewan-based Métis artist Phyllis Poitras-Jarrett. READ MORE>>
File The Saskatchewan Disability Income Support Coalition, an organization that advocates for the income needs of Saskatchewan residents with disabilities, recently released a report in conjunction with the University of Regina’s Community Engagement and Research Centre. The report identified several significant shortcomings with the Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability (SAID) Program. READ MORE>>
Renewing Regina’s theatre community, assisting brain injury survivors in their ongoing recovery, and recognizing the perspectives of immigrant settlement workers in the era of COVID-19 – the University of Regina’s Community Engagement and Research Centre (CERC) has just launched new research projects in response to the needs of three local community-based organizations. READ MORE>>
An anti-racism initiative led by the University of Regina’s Psychology Graduate Students’ Association (PGSA) is attracting interest among students and practitioners of mental health services across North America. The PGSA has organized a virtual workshop program called the Anti-Racism Speaker Series, a series of panel discussions intended to engage with issues of anti-oppression. READ MORE>>
His transformational work on the well-being of public safety personnel has wons Dr. R. Nicholas Carleton (Department of Psychology/Canadian Institute for for Public Safety Research and Treatment) the 2020 Royal-Mach-Gaensslen prize. It is one of the most prestigious prizes in Canada for mental health researchers. READ MORE>>
As challenging as the shift to remote learning has been, it has also presented some unique and exciting pedagogical opportunities. Various members of the University of Regina Faculty of Arts have used the new remote learning environment to create some very innovative learning experiences. READ MORE>>
In a piece for Coversation Canada, Dr. Gordon Asmundson (Department of Psychology) reports on his recent research findings on the impact of COVID-19 on mental health. Based on a survey of Canadian and American respondents, he has determined that the  impact of COVID-19 is best understood as a multi-faceted syndrome of interconnected symptoms. READ MORE>>
In a project funded by Research Impact Canada, the Community Engagement and Research Centre and the Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment are joining forces to educate researchers on disseminating research findings.
A new policy brief co-authored by Dr. Gordon Asmundson (Department of Psychology), member of the Royal Society of Canada Task Force on COVID-19, examines the impact of COVID-19 on the mental health and well-being of Canadians. READ MORE>>
A new report co-authored by Dr. Emily Eaton, associate professor of Geography and Environmental Studies, urges Regina City Council to emphasize equity when implementing the 100% Renewable Regina motion adopted unanimously by Council in 2018. READ MORE>>
Economics professor Dr. Brett Dolter’s new report reveals key findings about Regina residents’ attitudes toward the city’s planned transition to 100% renewable energy. He plans to present the report to the City of Regina and urges officials to take advantage of public support. READ MORE>>
Dr. Gordon Asmundson, professor in the Department of Psychology has published a study revealing attitudes of fear and avoidance of frontline healthcare workers in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE>>
Dr. Shadi Beshai, professor in the Department of Psychology, is lead researcher of Mind-OP, a remotely-delivered mindfulness program designed to treat symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress. READ MORE>>>
Dr. Nicholas Carleton, professor in the Department of Psychology, and Scientific Director of the Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment, has been named a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. READ MORE>>
Various members of the University of Regina Faculty of Arts are taking part in Scholars Strike Canada (9-10 September 2020) a two-day social justice initiative aimed at protesting systemic racism, colonialism, and police brutality in Canada and world-wide. READ MORE>>
In a co-authored piece for The Conversation, History professor Dr. Raymond Blake and Professor Emeritus John Whyte, from the Department of Politics and International Studies, contextualize former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau's impact on Canada's constitution and it's legacy for Canadian nationhood. READ MORE>>
Dr. Thomas Hadjistavropoulos, professor in the Department of Psychology, and director of the University’s Centre on Aging and Health has recieved $550,000 from AGE-WELL Network of Centres of Excellence to continue his ground-breaking research into technology-based solutions for pain detection. READ MORE>>
In a co-authored piece for The Conversation, Dr. Amber Fletcher, professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Studies and Academic Director of the Centre for Community Engaged Research, discusses the persistent sexism facing female farmers in Canada. READ MORE>>
A new Fulbright Canada Research Chair is developing ways to better interpret comprehensive mental health assessments among children, youth, and adults. READ MORE>>
The Faculty of Arts' Community Engagement and Research Centre teams with the Circle Project and the Four Directions Community Health Centre organizations to shed light on Regina's 'hidden homeless'. READ MORE>>
Psychology professor Dr. Gordon Asmundson leads a new online hub for evidence-based COVID-19 knowledge. The site aims to provide resources for the public and for health-care professionals on addressing pandemic anxiety. READ MORE>>
A ten year anniversary marks major changes for the Faculty of Arts' former Community Research Unit - including a name change and a new Academic Director. READ MORE>>
Clinical Psychology PhD student Hilary Power's published study examines the research on gender and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. READ MORE>>
Psychology professor Dr. Thomas Hadjistavropoulos is awarded a major grant for the development and dissemination of pain detection technology. READ MORE>>
Faculty of Arts researchers achieve major success from the Social Science and Research Council’s Insight Grants program. Funded projects include research into sugar consumption, eye-tracking technology, the spread of misinformation, and Pierre Trudeau’s 1983 Peace Initiative. READ MORE>>
In the latest edition of the Faculty of Arts' Perspectives blog, Dr. Claire Carter discusses the disruptive potential of queer community sport. READ MORE>>
Clinical Psychology graduate Dr. Michelle Teale Sapach has been awarded the prestigious Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal. READ MORE>>
U of R’s newest Banting Postdoctoral Fellow to explore violence against Indigenous women and girls in residential schools. READ MORE>>
In an article for The Conversation, Dr. Michelle Stewart, professor in the Department of Gender, Religion, and Critical Studies, discusses defunding policing and re-imagining a more just police services. READ MORE>>
Psychology professor Dr. Gordon Asmundson has been named to the Saskatchewan Order of Merit. READ MORE>>
In a piece for the digital magazine Sapiens, Anthropology professor Dr. Carlos Londoño Sulkin examines the politics of the COVID-19 crisis in the Amazon, and whether celebrity attention is helping or hurting Amazonian peoples. READ MORE>>
The JSchool has just published the longest edition ever of its acclaimed student news magazine, The Crow. The School of Journalism's Mark Taylor explains the story behind the stories. READ MORE>>
In an essay for Medium, author and English professor Dr. Jes Battis explores queerness, relationships, and academia on the spectrum. READ MORE>>
Going shopping in pandemic times: In a blog entry for the University of Toronto Press, History professor Dr. Donica Belisle examines why we shop the way we do, and more specifically, why we stockpile goods in times of crisis. READ MORE>>
Justice Studies professor Dr. James Gacek's new project examines how correctional officers negotiate well-being with their work in Saskatchewan correctional facilities
Sociology professor Dr. Amber Fletcher is appointed 2020 Greeley Scholar for Peace Studies at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. READ MORE>>
Under the direction of Dr. Heather Hajistravropoulos, the Online Therapy Unit offers free online wellbeing courses and therapy just when it's needed most READ MORE>>
The Faculty of Arts' Community Research Unit helps Regina Fire and Protective Services update crucial educational programming. READ MORE>>
File A new $989,925 CIHR grant funds Dr. Nicholas Carleton's research into protecting the mental health of all public safety personnel. READ MORE>>
In response to COVID-19 and physical distancing orders, the Faculty of Arts' Community Research Unit assists the Regina Early Learning Centre in adapting programming for online delivery. READ MORE>>
Following a national search, Dr. Shannon Dea, currently Professor of Philosophy at the University of Waterloo, has been appointed Dean of Arts and Professor of Philosophy. Dr. Dea's appointment commences 1 September 2020. READ MORE>>
Psychologist Dr. Gordon Asmundson has been awarded $400,000 to study the psychological factors influencing the spread of COVID-19. Asmundson is a global expert on the impacts of health anxiety. READ MORE>>
History professor Dr. Philip Charrier's new project explores transgender politics in 1950's Paris through the work of a renowned Swedish photographer.

The Department of Psychology Clinical Psychology program boasts a 100% success rate in matching senior graduate students with residency programs across Canada. Success in this competitive process is a major accomplishment for the UofR's accredited program. READ MORE>>