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.

Dadaab Project Donation

March 3, 2014

Dean Frank met with Jennifer Cawsey, Senior Publishers Representative from Worth Publishers on March 3, to acknowledge their generous donation to the Secondary Teacher Education Program in the Dadaab Refugee Camp, Kenya. Their contribution included 200 copies of the book, The Development of Children, by Cynthia Lightfoot, Michael Cole, and Sheila Cole.

Above: L – R: Jennifer Cawsey, Senior Publishers Representative, Worth Publishers; Hezron Onditi, Graduate Student (HDLC); Dr. Jennifer Vadeboncoeur, Associate Professor (ECPS); Dr. Rita Irwin, Associate Dean of Teacher Education (TEO); and Dean Frank.

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.

Donor Appreciation Spring Tea

March 11, 2014

This year’s annual donor appreciation event was held on March 11, where the attendees received a guided tour of the Museum of Anthropology, followed by a social mingle and afternoon tea at the SAGE Bistro.

Dean Frank speaking at the Donor Appreciation Spring Tea at the SAGE Bistro.

Education Research and Teacher Practice: Inspiring Educators Series

March 13, 2014

Dean Frank attended a lively discussion panel on March 13, sponsored by the Office of the Graduate Programs and Research (OGPR) as part of the Year of Teacher Education, where current incumbents of our Faculty Chairs and Professorships shared how their research is informing current teacher education practices in BC and beyond.

The panelists were Dr. Jan Hare, Professorship in Indigenous Education for Teacher Education; Dr. Lynn Miller, Myrne B. Nevison Professorship in Counselling Psychology; Dr. Nancy Perry, Professorship in Struggling Youth; Dr. Jordan Tinney, Superintendent of Schools/CEO of Surrey School District.

Updates on the Dean’s committees beyond UBC

March 20, 2014
  1. Advisory Group on Provincial Assessment (AGPA)
    The AGPA, consisting of Dean Frank, Kris Magnusson, Valerie Adrian, Kadriye Ercikan, Starleigh Grass, Wendy Harris, Janice Chow, Teri Mooring, Jim Iker, Glen Hansman, Ellen Ellis, and Janice Neden, met on March 20 at the SFU Harbour Centre.
  2. BCDE Meeting
    As the Treasurer of Association of BC Deans of Education (ABCDE), Dean Frank regularly meets with the other BC Deans. Some of the most recent meetings were held at the Teacher Education Roundtable Conference in Prince George on May 9, and at the SFU Harbour Centre on April 11.
  3. ACDE Meeting at Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE)
    As the President of Association of Canadian Deans of Education (ACDE), Dean Frank attended this year’s ACDE meeting on May 26 – 28 at Brock University in St. Catherine’s, ON.
  4. WADE Meeting at CSSE
    The members of the Western Association of Deans of Education (WADE) had a chance to meet and connect while at the CSSE on May 27.

Tri-Nations Conference 2014

March 29 - 30, 2014

Dean Frank was honoured to host and give the opening address at this year’s Tri-Nations Conference on March 29 – 30 at UBC’s Faculty of Education, where Internationalization in Education: Its Nature, Challenges and Possibilities in an Increasingly Globalized World, was critically examined by the following keynote speakers: Drs. Kris Magnusson, Shafik Dharam, Wang Fang, William Pinar, Muhau Wang and Huapeng Dai.

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.

Update on the Faculty Searches

July 1, 2014

The Dean is currently the chair of the Advisory Committee for the search of the next Head in the Departments of Educational Studies (EDST), Educational & Counselling Psychology, & Special Education (ECPS), and the School of Kinesiology (KIN).

Dean Frank is pleased to announce the confirmation of the appointment by the Provost of the next Head of the Department of Language and Literacy (LLED). Please join him in welcoming Dr. Anthony Paré as he begins his five-year term on July 1, 2014.