Curriculum vitae

Dr. Rhonda L. Paulsen, Hrs. B.A., M.A., Ed.D.

  “Advocating Cultural Diversity in Education and Training”

Personal Mandate:
To share the responsibility of ensuring that education and business institutes
provide environments in which differing learning styles, worldviews and traditions
co-exist in a balance of autonomy and association.


Ed.D, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto – Doctor of Education; specializing in Adult Education, Counselling Psychology, and Community Development

M.A., Trent University – Canadian Heritage Development Studies; Teaching Assistant positions

Hrs. B.A., Trent University – major in Native Studies with focus on Education and Business; Dean’s Honour List

Doctor of Education Dissertation and Master’s Thesis:

Ed.D:  “A Critique of Language and Literacy in Educational Policy: Hawaii and Canada”
This research analyzed historical and contemporary policies and laws regarding language within the educational system in Hawaii and Canada. It provided a comparative context to Indigenous studies in the political and education arenas and identified specific areas for continued research and investigation, such as language use, policy development and curriculum.

M.A.:  “Displaced Culture: Re-defining Tradition within Two Pedagogical Paradigms”
The purpose of this community based research was to establish the value of Aboriginal Alternative schooling vis-a-vis the mainstream system.  This research was based on interviews with a study group of Indigenous students and evaluated alternative schooling for best practices in learning strategies, outcomes and measurements of success. Further, the study explored the meeting ground between Indigenous knowledge and western perspective.

Both the M.A. and Ed.D research are grounded in sociological theory, utilizing qualitative and quantitative research methodology, data analysis and evaluation processes.  The premise of the theses encapsulates the subjective realities and perceptions in human development, and explores the origins of social status orders, the place of schools in this order, and the effects of such on people.


-    University of Waterloo:  Social Work Certificate
-    Confederation College: Adult Education Teacher Training Diploma
-    Bell Canada: Management Certificate in Program Development, Teaching and Training
-    Certified 1st degree black belt in each of:  Tae-Kwon Do, Hupkido, Kuk Sool Won, and Karate
-    Bronze medal, Tae Kwon Do, 1981 Pan Am Games Preliminaries

Research and Publication

- Spirit of the Island:  Manitoulin’s People - Ezhi-minidoowang Minis:  Minidoo-wining Bemaadizijig, a book targeted to both the student and the general public, written in both Anishinaabemowin (Ojibway) and English in one volume for full exposure to the languages, approved as required reading at Trent University; ISBN 978-0-9938026-1-4, 2013
- Implications for Educational Achievement for Indigenous Youth, presented at the 6th International Conference on Education: Pacific Rim, Australia; published in Talking Back, Talking Forward:  Journeys in Transforming Indigenous Educational Practice, edited by Greg Williams, Charles Darwin University Press, 2011
- Residential Schools:  Background Information for Health and Education Service Providers, co-wrote with Dr. Barbara Ronson for the Seniors’ Aboriginal Literacy Project, 2011
Social and Cultural Influences on Learning in the University Setting, presented at the 5th International Conference on Indigenous Education: Pacific Nations, Honolulu, Hawaii; published in Indigenous Education:  Pacific Nations, edited by Robert Wesley Heber, Centre for International Academic Exchange, First Nations University of Canada, 2009
- Best Practices for Native Literacy and Learning, member of research and conference organizing team with the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto, implemented on a Canadian national level; publication in the Canadian Journal of Native Education, Vol. 27, no. 1, 2003
Jamaica Rising, researched and wrote secondary school curriculum kit including teacher’s lesson plans, maps, video, and evaluation process; Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU), 2002
Around the Table: Gathering Oral Histories of Global Citizens in our Community, Canadian International Development Agency and the Kawartha World Issues Centre (print and video), 2001
In Search of Nym, designed curriculum resource in the form of a board game for Culture, Language, History and Politics topics (adaptable for intermediate to college levels); endorsed by Queen’s Park Anti-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity Branch, MTCU, 1991
-  Life Skills and Your Career Path, wrote college curriculum in manual format, MTCU, 1990

Speaking Engagements

          -  Ontario Native Education Counselling Association (ONECA) conference (arranged for May 2016), Keynote Speaker: “New Direction: Healing and Reconciliation in Indigenous Post-Secondary Education”

          - International Association of Language Commissioners, Ottawa: “Protecting Language Rights”

          - Chiefs of Ontario Annual conference:  Panelist for session “Best Practices:  First Nations Control over First Nations Education”

          - Metis Nation of Ontario, Wapiti Metis Council: “Metis Education: Canada’s Priority(?)”

          - Canadian Federation of University Women: “Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Call:  Promoting Healing and Right-Relations through Education”

          - First Peoples House of Learning, Trent University, Insights Conference:  co-presenter with Elder Shirley I. Williams on the research, writing, and translation of “Spirit of the Island:  Manitoulin’s People”

          - College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario: “Multi-culturalism; Multi-lingualism:  Perspectives for an Approach to Classroom           Dynamics”

          - Canadian Association for Studies in Adult Education: “Life-Long Learning”

          - Ontario Provincial Teacher Training conference: Panelist for “Global Awareness in the Classroom”

          - Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer (ONCAT): “Collaborating for Best Practices in  Indigenous Post-Secondary Education”

          - Ontario Council for International Co-operation: Panelist, “Best Practices: Teacher/NGO Collaboration”

          - International Conference on Indigenous Education, Hawaii:  article publication above

          - International Education Symposium: “Language, Equity, and Identity in Education”

          - Canadian Indigenous/Native Studies Association (CINSA) Trent University: “Influences on Diversity in Learning”

          - CINSA, OISE/University of Toronto:  Panelist for session “Alternative Learning”

           -Trent University’s Indigenous Women’s Symposium: “Restoring Right Relationships and Knowledges in Health and Education” (partnered with Dr. Eileen Antone and Dr. Barbara Ronson)

          - University of Toronto: conference organizer and speaker, “Native Literacy:  A Living Language”

          - Trent University’s International Summer Exploration Conferences: “Education in Canada”

          - Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board: “Global Justice Issues:

 - Heads of Interdisciplinary Studies, Ontario: “Post-secondary Indigenous Education”

          - United Church Presbytery: “A response to Canada’s Truth & Reconciliation Commission:  The Church and Indigenous Education for Healing”

          - New Canadian Center: “Intercultural Relations in Schools” 

          - Rotary Club: “Canadian Education in the International Forum” 

Community Affiliations and Personal Involvement

          -  Trent University: Indigenous Studies Ph.D Program Council member (original Steering Committee for this Ph.D program, the first in Canada); after the                        Program implementation, continued as a member on: Graduate Committee, Selections Committee, and Ethics Committee

          -  Fleming College:  Aboriginal Education Council member

          -  Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board:  “Character Matters” team member

          -  Catholic District School Board: conducted literacy tests and assessments for MTCU

          -  Spanish level 1 in preparation for an archaeological dig (with Hopi community support) researching Hopi land claims: a fifteen year project that successfully negotiated with the U.S. government for the return of over 90,000 acres to the Hopi society (forcibly taken from them in the 1920’s)

          -  Ojibway Dictionary and Lexicon:  artist for university level resources (in text and CD format)