June 2018

Faculty of Education Donor Meeting in Hong Kong

June 30, 2018

This casual event was an opportunity for the Dean to connect personally with notable Faculty of Education alumni and donors based in Hong Kong. The Dean hosted this event.

External Review of Chinese University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Education

June 27- June 29, 2018

As part of the Visiting Committee, the Dean will be holistically reviewing the activities of the Departments of CRI (Curriculum and Instruction), EAP (Educational Administration and Policy) and EPS Educational Psychology) to
provide external anchor on standards from a macro perspective.


(L-R) Professor V. Scott Solberg (Member), Professor Blye Frank (Member), Professor Kenneth K. Wong (Chairman), Ms. Lee Suet Ying (Member), Professor Viv Ellis (Member)

Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Education

UBC VP Students Search Committee Meeting

June 22, 2018

Dr. Frank attended the first meeting as a member of the UBC VP Students Search Committee, for the purpose of developing and defining a search criteria and Executive Profile. The search is ongoing and a selection will be made in late September, 2018.

Retirement Reception for Hugh Brock, Associate-Provost Academic Innovation

June 21, 2018

Dr. Frank attended a special occasion for Hugh Brock, Associate Provost, Academic Innovation, who will be retiring from UBC this summer.

Meeting with Dr. Shimi Kang

June 21, 2018

Recognizing the need to bring greater awareness to the opioid crisis in a university setting, Dr. Frank hosted a meeting with Dr. Shimi Kang to discuss ways in which Faculty, staff and students can gain better access to educational resources as well as promote a more stigma-free environment.

Dr. Shimi Kang is an award-winning, Harvard-trained doctor, researcher, media expert, writer, and keynote speaker. She is the author of The Dolphin Parent: A Guide to Raising Healthy, Happy, and Self-Motivated Kids (Penguin Randomhouse 2014) and The Self Motivated Kid (Penguin Tarcher 2015). The Dolphin Parent is a #1 National Bestseller, won the 2015 US News International Book Award in Parenting and Family Category, has been translated and released in Germany, Russia, and China. She is the current Medical Director for Child and Youth Mental Health for Vancouver community, a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia, and the founder of the Provincial Youth Concurrent Disorders Program at BC Children’s Hospital. Dr Kang is the 2012 recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and the 2016 YWCA Woman of Distinction Award for her years of outstanding community service in health and wellness.

Faculty Personnel Committee Reception

June 20, 2018

Dr. Frank hosted a reception for his Faculty Personnel Committee to thank them for their service over the past year. This committee is integral to ensuring that the Faculty has some of the highest quality scholars not only within UBC, but around the world.

Faculty of Education Retirement Reception

June 19, 2018

On June 19th, we celebrated the careers of three amazing Professors. Dr. Ian Franks, Dr. Elizabeth Jordan and Dr. Norman Amundson have contributed so much to their respective fields throughout their careers and even more to UBC. From helping students achieve their best to working on incredible projects within their own research areas, these three professors have given UBC and its student 110 years of collective service. So please join the Dean’s office in congratulating these amazing individuals on such successful teaching careers and wish them luck as they move forward with their own projects and endeavours.

Below is a gallery of some moments of the event:

Farewell dinner for Dr. Miriam Grant, Vice Provost and Dean, Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies

June 18, 2018

On Monday June 18, Dr. Frank attended a farewell dinner for Dr. Miriam Grant at the Hotel Eldorado in Kelowna, BC. Dr. Grant is being celebrated for her contributions made to UBC Okanagan, and specifically her achievements as Vice Provost and Dean, Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies over the last 7 years. She has contributed significantly to university administration throughout her career, including service at the University of Calgary where she served as an Associate Dean across many faculties.

Board of Governors’ Meeting

June 14, 2018

Dean Frank attended the Board of Governors' meeting to report on and answer questions about the UBC-O and UBC-V Faculty of Education merger.

West Kootenay Teacher Education Program (WKTEP) Graduation

June 14, 2018

Dean Frank hosted this graduation.

Dr. Frank, Dr. Carr, and the WKTEP 2018 Graduating Class

Alumni and Friends Reception Event

June 14, 2018

Dean Frank hosted a reception for friends and colleagues, past and present, from the Faculty of Education at UBC.

UBC Faculty of Education Alumni Reception in Nelson, BC

June 14, 2018

The WKTEP (West Kootenay Rural Teacher Education Program) is a valuable program with exciting opportunities for teacher candidates to expand their horizons into rural and small school settings. The Dean was thrilled to attend the graduation of the 2018 WKTEP cohort and to welcome them personally to the alumni community.

Shelby Trenaman, Lenora Trenaman, Pat Dooley, Mayor Deb Kozak, Dr. Suzanne Scott, Dean Frank.

Final Doctoral exam of William Robert Plowright

June 13, 2018

Dean Frank chaired the final doctoral exam of William Robert Plowright, a doctoral candidate in the Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science graduate program, for his dissertation, "Armed Groups, Child Soldiers and the Pursuit of Legitimacy".

Health Arts Society Concerts in Care

June 13, 2018

The Health Arts Society is the largest arts presenter in Canada to people in care, bringing the talents of some of the Nation's finest performers to people who cannot now enjoy performances in concert halls and theatres. Dean Frank attended Health Arts Society's "Concerts in Care" event to support the organization and its cause.

Meeting with Provost Candidate

June 12, 2018

Dr. Frank is participating in the search for the next Provost of UBC-O. This was the second meeting with the shortlisted candidate.

Meeting with CRC Tier II Candidate, Dr. Cash Ahenakew

June 12, 2018

As part of the interview process for the CRC Tier 2 search, Dean Frank met with candidate Dr. Cash Ahenakew for a one-on-one meeting.

UBCO Education Convocation

June 8, 2018

The Dean attended the UBCO Faculty of Education's convocation in Kelowna, BC.

TEO End of Year Meeting for Adjuncts and Faculty Advisors

June 7, 2018

The Dean gave opening remarks at the 2018 End of Year Meeting for Adjuncts and Faculty Advisors in the Teacher Education Program. The End of Year meeting is an event when TEO says thank you and goodbye to those whose secondments are finishing and faculty advisors who are not returning to supervise practicum next year. These faculty members (Adjuncts and Sessionals) have made a tremendous impact to student’s academic and professional development and we thank them for their significant contributions to both TEO and the Faculty of Education.

Integrated Renewal Program Meeting

June 7, 2018

The Integrated Renewal Program is a business process transformation and system implementation that will leverage Workday and other enterprise technologies to enable Shaping UBC’s Next Century Strategic Plan.

6th International Conference on Qualitative Research in Health and Exercise

June 6, 2018

Dean Frank spoke at the opening of the QRSE 2018 Conference, which is multi–disciplinary and includes research from sociology, psychology, pedagogy, history, sport management, coaching, and health promotion. The aim is to promote and support rich and rigorous qualitative research on topics related to sport, physical activity, exercise, physical culture and health.

The evening included a welcome by Elder Larry Grant, a keynote by Professor Virginia Braun (The University of Auckland), a performance by the Dancers of Damelahamid, and a reception.

Faculty of Education Merger Committee Meeting

June 5, 2018

Dr. Frank and the Learning & Research Committee met as requested by the Vancouver and Okanagan and Board of Governors to make recommendations on the approval of the merger between the Vancouver and Okanagan campus Faculty of Education,

Meeting with External Reviewers of TEO

June 5, 2018

The Dean met with the External Advisors of the Teacher Education program to welcome them to the Faculty of Education and discuss their itinerary while in Vancouver providing the review.

Meeting with Nikki Welsh, International Baccalaureate Organization

June 5, 2018

The Dean met with Nikki Welsh from the International Baccalaureate Organization from the IB Global Centre in The Hague to discuss IB curriculum development for the Faculty of Education's Teacher Education program.

Audit Committee Meeting

June 4, 2018

The Dean met with the Dean of Arts, members of the Vice-President Academic Office, and members of the Office of the Comptroller to present and address on the Faculty surplus from the 2017/18 calendar year and how these resources can best be allocated for future years.

Model Schools Literacy Project Meeting

June 1, 2018

This event was held for the purpose of Model Schools Principals to meet with the MSLP
team to plan for the upcoming school year (Sept 2018).

The Dean attended a breakfast followed by a presentation of the Model Schools Literacy Project and gave welcoming remarks.