December 2015


Dean Blye Frank

Faculty updates from Dean Blye Frank and highlights of his fall 2015 schedule.


In this issue:

“How to Love a Child”, the Janusz Korczak Lecture Series

Dean Blye Frank extends an invitation to attend the upcoming, “How to Love a Child”, the Janusz Korczak Lecture Series – Centennial Sessions. Everyone is welcome.

This lecture series is devoted to key issues crucial to the well-being and rights of children and young people today, fostering conversations among academics, professionals and child advocates from diverse fields concerned with the welfare of the child. A range of disciplines and expertise including law, medicine, child welfare and education are represented in this series, and a variety of perspectives and issues will be addressed.

Venue for all sessions:

  • Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre, 6163 University Boulevard

Upcoming sessions:


The Human Rights of Aboriginal Children

Thursday, January 21, 2016 | 7 p.m.
Keynote speakers:

  • Dr. Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, BC Representative for Children and Youth
  • Dr. Michael DeGagné, President and Vice-Chancellor of Nipissing University

Janusz Korczak’s Enduring Legacy: Social Paediatrics in Canada and Vancouver

Thursday, February 18, 2016 | 7 p.m.
Keynote speakers:

  • Dr. Gilles Julien, Social paediatrician, president and founder of the Fondation du Dr Julien
  • Mrs. Hélène Sioui Trudel, Mediator, Health and Law Alliance
  • Dr. Christine Loock, Children’s and Women’s Health Centre of British Columbia and Social Paediatrics RICHER Program leader

Update on Faculty Searches

Head, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education (ECPS)

On November 20, the Advisory Committee conducted successful Skype conversations with 3 shortlisted candidates that resulted in all three being recommended for campus visits. One candidate has since withdrawn their application.

The two remaining candidates are scheduled for two-day campus visits in January:

  • Dr. Don Klinger | January 7-8
    Professor in Assessment & Evaluation, and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies & Research at the Faculty of Education, Queen’s University, Kingston
  • Dr. Philip H. Winne | January 27-28
    Professor and Associate Dean, Graduate Studies & Research, in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby

Head, Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy (EDCP)

The application deadline was November 30.

The Advisory Committee met on December 11 to review the applications, and have shortlisted five applicants for an initial Skype conversation to take place in January 2016.

Update on External Reviews

Faculty of Education

As part of the on-going External Review of the Faculty of Education, the Faculty submitted a self-study to the Provost on October 16.

The External Review Committee conducted an on-site visit on November 16-18. Members of the Committee were:

  • Dr. Mary Kalantzis, Dean, College of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Dr. Dilson Rassier, Dean, Faculty of Education, McGill University
  • Dr. Fern Snart, Professor and former Dean, Faculty of Education, University of Alberta

The Faculty of Education External Review Report is expected soon; in the meantime, the Short Term Academic Planning Initiative is working on several short-term academic planning initiatives in anticipation of the Faculty’s Response to the External Review.

Master of Educational Technology (MET)

The final report from the External Review team was received on September 1. The report was reviewed and discussed by Drs. Tom Sork and Mark Edwards, along with the MET Advisory Committee and other appropriate committees/individuals, and their written response was received October 30. All reports are now available on the Dean`s Office website.

In December, the Dean attended the Fall MET Advisory and MET Management & Budget Committee meetings, and announced the amalgamation of these two committees into a single MET Executive Committee, to be chaired by Dr. Jenna Shapka in OGPR with Departmental faculty representatives as well as representation from PDCE and CTLT and the Faculty of Education Finance Office. The terms of reference and membership will be confirmed early in the new year.

Also in the new year and as part of the MET Review implementation plan, a “Reimagining the MET Task Force” will be set up and chaired by the Dean. Priority areas as recommended in the MET Self-Study and in the reports from the External Reviewers will begin to be addressed through these two newly formed groups.

In the House with Kate Hammett-Vaughan


Returning for a 3rd year, renowned Vancouver jazz vocalist Kate Hammett-Vaughan gave a mesmerizing performance to an intimate gathering of Faculty of Education alumni, faculty, staff and friends at Cecil Green Park House on December 9.

Ms. Hammett-Vaughan was accompanied by Jon Bentley (saxophone), Jillian Lebeck (keyboard), and Darren Radtke (bass).


Mr. Tony Hong, Dean Blye Frank, Dr. Wendy Carr, Associate Dean, Teacher Education, and Grace Lee, BEd graduate and member of the Teacher Education Advisory Board

Graduate Student
Holiday Reception


On December 8, Dean Frank hosted a Holiday Reception for Faculty of Education graduate students at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre.


Raffle prize winner Sereana Patterson, PhD candidate in Educational Studies, with Dean Frank

Visiting Delegation from the Economic Daily and Ministry of Education,
Beijing, China

Dr. Tom Sork and Dean Blye Frank met with a visiting delegation from the Economic Daily and Ministry of Education, Beijing, China, on December 7. The group discussed future collaborations and “values education,” including worldviews/epistemological and perspectives/knowledge systems.



Presentation to UBC Board of Governors


On December 3, Dean Frank presented an Overview and Strategic Update on the Faculty of Education to UBC’s Board of Governors. The presentation was well received, with numerous questions from the full gallery, and many positive comments about the work we are doing.

KIN Holiday Party


Photo: Arbutus Club

Dr. Frank joined the School of Kinesiology at their annual KIN Holiday Party, held December 3 at the Arbutus Club.

Presidential Search Committee

Dr. Frank is one of two Deans’ representatives, along with Dr. Catherine Dauvergne Dean of the Allard School of Law, sitting on the Presidential Search Committee.

On December 2, the Presidential Search Committee held its second meeting. Discussions included the search timeline, best practices, and communication strategy, and preliminary discussions on the presidential position profile.

The Committee will be seeking feedback from the UBC community and other stakeholders at a public town hall in January, with a view to finalizing the profile by the beginning of February.

Fall Congregation


Dean Blye Frank, Yvonne Dawydiak, Adjunct Professor TEO, Dr. Wendy Carr, Associate Dean, Teacher Education, Cynthia Clerc, Adjunct Professor TEO

Dean Frank attended three Fall Congregation ceremonies on November 25, and extends congratulations and best wishes to our new Faculty of Education alumni.

UBC Honorary Degree Recipient Marangu Njogu


Windle Trust Executive Director Marangu Njogu receives an honorary UBC degree

Dean Frank hosted a luncheon at Sage Bistro on November 24 and a dinner at his home on November 25 to honour Windle Trust Executive Director Marangu Njogu, one of four recipients of an honorary degree from UBC during the Fall 2015 Congregation ceremonies.

Windle Trust is a Faculty of Education partner in the development of the secondary teacher education program in the Dadaab refugee settlement in Kenya.

Bachelor of Education Awards Night


Teacher Education program student award recipients were honoured at the annual Bachelor of Education Student Awards Night held on November 24.

Earlier in the evening, Dean Frank hosted a Donor Appreciation Dinner to acknowledge the generosity of award donors.


Ms. Carolyn Chan, Education Students Association, Mr. Donald Poulter, Ms. Rheta Rix, Dean Blye Frank

School of Kinesiology Awards Night


Dr. Frank joined the School of Kinesiology (KIN) for a night of celebration as they recognized student academic achievements at the annual KIN Awards Night, held at the First Nations Longhouse on November 19.


ABCDE Meeting

On November 13, Dean Frank attended a meeting of the Association of British Columbia Deans of Education (ABCDE). Dr. Frank has served as ABCDE Treasurer since 2012.

UBC Academic All-Canadian Breakfast of Champions


On November 18, Dr. Frank attended the UBC Academic All-Canadian Breakfast of Champions, where 136 UBC student-athletes, including 46 from the Faculty of Education’s School of Kinesiology, were recognized for achieving an average of 80% or higher in their classes while competing in a UBC varsity sport during the 2014-15 season.


Keynote speaker Dr. Louise Cowin, Vice President, Students

Raising the Bar: UBC’s Upward Trajectory


Photo: Vancouver Board of Trade

Dean Frank attended the Vancouver Board of Trade luncheon on November 17, where Dr. Martha Piper, UBC Interim President and Vice-Chancellor, gave the keynote address, “Raising the Bar: UBC’s Upward Trajectory.”

Canadian High Commission, Canada House

Dean Frank joined Drs. Marv Westwood and George Belliveau at a reception held November 9 at the Canadian High Commission at Canada House in London, UK, where the Veterans Transition Network (VTN), a program developed through UBC’s Faculty of Education to help veterans with the transition to civilian life, was showcased. The event included a performance of the theatre piece CONTACT! Unload, which highlights the challenges faced by veterans returning to normal life after combat duty.

On November 11, the VTN group was honoured by a visit from HRH Prince Harry of Wales, whose Endeavour Fund provides support for wounded service personnel and veterans.



ACDE Annual Meetings, Montreal


Dr. Frank attended the Association of Canadian Deans of Education (ACDE) Annual Meetings in Montreal on November 3-6. As Past President (2013-2015), the Dean welcomed incoming ACDE officers and participated in a panel on budget-related stories in faculties of education.

ACDE Luncheon with Paul Martin


The Right Honourable Paul Martin joined Dean Frank at an Association of Canadian Deans of Education (ACDE) luncheon in Montreal on November 4.

Quarter Century Club Dinner


Dr. Frank joined the 2015 Faculty of Education inductees to the UBC Quarter Century Club at the annual dinner held on October 29.

2015 Faculty of Education inductees:

25 Years
  • Dr. Ann Anderson, Curriculum & Pedagogy
  • Dr. Peter Gouzouasis, Curriculum & Pedagogy
  • Dr. Carl Leggo, Language & Literacy Education
  • Dr. William McKee, Educational & Counselling Psychology & Special Education
  • Dr. Peter Seixas, Curriculum & Pedagogy
35 Years (Tempus Fugit)
  • Dr. Ian Franks, School of Kinesiology
  • Dr. Robert Sparks, School of Kinesiology

alumniUBC Achievement Awards


UBC Interim President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Martha Piper
Photo: Twitter @chengsophia

On October 27, Dean Frank attended the 2015 alumniUBC Achievement Awards, held at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre.

The call for nominations has gone out for the 2016 alumniUBC Achievement Awards. Do you know a Faculty of Education graduate, student, faculty member or friend of UBC who deserves to be recognized as a leader, advocate, artist or visionary? Submit your nomination by January 29, 2016.


Fall Deans’ Retreat

Dr. Frank joined his UBC counterparts at the fall Deans’ Retreat on October 30.

China/Hong Kong Trip

In October, Dean Frank, Dr. Tom Sork, and Dr. Wendy Carr travelled to China and Hong Kong, where they attended conferences at Northeast Normal University (NENU) in Changchun, China, including the 2015 Tri-Nations (China, Canada, Australia) Educational Symposium.

Following the meetings in Changchun, they visited South China Normal University in Guangzhou, and the Shenzhen Municipal Education Bureau in China.

The trip finished up in Hong Kong, where they visited the Hong Kong Institute of Education, and Dean Frank hosted an Alumni Dinner for Faculty of Education alumni in the Hong Kong area.


Dr. Tom Sork, Dean Blye Frank, and Dr. Wendy Carr at the Tri-Nations Educational Symposium


Tri-Nations Educational Symposium


Dr. Tom Sork, Dr. Wendy Carr, and Dean Blye Frank at NE China Normal University


Dr. Darren Bryant, Assistant Professor, Department of Education Policy & Leadership, Dr. Tom Sork, Senior Associate Dean, International, Dean Blye Frank, Dr. Maureen Tam, Associate Dean, Engagement & Communication, Faculty of Education & Human Development, at the Hong Kong Institute of Education


Dr. Tom Sork and Dean Frank with Faculty of Education alumna Ms. Christine Man


Hong Kong Alumni Dinner

Introduction of New Faculty of Education Chair & Professorship Holders


On October 7, Dr. Frank joined the Faculty of Education in welcoming six new Chair and Professorship holders:

Heart-Mind 2015


Dean Frank attended the 2015 Heart-Mind: Human Connection in a Digital World Conference, held October 2 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

Speakers included the Faculty of Education’s own Dr. Kim Schonert-Reichl, who spoke on, “Human Connection: What is it and why is it important?”

Allard Prize Award Ceremony


Lt.-Gen. Roméo Dallaire and Justice Richard Goldstone with Allard Prize honourees (Photo: Allard School of Law)

Dr. Frank attended the Allard Prize Award Ceremony on October 1, where two African journalists were named the joint recipients of the 2015 Allard Prize for International Integrity.

Mr. Githongo and Mr. Marques de Morais were each awarded $50,000 for their efforts in protecting human rights and fighting corruption.

UBC Centennial Launch


The UBC community recreated the iconic ‘UBC’ photo taken at the end of the Great Trek in 1922

Dean Frank joined faculty, staff, and guests at the official launch of the UBC Centennial, held September 30 at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre.

Janusz Korczak Lecture: Keeping our Promise to Children: the Relevance of Korczak’s Legacy for Children Today

Dean Frank provided introductory comments for the first of the Janusz Korczak Lecture Series, held on September 29 at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre. Keynote speaker Mr. Irwin Elman, Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth of Ontario, and President, Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates, spoke to the theme, “Keeping our Promise to Children: the Relevance of Korczak’s Legacy for Children Today.”

The evening included presentation of the inaugural Janusz Korczak Association of Canada Graduate Scholarship in Children’s Rights and Canadian Indigenous Education for 2014-2015 to Faculty of Education doctoral candidate Matthew D. Lee.


Dean Blye Frank introduces the Janusz Korczak Lecture Series


Matthew D. Lee, recipient of the inaugural Janusz Korczak Association of Canada Graduate Scholarship in Children’s Rights and Canadian Indigenous Education