September 2019

First- and Second-Year Faculty Lunch

September 30, 2019

Dr. Frank hosted several first- and second-year faculty members to lunch in the Office of the Dean as a congratulations and formal welcome back after summer. Each Winter I and II terms, the Dean hosts this event as a touch-base with recently hired faculty members.

Senate Curriculum Committee Meeting

September 30, 2019

Dr. Frank attended the first Senate Curriculum Committee meeting of the 2019-2020 academic year. Dr. Frank, along with the other members of the Senate Curriculum Committee, meet once a month to discuss topics as they relate to faculties' academic programming and educational activities.

UBC Scholars Reception

September 30, 2019

On Monday afternoon, Dr. Frank attended the UBC Scholars Reception, at which several students in the Faculty of Education were honoured. Our students won a range of awards from entrance scholarships to international leadership prizes.

New Emeriti Reception

September 30, 2019

Dr. Frank attended the New Emeriti Reception, held at Norman MacKenzie house. Each year, President Ono invites new emeriti to celebrate their transition into retirement; this year, the Faculty of Education recognized five faculty members.

Association of British Columbia Deans of Education (ABCDE) Annual General Meeting

September 27, 2019

Dr. Frank, Dr. McTavish, and Dr. Hare participated in ABCDE’s Annual General meeting, hosted on SFU’s Vancouver campus. For this first meeting of the 2019-2020 academic year, members discussed items related to their fiscal year-end, BC Teachers’ Council updates, Ministry of Education initiatives, and new items for the upcoming year.
ABCDE represents BC’s nine teacher education programs, and exists to enhance cooperation among BC’s teacher education programs and other educational stakeholders in providing quality undergraduate and graduate education programs, and excellence in scholarship and research.

UBC Okanagan Travel and Meetings

September 26, 2019

Dr. Frank and Dr. Bryson travelled to Kelowna to attend several meetings hosted by the Okanagan School of Education and central UBC Okanagan. As part of the return to campus for the 2019-2020 Academic Year, Drs. Frank and Bryson provided updates and shared initiatives pertaining to both campuses.

UBC Vancouver Committee of Deans’ Meeting

September 25, 2019

Dr. Frank met with other Vancouver campus deans for their Committee of Deans’ meeting in the Old Administration Building on Wednesday. As part of UBC’s Academic Strategic Plan, the Deans from several of the university’s Faculties meet once a month to discuss broader initiatives and collaborations.

Leadership Alignment Session – Workday Implementation Workshop

September 25, 2019

Dr. Frank and several members of the Senior Leadership Team attended the Leadership Workday Implementation Workshop to receive updates on UBC’s Integrated Renewal Plan. The Integrated Renewal Plan’s vision is to support learning, research, and work in a collaborative, cohesive and integrative way for all users in the UBC community.

Faculty of Education Administrators’ Meeting

September 25, 2019

The Dean joined the first 30 minutes of the Faculty of Education Administrators’ Meeting on Wednesday. Each year, Dr. Frank attends the first meeting of the 2019-2020 Academic Year, to update staff on items pertaining to their portfolios. In this instance, he talked about the launch of the Faculty’s new Strategic Plan, Learning Transformed.

UBC Okanagan Board of Governors Meeting

September 23, 2019

Dr. Frank spoke to the UBC Okanagan Board of Governors about the Task Force on Cross-Campus Collaboration, which he chairs. Dr. Frank explained the rationale for the establishment of the Task Force, which should complete its work by March 2020.

UBC Okanagan Truth and Reconciliation Commitment Ceremony

September 23, 2019

While on the Okanagan campus, Dr. Frank attended the Truth and Reconciliation Commitment Ceremony, during which the University announced its commitment to supporting and implementing the recommendations regarding meaningful support for reconciliation.

Faculty of Education Department Meetings

September 19, 2019

Dr. Frank met with several departments in the Faculty of Education, to welcome members back to UBC for the 2019-2020 Academic Year. The Dean attended the first 15 minutes of each department meeting and updated attendees about initiatives brought forward from the Office of the Dean.

New Initiatives to Support Racialized Faculty Reception

September 19, 2019

Dr. Frank attended a reception co-hosted by the Office of the Provost and the Senior Advisor to the Provost on Racialized Faculty, to discuss new initiatives intended to support racialized faculty. The Dean met with the Provost to inform him of the Faculty of Education’s Task Force on Race, Indigeneity, and Social Justice, which is being co-chaired by Associate Deans Dr. Jan Hare and Dr. Marianne McTavish.

UBCO Deans’ Council

September 18, 2019

Dr. Frank attended a bi-monthly UBC Okanagan Deans’ Council meeting via videoconference. Deans from several of the university’s faculties meet once every two weeks, providing advice to the Provost on issues related to teaching and research at UBC’s Okanagan campus.

UBC Senate

September 18, 2019

Dr. Frank attended the first Senate meeting of the 2019-2020 Academic Year. He, along with several other members of the Senior Executive Team on the UBC Vancouver campus attend monthly meetings and discuss responsibilities and operations pertaining to the Vancouver campus.

KIN Advisory Committee Meeting

September 18, 2019

The Dean chaired the first meeting for the Reappointment Process of Dr. Rob Boushel as the Director of the School of Kinesiology. Everyone in the 13-member committee attended to hear from Dr. Mary Bryson and Ms. Anna Bin about policies and procedures surrounding the process of reappointing academic directors.

Faculty of Education Appreciation Event

September 25, 2019

Dr. Frank attended the Faculty of Education Appreciation event, hosted in Ponderosa Commons Oak House by UBC Conferences and Accommodations. With fellow Education staff and faculty, Conferences and Accommodations held a light reception as a thank you for our continued partnership with them in utilizing the Ponderosa Commons Oak and Cedar House spaces.

Presentation on Professionalism for Secondary Teacher Candidates

September 17, 2019

Dr. Frank delivered a presentation on professionalism to the newest secondary teacher candidates in the Bachelor of Education program. Each year, Dr. Frank provides information on professionalism, standards of education, and code of ethics to the newest group of students.

First Faculty Meeting of the 2019-2020 Academic Year

September 17, 2019

Dr. Frank attended the first faculty meeting of the 2019-2020 Academic Year. There, he gave updates to new and returning faculty members and discussed commitments regarding the year ahead.

Visiting Elder & Knowledge Keeper Series with Gerry Oleman

September 17, 2019

The Dean joined Gerry Olemen in attending the Knowledge Keeper Series in the Office of Indigenous Education. Gerry Oleman is a member of the St’at’imc Nation from Tsal’alh (Shalalth, B.C.) and has been involved as a change agent for First Nations communities and agencies since 1976.
His experience includes providing counselling for individuals, families, and groups, and providing leadership politically and administratively to his community and Nation.

Dr. Frank with Visiting Elder Gerry Oleman

Welcome Newly Hired Faculty

September 17 – 20, 2019

Dr. Frank met several of our newly hired faculty members to welcome them to Education. Each year, the Dean hosts meetings for first year faculty members to get to know them and their research focus, and share insights on his experience in the Faculty .

Dr. Frank with Dr. Gibson and Dr. Opini

Battling Back: How the Veterans Transition Program Gave Me the Courage to Save My Life

September 17, 2019

The Dean attended an event co-hosted by our Development and Alumni Engagement Office and the Veterans Transition Program on Tuesday evening. Here, Lorimer Shenher, a published author and former Vancouver Police Department (VPD) Officer spoke about his experiences as a trans man in the VPD and graduate of the Veterans Transition Program.
This event came one week after UBC announced that by 2020, it will be Canada’s first “veteran-friendly” university campus.

Embracing Dimensions: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Canadian Post-Secondary System

September 16, 2019

Dr. Frank attended the speaking series, “Embracing Dimensions: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in the Canadian Post-Secondary System,” at Green College on Monday evening. In this series, Dr. Imogen Coe, Biochemist, and Cecil H. and Ida Green Visiting Professor from Ryerson University, discussed how identifying and removing systemic, structural, organizational and institutional barriers to full equity, diversity, and inclusion would require a systems approach, with context-dependent interventions at various levels, and more accountability of those traditionally in power.

Presentation on Professionalism – Okanagan School of Education

September 13, 2019

Dr. Frank travelled to Kelowna Friday September 13th to give his presentation on Professionalism to the newest teacher candidates in the Okanagan School of Education. Each year, Dr. Frank provides information on professionalism, standard of education, and code of ethics to the newest group of students.

The Dean travels to UBC Okanagan campus

September 13, 2019

Dr. Frank travels to Kelowna, BC to attend several meetings on the Okanagan campus that pertains to the Education portfolio and potential partnerships across campuses.

Presentation on Professionalism – Elementary and Middle Years’ student cohort

September 12, 2019

Dr. Frank presented on Professionalism to the newest teacher candidates in the Elementary and Middle Years Teacher Education program. Each year, Dr. Frank provides information on professionalism, standard of education, and code of ethics to the newest group of students.

ALDP celebration for Fran Watters

September 12, 2019

Dr. Frank attended the celebration reception for Fran Watters, as she leaves her role as ALDP Program Director. The Academic Leadership Development Program (ALDP) is a cohort-based, leadership development program offered by UBC each year to new Department Heads, Program Directors, Associate Deans and academic leaders in related roles at UBC.

Committee of Deans’ Meeting

September 11, 2019

Dr. Frank met Wednesday morning with the other UBC Vancouver deans for their bimonthly committee meeting at the Graduate Studies Building. The deans focus on building stronger connections and transformative learning, as part of UBC’s academic strategy.

Donuts with the Dean

September 10, 2019

Dr. Frank welcomed Faculty of Education students, staff, and faculty back to campus with our annual Donuts with the Dean event in the Scarfe foyer. The Dean, along with members of the Senior Leadership Team and Teacher Education Office, served donuts, coffee, and light refreshments to new and returning student cohorts in as they began their academic year.

Task Force on Cross-Campus Collaboration

September 10, 2019

Dr. Frank is chairing a bi-campus Task Force on Cross-Campus Collaboration. Comprising members of UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan senior leadership, the task force create a road map for the two campuses to work more collaboratively in areas of finance, governance, and student learning, among other areas.

Veteran Friendly Campus Announcement

September 9, 2019

Dr. Frank joined Dr. Ainsley Carry, VP Students to announce the UBC Veteran Friendly Campus initiative. As part of President Ono’s commitment to make UBC a “veteran friendly” campus, the initiative will include a new Royal Canadian Legion Branch on campus, access to mental health resources, a military association, a Veterans’ service hub, priority access to housing and other elements.

Presentation to Distinguished Visitors from China

September 9, 2019

Dr. Frank gave a presentation on Monday morning to a visiting delegation of faculty members from Chinese normal universities and faculties of education. The delegation consisted of senior faculty members, peers, and associate deans of universities with which the Faculty of Education works with in its international programs.

SFU Faculty Reception: Kris Magnusson, Acknowledging a Decade of Leadership

September 5, 2019

Dr. Frank attended the SFU Faculty of Education’s reception for their outgoing dean, Dr. Kris Magnusson. After serving the Faculty for a decade, Dr. Magnusson completed his final term in the summer of 2020.

Welcome Lunch for First Year NITEP Students

September 3, 2019

Dr. Frank hosted lunch for the incoming NITEP students on the first day of their new term. As a welcoming gesture, Dr. Frank met with the student cohort and shared insights about the Faculty and UBC.