Cathlene Hillier

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Cathlene Hillier

cathlenh@nipissingu.ca

I am a postdoctoral researcher at Nipissing University. As a former elementary school teacher, I am interested in school processes and ways in which schools can be compensatory (or partially compensatory) institutions for disadvantaged students. Also, I am interested in family-school dynamics and how parents and students engage in schooling. My earlier research examined teachers’ responses to policies on religious inclusion and religious accommodation. My doctoral research is a mixed-methods study exploring how lower-SES parents and children engage teachers and schooling processes in developing children’s early literacy skills.


Current status: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Nipissing University, 2018-2020 (with Dr. David Zarifa’s Life Course Transitions in Northern and Rural Communities project; Part-time instructor, Wilfrid Laurier University
Research interests: Education, Inequality, Quantitative and qualitative methods, Parent engagement, Parents’ and students’ aspiration, Sociology of family
Dissertation: A seasonal research design examining macro-level factors and micro-understandings of parent engagement and children’s literacy achievement

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Education:
Ph.D, Sociology, University of Waterloo, 2018
M.A., Sociology, Wilfrid Laurier University, 2011
M.Ed., Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, 2008
B.Ed., University of Windsor, 1999
B.A., Sociology, University of Waterloo, 1998

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Publications:
Refereed Journal Articles
Hillier, C., & J. Aurini (2018).  What role does the ‘parent-effect’ play in child-centered research? A photo-interview study of home reading practices.  Qualitative Research, 18(4) 492–509.
Hillier, C. (2014). “But we’re already doing it”: Ontario teachers’ responses to policies on religious inclusion and accommodation in public schools. Alberta Journal of Educational Research, 60(1), 43-61.
Hillier, C., & H.C. Hillier. (2013). Foucault and education: Power, pedagogy and panopticon. Didaskalia, 22, 55-76.
Waite, N., L. McCarthy, E. Milne, C. Hillier, & S. Houle (2018). Perceived preparedness for full-scope pharmacist services among recent Doctor of Pharmacy graduates from Ontario schools of pharmacy. Journal of the American Pharmacists’ Association. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.japh.2018.06.016
Chapters in Books
Hillier, C., & J. Aurini (2018). The summer reading blues: Children’s accounts of summer literacy practices.  In Reading Sociology: Canadian Perspectives, Third Edition.  Oxford University Press, Edited by Patrizia Albanese, Lorne Tepperman and Emily Alexander (pp. 64-68).
Aurini, J., & C. Hillier (2018).  Re-opening the black box of educational disadvantage: Why we need new answers to old questions.  In Education in a New Society: Renewing the Sociology of Education.  University of Chicago Press, Edited by Jal Mehta and Scott Davies (pp. 309-333).
Aurini, J., E. Milne, & C. Hillier. (2016). The two sides of “vigilance”: Parent engagement and its relationship to school connections, responsibility and agency.  In Education and Society: Canadian Perspectives. Oxford University Press, Edited by Wolfgang Lehmann (pp. 90-102).
Hillier, C., & E. Milne. (forthcoming 2019). ‘You’re an alien to us’: Autoethnographic accounts of two researchers’ experiences in an organizational setting.  In The Craft of Qualitative Research. Canadian Scholars’ Press, Edited by Steven Kleinknecht, Lisa-Jo van den Scott and Carrie B. Sanders.

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 Selected Awards/Honours
2014-2017 .  Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Doctoral Award ($60,000)
2014-2017   President’s Graduate Scholarship ($30,000)
2012-2014   Arts Graduate Experience Award ($8,389)
2012-2013   University of Waterloo/Faculty of Arts Graduate Scholarship ($9,552)
2013-2014   Ontario Graduate Scholarship ($15,000)
2013-2014   Provost Graduate Scholarship ($15,000; declined)
2013-2014   Graduate Research Studentship ($4,100)
2013-2014 .  Sociology Graduate Scholarship ($3,688)
2012-2013   Provost Doctoral Entrance Award for Women ($5,000)
2010-2011   Wilfrid Laurier University Graduate Scholarship ($12,000)
2011             Nominated for the Gold Medal for Academic Excellence, Wilfrid Laurier  University

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Additional Certification:
2016: Completed Certificate in University Teaching program offered by the Centre for Teaching Excellence at the University of Waterloo.  Workshops taken: Understanding the Learner; Interactive Teaching; Assessing Student Learning; and Course Design.  Research paper: ’There is no racism in Canada’: Practical ways of addressing sensitive topics with undergraduate students in sociology classes.