F.A.C.E. 2017

The FACE behind the research at CBU!


Cape Breton University Library will host it’s 5th annual Faculty Academic Contributions Exhibit recognizing the important academic contributions our CBU faculty make to the academic knowledge base.

Join us as we host guest speakers as they discuss various aspects of their research and publication at CBU. The event will be held in the Library student lounge and 1:00pm on March 7th, 2017.

Faculty publications will be on display in the Library lounge, and all are welcome!

FACE 2017 Speakers


Richard MacKinnon, Arts & Social Sciences

Dr. Richard MacKinnon is the founding director of the Centre for Cape Breton Studies, a research centre that houses a state-of-the-art digitization lab and the Rotary Music Performance Analysis Room. His research interests include all aspects of Atlantic Canada’s culture including oral traditions, music, language, material culture and vernacular architecture.

“Dictionary of Cape Breton English – The Research”

“The first regional dictionary devoted to the island’s linguistic and cultural history, the Dictionary of Cape Breton English is a fascinating record of the island’s rich vocabulary. Dictionary entries include supporting quotations culled from the editors’ extensive interviews with Cape Bretoners and considerable study of regional variation, as well as definitions, selected pronunciations, parts of speech, variant forms, related words, sources, and notes, giving the reader in-depth information on every aspect of Cape Breton culture.” – Amazon.ca


Kathy Snow, School of Professional Studies

Kathy Snow is an Assistant Professor in Education at Cape Breton University. Prior to this she worked as an Instructional Designer as well as a K-12 classroom teacher. Having grown up in northern Canada, she observed first hand the challenges associated with High School graduation for Indigenous students in remote locations, and this experience has driven her into her current work that may from the outside look very diverse, E-learning design, Indigenous pedagogy, inquiry based science, but is all united under the goal of facilitating student success.

“Social Justice or Status Quo?  Distance Education and E-learning Support for Indigenous Students”

Distance education, and E-learning support research is riddled with evidence of failure for Indigenous students. Most often the causes of failure are attributed to limited band width in communities or lack of access to technology. However this paper presents some deeper rooted issues. Often the type of technology used, and the way it is used replicates colonial approaches to education, that in themselves make it difficult for students to succeed. I will share with you four strategies for  more culturally relevant online course design that I have used in the context of a Blended Bachelor of Education Course.


Katherine Jones, School of Science and Technology

Dr. Katherine Jones is an Associate Professor of Biology at Cape Breton University. Her general field of research is Aquatic Acology, while she specializes in Ichthyology, invasive species, and science communication and outreach. She won the NSERC Award for Science Promotion (2009) and the Discovery Centre Science Champion Award (2010). As you can tell by the title of her talk, she loves fish puns – and does not miss any oppor-tuna-ties to use them!

“Fish Tell Tales – Ichthyological Tools for Measuring Stress”

As I approach my 15th year at CBU, I thought it would be fun to present a compendium of findings from past research projects on ecosystem health and fish stress. I will take you on a journey from Caribbean coral reefs to the former Sydney Tar Ponds, and through salt marshes and estuaries in New Jersey and Nova Scotia. I will present stories that fish revealed through fishy forensics – including their behavioural responses, sizes at age, body symmetries and deformities, body condition indices, and degrees of parasitism.


Leslie Wardley, Shannon School of Business

Dr. Leslie J. Wardley is an Assistant Professor in the Shannon School of Business at Cape Breton University. She began her career in small business management in Ontario before moving to academia having taught previously at Nipissing University for a number of years.  Her Ph.D. thesis focusing on institutional commitment, customer service and job design, garnered an award for the best Ph.D. dissertation in Canada bestowed by the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education (CSSHE).

“A Student Engagement Work Design Model”

Many elements go into selecting a university, ranging from the area of study to the institute’s reputation; just as many factors can also be part of the decision to leave.  With governments using student retention rates as an indicator of how institutions are fulfilling student expectations vis-à-vis their satisfaction and success, it is important to know how universities are approaching the problem of student attrition.


FACE Collection Database Go

The FACE Collection at CBU is part of the library’s special collections. It’s goal is to promote and provide access to the publications and contributions of our faculty research. The collection was created in 2013 and consists of books, book chapters, articles, essays and other published formats. Physical items are housed in the library while other items are available on our searchable database.

FACE Collection policy Go

We encourage participation and submissions for the FACE Collection! If you have any questions or wish to submit your research publications, please contact Amanda McNeil

Laura Syms
Shannon School of Business & Data Services Liaison Librarian

Office: L-118-A

Phone: 902.563.1994

Samantha Delaney
Library Technician, Reserves

Office: Library

Phone: 902.563.1674