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In April 2011, Dr. Frank was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Education. On July 1, 2016, his term was extended for an additional five years. Prior to joining UBC, he was Professor and Head of the Division of Medical Education in the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University, Halifax, where he worked extensively on faculty development in medical education.
Dr. Frank’s main area of scholarship is the sociology of boys’ and men’s health. Along with a national research team, he has developed the theoretical framework of Health, Illness, Men and Masculinities (HIMM), which centres masculinity as a social determinant of health. The foci of his recent research and publications is cultural competence and cultural safety.
From 2013 to 2015 Dr. Frank served as President for the Association of Canadian Deans of Education (ACDE) which brings together deans, directors and chairs of education in Canadian universities and university-colleges. Please refer to ACDE Accords.
Dr. Frank has served as Treasurer for the Association of BC Deans of Education (ABCDE) since 2012.
As Dean, Dr. Frank is leading the Faculty of Education to deliver on its strategic commitments in support of Place and Promise: The UBC Plan.