Faculty of Education

Dr Melody Viczko

Assistant Professor

Profile

My research reflects broad interests in the areas of educational policy analysis and multi-scalar governance. I engage qualitative approaches to research with a fascination for studying how actors assemble around policies and how governance practices emerge through these assemblages. Within these parameters, I am interested in exploring issues of internationalization, democratic governance, gender, and social justice. I'm interested to supervise graduate students on research in these areas, too.

My current research relates to the interactions between global, national and local policy spaces in the internationalization of higher education. My approach to this research is informed by actor-network theory and policy ethnography. In other areas, my research explores the ways teachers enact professional learning policies and the knowledge contributions of women scholars in the field of educational administration and leadership.

Expertise Areas

Research

Recent Research Projects

Mapping the influence of national and international actors in Canadian higher education governance (PI, Co-investigator: L. Shultz, University of Alberta; SSHRC Insight Development Grant, June 2016)

Mapping the network of actors in Canada’s skills agenda (PI, Funded through Faculty Research Development Grant, Western University, June 2015)

Untangling leadership education for women in higher education (PI, Funded through Internal Research Grant, Faculty of Education, Western University, June 2015)

Networks of internationalization in higher education: Understanding national policies in local contexts (PI, Funded through Strategic Support for SSHRC Success Grant, Western University, August 2014)

Locating Science Without Borders in the Canadian higher education policy field (PI, Funded through Internal Research Grant, Faculty of Education, Western University, June 2014)

Recent Publications

Books

Shultz, L., & Viczko, M. (Eds.) (2016). Assembling and governing the higher education institution: Democracy, social justice and leadership in global higher education. London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Viczko, M., & Riveros, A. (Eds.) (2016). Assemblage, enactment and agency: Educational policy perspectives.New York, NY: Routledge.

Chapters and Journal Articles

Viczko, M., & Shultz, L. (2016). Reflections on assemblage in the governance of higher education. In L. Shultz and M. Viczko (Eds.), Assembling and governing the higher education institution: Democracy, social justice and leadership in global higher education (pp. 439 - 443). London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Shultz, L., & Viczko, M. (2016). Global social justice, democracy and leadership of higher education: An introduction. In L. Shultz and M. Viczko (Eds.), Assembling and governing the higher education institution: Democracy, social justice and leadership in global higher education (pp. 1 - 7). London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Viczko, M. & Tascón, C. (2016). Performing internationalization of higher education in Canadian national policy. Canadian Journal of Higher Education, 46(2), 1-18.

Viczko, M. (2016). Who needs mentoring so more women lead universities? University World News, 421.

Viczko, M. (2016). [Review of the book A rich seam: How new pedagogies find deep learning, by M. Fullan & M. Langworthy (2014). London, UK: Pearson]. Leadership and Policy in Schools, 15(2), 231-233. [Invited review; peer-reviewed].

Viczko, M. (2015). Beginning in the middle: Networks, processes and socio-material relations in educational administration. In D. Burgess & P. Newton (Eds.), The theoretical foundations of educational administration (pp. 241-254). New York, NY: Routledge.

Viczko, M., & Riveros, A. (2015). Assemblage, enactment and agency: Educational policy perspectives.Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 36(4), 479 – 484.

Riveros, A., & Viczko, M. (2015). The enactment of professional learning policies: Performativity and multiple ontologies. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 36(4), 533-547.

Wallace, J., Wallin, D., Viczko, M., & Anderson, H. (2014). The first female academics in programs of educational administration in Canada: Riding waves of opportunity. McGill Journal of Education, 49(2), 437-458.

Viczko, M. (2013). Internationalisation of Canadian higher education: Troubling the notion of autonomy through an examination of policy actors, knowledge and spaces. Learning and Teaching: The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences (LATISS), 6(1), 26-46. 

Viczko, M. (2012). Editorial introduction. Cultural and Pedagogical Inquiry, 4(1), 1-3. [Invited editorial for special issue]

Riveros, G., & Viczko, M. (2012). Professional knowledge “from the field”: Resituating professional learning in the contexts of practice. McGill Journal of Education, 47(1), 37 - 52.

Viczko, M. (2011). [Review of the book Canada’s universities go global, by R. D Trilokekar, G. A Jones & A. Shubert (Eds.)] Canadian Journal of Higher Education, 41(1), 77-79. [Invited review]

Newton, P., Tunison, S., & Viczko, M. (2010). The school principal’s role in large-scale assessment. Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy. 105.

Viczko, M., & McClean, A. (2009). “The Sisterhood is watching”: Challenging identity and agency in citizenship. Journal of Contemporary Issues in Education, 4(2), 29-41.

Refereed Journal Special Issues

Viczko, M., & Riveros, A. (2015). Guest Editors, Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, special issue on Enactment, Assemblage and Agency in Educational Policy

Viczko, M. (2012). Invited Guest Editor, Cultural and Pedagogical Inquiry special issue on Global Citizenship Education

Conference Presentations and Panel Sessions

Viczko, M., & Lorusso, J. (2015, November). The skills agenda and its network: Locating the “citizen sans skills”. Paper presented at the CGCER International Conference 2015: Global Education, Common Wealth and Uncommon Citizenships, Edmonton, AB. (Co-presented with a Doctoral Student RA)

Viczko, M. (2015, July). Tinkering relations: The controversies of policy framing in internationalization of higher education. Paper presented at the 10th annual meeting of the Interpretive Policy Analysis Conference, Lille, France.

Viczko, M., & Tascón, C. (2015, June). National policy in Canadian higher education internationalization: Comments and questions. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education, Ottawa, ON. (Co-presented wtih a Doctoral Student RA)

Viczko, M., & Tascón, C.  (2015, May). Locating Science Without Borders in the Canadian higher education policy field. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education, Ottawa, ON. (Co-presented wtih a Doctoral Student RA)

Viczko, M. (2014, July). Policy controversies of internationalization in Canadian higher education. Paper presented at the 9th annual meeting of the Interpretive Policy Analysis Conference, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Viczko, M. (2014, May). Internationalization policy as assemblage: Studying what policies do. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education, St. Catharines, ON.

Riveros, A., & Viczko, M. (2013, June). Policies, practices, knowledges and other “things” in education: A panel on socio-material approaches to educational research. Panel convened for the annual meeting of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education, Victoria, BC.

Viczko, M., Shultz, L., & Abdi, A. (2013, June). A conversation with social justice education. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education, Victoria, BC.

Viczko, M. (2012, July). Enacting global and local policy spaces in internationalization policies of higher education. Paper presented at the 7th annual meeting of the Interpretive Policy Analysis Conference, Tilburg, Netherlands.

Viczko, M., & Riveros, G. (2012, July). On the ontologies of professional learning. Paper presented at the 7thannual meeting of the Interpretive Policy Analysis Conference, Tilburg, Netherlands.

Wallin, D., Wallace, J., Viczko, M., & Anderson, H. (2011, September). The experiences and contributions of the first female academics in Canadian educational administration programs. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the British Educational Research Association Conference, London, UK.

Viczko, M. (2011, June). Selectivity in higher education governance: Policy actors, knowledge and spaces in discourses of internationalization. Paper presented at the 6th annual meeting of the Interpretive Policy Analysis Conference, Cardiff, UK.

Viczko, M. (2010, October). Democratic and participatory spaces: Challenges and opportunities for higher education through policy networks. Paper presented at the 7th International Workshop on Higher Education Reform (HER), Vancouver, BC.

Viczko, M., & Shultz, L. (2010, June). Re-bordering new possibilities in higher education: Considering policy actors, knowledge and spaces in discourses of internationalization. Paper presented at the XIV World Congress of Comparative Education Societies, Istanbul, Turkey.

Invited Talks

Viczko, M. (2012, May). Locating the governance of internationalization: Beyond the global/local problematic of policy and practice. Invited panel paper presented at the annual CIESC Pre-Conference, Internationalization of Higher Education at the Cross Roads: Charting New Pathways, Waterloo, ON. 

Viczko, M. (2011). Assembling autonomy in the globalized discourses of internationalization: Tracing the contestations and negotiations in policy networks. Invited paper at University of Alberta, Department of Educational Policy Studies, Edmonton, AB.

Viczko, M. (2009, April). Comparative study of teacher professional learning in Alberta and the UK. Invited talk at Alberta Education to visiting cohort of UK school administrators, Edmonton, AB.

Reports

Viczko, M. (2012). Political and civic involvement of youth. Report submitted to Centre for Public Involvement, Edmonton, AB.  [45 pages]

Viczko, M. (2010). Report on teachers’ understandings of professional learning: Recommendations for policy and practice. Report submitted to Rivier Elementary School, SK. [20 pages]

Newton, P., Tunison, S., & Viczko, M. (2009). Large scale assessment audit. Report submitted to Saskatoon Public Schools, SK. [31 pages]

Teaching and Supervision

My teaching interests lie in the areas of policy analysis, organizational theory, educational leadership, global governance, and educational change both in K-12 settings and higher education institutions.

Courses Taught:

Critical Policy Studies in Education

Critical Policy Studies in Higher Education

Organizational Theory

Leading Schools

Social Foundations of Education

Managing the Learning Environment

Ethics and Law in Education