Scholarly Activity Award Recipients

Red Deer College is committed to life-long learning and to advancing research and scholarly activity in our province. At RDC scholarly activity goes far beyond the traditional limits of academic research. Faculty are recognized for scholarly activity in four categories:
1. Scholarship of Discovery
2. Scholarship of  Integration
3. Scholarship of Application 
4. Scholarship of Teaching
Every Fall since 2006, RDC has publicly recognized faculty for scholarly activity.  In 2006, the College and the Faculty Association created an annual fund of $10,000 to recognize significant scholarly undertakings by faculty members.  Since 2011, we have organized a public event to recognize the significant contributions of our faculty. 
Each year, a jury comprised of members from the Recognition of Scholarly Activity committee selects applications submitted by faculty members with a broad appreciation of scholarship. Since 2006, the College and the Faculty Association created an annual fund of $10,000 to recognize significant scholarly undertakings by faculty members.

Congratulations to the 2016 Recognition of Scholarly Activity Award Winners

A Profession of Hope: Farming on the Edge of the Grizzly Trail
English | School of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Jenna Butler, a member of the English Department at RDC, is an off-grid organic farmer and the author of four award-winning books: Seldom Seen Road, Wells, Aphelion, and A Profession of Hope: Farming on the Edge of the Grizzly Trail. Her newest work is Revery: A Year of Bees, essays on women, beekeeping, and international community-building. Butler’s research into endangered environments has taken her from America’s Deep South to Ireland’s Ring of Kerry, and from volcanic Tenerife to the Arctic Circle onboard an ice-class masted sailing vessel, exploring the ways in which we impact the landscapes we call home. 
Coach Evaluation from Three Perspectives: An Athletic Director, A Coach and a Consultant and Relationship among Coaching Success, Servant Leadership, Cohesion and Social Behaviours Kinesiology and Sports Studies | School of Health Sciences

Keith started at RDC in 1994-95 as an instructor in the Kinesiology program and the men’s volleyball coach. In 12 years of coaching the Kings, the team won nine national championships.  In 2007, Keith stopped coaching and became the Athletic Director at RDC until 2015. In 2015, he became a full-time instructor in the Kinesiology program. Keith has a MSC in Sport and Recreation management, a BA in Recreation Administration and a Business Administration diploma. He is also a level 4 certified coach who has been inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and the Volleyball Alberta Hall of Fame. He now coaches many of this daughters’ teams (daughters age 12, 10, 8) and is now extremely involved in coach education at all levels of sport.
Canada’s Expert for Welding and Mentor to the Team Canada Welding Competitor for the 2015 WorldSkills Competition
Welding | School of Trades and Technologies

Ken started his career at Red Deer College in 1996 in the Welding Department. In 1997, he was approached by SkillsCanada Alberta to be involved in the Provincial and National SkillsCanada competition to be held June 1997 in Red Deer Alberta (at RDC). Since 2002 to the present time, he has been the Chair of the Provincial Technical Committee for SkillsCanada Alberta. Since 2004 to the present time, he has been the Coordinator for the Central Regional SkillsCanada Alberta competitions. Ken’s involvement with WorldSkills International began in 2007. Since that time, he has travelled to Shzuoka, Japan; London England; Leipzig, Germany and São Paulo, Brazil and within Canada. He will represent Canada at the 2016 WorldSkills International competition in Abu Dhabi, United Emirates. Ken was selected to be the Team Canada WorldSkills International Expert for Welding in 2012, 2014 and 2016.
Learning How to Build Community without Following the Instructions: Finding Pieces of Resistance in The Lego Movie
CAP Biology | School of Arts and Sciences

Elissa Odgren is a biology instructor in the Career and Academic Preparation program. While completing her Master of Education at the University of Calgary, she conducted a textual analysis as a final assignment for one of her courses. When her instructor asked if she would like to delve into the topic further and prepare her manuscript for publication, she jumped at the opportunity. Her chapter, Learning How to Build Community without Following the Instructions: Finding Pieces of Resistance in The Lego Movie, was accepted for publication in the book Popular Culture as Pedagogy: Research in the Field of Adult Education.

The Gold Medal Profile Research Project  for Basketball Canada
Kinesiology & Sports Studies | School of Health Sciences

Clayton Pottinger is a Kinesiology instructor at RDC and the head coach of the Kings Basketball team. Clayton earned his M.Ed from the University of Victoria and his B.Ed from the University of Alberta. Clayton is entering his sixth year at RDC. He lives in Red Deer with his wife, Cynthia, and their children, AJ and Sloan. Clayton has a passion for statistics and basketball. He has used his expertise in both areas to help amass an impressive 102-31 record with the Kings. His winning percentage is highest among active basketball men’s coaches in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference.  

No Regrets: Suggestions for Improvements to Public Apologies 
Social Work | School of Arts and Sciences

Elaine has been a Registered Social Worker for 30 years, working in the areas of rural mental health, early intervention, feminist therapy, community care and social work leadership. Elaine joined Red Deer College’s social work faculty in 2005. Elaine’s research interests lie in the application of progressive theory into practice, rural ethics, the questions of right and wrong, and expanding our narratives on restorative relations.
NGOs and Participatory Development in India Social Work | School of Arts and Sciences

Baiju holds masters and PhD in social work. His areas of interest in research and practice include community engagement, social work ethics, gender and social determinants of health. He had been teaching Master of Social Work program at Sanskrit university in India for twelve years, before joining as instructor in Social Work program at Red Deer College. His book, NGOs and Participatory Development in India is the result of his PhD work, and gives a firsthand information on nonprofit agencies in India, and on how they engage communities in development works.
Pianos Galore
Music – Piano | School of Creative Arts

Dale Wheeler holds the Doctorate in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma as well as degrees from the University of Saskatchewan and Trinity College of Music, London. Dr. Wheeler has appeared as a recitalist, accompanist, adjudicator, and workshop clinician throughout North America. He is a senior examiner and clinician for The Royal Conservatory of Music and the Frederick Harris Music Company. He has presented at national and international music conferences including Vancouver, Chicago, Glasgow (Scotland), Novi Sad (Serbia) and Seoul (S. Korea.) His articles have also been published in Clavier, CFMTA Journal, American Music Teacher, and the Journal of the American Liszt Society.

Atheism and Deism Revalued: Heterodox Religious Identified in Britain, 1650 – 1800 
History | School of Arts and Sciences

Jeff Wigelsworth has been at Red Deer College since 2010, where he teaches history. He is the author of three previous books. His research examines the intellectual landscape of early-modern England, with a particular focus on the intersection of political, theological, and philosophical debates in the public arena. He has recently completed a new book on Oxford University in the early-eighteenth century. And his current work examines conceptions of divine power used in the critique of England’s deists.