Barbara Jenni

Barbara Jenni
Position
PhD Candidate in Educational Studies
Department: Curriculum and Instruction
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Area of expertise

Principles, practices, and activities related to sharing knowledge created in academia back into society; Political economy of HE; EDI; Systems thinking

Areas of research/expertise

Diversity & inclusion; Leadership; Community education; Principles, practices, and activities related to sharing knowledge created in academia back into society; Political economy of HE; EDI; Systems thinking

What would you like others to know about you?

My doctoral research is informed by 20+ years of academic and professional experiences in varied settings: archive services, research administration, community rehab work with adults living with cognitive change, community-based research, and cross/multi-cultural learning. Connecting these activities has been my life-long curiosity about what constitutes knowledge, how do we share knowledge, and who gets to participate in the process of knowledge creation.

What have you done so far, or what do you hope to accomplish during your graduate degree at UVic?

My non-negotiable commitment to myself during my PhD: the journey must be enriching (labour-intensive and demanding are acceptable, but depleting is not an option). 

Can you share an experience or something you've learned that other students might benefit from knowing more about?

Always my first practical tip to share: learn how to use a citation management tool (any of the many options will save you invaluable time and UVIC Libraries offers free training courses).

Take advantage of opportunities “doing” research, even if they seem not to fully align with your (current) goals or take you outside your department – practice, practice, practice!