Jessica Rizk

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Jessica Rizk

jessica.rizk@uwaterloo.ca

Jessica is currently a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow in the Sociology and Legal Studies Department at the University of Waterloo and the co-chair of the sociology of education research cluster. She has recently defended her PhD in sociology from McMaster University, where she was also nominated for the Governor General Gold Medal Award. Her SSHRC-funded dissertation examined the impact of new digital learning tools on student engagement across Ontario school boards. Her research interests centre around the sociology of education, digital technologies, student engagement, inequality and qualitative methods. As a postdoctoral fellow, she plans to continue to explore the connections between education and new emerging technologies. Jessica is also a certified teacher (OCT) and brings with her over five years of K-10 classroom experience.

 


 

 

Current: SSHRC postdoctoral fellow, Department of Sociology and Legal Studies, University of Waterloo,
Research interests: Education, digital technologies, student engagement, childhood, inequality , qualitative method
Dissertation title: The 21st Century Classroom: Technology as a Transformative Tool in Educational Routines, Rules, and Rituals”
Education:
PhD., Sociology, McMaster, 2018
M.Ed.,  Education, York University, 2013
B.A., Honors, Sociology, York University, 2011
BEd., Primary/Junior/Intermediate, 2011
Publications:
Peer Reviewed Articles
 Davies, S. & Rizk, J. (2018). The three generations of cultural capital research: A narrative review. Review of Educational Research 88(3), 331-365.
 Pizarro Milian, R. & Rizk, J. (2018). Marketing Catholic higher education: Holistic self-actualization, personalized learning and wholesome goodness. Higher Education, 76(1), 51-66.
Pizarro Milian, R. & Rizk, J. (2018). “Do university ranking matter? A qualitative exploration of institutional selection at three southern Ontario universities”. Journal of Further and Higher Education, 42(8), 1143-1155
 Rizk, J., & Birioukov, A. (2017). Following the flâneur: The methodological possibilities and applications of flânerie in new urban spaces. The Qualitative Report, 22(12), 3268-3285.
Book Chapters:
Davies, S., Cyr, D., & Rizk, J. (2015). “Where do educational achievement gaps come from?” In W. Lehmann (Ed.) The Sociology of Education in Canada: Contemporary Debates and Perspectives (pp. 20-25). Toronto, ON: Toronto University Press.
In Progress:
 Rizk, J. (2018). “I can do this at home”: Technology and the digital divide in 21st century Classrooms. (invitation to submit manuscript, in preparation). Special Issue of American Educational Research Journal- “Screens, Apps, and Digital Books for Young Children: The Promise of Multimedia”.
 
Selected Awards/Honours
2018: SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Waterloo, $80,000
2018: Nominated for the Governor Gold Medal Award for Academic Excellence
2014-18: SSHRC doctoral fellowship, McMaster University, $80, 000
2013-17: McMaster Graduate Scholarship, $40,000
2015: GSA Grant, McMaster University, $500
2014: Nominated for the GSA Keith Leppman Teaching Assistant Excellence Award, McMaster University
2013-14: Ontario Graduate Scholarship (declined), McMaster University, $15,000
2012-13: SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship, York University, $17,500,
2013: Nominated for the Harry Lyman Hooker Doctoral Fellowship, McMaster University
2012-13: Ontario Graduate Scholarship (declined), York University, $15,000
2013: Nominated for FGS Master Thesis Prize, York University