Research and Creative Initiatives

Our faculty , staff, and students are continuously engaged in a vast number of research and creative initiatives on a local, national, and global scale.



Rolf Boon standing in Parliament with Melanie Joly

Rolf Boon- Music

Rolf was a presenter to the Minister of Heritage, Hon. Mélanie Joly, M.P., where he thanked her and the Department of Canadian Heritage for support of the Canada Mosaic project in February 2018. The presentation took place on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, ON. The Canada Mosaic project included distribution of a DVD of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) performing works of the 40 composers who participated in this sesquicentennial endeavour, and a bound collection of the scores to be kept in the parliament archive.

Portrait of Don Gill

Don Gill- Art

Don was named one of the research fellows at The Center for Art + Environment (CA+E) at the Nevada Museum of Art. CA+E annually names a limited number of research fellows for two-year appointments. The fellowships are not open for application, but are awarded by the Center in recognition of existing or proposed projects that can contribute unique and new understanding of how humans creatively interact with their natural, built, and virtual environments.

Drama students sitting around a table

Jay Whitehead- Drama

Jay’s original play Tab & Landon was presented at the juried International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival in May 2018. The play was selected as one of 20 plays to be invited to the festival out of more than 80 applicants from around the world. Jay was also nominated for a Celebrate Downtown Award in the category of Running with the Bulls for his work at Theatre Outré and Club Didi in Lethbridge, AB.

Image of Aaron Taylor standing in grey suit

Aaron Taylor- New Media

Aaron was recently awarded a $99,000 SSHRC Insight Grant for his project Screen Acting and Embodied Cognition. He is the principal investigator on this interdisciplinary project, along with Douglas MacArthur (Drama), and Javid Sadr (Psychology). The project will include an experimental perception study focusing on the influence of filmic techniques on the evaluation of screen actors, as well as a four-year longitudinal study of undergraduate students obtaining performance training at uLethbridge.