PhD - Department of Educational Policy Studies
Master in Philosophy - International Peace Studies
Adult Continuing Education Certificate (Distinction)
Voluntary Sector Management Program (with Distinction)
Research and Scholarly Activity
- Aboriginal education
- Aboriginal peoples' health
- Cross-cultural transitions
- Gender alliances
Dr. Steeves’ research interests focus primarily on factors impacting the well-being of Indigenous Peoples, particularly in educational contexts. Primary research interests include expansion of the concept of literacy and its real and potential impacts on Indigenous peoples (e.g., the concept of ‘Aboriginal literacy’) and ways theory, policy and practice interact to impact on the well-being of Indigenous peoples (e.g., how, or do, policies and practices align with pedagogical theories targeting education of Indigenous peoples). Awareness of variances in cultural perspectives among and between those with vested interests informs her work as does an interest in ethics and community based research.
- Identifying the demographics of homeless populations in relation to ethnicity and gender alliances. Funded by CIHR-IAPH Alberta Network Environments for Aboriginal Health Research. It is anticipated the snapshot provided by the data gathered will help agencies who provide overnight emergency shelter better meet the needs of the highly marginalized populations who utilize their services. It is also anticipated the study’s findings will provide entry points for additional research related to the well-being of Aboriginal peoples in and beyond this demographic.
- Alberta Adult Literacy Assessment Framework for Aboriginal Peoples / Communities. In collaboration with Bow Valley College. Funded by Enterprise and Advanced Education, Government of Alberta.
Professional & Community Affiliations
Dr. Steeves’ professional contributions incorporate teaching and consultation in a range of education and health related contexts, including over a decade’s service in the non-profit sector in the field of literacy education. Recognizing the importance of engaging with a range of public and private sectors Dr. Steeves serves on numerous institutional and community based boards and committees. Please see Dr. Steeves’ CV for a selected list.
Dr. Phyllis Grace Steeves, is a Cree Métis woman with strong roots in the community of Lac. Ste. Anne, Alberta, Canada. An ‘urban Aboriginal,’ she was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. Dr. Steeves has a keen appreciation for life’s training, be it through day to day living, the “school of hard knocks” or formal channels. All avenues have impacted on her work and her philosophies.
- Steeves, P. G. (2010). Literacy: Genocide’s silken instrument. Doctoral dissertation. Edmonton, AB: University of Alberta.
- Steeves, P. G. (2009). Foreword: Working with Indigenous families. In Foundations in family literacy. Edmonton, AB: Centre for Family Literacy.
- Steeves, P. (2008). Policy and administration for non-profits. In L. Rouleau. (Ed.). Pathways: Professional development for adult literacy practitioners. Cycle 1.Edmonton, AB: Literacy Alberta & University of Alberta.
- Steeves, P. G. (Ed.). (2010). CIHR Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health Newsletter. Spring 2010. Edmonton: Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health.
- Atkinson, T. Steeves, P. G. (Eds.). (2009). Literacies: Researching Practice, Practising Research. 10(Spring 2009).
- 2011. ARTS Graduate Research Award (Outstanding dissertation). Arts Researchers and Teachers Society, Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies, Canadian Society for the Study of Education
- 2011. Phi Delta Kappa / Faculty of Education Doctoral Dissertation Award. Phi Delta Kappa / University of Alberta
- 2011. Esquao Award (Recognition of achievements in the area of education). Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women
- 2009. Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship: Doctoral. University of Alberta
- 2007. City of Edmonton Graduate Fellowship Award. City of Edmonton