Lorenzo Cherubini has been named new director of the Tecumseh Centre for Aboriginal Research and Education.
The associate professor in the Faculty of Education has been the centre’s acting director. He starts his new position on July 1, 2011.
A former school administrator in the Halton Region, Cherubini said his research of Aboriginal education started with an interest in policy and social justice issues.
His research concentrates on areas of teacher development and policy analysis, and he holds a Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Grant to examine Aboriginal educational policy. He also received a SSHRC Aboriginal Developmental Grant to work with prospective and new Aboriginal teachers in Ontario. He is also the editor of the AABSS Journal, the annual publication of the American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences.
Cherubini describes his new appointment as an honour.
“It’s an honour to be working with and learning from the people who work at the Tecumseh Centre,” he said. “I want to continue the good work of previous directors.”
He is also heartened by the University’s commitment to Aboriginal research and education, he said.
Cherubini brings a wealth of expertise to the Tecumseh Centre, said Fiona Blaikie, Dean of the Faculty of Education.
“His experience working with Aboriginal educators and in Aboriginal educational policy is invaluable,” she said. “We are delighted to welcome him to this important role within the Faculty.”
The Tecumseh Centre is the only multidisciplinary research entity in Ontario that builds educational programming around the needs and requirements of Aboriginal communities.