April 2015

Faculty Updates from the Dean and Highlights of his Winter 2015 Schedule

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Update on Faculty Searches

Head, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education (ECPS)

After reviewing feedback from candidate interviews in January, the Advisory Committee for the next ECPS Department Head declined to recommend either candidate to the Dean. The Dean has accepted the Committee’s decision, and the position will be re-advertised with no changes.

In the interim, a Head pro tem is being sought for the term July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016.

Director, School of Kinesiology (KIN)

Dean Frank is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Robert Boushel as the new Director of the School of Kinesiology. Dr. Boushel will begin his five-year term on July 1, 2015.

Head, Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy (EDCP)

Dean Frank has commenced the process for the formation of the Advisory Committee for the search for the next Head of the Department of EDCP. This appointment is scheduled to commence on July 1, 2016. The deadline for nominations of Faculty to serve on the committee was Friday, March 27th, 2015.

Update on External Reviews

Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, & Special Education (ECPS)

The academic review of ECPS was held February 4-6. The report from external reviewers was received February 22, and the final report including Head’s comments was sent to the Department on March 24. ECPS’s response and Strategic Plan are to be developed at a department retreat on April 9.

Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy (EDCP)

Factual errors in the report were corrected January 5, and an initial response was submitted by EDCP on February 5. Strategic Plan development will be the focus of a department retreat on May 20.

Department of Language and Literacy Education (LLED)

The LLED academic review is complete. A 6-month follow-up meeting on the progress of the Strategic Plan will be held April 30.

School of Kinesiology (KIN)

The report from the external reviewers has been received, and the School is working on their response. The response deadline has been extended to April 15, per the Dean.

Appointment Announcements Affiliated with the Office of the Dean

Dr. Steve Cardwell, Director, Transformative Educational Leadership Program (TELP)

As Director, Dr. Cardwell will oversee the new Transformative Educational Leadership Program (TELP), which is anticipated to launch in July 2015. Formerly the Superintendent and CEO of the Vancouver School Board, Dr. Cardwell joined the Faculty on March 1, 2015.

President’s Breakfast
President's Breakfast
On January 22, the Dean attended the President’s Breakfast, where the theme for discussion was, “What does it mean for a university to act in the public interest?”

Meeting with TD Canada Trust
Ponderosa Commons Phase 2
Dean Frank met with TD Canada Trust on January 28 to discuss potential collaborations, finishing up with a tour of the new Education Centre at Ponderosa Commons site.

Wall Associate Dinner Forum
Sexuality and the Interdisciplinary Imagination: An evening of concerts and conversation
On January 28, Dr. Frank presented the talk, “Sports, looks, and a woman; that’s what every guy needs to be masculine,” as part of the Wall Associate Dinner Forum, “Sexuality and the Interdisciplinary Imagination: An evening of concerts and conversation.”

BC Focus on Learning Forum
BC Focus on Learning Forum
On January 29, the Dean attended the Ministry of Education’s “BC Focus on Learning: Rising to the Global Challenge” forum at the Morris J. Wosk Center for Dialogue.

Faculty Conversations
At the most recent Faculty Conversations gathering, held January 29, Dean Frank facilitated a discussion on “Ethical engagement in a ‘globally-influential university.'”

Alumni High Tea in Surrey
Alumni High Tea in Surrey
On February 5, Dr. Frank hosted a High Tea event for Faculty of Education alumni at the Eaglequest Coyote Creek Golf Club in Surrey, BC.

Association of British Columbia Deans of Education Meeting
Dr. Frank attended the February 6 meeting of the Association of British Columbia Deans of Education (ABCDE), where representatives of the First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) were in attendance as guests.

Vancouver School Board Luncheon
Chrisopher Robertson, VSB Chair
Dean Frank met the new Vancouver School Board (VSB) Chair, Christopher Richardson, at a luncheon held with VSB trustees on February 10th.

CampOUT Recognition Celebration
On February 11, Dr. Frank attended a recognition celebration for supporters of CampOUT, an empowering outdoor summer camp for BC’s queer, trans, two-spirit and allied youth ages 14-21.

Provoking Curriculum Studies Conference
Provoking Curriculum Studies Conference
Dean Frank attended and provided opening remarks for The Canadian Association of Curriculum Studies (CACS) 7th Biennial Provoking Curriculum Studies Conference on February 20/21 on UBC’s Vancouver campus.

Accord Info Session – Initial Teacher Education
On February 23, the Dean hosted a 90-minute information session on the Association of Canadian Deans of Education (ACDE) Accord on Initial Teacher Education, led by Dr. Wendy Carr, Director of Teacher Education.

Thunderbird Millenium Breakfast
Thunderbird Millenium Breakfast
On February 24, Dr. Frank joined 1,000 UBC alumni and friends at the Vancouver Convention Centre for the 17th Annual Thunderbird Millennium Breakfast fundraiser.

Reception at Norman MacKenzie House
Norman MacKenzie House
The Dean attended a reception at Norman MacKenzie House on February 24, held in honour of the 2014 Premier Undergraduate Scholarship and Wesbrook Scholar Recipients.

Alumni Social in Courtenay
Alumni Social in Courtenay
On February 25, the Dean hosted an alumni reception at the Kingfisher Oceanside Resort in Courtenay, BC.

Western Association of Deans of Education (WADE) Conference
Dr. Frank attended the Western Association of Deans of Education (WADE) Conference, held February 25-27 in Courtenay, BC.

Deans’ Retreat
St. John's College
On March 2, UBC President Arvind Gupta hosted a Deans’ Retreat at St. John’s College, where Dr. Frank and the other Deans of UBC spent the day in conversation with Professor Gupta discussing strategic priorities.

EDCP 2014-2015 Seminar Series
Dr. Blye Frank
On March 13, Dr. Frank presented the lecture, “A Tangle of Trouble: Boys, Men and Masculinities,” as part of the EDCP 2014-2015 Seminar Series: International Perspectives in Curriculum and Pedagogy.

Donor Appreciation Spring Tea
Donor Appreciation Spring Tea
Dean Frank hosted the annual Faculty of Education Donor Appreciation Spring Tea Reception at Sage Bistro on March 19, with over 90 guests in attendance.

EDCP Graduate Student Conference
On March 20, Dean Frank offered opening remarks for the 2nd Annual EDCP Graduate Student (EGS) Conference, speaking to this year’s theme, “Exploring the Spaces within Education: Learning In, With and About Education.”

Rule Out Racism Panel
Rule Out Racism Panel
Dr. Frank joined attendees from across UBC at the March 20 Rule Out Racism Week Feature Event, “Academic Freedom of Expression and the Impact on Students,” which included panelist Dr. Annette Henry, Professor, Department of Language & Literacy Education.

Accord Info Session – Research in Education
On March 24, the Dean hosted a 90-minute information session on the Association of Canadian Deans of Education (ACDE) Accord on Research in Education, led by Dr. Beth Haverkamp, Associate Dean, Graduate Programs and Research.

International Summit on the Teaching Profession
International Summit on the Teaching Profession
The International Summit on the Teaching Profession (ISTP) was held for the first time in Canada on March 29/30 in Banff, Alberta, where Dean Frank attended as President of the Association of Canadian Deans of Education (ACDE), and also represented the Association of BC Deans of Education (ABCDE).

Breakfast with the Dean
Dr. Pam Ratner
On March 31, Dean Frank hosted, “Breakfast with the Dean: What’s innovation got to do with it?” at St. John’s College, where Dr. Pam Ratner facilitated a conversation with faculty, staff and students about the place of innovation in the Faculty and the University.

University Hill Secondary
University Hill Secondary
Dean Frank, Dr. Wendy Carr, and Dr. Steve Cardwell met with University Hill Secondary adminstrators, Steve Cameron and Jagruti Desai, on March 31 to discuss school-Faculty collaboration/innovation.