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UToday HomeNovember 5, 2012

Michelle Hogue, PhD’11, has been awarded the 2012 Pat Clifford Award for her work in Aboriginal education.  Photo courtesy of Michelle HogueMichelle Hogue, PhD’11, has been awarded the 2012 Pat Clifford Award for her work in Aboriginal education. Photo courtesy of Michelle HogueWhen it comes to learning, most educators will tell you that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching, especially with a student body as diverse as Canada’s.

For Aboriginal students, the challenge runs even deeper, as the concepts of knowing and learning often stray from their traditional understanding of what it means to acquire knowledge. And for those working with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit (FNMI) learners, the task is to find methods which incorporate aspects of culture with education.

Michelle Hogue, PhD ’11, is working to find that platform – and she’s being recognized for her efforts.

The Canadian Education Association (CEA) has awarded Hogue the 2012 Pat Clifford Award for Early Career Research in Education, which recognizes an educator who excels in research and teaching.

The award is named for Pat Clifford, one of the co-founders of the Galileo Educational Network who passed away in 2008.

Hogue, an assistant professor and the co-ordinator of the First Nations Transition Program based at the University of Lethbridge, teaches Bridging Cultures: Two-eyed Seeing, and Introductory Chemistry, among other courses. Her goal with the course is to assist FNMI students transitioning into university, and to encourage them to pursue careers that will not only benefit themselves, but ultimately their communities as well.

“I love the stories, the narratives of the students who are in the program, and I love seeing them succeed,” she says. “I have been very lucky on my own journey and I have the opportunity to pay it forward in a way that enables others to succeed. That is truly a gift.”

The Faculty of Education’s Michele Jacobsen, chair of the Pat Clifford Award Nominations Committee for the Canadian Education Association, says Hogue’s work has “the potential to transform education through innovative approaches to teaching.”

Hogue was honoured at the Canadian Education Association’s Council Meeting in Toronto on Oct. 24.

“I am humbled to win this award, particularly in light of Pat Clifford's accomplishments,” says Hogue. “She was an amazing educator who contributed greatly to curriculum and policy. I hope that my work will contribute in beneficial ways that will enable leaders of tomorrow.”