Dr. Jan Hare, Dean pro temOn July 1, 2021, Dr. Jan Hare was appointed Dean pro tem of the Faculty of Education, and as such, provides overall academic and administrative leadership on both campuses. Dr. Hare, who is Anishinaabe from the M’Chigeeng First Nation, was appointed a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Pedagogy in 2020. She is also a Professor in the Department of Language & Literacy Education. Her research interests include the social practices of literacy in Aboriginal families, schools and communities. She has a particular interest in Aboriginal early learning and youth issues. She is mentoring doctoral students working on Aboriginal language revitalization and Aboriginal education.
Dr. Lesley Andres, Associate Dean, Faculty AffairsDr. Lesley Andres, Professor in the Department of Educational Studies, was appointed Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs on July 1, 2021. In her role, she provides strategic leadership and advice to the Dean, the senior leadership team and faculty members on faculty affairs and policy matters. Her research and teaching interests include the sociology of education, foundations of higher education, issues of inequality and access, transition across the life course research, and quantitative and qualitative research methods. Dr. Andres’ research focuses on the intersecting domains of participation in post-secondary education, equality of educational opportunity, and the relationship between institutional structures and individuals as agents from an international comparative perspective. Her main research projects are the Paths on Life’s Way study, a 28-year longitudinal study of BC young adults and a related comparison with the Australian Life Patterns longitudinal study.
Dr. Reginald D’Silva, Associate Dean, Equity & Strategic ProgramsDr. Reginald D’Silva, Associate Professor of Teaching in the Department of Language & Literacy Education, was appointed Associate Dean, Equity & Strategic Programs on July 1, 2021. His role entails providing strategic leadership to build and foster equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in the Faculty. Dr. D’Silva has a multidisciplinary background in engineering, computer science and the social sciences. His PhD research focused on the use of voice recognition software programs in developing literacy skills in post-secondary English as an Additional Language (EAL) learners.
Dr. Teresa Dobson, Associate Dean, Academic & InnovationDr. Teresa Dobson, Professor in the Department of Language & Literacy Education was appointed Associate Dean Academic & Innovation on July 1, 2021. She also serves as Director of Graduate Studies in Education. In these roles, she provides strategic oversight and support for academic programs offered by the Faculty. Dr. Dobson’s program of research entails the application of digital humanities methods in the field of literacy education with a view to the advancement of scholarship concerning knowledge mobilization generally, and, more particularly, to the complexification of theoretical paradigms that are based in print models of meaning and communication.
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Dr. Patsy Duff, Associate Dean, ResearchDr. Patricia (Patsy) Duff was appointed Associate Dean, Research on July 1, 2019, and as such, provides strategic leadership and advice to the Dean on research matters. She is Professor in the Department of Language and Literacy Education. Dr. Duff’s main areas of research, supported by funding from SSHRC, Hampton, and the Spencer/National Academy of Education, are related to multilingualism, language learning, and linguistic anthropology. She is a UBC Distinguished University Scholar and past recipient of a UBC Killam Teaching Award as well as a Distinguished Scholarship and Service Award from the American Association for Applied Linguistics, for which she currently serves as second vice president.
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Dr. Anna M. Kindler, Senior Advisor InternationalDr. Anna M. Kindler, a Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy, was appointed Senior Advisor International on September 1, 2016. Prior to the appointment, she served two terms as Vice Provost and Associate Vice President Academic of UBC. In her capacity as Senior Advisor International, she is responsible for strategic planning and oversight of academic international engagement, including collaborative and joint degree programs; professional development initiatives; academic leadership development programs; and other international exchanges.
Dr. Margaret Kovach, Associate Dean, Indigenous EducationDr. Margaret Kovach was appointed Associate Dean, Indigenous Education on July 1, 2021, providing leadership in the areas of Indigenous programs and research in the Faculty. She is a Professor in the Department of Educational Studies and a member of the College of the Royal Society of Canada. Dr. Kovach is of Nêhiyaw and Saulteaux ancestry from Treaty Four, Saskatchewan and a member of Pasqua First Nation. Among her publications, Dr. Kovach is the author of the award-winning book Indigenous Methodologies: Characteristics, Conversations, and Contexts (University of Toronto Press) now in its 2nd edition. She is a co-editor of the newly published book (2021) Royally Wronged: The Royal Society of Canada and Indigenous Peoples (McGill-Queen’s Press). Dr. Kovach is an internationally known scholar in Indigenous research methodologies with research interests that include Indigenous higher education and social justice approaches to education. Her research explores ways in which Canadian universities can cultivate environments that enhance the experience for Indigenous scholars and graduate students. As a post-secondary scholar, her teaching, research, and writing is compelled by a particular interest in how members of university communities might work, learn, and live at the intersectionality of diversity in the service of compassionate, socially just relations.
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Dr. Marianne McTavish, Associate Dean, Teacher EducationDr. Marianne McTavish was appointed Associate Dean, Teacher Education on September 1, 2018, and as such, provides overall academic and operational leadership of undergraduate and diploma programs in the Faculty. Dr. McTavish is a Professor of Teaching in the Department of Language & Literacy Education and has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in education at UBC since 1990. Her contributions have been recognized with the Murray Elliot Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Teacher Education Program, and the Critical Perspectives on Early Childhood Education Emerging Scholar Award of the American Educational Research Association. Her time at UBC intersected with a 31-year teaching career in Surrey and West Vancouver. She has worked closely with the Ministry of Education in developing curriculum and assessment materials and has served with the BC Teachers Federation as a Provincial Specialist Association Vice President. Her research work with early childhood teacher candidates and digital literacies reconceptualizes the way literacy is taught and practiced. Dr. McTavish has authored several professional resources in addition to scholarly articles and chapters on young children's emergent literacy learning, teacher education, and family literacy.
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Dr. Mark Edwards, Assistant Dean, Professional Development & Community EngagementDr. Mark Edwards was appointed Assistant Dean, Academic Professional Programs, on July 1, 2021. One of his passions is mobilizing the remarkable research of UBC’s Faculty of Education in the service of children in British Columbia and around the world. Dr. Edwards co-leads the Professional Development & Community Engagement unit with Dr. Lynne Tomlinson. He facilitates collaborative working relationships between the Faculty and the field for the development and provision of off-campus MEd programs, diploma programs, and certificate programs. Dr. Edwards assists in the planning, marketing, and delivery of distance education, direct instruction, and cohort courses and programs. Let’s remove all the links, as we are not linking other programs.
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Ayaz Mahmood, Assistant Dean, FinanceAyaz Mahmood was appointed Assistant Dean, Finance, on August 16, 2021. He is responsible for providing comprehensive financial leadership, expertise and direction for the Faculty of Education. The position has a Faculty-wide impact, contributing to strategic direction, plans and objectives by identifying issues and opportunities, evaluating organizational impact and introducing innovative initiatives to move the strategic plans forward. Ayaz is a conduit for influence and information sharing between the Comptroller's Office and the Faculty of Education. Ayaz is a Chartered Professional Accountant with a wealth of UBC and Faculty of Education experience, having worked for 10 years in a variety of finance roles within the Faculty.
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Dr. Suzanne Scott, Assistant Dean, Development and Alumni EngagementDr. Suzanne Scott was appointed Assistant Dean, Development & Alumni Engagement on July 1, 2017, and as such, is responsible for facilitating philanthropic gifts and engagement with the alum community. Prior to her appointment at UBC, Dr. Scott worked at St. Paul’s Foundation where as Manager, Major Gifts where she managed the Surgery + Imaging Portfolio liaising with physicians and surgeons in 15 medical divisions and raised funds from major gift donors. Scott holds a PhD in Educational Studies from UBC, where she examined the impact of Canadian philanthropy on higher education. Her MA thesis at the University of Toronto examined an innovative UNICEF initiative to educate young female labourers in Bangladesh. She also holds a Fundraising Management Certificate from the B.C. Institute of Technology and a Certificate in Advanced Major Gift Success from the Madison Institute at the University of Wisconsin School of Business.
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Lynne Tomlinson, Assistant Dean, Administration, ETS & Community Oriented Professional StudiesLynne Tomlinson was appointed Assistant Dean Administration, ETS & Community Oriented Professional Studies on July 1, 2021. Lynne has served as teacher, coordinator, principal, and district leader in BC public schools. As a regional leader for the Networks of Inquiry and Indigenous Education (NOIIE), she works with educational leadership teams both provincially and internationally to support school and district networks. She is passionate about improving the life chances of all students. In her role as Assistant Dean, Administration, ETS & Community Oriented Professional Studies, Lynne coordinates infrastructure support for credit and non-credit programs. She works closely with the Education Technology Services team to support innovative teaching practices in the Faculty of Education and supports the planning, marketing, and implementation of new professional development programs.
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Anna Bin, Director, Human ResourcesAnna Bin joined the Faculty of Education in 2007 and has been providing HR support for the Faculty for over ten years. In her role as Director, HR, Anna works closely with the Dean and the Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs, to provide comprehensive leadership, strategic planning and operational direction in the overall areas of faculty affairs and human resources. She holds a designation of Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR).
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Katy Ellsworth, Director, Administration and CommunicationsKaty Ellsworth joined the Faculty of Education in 2019, working in the Office of the Dean as Director of Administration and Communications. Katy provides administrative leadership and project management for the Office of the Dean as well as overseeing Faculty-wide facilities and space management. As communications lead, Katy is responsible for Faculty-wide communications, enhancing the image and reputation of the Faculty of Education locally, nationally and internationally.
Department Heads & Directors
Dr. Samson Nashon
Curriculum & Pedagogy (EDCP)
Dr. Jennifer Shapka
Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education (ECPS)
English Language Institute (ELI)
Dr. Laurie Ford
Early Childhood Education (ECE)
Dr. Mona Gleason
Educational Studies (EDST)
Dr. Samia Khan
Masters of Educational Technology Program (MET)
Dr. George Belliveau
Language and Literacy Education (LLED)
Dr. Robert Boushel
School of Kinesiology (KIN)
Dr. Margaret Macintyre Latta
Okanagan School of Education (EDUC)