July – September 2014

Update on Faculty Searches – July 2014

July 1, 2014

The Dean is currently the chair of the Advisory Committee for the search of the next Head in the Departments of Educational Studies (EDST), Educational & Counselling Psychology, & Special Education (ECPS), and the School of Kinesiology (KIN).

Dean Frank is pleased to announce the confirmation of the appointment by the Provost of the next Head of the Department of Language and Literacy (LLED). Please join him in welcoming Dr. Anthony Paré as he begins his five-year term on July 1, 2014.

Noted Summer Scholar Lecture, Dr. Bryan McKinley Jones Brayboy

July 8, 2014

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.

Above: Dr. Bryan McKinley Jones Brayboy.

Year of Teacher Education BBQ and Closing Event

July 16, 2014

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.

Above: Year of Teacher Education Closing Event.

Annual Meeting with the Royal Canadian Legion BC & Yukon Command

July 17, 2014

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.

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

July 21, 2014

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

July 29, 2014

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

August 5, 2014

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.

Update on Faculty Searches – September 2014

September 1, 2014

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

September 1, 2014

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.