Announcing the next Kule Chair appointment

July 16, 2021 | Society


Dr. Jeff Stepnisky

MacEwan University is pleased to announce that Dr. Jeffrey Stepnisky, associate professor in the Department of Sociology, has been appointed to a three-year term as the Kule Chair of Ukrainian  Community and International Development Research.

“Dr. Stepnisky’s appointment bolsters the ongoing study of Ukrainian topics at MacEwan University,” says Dr. Craig Monk, provost & vice-president, Academic. “His time as Kule Chair will strengthen our connection with partner institutions in Ukraine and will see greater emphasis placed on the research of social events that have shaped the last decade in that country.”

Appointees to the role of Kule Chair are responsible for promoting and engaging with Ukraine and advancing scholarly activity that focuses on Ukrainian-Canadian issues. The Kule Chair position was established in 2004 through a generous $1-million gift to MacEwan from Drs. Peter and Doris Kule.

“The Kule Chair is another integral part of MacEwan’s growing cache of research chairs," says Dr. Craig Kuziemsky, associate vice-president, Research, and interim dean of the School of Business. "These chairs are an important part of growing our research culture as well as providing dedicated expertise in a subject area."

About Dr. Jeff Stepnisky

Dr. Jeff Stepnisky conducts research in the areas of sociological theory, selfhood and identity. In 2013, he joined a working group organized through MacEwan’s Ukrainian Resource and Development Centre which examined the Ukrainian Maidan revolution as it unfolded in real-time. That project led to a research paper on the Maidan revolution and inspired an ongoing interest in research related to Ukraine.

With Dr. Danylo Sudyn from Ukrainian Catholic University, Dr. Stepnisky is currently conducting research on the history of sociological theory in Ukraine. He is also in the early stages of a project studying the commemoration of the Maidan revolution in Ukraine. To tie in with this project, Dr. Stepnisky is teaching a seminar on the topic of collective memory and society in the Winter 2022 term.

"The Ukrainian Foundation for College Education is delighted to congratulate Dr. Stepnisky on his appointment to the position of Kule Chair of Ukrainian Community and International Development Research," says Dr. Olenka Bilash, president of the Ukrainian Foundation for College Education. "His work with Dr. Sudyn at the Ukrainian Catholic University, a long-time international partner with MacEwan University, will provide an opportunity to engage with western sociological theories and create new knowledge and understandings. In turn, Dr. Stepnisky’s expanded knowledge of events in Ukraine that caught the attention of the entire world will no doubt influence the content of courses he teaches to MacEwan students. This type of Canada-Ukraine reciprocal intellectual exchange is an outgrowth of the community-university engagement model that UFCE embodies and endorses."

"I look forward to seeing Dr. Stepnisky excel as the Kule Chair through the contributions his research will make to our students, faculty members and external communities," adds Kuziemsky.

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