At iSMSS, graduate students play an integral and vital role in our research program. As research assistants, masters and doctoral students can have long-term involvement in diverse aspects of iSMSS research, including developing theoretical and methodological facets of the research. Students gain expertise in the ethics, politics, and practice of using and adjusting multi-method qualitative research to study the multivariate sexual and gender minority population, with a focus on vulnerable children and youth. Graduate students across the University have opportunities to experience directly how a transdisciplinary team of researchers can undertake a wide-ranging program of SGM research synchronized to policymaking; SGM identities and positionalities (locatedness in the world); the study of resilience as a non-linear, asset-based process; and the application of research to engaged and caring professional practices. They get to work in a vibrant and productive research environment linked to research, professional, and community networks. At iSMSS, we are experiencing increasing opportunities to engage in transdisciplinary research in which we collaborate with a growing contingent of researchers, policymakers, practitioners, and government agencies in local, national, and international contexts.
At the University of Alberta, Postdoctoral Fellows (PDFs) are categorized as individuals who are appointed as research trainees normally within five years from the completion of a doctoral degree or ten years from the completion of a DDS, MD, or equivalent.
iSMSS follows the University’s procedures for selecting PDFs. Since iSMSS is not a department unit, and since it currently does not have its own funding to support a PDF, potential PDFs cannot apply directly to the Institute. However, faculty members affiliated with iSMSS — Dr. André P. Grace and Dr. Kristopher Wells — are willing to support PDFs who wish to...
Departments are responsible for appointing qualified supervisors/supervisory committee members for graduate students in keeping with the University of Alberta’s supervisory eligibility criteria. For further details on supervisors and supervisory committees, please visit...
Information for Prospective Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows. Research Foci
At the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services (iSMSS), we conduct timely and often pressing research focused on helping sexual and gender minority (SGM) youth to mediate life in family, school, healthcare, and other environments. iSMSS research fits the theme area transforming research in education, which is acknowledged as the Faculty of Education’s recognized research strength in the University of Alberta’s Strategic Research Plan. In our research program, we conduct innovative research that advances recognition and accommodation of SGM individuals through evidence-based approaches to policymaking, educational and community programming, and educating professionals to engage in caring practices.
iSMSS celebrates the vibrant diversity of our campuses by recognizing and supporting
important and collective efforts in creating welcoming, inclusive, safe, and respectful environments for sexual and gender minority students, faculty, staff, and allies.
Sexual and gender minorities represents an evolving constellation of identities including, but not limited to, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*,asexual, two-spirit, intersex, questioning, and queer.