September 2014

Highlights of the Dean’s Summer Schedule

In this issue:

Within the Faculty

Within UBC and Beyond


Within the Faculty

Update on Faculty Searches

Dean Frank and the Advisory Committee for the search of the next Director in the School of Kinesiology are pleased to welcome two candidates for interviews in September. Each candidate will give a public talk on their leadership and scholarship on the first day of their visit to campus in the War Memorial Building, Room 100 at 12:30 p.m. All are welcome.

Dr. Paul van Donkelaar is Professor and Director of the School of Health and Exercise Sciences at UBC’s Okanagan campus. Prior to his arrival in 2011, he was a faculty member in the Department of Human Physiology at the University of Oregon. Dr. van Donkelaar meets with members of the Faculty of Education and the School of Kinesiology on September 24-25.

Dr. Robert Boushel is Chair in Physiology at the Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences in Stockholm. He also works with the Swedish Winter Sports Research Centre, Swedish Olympic Committee and the Department of Clinical Physiology, Huddinge Hospital, Karolinska Institute. Dr. Boushel meets with members of the School of Kinesiology on September 29-30.

Dr. Ali Abdi is confirmed as Head of the Department of Educational Studies (EDST). Please join Dean Blye Frank in welcoming Dr. Abdi, whose five-year term commenced on September 1, 2014.

Appointment Announcements Affiliated with the Office of the Dean

Dr. Steve Cardwell, Director of UBC’s Executive Educational Leadership Program

As Director of the forthcoming Executive Educational Leadership Program, Dr. Cardwell will be addressing the pressing need for well-prepared and mentored senior leaders for the British Columbia K-12 system and beyond by building collaborative and collegial relationships with BC’s Ministry of Education, school superintendents, assistant superintendents, directors of instruction, and other senior personnel in BC school districts. His appointment will commence in January 2015.

Gary Little, Director of UBC’s International Baccalaureate (IB) Educator Stream

Mr. Little will be responsible for international student recruitment, liaising with local and national IB organizations, identifying and engaging international program sponsors for deserving students, developing and implementing a strategic plan for UBC’s IB programs, and representing UBC’s IB Educator programs locally, nationally, and internationally. His appointment commenced in June 2014.

Clara Ng, Finance Director

Clara Ng will be providing comprehensive financial leadership, expertise and direction to the Faculty, and will be working closely with the Faculty of Education’s Leadership Team, Heads and Administrators across all Faculty of Education’s departments and units on various finance and budget related matters. Her appointment commenced on July 7, 2014.

Dr. Tom Sork, Senior Associate Dean, International

With increased activity in the International portfolio, Dr. Sork will now devote his time to international initiatives across the Faculty of Education. Within this portfolio, Dr. Sork will also continue to be responsible for the initiatives and activities of the Professional Development and Community Engagement (PDCE) unit. His appointment continues through June 30, 2016.

Dr. Pam Ratner, Senior Associate Dean, Administration and Innovation

Dr. Ratner’s mandate is to provide high-level support and advice in the areas of administration infrastructures and innovation, and to assist with the ongoing development and implementation of our strategic plan. Her appointment is for a two year term, which commenced on September 1, 2014.

Faculty Retirement Event

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.

NSERC Award Event for the Intergenerational Landed Learning Project

Above: Dean Blye Frank and faculty retirees and guests.

NSERC Award Event for the Intergenerational Landed Learning Project

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.

NSERC Award Event for the Intergenerational Landed Learning Project

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.

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

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.

African Storybook Summit

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.

The African Storybook Summit

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

National Taiwan Normal University Visit

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.

East China Normal University Visit

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

East China Normal University Visit

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.

East China Normal University Visit

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

Noted Summer Scholar Lecture, Dr. Bryan McKinley Jones Brayboy

On July 8, as part of the Noted Summer Scholar Lecture series, Dean Frank attended the lecture, Looking into the Hearts of Native Peoples: Nation Building as an Institutional Orientation for Graduate Education, by Dr. Bryan McKinley Jones Brayboy.

Dr. McKinley Jones Brayboy is a citizen of the Lumbee Nation. He is President’s Professor, Borderlands Professor of Indigenous Education and Justice, and Director of the Centre for Indian Education at Arizona State University. His research focuses on the experiences of Indigenous students, staff, and faculty in institutions of higher education. More recently he has been engaged in scholarship that seek to explore the role of Indigenous Knowledge Systems in educational research and its methodologies.

Dr. Bryan McKinley Jones Brayboy

Above: Dr. Bryan McKinley Jones Brayboy.

Year of Teacher Education BBQ and Closing Event

The closing celebration for the Year of Teacher Education (YTE) was held on July 16. Dean Frank attended a BBQ event on Main Mall in front of the Neville Scarfe Building, followed by the opening of a photo exhibit legacy project for YTE. The exhibit honours cohorts of teacher candidates and their teaching specializations, and is located on the second floor of Scarfe in the lecture block.

Year of Teacher Education Closing Event

Above: Year of Teacher Education Closing Event.

Annual Meeting with the Royal Canadian Legion BC & Yukon Command

The Faculty of Education held its annual meeting with the Royal Canadian Legion (RCL) BC & Yukon Command on July 17, where Dean Frank and Dr. Marv Westwood, Professor, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education (ECPS) and Royal Canadian Legion Professorship in Group Counselling and Trauma, shared the impact of the RCL million dollar commitment to the Professorship.

Annual Meeting with the Royal Canadian Legion BC & Yukon Command

Above: Back row (L-R): Zoë Campbell, Director of Development & Alumni Engagement; Dr. Marv Westwood, Professor, ECPS, and Royal Canadian Legion Professorship in Group Counselling and Trauma; Dr. Dan Cox, Assistant Professor, ECPS; Glen Hodge, RCL Legion Foundation Treasurer. Front row: Dr. Bill Borgen, Department Head, ECPS; Angus Stanfield, President of the RCL BC/Yukon Command and Director of the Legion Foundation; Tamara Isaak, CGA, Controller, RCL BC/Yukon Command; Inga Kruse, Executive Director, RCL BC/Yukon Command; Dr. Blye Frank, Dean, Faculty of Education.

Meeting with Noted Scholar, Dr. Angel Lin

On July 21, Dean Frank met with Dr. Angel Lin regarding her Noted Summer Scholar Lecture, Towards Paradigmatic Change in TESOL Methodologies: Building Plurilingual Pedagogies from the Ground Up.

Dr. Lin is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong. She is well respected for her interdisciplinary research in classroom discourse analysis, bilingual education, language policy in postcolonial contexts, and critical cultural studies. She has published over 90 research articles and co-/authored/edited 6 research books.

Luncheon with Representatives from the Lando Family

The Dean hosted the Lando family at the Sage Bistro on July 29, to thank them for their generous support through the Edith Lando Charitable Foundation. Dr. Shelley Hymel, Professor, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education (ECPS) and Edith Lando Professorship in Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), updated the Lando Family on the status of the Professorship and SEL online resources.

Created in 2011, the Edith Lando Professorship in Social and Emotional Learning has been established to support research in the social-emotional learning of young people.

Noted Summer Scholar Lecture, Dr. Zhang Hua

Dr. Frank attended Dr. Zhang Hua’s Noted Summer Scholar Lecture, Towards a Research-based Pedagogy, on August 5.

Dr. Zhang Hua is Professor and Dean of Graduate School of Educational Studies at Hangzhou Normal University; former President of International Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies (IAACS); the main expert for National Curriculum Reform in China; and Fulbright Scholar at Harvard Graduate School of Education. His research interests include curriculum studies, curriculum history, wisdom traditions (Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism), curriculum reform, pedagogy, and teacher education. He has published 9 books and more than 130 papers in academic journals.

 

Within UBC and Beyond

Professor Toope’s Farewell Event

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

Dinner at Dr. Gordon Smith’s Residence

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.

Dinner at Dr. Gordon Smith's residence

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

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.

Reception in Honour of Dean Murray Isman

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

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.

Faculty of Education Alumni Luncheon

Above: Faculty of Education Alumni luncheon.