March 2014

Polish Ambassador’s Visit

December 2, 2013

The Faculty of Education hosted a visit from the Ambassador and the Consul General of the Republic of Poland on Dec. 2, 2013. The respected visitors were greeted by Dean Frank to view the bronze relief by the Polish artist Mark Rona, commemorating Janusz Korczak.

Above: (L-R): Mr. Jerry Nussbaum, President of the Janusz Korczak Association; Consul General Krzysztof Czapla of the Republic of Poland; Ambassador Marcin Bosacki of the Republic of Poland; Dean Blye Frank

Year of Teacher Education Event: Out in Schools & Erase

December 10, 2013

On Dec. 10, 2013, Dr. Frank attended a Year of Teacher Education event, sponsored by UBC’s Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice. The event consisted of presentations focusing on Out in Schools and the BC Ministry of Education’s program against bullying ERASE. Out in Schools harnesses the power of film to engage BC high school students in discussions around bullying, homophobia and difference.

Above: Dr. Lori MacIntosh, UBC Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice, with Jen Sung, Out in Schools

University Dialogues

December 10, 2013

The Dean attended a University Dialogue on Dec. 10, 2013 as one of 23 UBC contributors to ‘Community and Patient Voices in Health Professional Education‘, a 3-year project funded by the Vancouver Foundation.

NITEP Gathering & Book Launch

December 13, 2013

On Dec. 13, 2013, Dean Frank attended a NITEP Alumni & Friends Reception at the Westin Bayshore, which featured a book launch for Dr. Verna Kirkness, a former NITEP Director. This gathering was held during the annual Aboriginal Education Conference organized by the First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) and the Ministry of Education.

Above: Dean Blye Frank and Dr. Verna Kirkness at the NITEP Gathering and Book Launch.

Update on the Dean’s Committees within UBC

The Dean represents the Faculty of Education, by serving as a member on the following Committees at UBC:

  • UBC Faculty Association Joint Consultation Committee (JCC)
  • Task Force on Intersectional Gender-Based Violence and Aboriginal Stereotypes. Preliminary recommendations to guide future directions in changing the campus culture were put forth by the Task Force and the UBC community was invited to provide their feedback.
  • UBC Vancouver Senate.
  • Senate Teaching & Learning Committee.
  • Senate Curriculum Committee.
  • Search Committee for Vice-Provost and Associate Vice President Academic Affairs. Dr. Anna Kindler, Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy, will be finishing her term on June 30, 2014 as the Vice Provost and Associate Vice President Academic.

Dean Frank completed his term on the following Committees:

  • Task Force on Mistreatment in the Learning Environment. In September 2013, the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine invited Dr. Frank to chair this Task Force, as related to the medical education program in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC. The Task Force reviewed the data and provided a report with recommendations at the end of December, 2013.
  • The President’s Advisory Committee, where recommendations were made to the Board of Governors for re-appointing Mr. Pierre Ouillet as the Vice-President, Finance, Resources and Operations for a five-year term starting Jan. 1, 2014.

Trip to University of Antioquia, Colombia

January, 2014

In January 2014, the Dean and Dr. Gerald Fallon travelled to University of Antioquia in Colombia to explore and assess the development of a Community-University Engagement Research Project, spearheaded by Dr. Fallon (UBC) and Dr. Sierra (University of Antioquia). The project aims to explore alternatives to conventional ways universities interact with communities, by developing sustainable educational policies and practices from Indigenous, Afro-Colombian and Campesinos perspectives.

This initiative is a partnership between the faculties of education of two major Canadian and Colombian Universities (UBC and University of Antioquia), two regional Colombian universities (UTCH: Universidad Tecnológica de Chocó & FUCLA: Fundación Universitaria Claretiana), three Colombian Indigenous, Afro-descendants and Campesino (Mestizo peasants) community-based organizations operating in the provinces of Antioquia and Chocó (ASOCIACIÓN OREWA: Asociación de Cabildos Indígenas Embera, Wounaan, Katio, Chami y Tule; COCOMACIA: Consejo Comunitario Mayor de la Asociación Campesina Integral del Atrato; and CEAM: Corporación de Estudios, Educación e Investigación Ambiental) and two international non-governmental organizations (OXFAM and WWF) that support sustainability and human rights in diverse regions in Colombia.

Above: (L-R) Dr. Carlos Soto, Dean of Education, University of Antioquia; Dr. Blye Frank, Dean of Education, University of British Columbia; Alberto Uribe, President, University of Antioquia.

External Advisory Board to the Dean

January 16, 2014

The first meeting of the newly constituted External Advisory Board to the Dean was hosted on the evening of Jan. 16, 2014 at Sage Bistro, on the UBC campus.

The new board members were presented with a comprehensive view of the Faculty of Education by Dean Frank, followed by individual presentations made by Anna Bin, Manager Faculty Relations and Appointments; Tracy Wyman, Project Director; Zoë Campbell, Acting Director, Development & Alumni Engagement; and Kristen Harvey, Manager, Alumni Engagement.

Members of the Advisory Board:

  • Dean Blye Frank, Chair
  • Dr. Steve Cardwell
  • Dr. Thelma Cook
  • Dede DeRose
  • Harpreet Dhillon
  • Dr. Avis Glaze
  • Wade Grant
  • John Harrison
  • Gary Little
  • Steve Mulligan
  • Stephanie Parks
  • Dr. Bob Quartermain
  • The Hon. Linda Reid
  • Michel Tarko

Above: Front row (L-R): Dr. Avis Glaze, Stephanie Parks, DeDe DeRose, The Hon. Linda Reid, Harpreet Dhillon. Back Row (L-R): Steve Mulligan, Dr. Steve Cardwell, John Harrison, Wade Grant, Gary Little, Dr. Michel Tarko, Dr. Bob Quartermain, Dr. Blye Frank.

Trip to Southeast Asia

February, 2014

In February 2014, the Dean travelled to Southeast Asia to visit Kasetsart University in Bangkok, Thailand and met with Dr. Surachai Jewcharoensakul, Dean of Education. He also visited the Hanoi National University of Education in Vietnam, where he met with Dr. Nguyen Duc Son, Dean of Psychology and Education.

Above: Dean Frank and Dr. Surachai Jewcharoensakul, Dean of Education at Kasetsart University, Thailand.

A Dialogue with Jan Hare, Professor in Indigenous Education for Teacher Education

February 4, 2014

On Feb. 4, 2014, the Dean attended Dr. Jan Hare’s Professorship lecture at the First Nations House of Learning (Sty-Wet-Tan Hall), where members of the community were invited to dialogue about the vision and plans for the Professorship in Indigenous Education for Teacher Education and the needs of the community. Dr. Hare’s appointment to this Professorship was the outcome of the legacy project from the Year of Indigenous Education.

Above: Dr. Jan Hare (far right) at her Professorship lecture

Tea with the Dean

February 5, 2014

On the morning of Feb. 5, 2014 the Dean hosted an informal gathering and break in the Staff Lounge for all Faculty and Staff across different departments and units. The event had a great turn out and provided an opportunity for members of the Education Community to interact and socialize over refreshments and snacks.

Above: Faculty and staff joined the Dean for conversation and refreshments.

Update on the Dean’s Committees Beyond UBC

February 26 - 28, 2014

As the Treasurer of Association of BC Deans of Education (ABCDE), Dean Frank attended a meeting at the Quest University in Squamish on Feb. 7, 2014. Topics of discussion included a session on Issues Related to Block Transfers and TRB Certification, followed by another session on BC Education Plan and Implications for Teacher Education in BC.

Dr. Frank is a member of the Western Association of Deans of Education (WADE). This year’s annual meeting took place on Feb. 26 – 28, 2014 in Courtenay, BC, where the theme of discussion was Educational Transformation and Curriculum Reform: Implications for Faculties of Education.

The Dean is co-chairing a provincial advisory panel with SFU’s Dean of Education Kris Magnusson as part of the Ministry’s BC Education Plan. All of the advisory group’s discussion documents, work plans, and outcomes will be posted on the Ministry of Education website.

Dean Frank is the President of Association of Canadian Deans of Education (ACDE). The association brings together deans, directors, and chairs of education in Canadian universities and university-colleges. For the latest news and updates, please refer to their website.

Alumni Social in Courtenay, BC

February 27, 2014

Dr. Frank hosted a UBC Faculty of Education Alumni Social in Courtenay, BC on Feb. 27, 2014, where he connected with alumni to share the latest news from the Faculty.

Above: (L-R) Guest, Laura Lynn Bonner, Dean Frank, and Dr. Peter Coleman.

Update on Faculty Searches

March, 2014

The Dean is currently the chair of the Advisory Committees for the search of the next Head in the Departments of Educational Studies (EDST), Language and Literacy (LLED) and the Directorship search for the School of Kinesiology.

The Headship searches for the departments of EDST and LLED are well underway and candidates have been identified for the interview stage. All short-listed candidates are invited for a 2 day visit throughout March and early April and will meet with a range of stakeholders including staff and students. Each candidate will present their scholarship and their vision to lead the department forward as Head at a public presentation that all members of the Faculty are welcome to attend.