December 2016

Dean Blye Frank 

Faculty updates from Dean Blye Frank and highlights of his summer and fall 2016 schedule.


In this issue:

Holiday Greetings


Senior Leadership Changes

Dean Blye Frank — Appointment Extended for Five Year Term

On the recommendation of Interim President Martha Piper, the UBC Board of Governors have approved the extension of Dr. Blye Frank’s appointment as Dean of the Faculty of Education for a five-year term beginning July 1, 2016.

Current Senior Leadership Team and Terms of Appointment

  • Dr. Blye Frank, Dean | July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2021
  • Dr. Mary Bryson, Senior Associate Dean, Administration, Faculty Affairs & Innovation | July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2021
  • Dr. Mark Beauchamp, Associate Dean, Research | July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2021
  • Dr. Wendy Carr, Associate Dean, Teacher Education | July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2020
  • Dr. Jan Hare, Associate Dean, Indigenous Education | July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2021
  • Dr. Mark Edwards, Assistant Dean, Professional Development & Community Engagement | September 1, 2012 – August 31, 2017
  • Clara Ng, Assistant Dean, Finance | On-going
  • Dee Dee Sung, Assistant Dean, Development and Alumni Engagement | On-going
  • ErinRose Handy, Assistant Dean, Communications & Marketing | On-going

Update on Faculty Searches

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

On October 24, Dean Frank advised the Department that he had accepted the recommendation of the Dean’s Advisory Committee for Appointment of a Head of ECPS that he not move forward with an offer to Dr. Ada Sinacore. He thanked the members of the committee for their work and advised that next steps would be pending.

First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) Alumni Social


Marny Point, Urban Coordinator, NITEP, presents a floral bouquet to Dr. Jo-ann Archibald.

Dean Blye Frank joined NITEP alumni and friends for a gathering at the Westin Bayshore, Vancouver on November 25 following the FNESC Aboriginal Education Conference. The event provided an opportunity to celebrate the many contributions that Dr. Jo-ann Archibald (formerly Associate Dean, Indigenous Education and Director of NITEP) has made to the Indigenous Teacher Education Program (NITEP) and the Faculty of Education throughout her career.


Dean Blye Frank with Dr. Jo-ann Archibald.

Education Fall Congregation


Dr. Blye Frank and Professor Santa J. Ono at the Education Congregation ceremony on November 23.

On November 23, the Faculty of Education celebrated its 60th fall Congregation.

Congratulations and best wishes to our new alumni!


Professor Ono and Chancellor Lindsay Gordon join Dean Frank in congratulating the Faculty of Education graduating classes of 2016.

Bachelor of Education Student Awards Night & Donor Appreciation Dinner/Reception


Dr. Wendy Carr with Dean Blye Frank.


L-R: Curtis Chou and Marielle Alviz, winners of the Dean of Education Scholarship, with Dr. Colin McCaffrey (MEd ’63) and Mr. Ron Klaassen.

Recipients of the 2016 Teacher Education program student awards were honoured at the annual Bachelor of Education Student Awards Night held at the AMS Student Nest on November 22. In addition to the over 190 student awards given out, Jo-Anne Naslund, Librarian, UBC Education Library, was recognized as the 2016 recipient of the Murray Elliott Service Award for Outstanding Service to the Teacher Education Program for her long history of exceptional work in teacher education in our Faculty.

Earlier in the evening, Dean Frank hosted a Donor Appreciation Dinner to acknowledge the generosity of the many donors who support the Bachelor of Education Awards Program.


BEd Student Award Winners: Unidentified, Tahoura Ardeshir (Outstanding Community Field Experience Award), Brigitte Liang (Associate Dean of Teacher Education Prize, Outstanding Practicum), Benjamin Fresneda Alvarado (A. Hattrick Scholarship in Education, Outstanding Practicum), and Curtis Chou (Dean of Education Scholarship).


L-R: Yvonne Dawydiak, MET Manager/Tech Integration Mentor; Jo-Anne Naslund, Librarian, Education Library; Dr. Margot Filipenko, Professor of Teaching, Department of Language & Literacy Education (LLED).

Installation of the President


Installation of Professor Santa J. Ono as the 15th President and Vice-Chancellor of UBC.

Dr. Frank joined Faculty of Education faculty, staff and students at the installation of Professor Santa J. Ono as the 15th President and Vice-Chancellor of UBC on November 22.

Association of British Columbia Deans of Education (ABCDE)

On November 18, Dean Frank attended a meeting of the Association of British Columbia Deans of Education (ABCDE), held at SFU’s Downtown Vancouver campus. Dr. Frank has served as ABCDE Treasurer since 2012. Among topics of discussion were the confirmation that the BC Education Plan has been incorporated into all BC teacher education programs, and support for the standard related to Indigenous Education.


Luncheon with the Anastasiou Family

Dr. Frank lunched at SAGE Bistro with Dr. Clifford J. “Kip” Anastasiou and Mrs. Joan Anastasiou on November 1, where they discussed ways to support young science education professors in furthering their research. Dr Kip Anastasiou (BA ’52 Biology & Botany; MEd ’57) is a professor emeritus of Mathematics and Science Education (1994). Mrs. Joan Anastasiou has earned four UBC Degrees (BA ’51, MA ’54 Majored in Biology & Botany, BLib ’69, MLib ’76).

KIN Awards Night


L-R: Four-Year Doctoral Fellowship winners Carli Peters, Geralyn Ruissen, and Jesse Couture with Dean Blye Frank.

The Dean joined the School of Kinesiology (KIN) for a night of celebration as they recognized student academic achievements at the annual KIN Awards Night, held November 17 at the First Nations Longhouse. Congratulations to the recipients of over 150 awards!


Christopher Forgaard, winner of the Mary Elizabeth Simpson Scholarship with Dr. Frank.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Higher Education Symposium


Dr. Frank attended the IB Higher Education Symposium in Boston from November 8-11. The annual symposium provides an opportunity for universities and IB World Schools to network, discuss IB admission strategies, and share IB-related research.

CBIE 50th Annual Conference & Ottawa Alumni Gathering


Photo courtesy Ottawa Tourism

From November 12-16, Dean Frank attended the 50th annual Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) Conference in Ottawa. The 2016 theme was “Internationalization for All.”

In conjunction with the CBIE Conference, alumni, faculty members, and friends of the UBC Faculty of Education were invited to join Dr. Frank for a gathering on November 14. Guests joined the Dean to continue the conversation on “Internationalization for All” and to hear updates from the university and faculty.

Education Centre at Ponderosa Commons Tour


L-R: Mr. Hubner, Dr. Blye Frank, Ms. Sarah Dalzell.

On November 4, Dean Frank toured the new Education Centre at Ponderosa Commons with donor and alumnus Mr. Hubner (BEd ’62) and alumna Ms. Sarah Dalzell (BEd ’13).

Wild About Vancouver Outdoor Education Festival


Dean Blye Frank with Dr. Hartley Banack.

Dr. Hartley Banack, Lecturer and Coordinator, Outdoor Environmental Education, Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy (EDCP), presented a framed poster to Dean Frank for the Faculty of Education’s generous support of the Wild About Vancouver (WAV) Outdoor Education Festival, held annually in April.

The poster is an original art piece commissioned by WAV from local Vancouver artist Marcus Wild, and will be hung on the 6th floor of the Neville Scarfe Building.

The next WAV Festival will be held April 22-30, 2017.

Dean Blye Frank on Roundhouse Radio

Dr. Frank was recently interviewed by Prof. Minelle Mahtani for the “Sense of Place” show on Roundhouse Radio. The discussion revolved around the Dean’s “Frankly Speaking” series, in particular the recent event on mental health literacy.

Listen to the interview


Reflections: 2016 State of the Faculty Address

Dean Frank issued an invitation to Faculty of Education staff, faculty, and students to join him for a conversation about the state of the Faculty. The well-attended address took place November 3 at the new Education Centre at Ponderosa Commons, and was followed by a Tea with the Dean reception.

Download a copy of the presentation


Dean Frank’s 2016 State of the Faculty Address.


Respectful Environment was among the topics addressed in the Dean’s talk.

UBC Academic All-Canadian Breakfast


Professor Santa J. Ono with UBC Academic All-Canadian student-athletes.

Dean Frank joined athletes, coaches, staff and alumni at the 2016 UBC Academic All-Canadian Breakfast held on November 2, where UBC honoured 122 varsity athletes, including 38 Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology student-athletes, as Academic All-Canadians.

To be an Academic All-Canadian the Thunderbird athletes must be full time UBC students and achieve an overall average of 80% or above.

Association of Canadian Deans of Education (ACDE)


Fall ACDE meeting in Winnipeg.

On October 26-28, Dean Frank attended the fall meeting of the Association of Canadian Deans of Education (ACDE) in Winnipeg. The main focus for the meeting was reconciliation, and how faculties, schools, and departments of education are approaching reconciliation in their institutions. There was also a review of the renewed Accord on Initial Teacher Education.

alumni UBC Achievement Awards


2016 alumni UBC Achievement Awards.

Dean Frank attended the 2016 alumni UBC Achievement Awards on November 1, where eight members of the UBC community were honoured for their outstanding contributions.

Nominations for the 2017 Awards are now open. If 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 27, 2017.


Dee Dee Sung and Dr. Frank greet guests at the alumni UBC Achievement Awards.

Winnipeg Alumni Gathering


Dr. Wendy Carr and Dean Blye Frank with alumna
Professor Chris Higgins (PhD ’10), University of Manitoba.

On October 26, Dean Frank hosted a gathering for UBC Faculty of Education alumni and friends in the Winnipeg area to meet and renew connections with UBC and the Faculty.


Dean Frank with alumna Professor Airini (PhD ’97 Curriculum & Instruction), Thompson River University.

Dean’s External Advisory Board


Senior Leadership Team members Clara Ng, Dr. Jan Hare, Dr. Mark Beauchamp, Dr. Mark Edwards, Dr. Mary Bryson, Dr. Wendy Carr, ErinRose Handy, and Dee Dee Sung with the Dean and his External Advisory Board.

On October 20, the Dean hosted his External Advisory Board on the 18th floor of Education Centre at Ponderosa Commons.

The Faculty of Education Senior Leadership Team each introduced themselves and gave a brief overview of their portfolios and 3 main areas of focus for the coming year. There were many engaging discussions and new connections were formed between the Board and new Senior Leadership members.

Luncheon with Ms. Alanna Wong

On October 24, Dr. Frank and Dee Dee Sung were joined for lunch at SAGE Bistro by Ms. Alanna Wong (BEd ’79, DipEd ’07). A Faculty of Education alumna, retired teacher librarian, and retired elementary school teacher, Ms. Wong is looking for ways to engage with the Faculty.

Following the October 24 meeting, the Dean and Dee Dee met again with Ms. Wong, along with six retired teachers/BEd Alumni who joined Dee Dee, Dr. Wendy Carr, Denise Luong, and Dean Frank for a tour of Education Centre at Ponderosa Commons and lunch on the 17th floor. Ms. Wong has been the director of the “Books for Me Literacy Foundation” since November 2015.


UBC Okanagan Meetings

In October, Dean Frank attended meetings at UBC’s Okanagan campus, where discussions are on-going regarding a possible partnership between the UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan Faculties of Education (one Faculty: two sites).

Opening of Orchard Commons


Professor Santa J. Ono officially opens Orchard Commons.

Dr. Frank attended the official opening of the new Orchard Commons building on October 19. The facility is one of five commons projects on UBC’s Point Grey campus, and will provide residence space for first year students, as well as classroom and office spaces for Vantage College.

Teacher Education For All (TEFA) Panel


On October 18, Dr. Frank attended the Teacher Education for All (TEFA) panel discussion, Walking the Talk: Creating Learning Environments that Include Sexual and Gender Diversity, where a panel of Faculty of Education members and others discussed how they are developing inclusive pedagogical approaches that recognize, and intervene to transform, the impacts of systemic discrimination towards sexual and gender minorities.

Quarter Century Club Dinner

Dean Frank attended the UBC Quarter Century Club Dinner on October 18, where four Faculty of Education faculty members were inducted into the UBC Quarter Century Club (25 years of service), and two faculty members were recognized as Tempus Fugit (35 years of service).

25 years:

  • Dr. Jim Anderson, Language & Literacy Education
  • Dr. Deirdre Kelly, Educational Studies
  • Dr. Leslie Roman, Educational Studies
  • Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, Educational & Counselling Psychology & Special Education


2016 Quarter Century Club inductees

35 years:

  • Dr. Lee Gunderson, Language & Literacy Education
  • Dr. Thomas Sork, Educational Studies


2016 Tempus Fugit inductees

Pacific Family Autism Centre Tour


Dr. Mark Beauchamp, Dee Dee Sung, and Dr. Lee Gunderson joined the Dean for a tour of the new Pacific Family Autism Centre in Richmond.

On October 18, Dr. Frank joined Dr. Lee Gunderson, Head pro tem, Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education (ECPS), Dr. Mark Beauchamp, and Dee Dee Sung for a tour of the new Pacific Family Autism Centre in Richmond.

The Centre forms the hub of the Pacific Autism Family Network (PAFN), which will eventually include eight other “spokes” located throughout BC. Officially opened in November, the Centre is a state-of-the-art facility with clinics, labs, classrooms, observation rooms and research spaces which will support approximately 69,000 people of all ages in BC with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The Faculty of Education is hoping to work with the PAFN to create a centre of excellence in autism.

Faculty of Education and CHES Breakfast


On October 18, the Centre for Health Education Scholarship (CHES) and the Faculty of Education co-hosted a networking breakfast meeting for CHES faculty, scholars, current and selected past fellows, and Faculty of Education faculty and graduate students working in the field of health professions education research.

The breakfast provided an opportunity to get acquainted and share the work being done in each unit to facilitate future collaboration.

Lunch with ESA


On October 17, Dr. Frank hosted his annual Education Student Association (ESA) luncheon, where the Dean took the opportunity to introduce himself and welcome new council members.

NITEP Lillooet Visit


Jessica La Rochelle, Dean Blye Frank and Dr. Jan Hare visit Lillooet NITEP students at the Ts’zil Learning Centre.

On October 16, Dr. Frank joined Jessica La Rochelle, Assistant Director, Indigenous Teacher Education Program (NITEP), for a visit with Lillooet NITEP students at the Ts’zil Learning Centre in Mount Currie.

Frankly Speaking


L-R: Jessica La Rochelle, Dr. Blye Frank, Dr. Stan Kutcher, and Professor Santa J. Ono.


A capacity crowd filled UBC’s Robson Square theatre for Frankly Speaking.

Dean Frank invited alumni and friends to attend his inaugural Frankly Speaking event on October 11 at UBC Robson Square in Vancouver. The theme was Mental Health Literacy — one in five Canadians will personally experience a mental illness in their lifetime and mental health issues affect up to half the total student population at many universities. Mental health literacy encompasses the knowledge, beliefs and abilities that enable the recognition, management or prevention of mental health problems with a range of benefits including prevention, early recognition and intervention, and reduction of stigma associated with mental illness.

Speakers included: Professor Santa J. Ono, President and Vice-Chancellor, UBC; Dr. Stan Kutcher, Sun Life Financial Chair in Adolescent Mental Health; and Jessica La Rochelle, Assistant Director, NITEP.

National Day of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Reception


Photo courtesy Hyatt Regency

On October 7, the Dean was pleased to accept an invitation to join Mr. Tom Chih-Chiang Lee, Director General, Taipei Economic & Cultural Office, Vancouver, and Mrs. Lee at the annual National Day of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Reception held at the Hyatt Regency, Vancouver.

CEA Symposium & Dinner with Right Honourable Paul Martin


L-R: Dee Dee Sung, Rt. Honourable Paul Martin, Dr. Jan Hare, Dr. Wendy Carr, Ms. Carlana Lindeman, Education Program Director, Martin Family Initiative, Dean Blye Frank and Dr. Mark Edwards.

Dean Frank attended the Canadian Education Association (CEA) Symposium, First Nations Schools First! Sharing Successful Indigenous Learning, on October 6 at the Musqueam Cultural Centre. The symposium focused on the urgent need to ensure the success of all Indigenous students, and featured a keynote presentation by the Rt. Honourable Paul Martin.

Later that evening, the Dean, Ms. Dee Dee Sung, and Drs. Wendy Carr, Jan Hare, and Mark Edwards attended a dinner with the Rt. Honourable Paul Martin, where they discussed Indigenous Education and the work being done by UBC’s Faculty of Education and The Martin Family Initiative.

BEd Professionalism Talk


Each fall, the Dean gives a talk to teacher candidates in the Bachelor of Education program where he discusses professionalism, standards of education, and code of ethics.

This year, Dr. Frank addressed secondary teacher candidates on September 20, and elementary and middle school teacher candidates on September 22.

Vera Radcliffe Thompson Memorial Bursary


L-R: Dean Blye Frank, Charlotte Campbell, Georgia Campbell, Dr. Tony Hodge.

On September 23, Dr. Frank joined Dr. Tony Hodge at SAGE Bistro to meet Vera Radcliffe Thompson Memorial Bursary recipients Charlotte Campbell (BA ’13, BEdM ’16) and Georgia Campbell (BA ’10, BEdS ’16).

Yidan Prize Foundation

On September 22, Dr. Frank met with Mr. Clive Ka-lun Lee, CEO of the Yidan Prize Foundation, Hong Kong, to accept recognition of UBC Faculty of Education as an official nominating organization.


Mr. Clive Ka-lun Lee with Dean Blye Frank.

Dean’s Advisory Committee (DAC)

Dean Frank invited guests from the Musqueam Band to attend his Dean’s Advisory Committee meeting on September 21, to share in opportunities for collaboration and ways we might strengthen the Faculty of Education’s relationships with Musqueam.


Second-Year Faculty Lunch with the Dean

On September 16, the Dean invited second-year faculty members to join him for lunch, where he took the opportunity to check-in and see how our newest faculty members have done over the last year.

Dean’s Office Open House


Visitors to the Dean’s Office enjoyed a performance by Music Education students.

Dean Frank and the Dean’s Office team opened their doors to faculty, staff and students at their Open House on September 19. Visitors enjoyed refreshments and performances by Music Education students.


Visitors in the Development & Alumni and Communications Office.

Donuts with the Dean


Dean Blye Frank invited all new and returning students to join the Faculty of Education Senior Leadership Team for coffee, light refreshments and donuts on September 12.


New Faculty Lunch with the Dean

On September 12, the Dean hosted a luncheon for new faculty members. The event provided an opportunity for new faculty to meet and build connections with the dean and other new colleagues, and discuss expectations for the coming academic year.

Bachelor of Education Orientation


Dean Frank with Glen Hansman, Jan Unwin, and Shawn McMullin with #UBCBEd2017 teacher candidates at the Chan Centre.

Dean Frank was joined by Glen Hansman (President, BC Teachers’ Federation), Jan Unwin (Superintendent of Graduation and Student Transitions with BC Ministries of Education and Ministry of Advanced Education) and Shawn McMullin (Director of Professional Excellence and Outreach, Teacher Regulation Branch) at the Bachelor of Education teacher candidate orientation at the Chan Centre on September 6.

External Examiner – Oral Defence

On August 3, Dr. Frank acted as external examiner for the oral defense of Brendan Kwiatkowski, Trinity Western University (TWU), for his Master’s thesis, Growing up Male: A Social-Emotional Program for Grade 11 Males with Behavioural needs in a BC Secondary School (Supervisor: Dr. Allyson Jule). Mr. Kwiatkowski is the first graduate of TWU’s MA in Educational Studies, Special Education.


External Examiner – MA Thesis

Dean Frank acted as external examiner at the final Master’s thesis defence for Dana Dmytro (UBC School Psychology) on August 31, The Role of Gender Norms in Adolescent Boys’ Navigation of Romantic Relationships (Supervisors: Drs. Laurie Ford and Ann Cameron).

ECER 2016 Conference


From August 23-25, Dean Frank attended the European Educational Research Association ECER 2016 Conference at University College, Dublin, Ireland. This year’s theme, Leading Education: The Distinct Contributions of Educational Research and Researchers, invited participants to explore tensions and challenges in educational research and leadership in the contemporary educational research landscape.

Chair – Final Doctoral Exam

On July 29, Dr. Frank acted as chair at the final doctoral exam for Natalie Miller, UBC Faculty of Arts, for her thesis, Social cognitions of children with disruptive behaviors (Research supervisor: Dr. Charlotte Johnston).


39th Annual UBC/BCPVPA Short Course

Dr. Frank attended the closing reception and dinner of the UBC/British Columbia Principals’ & Vice-Principals’ Association (BCPVPA) Short Course on July 8.

Short Course is a five-day intensive program held annually at UBC in July, where newly-appointed and experienced principals and vice-principals from across BC come together to immerse themselves in studies to develop capacities to lead and manage schools and build networks with colleagues.

IB Annual Regional Conference


The Dean attended the International Baccaulaureate (IB) Annual Regional Conference held July 14-16 in Toronto, where he presented on The Changing Face of Teacher Education.

Internationalizing Higher Education


Dr. Frank attended the opening session and reception at the Internationalizing Higher Education: Past Practices and Future Possibilities conference on July 26 at Simon Fraser University’s Vancouver campus.

Ice Cream Social for Teacher Candidates


Teacher candidates line up for ice cream and alumni t-shirts.

Dean Blye Frank was delighted to attend the Ice Cream Social for Teacher Candidates event on July 13, which was jointly organized by the Teacher Education Office, the Education Students’ Association, and the Dean’s Office. This annual event celebrates the end of the academic year and the start of teacher candidates’ future as UBC alumni.

The Education Students’ Association distributed ice cream and sold tickets to their end of year Graduation Banquet, while Development & Alumni oversaw “branding” of teacher candidates with the TEO’s “ALUMNI” tattoos and gave out Alumni t-shirts.


Faculty of Education teacher candidates show off their alumni tattoos.


Dean Frank joins teacher candidates for ice cream.

Visit with the Derpak Family


Dean Blye Frank and Dee Dee Sung with the Derpak Family.

On July 8, Dr. Frank and Dee Dee Sung hosted the Derpak family for a luncheon and tour of the new Education Centre at Ponderosa Commons. The Derpaks are significant donors to the Faculty, with Education alumnus William Derpak having graduated with a BEd (Elem) in 1957, the year after Neville Scarfe was declared the dean of the new Faculty of Education.


24th International Academic Conference


From June 29-July 3, Dr. Frank attended the 24th International Academic Conference in Barcelona, Spain, organized by the International Institute of Social and Economic Sciences (IISES). Keynote Speaker Professor Bob Fox from the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia, delivered the speech, Flexible Frameworks for Blended Learning in Higher Education.