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Faculty and Staff Research

Red Deer College’s faculty and staff are experts in their fields, and they share this knowledge with students through diverse research projects. With support from RDC’s Research Common and Research Ethics Board, and access to the facilities and centres at the College, faculty and staff are well-positioned to delve into research in their fields.Faculty and Staff Research

As a teaching institution, projects related to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning are an important part of the research undertaken by faculty and staff at RDC. Other research projects may be undertaken with community partners, businesses, government agencies or other post-secondary institutions.

researchscholarshipoffice [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca (Contact us) if you are interested in learning more about research at RDC. 

Want to see examples of faculty research? See the featured projects listed below or visit Recognition of Scholarly Awards Recipients. The RDC Digital Repository showcases scholarly, research and creative works undertaken by RDC faculty, staff and students. Faculty, staff and members of the public are welcome to attend research-related events to learn more.  


Research Ethics Board Operations During COVID-19

Researchers starting new research projects, including Course Based Student Research, in the 2020/2021 academic year will be required to submit a COVID-19 Research Plan.  Details of a plan should appear in the Project Application form (found on the RDC Forms Index) as well as in the COVID-19 New Research Plan form (found on the Research Common site).

Please consult Considerations for Amendments to Research Impacted by COVID-19 for guidance on how to design the proposed research project to address the impact of COVID-19.  The Research Ethics Board (ethics [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca) and the Research Common (researchcommon [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca) can also be consulted. 

If the application does not reflect thorough consideration of the impact that COVID-19 will have on the proposed project, it will be returned for revision.

Completed Project Application forms and the COVID-19 New Research Plan form are to be submitted to ethics [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca.  Allow 2-3 weeks for review of your application. 

If you have any questions, or need assistance with the form or designing a COVID-19 Research Plan, please contact the REB at ethics [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca. This email account will be monitored over the summer, however, same-day reply may not be possible. 


Featured Faculty Projects

A Photovoice Study of Settlement Experiences and Needs of Recent Immigrant Men in Central Alberta 

Principal Investigator: Choon-Lee Chai, PhD; Co-Investigator: Jones Adjei, PhD

Funding: Mitacs Accelerate 

RDC Sociology faculty, Choon-Lee Chai and Jones Adjei, in partnership with the Red Deer Local Immigration Partnership, are conducting a photovoice research project with recent immigrant men who live in Central Alberta. The photovoice research method is typically used for community-based participatory research. This research design allows participants to use photographs to document and explain their experiences related to a research topic.

Through this project, Dr. Chai and Dr. Adjei will work with immigrant men for them to share their settlement experiences, and for settlement service provider organizations to use the information to improve their services to current and future immigrants in Central Alberta.

Part of the funding enables an undergraduate Sociology student to participate as a paid research intern, giving her first-hand community-based research experience and direct engagement with community organizations.


Margaret Laurence & Jack McClelland, Letters. 

Edited with an introduction by Laura K. Davis, PhD, and Linda M. Morra, PhD. Published by University of Alberta Press.

RDC English instructor Laura K. Davis, in collaboration with Linda M. Morra from Bishop’s University, curated and annotated a collection of letters between two Canadian literary icons that provides an insider’s view of the Canadian book business from the late 1950s to the mid-1980s. The book has received great reviews from the Globe and Mail, among others, and was an editor’s pick of the Toronto Star.

To create the book, Dr. Davis and Dr. Morra spent a lot of time at McMaster University in The William Ready Division of Archives and Research Collections. Two videos provide more information on Margaret Laurence, Jack McClelland, and the archival collections:

The project was supported by a grant from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council.


All Souls College, Oxford in the Early Eighteenth Century: Piety, Political Imposition, and Legacy of the Glorious Revolution (Leiden: Brill, 2018) and “Edward Stillingfleet’s Theological Critique of Cartesian Natural Philosophy,” History of European Ideas (in press)

Jeffrey R. Wigelsworth, PhD

RDC History instructor Jeff Wigelsworth’s work is centred around the understanding that in the 17th and 18th centuries, theology, politics, and the study of nature were not the separate categories of thought that they are in the modern world, but were moulded together with interconnected influence among all three of them.

Two recent works explore different aspects of this idea:

  • All Souls College, Oxford in the Early Eighteenth Century: Piety, Political Imposition, and Legacy of the Glorious Revolution examines All Souls College, Oxford, in the 18th century.  A history of the college under the Wardenship of Bernard Gardiner, this book offers a character-driven story that addresses scheming, duplicity, and self-righteousness projected against some of the most important political and religious episodes of the early eighteenth century.
  • The upcoming article “Edward Stillingfleet’s Theological Critique of Cartesian Natural Philosophy” addresses Edward Stillingfleet, Bishop of Worcester’s rejection of Cartesian philosophy. Dr. Wigelsworth uses this episode as an example to illustrate that what linked learned discussions in early-modern England were competing notions about God’s power in the world.            

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