Bio (Frédéric Fovet)
Associate Professor and Program Head
Education and Technology
Frédéric Fovet is the program head for the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Management program. Fovet is an inclusion specialist with a specific interest in emotional and behavioural difficulties (EBD), critical pedagogy and universal design for learning (UDL). Fovet also has a strong grounding in Disability Studies, and has served as a teacher and principal in schools with a focus on the successful inclusion of students with EBD.
Fovet’s research portfolio includes: change management and the integration of technology as a tool for inclusion in K-12 schools; the strategic implementation of UDL in the K-12 and post-secondary sectors; professional development design for teachers on the topics of EBD and using UDL with international students; mental health as a strategic issue in education; and using the social model of disability in schools to develop inclusive practices.
Fovet taught at the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) for three years, where he was an assistant professor in the Faculty of Education. He previously served as director of the Office for Students with Disabilities at McGill University, where he was responsible for the campus-wide promotion of UDL. Fovet consults nationally and internationally in the area of UDL and was the founder and program chair of the first two pan-Canadian conferences on UDL, held at McGill (2015) and UPEI (2017). Fovet has served on the editorial of the journal Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties since 2012, and as occasional editor for the journal Disability & Society through 2018-19. He is also a member of the editorial board of the newly launched (2020) International Journal of Disability and Social Justice (IJDSJ).
Fovet’s interest in inclusion is rooted in a dual professional perspective. He holds a Bachelor of Laws from King’s College London (1989), and a Master of Laws (1990) and Master of Philosophy in Criminology (1991) from Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University. He practised as a solicitor in the United Kingdom before refocusing his career on differentiation, inclusion and access. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychoeducation from the Université de Montréal (2014), a Master of Education in Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties from the University of Birmingham (2008) and a PhD in Education from La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia (2016). Fovet also holds a Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Studies from Université Laval (2014).