A Change of Leadership for the Engaged Scholar Journal


  • Penelope C Sanz Engaged Scholar Journal University of Saskatchewan
  • Lori Bradford
  • Natalia Khanenko-Friesen Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies




Canadian engaged scholarship, Engaged Scholar Journal



 In the Exchanges, we present conversations with scholars and practitioners of community engagement, responses to previously published material, and other reflections on various aspects of community-engaged scholarship meant to provoke further dialogue and discussion. In this section, we invite our readers to offer their thoughts and ideas on the meanings and understandings of engaged scholarship, as practiced in local or faraway communities, diverse cultural settings, and in various disciplinary contexts. We especially welcome community-based scholars’ views and opinions on their collaborations with university-based partners in particular and engaged scholarship in general. 

In this issue, we discuss the recent changeover of leadership at The Engaged Scholar Journal with Dr. Natalia Khanenko-Friesen, who has recently left the University of Saskatchewan to assume new posts at the University of Alberta, and Dr. Lori Bradford. Managing Editor Dr. Penelope (Penny) Sanz takes both through a conversation about the inception, current state, and future goals of the journal, and their reflections on engaged scholarship as a career. 

Author Biographies

Penelope C Sanz, Engaged Scholar Journal University of Saskatchewan

has conducted extensive research and fieldwork on Canadian mining impacts among the Indigenous people in the southern Philippines. She has collaborated with Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities and Philippine-based and international non-governmental organizations in piloting community-based human rights impact assessments of the extractive industry in the Philippines. She obtained a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Saskatchewan and has worked at the Engaged Scholar Journal since 2013. 

Lori Bradford

is a white settler Canadian who identifies as a woman, a person with high functioning autism, and an interdisciplinary social scientist. She specializes in community-engaged and community-driven participatory research about water, health, and well-being in Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities. She facilitates interdisciplinary training opportunities for students, co-creates evidence-based and culturally relevant policy recommendations and action plans, and translates research into best practices for enhancing biopsychosocial health. 

Natalia Khanenko-Friesen, Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies

is a professor and Huculak Chair in Ukrainian Culture and Ethnography, Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies, and the Director of Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. Her research interests include oral history, post-socialism in Europe and Ukraine, diasporic identities, labour migration, and Ukrainian Canadian culture. Her book projects include three co-edited collections of essays on oral history and two monographs — Ukrainian Otherlands: Diaspora, Homeland and Folk Imagination in the 20th Century (University of Wisconsin Press, 2015) and The Other World or Ethnicity in Action: Canadian Ukrainianness at the end of the 20th century // Inshyj svit abo etnichist u dii: kanads’ka ukrainskist kintsia 20 stolittia (Smoloskyp Press, 2011). Dr. Khanenko-Friesen served as the Director of the Prairie Centre for the Study of Ukrainian Heritage at the University of Saskatchewan and was a Founding Editor of the Engaged Scholar Journal: Community-Engaged Research, Teaching and Learning, Canada’s leading academic journal on collaborative scholarship and community engagement. 



How to Cite

Sanz, P. C., Bradford, L., & Khanenko-Friesen, N. . (2021). A Change of Leadership for the Engaged Scholar Journal. Engaged Scholar Journal: Community-Engaged Research, Teaching, and Learning, 6(2), 137–147. https://doi.org/10.15402/esj.v6i2.70766




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