April – June 2014

Updates on the Dean’s committees within UBC

  1. Committee of Deans Meeting
    The Draft for UBC’s 20-year Sustainability Strategy plan was reviewed.
    Proposed future Academic Directions for the UBC Learning Exchange were discussed.
  2. Senate Committee Meetings: Teaching and Learning Committee Meetings
    A Draft proposal for Ad Hoc Committee of Senate for Flexible Learning was discussed for approval.
    A proposal on Graduate Student Learning on how to improve the quality of graduate student learning across the entire university was reviewed.
  3. Task Force on Gender-Based Violence and Aboriginal Stereotypes
    Dr. Frank is a member of this Task Force, which created a preliminary list of recommendations back in February 2014 and invited the UBC Community to express their opinions regarding it. The AMS Executive, the Aboriginal Students’ Commissioner, the Equity Commissioner, and the AMS Education Committee have provided their feedback regarding these recommendations.

Alumni Socials

March - June 2014

Dean Frank hosted the following alumni socials during the period of March – June 2014.

  1. Calgary
    This alumni reception took place on March 8 at the Glenbow Museum for a social mingle and a tour of the exhibit Worn to be Wilde: The Black Leather Jacket.
  2. Kelowna
    This event was hosted at the Coast Capri Hotel in Kelowna on March 13.
  3. Gordon Smith Gallery
    Held on April 9 at the Gordon Smith Gallery in North Vancouver, this event drew a large crowd of alumni and provided the guests with an opportunity to meet with Dr. Gordon Smith. The Dean invited the alumni to share their ideas about the Education Centre at Ponderosa Commons and how the space could be relevant to them. The process was illustrated in real time by Sam Bradd (UBC MEd candidate), and was recorded by the event videographer.
  4. Prince George
    The Dean connected with the Faculty of Education alumni in Prince George on May 8, where he shared the highlights of the year with the group.
  5. St. Catherine’s Alumni Social at CSSE
    The event was hosted by Dean Blye Frank and Dean Fiona Blaikie, Brock University Faculty of Education, on May 27 at the residence of Dean Blaikie.

Alumni social at the Coast Capri Hotel in Kelowna, BC.

Dr. Gordon Smith and Dean Frank at the alumni social held at the Gordon Smith Gallery in North Vancouver.

Dr. Gordon Smith and Dean Frank at the alumni social held at the Gordon Smith Gallery in North Vancouver.

Dean Frank at the alumni social in St. Catherine’s at CSSE.

Dean Frank at the alumni social in St. Catherine’s at CSSE.

Big Block Dinner and Hall of Fame Banquet

April 1, 2014

The Dean attended this year’s annual Big Block Dinner and Hall of Fame Banquet, which was held at the Vancouver Convention Centre on April 1. The Big Block Dinner, which celebrates the best that UBC Athletics has to offer, was combined with the UBC Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in 2002.

American Educational Research Association (AERA), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

April 3 - 5, 2014

As part of this year’s annual AERA conference on April 3 – 5 in Philadelphia, Dean Frank attended the U21 Deans of Education meeting on Character Education, followed by a symposium on Clinical Approaches to Teacher Education. The Dean also hosted a UBC Reception, where he presented the highlights of the year.

Dean Frank at the UBC Reception at the AERA conference in Philadelphia.

SNDT (Shreemati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey) Women’s University’s Visit to UBC

April 14, 2014

The Dean and Dr. Tom Sork were pleased to meet with senior leadership from SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai, India on April 14, to discuss the development of a collaborative online Master’s program.

SNDT delegation consisted of Dr. Vasudha Kamat (Vice-Chancellor), Dr. Vandana Chakrabarti (Pro Vice-Chancellor), and Dr. Madhura Kesarkar (Director, Board of College and University Development).

Above: Meeting with the SNDT Delegation.

Trip to Africa

April 18, 2014 - May 4, 2014

The Dean accompanied a number of our faculty members, including Drs. Tom Sork, Rita Irwin, Samson Nashon, Cynthia Nichol, and Karen Meyer, on a trip to the Dadaab refugee camp in northeastern Kenya from April 18 – May 4. The UBC Faculty of Education has been working with Kenya’s Moi University since 2009 to develop and implement a teacher education program for secondary school teachers in the Dadaab settlement. Supported by a grant from the Government of Canada through York University’s Borderless Higher Education for Refugees (BHER) project, the first group of students will begin this program in August 2014.

Dean Frank and Dr. Tom Sork continued on to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. They visited CODE-Ethiopia (an affiliate of the Canadian Organization for Development through Education), which promotes literacy through the development of community libraries and the publication of books in Indigenous languages (of which there are more than 80 in Ethiopia). They were also invited by Dean Tirussew Teferra of the College of Education and Behavioural Studies at Addis Ababa University (AAU) to make a presentation about the Faculty of Education focusing on our programs to prepare teachers to work in rural and Indigenous communities. They also had the pleasure to meet and have tea with Professor Darge Wole of AAU who received his master’s degree from UBC.

The final stop for the Dean and Dr. Sork was the University of the Western Cape (UWC) in Cape Town, South Africa, where they met with university officials, the Dean of Education, and colleagues affiliated with our unique online Master of Education in Adult Learning and Global Change, an international partnership involving UWC, UBC and universities in Sweden and Australia.

Dadaab campus.

Professor Zubeida Desai, Dean, UWC Faculty of Education, Cape Town and Dean Frank.

Professor Zubeida Desai, Dean, UWC Faculty of Education, Cape Town and Dean Frank.

CODE-Ethiopia. L – R: Yalew Zebeke, Project Coordinator & Assessment Lead; Tesfaye Dubale, Executive Director; Kelemwork Demissie, Finance & Admin Manager; Amsale Kidane, Book Acquisition & Distribution Officer; Biniam T/mariam, Assistant Book Acquisition & Distribution Officer; and Alemu Abebe, Library Development & Management Officer.

CODE-Ethiopia. L – R: Yalew Zebeke, Project Coordinator & Assessment Lead; Tesfaye Dubale, Executive Director; Kelemwork Demissie, Finance & Admin Manager; Amsale Kidane, Book Acquisition & Distribution Officer; Biniam T/mariam, Assistant Book Acquisition & Distribution Officer; and Alemu Abebe, Library Development & Management Officer.

Man-Up Against Suicide Photo Exhibition

Held at the Foster Eastman Gallery, this exhibition featured photographs taken by 25 people who have direct experience with a suicide attempt or contemplation. Also featured are the perspectives of men and women who have lost a man to suicide. Led by UBC Professor John Oliffe, this exhibit is one of five projects conducted within the Men’s Depression & Suicide Network, funded by Movember Canada.

Man-Up Against Suicide Photo Exhibit. L – R: Dr. Marv Westwood, Professor (ECPS); Dianne Westwood; and Dean Frank.

Teacher Education Roundtable Conference, UNBC, Prince George, BC

May 9, 2014

Dr. Frank attended the Teacher Education Roundtable Conference at the University of Northern BC on May 9, where lively discussions took place with panel members Brian Pepper, SD57 Superintendent, on School District University Partnership and the New Teacher Mentoring Program; Deborah Koehn, Faculty at UNBC, on New Curriculum/Leadership in Education; Lisa Kishkan, President QDTA – SD28, on challenges in the Education System.

Afternoon Tea with the Dean

May 12, 2014

Hosted by the Dean at the First Nations Longhouse on May 12, this event saw a great turnout of faculty and staff who joined the Dean for snacks, refreshments, and social mingle.

The highlight of the event included the announcement of 2013 – 2014 Faculty of Education Staff Award, which was awarded to Kirsty Robbins at the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy.

Above: Susan Howell, Director of Pacific Educational Press, and Dean Frank.

OGPR Research Week

May 13 - 15, 2014

Sponsored by the Office of the Graduate Programs and Research in collaboration with the Graduate Student Council of the Faculty of Education, and the Teacher Education Office, this year’s Research Week, held from May 13 – 15, focused on Research in Teacher Education. The Dean attended the Canada Research Chairs panel and congratulated the 2013 – 2014 Tri-Council Scholarship recipients of the Faculty of Education.

Above: CRC panel during Research Week. L – R: Dr. Wendy Carr, Director of Teacher Education Office (TEO); Dr. Vanessa Andreotti, CRC in Race, Inequalities, and Global Change; Dr. Jeremy Heyl, CRC in Neutron Stars and Black Holes; Dr. Carla Hudson Kam, CRC in First and Second Language Acquisition; and Dr. Peter Seixas, CRC in Historical Consciousness.

An Intimate Evening in Support of CampOUT

May 13, 2014

Hosted by Heidi and Richard Coglon on May 13 at their residence, this major fundraiser marked its fifth annual event and celebrated the partnership between Alumni UBC and Access & Diversity for continuing to be a unique and empowering leadership experience for queer, trans, and allied youth in the province of BC.

Dean Frank was one of the speakers at this event, along with Louise Cowan, Vice President, Students; Amber Dawn, Author; and Kailer Belliveau-Townend, Past Camper and Cabin Leader.

Education Congregation

May 22, 2014

The Dean extends his congratulations and best wishes to the graduating class of 2014. The graduation ceremony held on May 22 was well attended by both faculty members and graduating students in Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Education, and Kinesiology.

Drs. Hartej Gill and Marina Milner-Bolotin were the recipients of Killam Teaching Prize.

Above: Education Congregation at the Chan Centre.

Faculty Retirement Event

June 4, 2014

On June 4, Dean Blye Frank hosted a special retirement event for this year’s faculty retirees:

  • Dr. Donald Fisher, Department of Educational Studies (EDST)
  • Dr. Wendy Frisby, School of Kinesiology (KIN)
  • Dr. Nand Kishor, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education (ECPS)
  • Dr. Jolie Mayer-Smith, Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy (EDCP)
  • Dr. Daniel Pratt, Department of Educational Studies (EDST)
  • Dr. Kjell Rubenson, Department of Educational Studies (EDST)
  • Dr. Linda Siegel, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education (ECPS)
  • Dr. Daniel Vokey, Department of Educational Studies (EDST)

The event was held at the UBC Wine Research Centre in the Food Sciences Building, where the retirees and their guests enjoyed wine and hors d’oeuvres as their many accomplishments and contributions to UBC and the Faculty were celebrated.

Dean Blye Frank and faculty retirees and guests.

NSERC Award Event for the Intergenerational Landed Learning Project

June, 2014

The Intergenerational Landed Learning Project (ILLP) was the recipient of a 2013 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Science Promotion Award. Dr. Frank attended the award event held June 12 at the Edith Cavell Elementary School in Vancouver to celebrate this achievement.

Other attendees included: Rick Warner, NSERC representative; Dr. Peter Grimmett, Head, Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy (EDCP); Dr. Jolie Mayer-Smith, Professor, EDCP, Co-founder and Director of ILLP; Dr. Linda Peterat, Professor Emerita, EDCP, Co-founder of ILLP and Program Advisor of the Landed Learning regional program in the Okanagan; Carla Glessing, Program Coordinator, Okanagan Science Centre, Vernon; Stacy Friedman, Program Manager for the ILLP.

Above: (L-R): Dr. Linda Peterat, Professor Emerita, EDCP, Co-founder and Director of ILLP; Dr. Jolie Mayer-Smith, Professor, EDCP, Co-founder and Director of ILLP; Stacy Friedman, Program Manager for ILLP; Rick Warner, NSERC representative; Carla Glessing, Program Coordinator, Okanagan Science Centre, Vernon.

Professor Toope’s Farewell Event

June 14, 2014

Dean Frank attended Professor Toope’s farewell event on June 14, held at the Norman MacKenzie House.

Dinner at Dr. Gordon Smith’s Residence

June 16, 2014

Dean Frank, Dr. Rita Irwin, Associate Dean, Teacher Education, and Zoe Campbell, Director of Development and Alumni Engagement, attended a private dinner hosted by Dr. Gordon Smith at his residence on June 16. The Faculty representatives had the opportunity to update Dr. Smith on some of the current activities of the Faculty. Other guests in attendance were Dr. Dan and Mrs. Arlene Birch, Gabriele (BA ’83) and Brian Ailey (MA ’89), and artist Gary Kennedy.

Above: Dinner at Dr. Gordon Smith’s residence (L-R around the table): Dr. Blye Frank, Mrs. Arlene Birch, Dr. Gordon Smith CM OBC, Dr. Rita Irwin, Mrs. Gabriele Alley, Mr. Brian Alley, Dr. Dan Birch.

Reception in Honour of Dr. Anna Kindler

June 17, 2014

The Dean joined Professor Toope and Dr. David Farrar at a reception for Dr. Anna Kindler, in honour of her many years of service to the University as the Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President Academic. The reception was held at the First Nations Longhouse on June 17.

Award Ceremony for Dr. Jean Barman, Professor Emerita, Department of Educational Studies

June 19, 2014

On June 19, the Dean attended an award ceremony at the Vancouver Public Library, where Dr. Jean Barman was awarded the George Woodcock Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to Canadian scholarship and literature.

After the presentation of her award, Dr. Barman read from her latest work, French Canadians, Furs, and Indigenous Women in the Making of the Pacific Northwest.

Reception in Honour of Dean Murray Isman

June 9, 2014

Dean Frank joined Dr. David Farrar and Professor Toope for a reception at the Sage Bistro on June 19, to thank Dr. Murray Isman for his years of service to the University as the Dean of the Faculty of Land and Food Systems.

Alumni Luncheon

June 20, 2014

On June 20, the Dean hosted a luncheon at UBC’s Sage Bistro for UBC Faculty of Education alumni attending the popular Continuing Education program, Ageless Pursuits: Summer Institute.

Above: Faculty of Education Alumni luncheon.

National Taiwan Normal University Visit

June 25, 2014

Dean Frank and Dr. Tom Sork, Senior Associate Dean, International, hosted a visit by a senior leadership team from the National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) on June 25. The delegates included: Professor Cheng-chih Wu, Vice President, Academic & International Affairs; Professor Frank Ying, Dean, Office of International Affairs; and Ms. Aprille Wan, Regional Program Manager, Office of International Affairs.

Above: Visitors from National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU).

African Storybook Summit

June 26, 2014

The African Storybook Summit, held at UBC on June 26, was an extension of a Peter Wall Colloquium Abroad held in October 2013. It was co-organized by the projects’ research advisor, Dr. Bonny Norton, Professor in the Department of Language and Literacy (LLED), and Project Director Tessa Welch at the South African Institute for Distance Education (Saide).

Opened by President Stephen Toope and Dean Blye Frank, the summit succeeded in harnessing both local and international support for the African Storybook Project, strengthening existing networks and forging new ones.

Summit participants included UBC faculty and students, the project’s literacy advisor, Judith Baker, as well as members of the international development community such as Worldreader, Room to Read, Translators Without Borders, CODE, and Grace Rwanda.

Above: The African Storybook Summit. (L-R): Dr. Samuel Andema, Dr. Bonny Norton, Shelley Jones, Nidhi Joseph, and Elizabeth Namazzi.

East China Normal University Visit

June 26, 2014

The Dean and Dr. Tom Sork, Senior Associate Dean, International, hosted a delegation from East China Normal University (ECNU) on June 26. The delegates included: Dr. Guorui Fan, Dean and Professor; Dr. Xiangdong Yang, Associate Dean, Associate Professor; Dr. Zhengtao Li, Professor; Dr. Tainian Zheng, Associate Professor; Shuping Zhang, doctoral student.

Above: Delegation from East China Normal University (ECNU).