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Scholarly activity is the process in which research or creative work is conducted, peer-reviewed, and publicly disseminated. Scholarly activity contributes to the quality of our students' experience. At SAIT, we define scholarly activity with the following seven criteria:

  1. Has an impact on students (direct and/or indirect)
  2. Results in output, and leads to an outcome
  3. Is measurable and observable (using quantitative and/or qualitative indicators)
  4. Requires both knowledge acquisition and knowledge transmission
  5. Requires critical review by a variety of polytechnic stakeholders (e.g., colleagues, industry, academic experts, and the academic community at large)
  6. Advances subject-matter expertise and/or pedagogical expertise
  7. Contributes to a body of knowledge and/or academic discipline and/or industry practice

What we do and the results we produce, result in outcomes and impact our identifiable, long-term changes. Scholarly outcomes and impacts take many forms, which include but are not limited to:

  • Publishing in books, print journals or electronic journals
  • Presenting at conferences to academic groups, agencies, or industry experts
  • Improving pedagogy or the implementation of improved teaching practices
  • Having a new or improved product, technology, or process become an industry standard
  • Having a creative work be recognized in its field by experts

Scholarly activity benefits SAIT researchers by increasing their expertise and visibility within their field. It also benefits the field of study by contributing to the body of knowledge and helps the achievement of student success by continually evolving our innovative applied education environment in teaching, learning and applied research.

SAIT proudly supports student success and advancement of knowledge through Academic Services. From application to graduation, Academic Services provides services and resources designed to help learners reach their full academic potential, foster lifelong learning, and contribute to student achievement and retention.

Academic Services delivers academic core courses in communications, critical thinking, career preparation, leadership, ethics, sociology, psychology, computer fundamentals, mathematics, physics and statistics. Academic core courses are part of the curriculum for most SAIT career programs and are designed to give students the fundamental skills they need to succeed.


  • Engage in scholarly activity and/or conduct scholarly research related to SAIT's approved programs of study.
  • Broaden the range of research and scholarship being done at SAIT to be more closely aligned with Ernest Boyer's model which includes applied research, discovery research, the research of integration, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.
  • Assist in the identification of best practices in scholarly activity and research within SAIT's teaching-intensive environment.
  • Participate in the development of SAIT's research strategy, ensuring the incorporation of a more expansive view of scholarly activity and research at SAIT.
  • Explore opportunities for collaboration both within SAIT and with colleagues at other teaching-intensive institutions.

Research Themes: The research and scholarly activity being conducted by instructors in Academic Services is reflective of the perse nature of their backgrounds and the courses they teach.

Faculty Researcher Profiles:

Bruce Watson has a Master of Arts in English Literature and has been teaching communications at SAIT for 15 years. He has also taught composition at the University of Calgary and at the University of Alberta. Trained in Visual Communications, Bruce is a painter and a sculptor. He has developed several courses for SAIT and many educational tools, such as the SAIT Ethical Practices tutorial, which all students at SAIT are required to complete. 

Scholarly activity and research interests: Communications, educational multimedia tools, writing for visual thinkers, business communications

Subject matter expert for the design of the following courses:

  • ENGL 206
  • COMM 207
  • COMM 1070
  • COMM 405
  • AST 238
  • AMG 256
  • Petroleum 201
  • PROJ 365
  • COMM 290

Courses taught at SAIT:

  • COMM 1070
  • COMM1010
  • ENGL 205
  • COMM 270

Publications and presentations: View a full list of publications.

Contact Information: bruce.watson@sait.ca

Jeff has taught and consulted in North America, Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia. He holds a CELTA (Adult Education), an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and a Master of Arts in Linguistics. These degrees focused on First Nations language and culture and were awarded by the University of Cambridge, the First Nations University College and the University of Regina. Jeff is currently completing his PhD in Organizational Leadership from Eastern University in Pennsylvania. The topic of his research is "Organizational Citizenship Behaviour and the Use of Humor by Saulteaux Leaders."

Jeff has taught Linguistics, Aboriginal Studies, Communication Studies, Management, and Androgogy at a variety of post-secondary institutions. He served as the director of several non-profit organizations that worked with immigrant and Aboriginal communities. He also spent a number of years with Mâwandônan Consulting, one of Saskatchewan's leading Aboriginal consulting firms.

Scholarly activity and research interests: Humour in the classroom and workplace, contemporary aboriginal issues, organizational citizenship behaviour, Indigenous research methodology, organizational ethnography, educational anthropology, aboriginal art, identity management of adult learners, history and culture, organizational design and development, organizational communication, cross-cultural leadership, adult education, second language learning, mentorship in higher education, justice and education

Courses taught at SAIT:

  • Communications 220 (SAIT)
  • Communications 230 (SAIT)
  • Communications 240 (SAIT)
  • Communications 249 (SAIT)
  • Communications 256 (SAIT)
  • Communications 325 (SAIT)
  • Communications 330 (SAIT)
  • Research Methodology - STATS 4010 (SAIT)
  • Capstone Research - PROJ 377(SAIT)
  • Capstone Research - PROJ 385(SAIT)
  • Aboriginal Studies
  • Organizational Design/Culture
  • English Composition/Writing
  • Introduction to Linguistics
  • Applied Linguistics - Methodology
  • Applied Linguistics - Curriculum Design
  • Applied Linguistics - Second Language Acquisition Theory

Publications and presentations: View a full list of publications and presentations

Contact information: jeff.logan@sait.ca

Sonia's education includes a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Education, both with distinction, and a Master of Arts in English. Sonia has taught in CALS for the past 15 years.

Other teaching engagements include teaching English at The University of Calgary and Bow Valley College as well as at the junior high and high school levels. In addition to teaching, Sonia has extensive experience in curriculum development and design and has developed several courses, including four degree courses.

Sonia has also gained professional experience in the field of business when she worked in programming and marketing for The City of Calgary for seven years.

Scholarly activity and research interests: Canadian literature, African-American women's writing, the novel, short story, and nanofiction, technology (the use of technology in learning and the workplace, the history of technology, technology and science in society), sociology (race and gender issues, media representation, the environment and population) and humanities  (art history, architecture, and literature in western civilization and Africa, China, Japan, India and the history of music in western culture)

Courses taught:

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Sociology: Technology and Science in Society
  • Introduction to Humanities
  • Literature and Composition
  • Writing for Journalism

Publications and presentations:  View a full list of publications

Contact Information:  sonia.perna@sait.ca

In 2013, Stephen analyzed and reported data collected from field trials as part of SAIT's ARIS RFID cattle tagging project. He optimized radio frequency antenna and reader placement to ensure animal data was collected accurately and rapidly. Stephen completed five distinct analyses and reports for the research group.

A second project in 2013 involved organizing the data, gathering and ensuring integrity of the data as part of a Calculus I study in order to determine the correlation between incoming math marks and student success in the course.

An evaluation of the correlation between a pre-semester algebra test and Calculus I marks was also completed. Results from these analyses provided a clearer understanding of how student performance prior to entering SAIT's engineering programs might affect some students' success in Calculus I. The study revealed the following insights: Math 31 taken in high school is correlated with higher levels of success in Calculus I; and while the distribution of incoming marks in math align with a normal curve, Calculus I marks are fairly exponentially distributed.

Scholarly activity and research interests: Correlation between students' high school marks/ background and success at SAIT, diagnostic testing as a predictor of student success, documented student disability and likelihood of success at SAIT, analyzing field data with the ARIS RFID group.

Courses taught:

Bachelor of Science in Construction Project Management: Precalculus, Calculus, Statistics

Bachelor of Business Administration (Accounting): Statistics

View a full list of publications and presentations

Contact Information:  azzeddine.oudjehane@sait.ca

Yoni has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, a Master of Arts in Philosophy, and a Law degree.

He has been teaching at SAIT since 2007, primarily in mathematics but also in the areas of philosophy, physics, statistics, fluid mechanics, interpersonal communications, and business communications. He has been a subject-matter expert on several curriculum-design projects, including SAIT's core philosophy courses.

Scholarly activity and research interests: Yoni is currently researching critical thinking as a means of introducing meaningful dialogue into the classroom so as to balance authenticity with authority.

Courses taught:

  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Ethics
  • Communication and Presentation Skills
  • Applied Mathematics II
  • Mathematics II
  • Mathematics for Automotive Service Technicians
  • Mathematics for Printers
  • Mathematics for Technology I and II
  • Business Financial Applications
  • Critical Thinking
  • Applied Mathematics for Business
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Mathematics for Engineering & Technology I and II
  • Related Math and Physics for Energy
  • Technical English for Oil & Gas
  • Science for Trade/Technicians
  • Statistics for Engineering
  • Tech I Aircraft Applied Mathematics Statistics

Publications and presentations:  View a full list of publications.

Contact Information: yoni.porat@sait.ca

The Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree, is an industry-recognized program designed to meet the growing demand for baccalaureate degree-level accounting professionals. The BBA offers career-minded students the opportunity to develop the practical accounting skills and theoretical knowledge that are highly desired by employers. Areas of study include core business and accounting courses, as well as ethics, communication, research and more.

This program is designed to align with the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada professional accounting association. Graduates from the SAIT accounting degree will meet all the required core business and accounting courses needed to apply to the CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP) as you journey to become a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA).

Faculty Research Profiles

Igor M. Paramonov has over thirty years of research, teaching, and consulting experience in North America and the former USSR. His academic activities have resulted in close to forty publications and numerous presentations covering regional economic integration, foreign direct investment, marketing channels for industrial products, economic geography, and business education.  

Born and educated in Russia, Dr. Paramonov received a grant from the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada to participate in the 1991-1992 Canada-USSR Academic Exchange Program at the University of Western Ontario.

In 1996 he was selected by the Fulbright Office in Moscow for a research and faculty development program at the University of Montana in association with the United States Information Agency. Since 1998, Dr. Paramonov has lived and worked in Calgary. He is a faculty member at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and has also been affiliated with the University of Calgary. His consulting experience involves a variety of projects in the fields of international business, regional economic development, and higher education, dealing with marketing research, feasibility studies, and market entry recommendations for small and medium-sized firms and non-profit organizations in the United States, Canada, Russian Federation, and Ukraine.

Dr. Paramonov applies his interdisciplinary knowledge and international expertise to the design, implementation and development of both traditional and innovative courses in management, marketing, and international business. He has also received awards for teaching excellence including the Mortar Board's Professor Award from the University of Montana's Pentralia Chapter.

Scholarly activity and research interests: Regional Economic Integration, North American Free Trade Agreement, Political Economy of International Trade and Investments

Courses taught:

  • MGMT 4030 - International Business
  • MNGT 4040 - Human Resource Management
  • MKTG 358 - International Marketing
  • MNGT 363 - International Management
  • MKTG 1060 - Marketing Essentials
  • MKTG 260 - Marketing Essentials
  • MGMT 360 - International Business
  • MKTG 315 - International Marketing
  • MKTG 205 - Marketing Essentials
  • MKTG 210 - Marketing
  • ECON 311 - International Trade
  • ECON 240 - Microeconomics
  • ECON 314- International Business
  • COMM 1070
  • COMM1010
  • ENGL 205
  • COMM 270

View a full list of publications

Contact Information: igor.paramonov@sait.ca

Olayemi Olabiyi earned a B.Sc. (Hons) and M.Sc. (Economics) from the University of Ilorin and the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, respectively. He proceeded to the University of North Texas where he completed an MS Economics (Economic Research) in August 2005. In December 2010, he earned a PhD in Public Policy and Political Economy from the University of Texas at Dallas. Thereafter, he served as a PHINERT Post-Doctoral Fellow with the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary. The position he held until joining SAIT on Aug. 1, 2012, as a faculty in the Bachelor of Business Administration (Accounting).

Dr. Olabiyi teaches Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, and Operations Management at the School of Business. His research interests are remittances, food insecurity, and global health. He has presented research papers bothering on remittances, food insecurity, and global health at various academic meetings such as the Canadian Economics Association, Canadian Conference on International Health, North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress, and Missouri Valley Economic Association. He is a peer reviewer for Agricultural Economics and Applied Economic Perspective and Policy journals.

Scholarly activity and research interests: Remittances & Social Economics (Specifically Food Insecurity and Global Health)

Courses taught:

  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics

View a full list of publications

Contact Information:  olayemi.olabiyi@sait.ca

The Bachelor of Science in Construction Project Management  is a construction degree with a management-based course of study that will prepare students for leadership roles in the construction industry. The degree consists of a combination of core construction management courses, specialty courses and general education courses. Addressing the increasing demand for professionals in the construction industry, the program will provide participants with structured management and leadership techniques that will provide the basis for broader management decisions as well as on-site leadership in construction operations.

Overview of Objectives and Research Themes applied research program are threefold:

  • Create and develop opportunities for multi-disciplinary research projects that address the challenges in all construction project management sectors
  • Engage learners in applied research and hands-on activities in partnership with industry 
  • Position SAIT as a centre for excellence in construction project management

Each theme is intended to address the needs and challenges of both public and private sector interests in construction projects. The faculty members of BSc CPM are currently working on identifying funding support for the following projects:

  • Deconstruction and reusability of building materials in general construction projects
  • Eco-efficiency strategies in construction project management using BIM
  • A CPM perspective for the performance evaluation of P3 projects
  • Geospatial interactive application for effective management of material, machinery, and equipment in pipeline construction projects
  • Developing an interactive Web-based geospatial application to manage the construction of water supply and habitat projects in conflict and post-conflict areas (case study Sudan)
  • Developing a geospatial application for effective emergency response
  • Life cycle assessment, reusability, and recyclability of building materials in Alberta
  • Economic and environmental feasibility of reusing and recycling of drywall building materials in Alberta construction projects
  • A framework to maximize the benefits of using BIM through the life cycle of construction projects
  • A gap analysis of the use of wood building materials in Alberta’s major construction projects
  • A lightweight, sustainable, and earthquake-resistant housing design for northern Pakistan
Faculty Research Profiles

Tareq holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Design from the University of Calgary and a Master of Building Science from the University of Southern California. During his Ph.D., his research evaluated the performance of the mechanical system in a LEED Platinum building, while his master's degree research focused on developing software for visualizing building performance data.

Tareq has worked as an architectural engineer, project manager, mechanical engineer design assistant, building information modeling (BIM) specialist, and building energy simulation researcher.

Through his work and research experience, Tareq developed a strong passion for green building technologies, construction project management, and BIM. His current research focuses mainly on the use of BIM in construction project management and the integration of BIM in evaluating building performance.

Scholarly activity and research interests: Remittances & Social Economics (Specifically Food Insecurity and Global Health, Building Information Modelling (BIM) for construction project management, BIM for evaluating building performance, building energy simulation, field evaluation of building performance, programming tools for integrating BIM into construction project management, statistics for construction project management, Information Technology for construction project management

Courses taught:

  • Introduction to Construction
  • Construction Presentation Graphics
  • Building Code and Specifications
  • Project Cost Estimation
  • Canadian Environmental Law
  • History of Architecture

View a full list of publications and presentations

Contact Information:  tareq.baker@sait.ca

Dr. Oudjehane joined SAIT in 2012 to teach in the Bachelor of Science in Construction Project Management and develop applied and scholarly research opportunities that meet the needs of Alberta's construction industry.

With over 20 years of experience leading multi-disciplinary projects in R&D, business innovation and, market development, and performance evaluation, Dr. Oudjehane works with various stakeholders from government and industry. He holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science Engineering from Blaise Pascal University in France and a graduate diploma in Business Administration from Simon Fraser University.

With over 50 publications and presentations at international conferences, Dr. Oudjehane serves in various journal review committees and has chaired sessions at conferences. In 2014 he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Alberta Chapter of CaGBC - Canada Green Building Council. As the Director of the Green School Initiative for the Alberta Chapter, he is the Chair of the first Green School Summit to be held in Canada in 2015. In recent presentations and keynotes, he spoke on sustainability, value management, and innovation in construction project management.

Scholarly activity and research interests:

  • Interdisciplinary applied research in areas bridging construction,  project management, sustainability, and energy efficiency
  • Life cycle analysis in construction project management
  • Wood and engineered wood products for non-residential construction
  • Green building materials from processing to the construction site
  • BIM for green and sustainable construction projects
  • Deconstruction and reusability of building materials
  • Eco-efficiency and productivity strategies in construction project management
  • Performance evaluation and value engineering in construction project management

Applied research projects (principal investigator and student advisor): Investigating the management of construction waste from demolition and renovation projects in Calgary. 

Courses taught:

  • Structural Analysis
  • Design and Building Structures
  • Soil Mechanics and Foundation
  • Total Building Performances
  • Scope and Design Management
  • Building structures (online)
  • Environmental and Emerging Building Fundamentals (online)

View a full list of publications and presentations

Contact Information:  azzeddine.oudjehane@sait.ca

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