Teaching (A selection)
Instructor, Ontario Institute of Studies in Education, University of Toronto
Graduate Course: Spirituality and Schooling (2020)
Instructor, Faculty of Education, McGill University, Canada
Undergraduate Courses: Religious Quest (2017), Ethics & Religious Culture, Elementary (2016)
Teaching Assistant, Faculty of Education, McGill University, Canada
Graduate Course: Multicultural Societies (2016)
Undergraduate Course: Multicultural Education (Since renamed to Equity Education), 2014 & 2015
Public school educator, Greater Toronto Area, Canada (2010-2012)
Workshop Developer & Facilitator: “Political and religious literacy: How do they intersect?” (Renison College, University of Waterloo, 2020), ““How to engage & teach civic dialogue” (Faculty of Education, McGill University, 2020), “Navigating Religious Diversity in the Classroom” (The Canadian Centre for Diversity & Inclusion’s See Different Program, 2016)
Guest speaking: “Religious literacy Q&A” (Griffiths University, Australia, 2020), “Deeper Dive & Q&A” (Interfaith Youth Core, USA and Religious Freedom Center, Washington D.C., 2019), “Existing models of change: A look at solutions to religious bullying in the US” (Islamic Council of North America Council of Social Justice, 2018), “Religious bullying and religious literacy” (Spiritual and Community Animator Meeting, English Montreal School Board, 2017), “Quebec and its Ethics & Religious Culture program” (Dept. of Humanities & Social Sciences, NYU-Steinhardt, 2016)
What People Say
This is one of the best courses I have taken at OISE…Graduate Student, University of Toronto, August 2020 (Course lecturer)
She is extremely professional and accommodating for students.Undergraduate Student, McGill University, March 2016 (Course lecturer)
Very engaging presentation!Undergraduate Student, McGill University, January 2020 (Guest speaking)
Refereed Research Presentations (A selection)
Chan, W. Y. A. & Nesterova, Y. (2019, June). Workshop co-facilitator, “Belonging” and UNESCO-MGIEP’s #YouthWagingPeace – Youth-led guide on prevention of violent extremism through education, World Anti-bullying Forum, Dublin, Ireland.
Chan, W. Y. A., Jafralie, S., Mistry, H., Reid, E., & Zaver, A. (2019, Apr.) Co-Presenter, A Canadian conception of religious literacy, Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) 2019 Conference, San Francisco
Chan, W. Y. A. & Lester, E. (2018, Nov.). Co-Presenter, Intersectionality and Identity Politics of Race, Religion, and Class in Georgia Public Schools, Religious Education Association Conference, Washington, D. C.
Chan, W. Y. A., Reid, E., Jafralie, S. (2018, Nov.). Co-Presenter, The Centre for Civic Religious Literacy, Parliament of World Religions, Toronto.
Chan, W. Y. A. (2017, Dec.) Presenter, The societal effects of religious bullying and corresponding solutions for it, National Inter-faith Anti-bullying Summit, Washington, D.C.
Ghosh, R., Chan, W. Y. A., Manuel, A. Dilimulati, M. (2017, Dec). Workshop Presenter, Building inclusive communities to counter religious extremism through HRE. 8th International Conference on Human Rights Education, Equitas – International Centre for Human Rights Education, Montreal
Chan, W. Y. A. (2017, Nov.) Poster, Religious bullying: Considering content-based bullying. Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network (PREVNet) Conference 2017, Ottawa
Mistry, H. & Chan, W. Y. A. (2017, Nov). Workshop Presenter, Towards a New Literacy of Religion for Student Inclusion and Well Being. Quest Conference – The Quest for Well-being: A collective responsibility, York Regional District School Board, Markham, Canada
Chan, W. Y. A. (2017, Aug). Round-table Presenter, Can education counter violent religious extremism? Society for Terrorism Research, New York City
Chan, W. Y. A. (2017, May). Presenter, Religious bullying in public schools: Past, present, and future, Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE), Congress, Toronto, Canada
Chan, W. Y. A. (2017, May). Round-table Presenter, Addressing religious bullying: Is religious literacy a vital aspect to the whole school approach?, World Anti-bullying Forum, Stockholm, Sweden
Chan, W. Y. A. (2017, Mar). Panelist, Debunking myths about immigrants and radicalization: Countering violent extremism initiatives and recommendations, National Metropolis Conference 2017 Conference, Montreal, Canada
Chan, W. Y. A. (2017, Mar). Panelist, Education’s role in religious bullying, Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) 2017 Conference, Atlanta
Ghosh, R. & Chan, W. Y. A. (2017, Mar). Co-author, Religion, security, and schooling: Educational responses to extremism and related issues, CIES 2017 Conference, Atlanta
Chan, W. Y. A. (2016, Nov). Presenter, The future of religious literacy and teacher education in the Ontario classroom, Religion and Education Association (REA) 2016 Conference, Pittsburgh
Chan, W. Y. A. (2016, July). Presenter, Can religious literacy programs in Quebec and California foster the citizenship education needed to avert religious bullying?, Religious Literacy in a Plural Age, NEH Working Conference, Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Chan, W. Y. A. (2016, May). Presenter, Are religious literacy programs a means for building healthy relationships? Citizenship Education Research Network, CSSE, Calgary, Canada
Chan, W. Y. A. (2016, Mar). Presenter, Confronting religion and extremism: Pedagogical challenges, Conflict management conference, Kennesaw State University, Atlanta, US
Ghosh, R. & Chan, W. Y. A. (2016, Mar). Co-Author, Countering religious extremism through education in Multicultural Canada, CIES 2016 Conference, Vancouver, Canada
Chan, W. Y. A. (2016, Mar). Reviewer, Panelist, RE in Quebec and California historically and its implications for its religious literacy programs today, Religion & Education SIG Highlighted Session, CIES 2016 Conference, Vancouver, Canada
Chan, W. Y. A. (2015, Nov). Presenter, Religious Bullying and Religious Literacy, Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network (PREVNet) Conference 2015, Toronto, Canada
Chan, W. Y. A. (2015, Oct). Presenter, Habermas’ communicative action and Gómez’s critical communicative methodology: A mixed methods approach to collaborate with students, parents, teachers, and principals on religious literacy and religious bullying, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (SSSR) 2015 Conference, Newport Beach, California
Chan, W. Y. A. (2015, Jun). Presenter, Breaking down cycles of religious illiteracy: Case studies from Ontario and Quebec public school and community programs, Canadian Society for the Study of Religion (CSSR) 2015 Conference, Ottawa, Canada
Chan, W. Y. A. (2015, May). Panelist, From the classroom to the community: Student, teacher, principal, and parent perspectives on religious literacy and religious bullying, American Academy of Religion Eastern International Regional 2015 Conference, Montreal
Burkholder, C. & Chan, W. Y. A. (2015, Apr). Co-Author, Towards Just and Inclusive Education for Religious Minorities: A View from Hong Kong and Modesto, California, American Educational Research Association 2015 Conference, Chicago
Chan, W. Y. A. (2015, Mar). Reviewer, Panelist, Ubuntu! A place of uniting in diversity through spiritual and religious literacy, and peace education, CIES 2015 Conference, Washington, D.C.
Chan, W. Y. A. (2015, Mar). Reviewer, Panelist, Conceptions of religious literacy and its implications for citizenship in religious education within Montreal, Quebec and Modesto, California, Religion & Education SIG Highlighted Session, CIES 2015 Conference, Washington, D.C.
Chan, W. Y. A. (2014, Oct). Presenter, A Cycle of Religious (Il)literacy beginning with Students Today, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion 2014 Conference, Indianapolis
Chan, W. Y. A. (2014, May). Presenter, Toronto, Montreal, & Modesto, CA: religious literacy and boundless religious based bullying, CSSR 2014 Conference, St. Catherines, ON
Chan, W. Y. A. (2014, Mar). Presenter, Reviewer, and Discussant, Religious based bullying: Is religious literacy the “education for all” that we need? CIES 2014 Conference, Toronto