Senior Leadership Team


Scarfe 2612
Tel 604 827 2174

Dr. Blye Frank, Dean

In April 2011, Dr. Frank was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Education. On July 1, 2016, his term was extended for an additional five years. Prior to joining UBC, he was Professor and Head of the Division of Medical Education in the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University, Halifax, where he worked extensively on faculty development in medical education.

Dr. Frank’s main area of scholarship is the sociology of boys’ and men’s health. Along with a national research team, he has developed the theoretical framework of Health, Illness, Men and Masculinities (HIMM), which centres masculinity as a social determinant of health. The foci of his recent research and publications is cultural competence and cultural safety.

From 2013 to 2015 Dr. Frank served as President for the Association of Canadian Deans of Education (ACDE) which brings together deans, directors and chairs of education in Canadian universities and university-colleges. Please refer to ACDE Accords.

Dr. Frank has served as Treasurer for the Association of BC Deans of Education (ABCDE) since 2012.

As Dean, Dr. Frank is leading the Faculty of Education to deliver on its strategic commitments in support of Shaping UBC's Next Century.


Scarfe 2608
Tel 604 822 5211

Dr. Mary Bryson, Senior Associate Dean, Administration, Faculty Affairs and Innovation

Dr. Mary K. Bryson was appointed Senior Associate Dean, Administration, Faculty Affairs & Innovation, in the Faculty of Education, effective July 1, 2016, for a five-year term.

Dr. Bryson is a Professor in the Department of Language and Literacy Education. Most recently, Dr. Bryson held the appointment of GRSJ Director (2012-2015). Throughout Mary’s 27 years at UBC, they have served in many senior administrative roles in the Faculty and the University, which articulate a trajectory of significant budgetary and personnel senior leadership experience that they bring to this critical leadership position in the Faculty of Education, Dean’s Office. In Dr. Bryson’s role as Senior Associate Dean, Administration and Innovation, they provide the Dean’s senior leadership team with high-level support and advice in the areas of administration infrastructures and innovation, and assist with the ongoing development and implementation of our strategic plan.

Dr. Bryson is an internationally recognized scholar. They are the recipient of multiple awards for interdisciplinary scholarship, including most recently, an AERA “Significant Body of Work” award, a Senior Fellowship at Stanford University’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research, and in 2000, the Canadian Women in the Spotlight, Wired Women “Pioneer in New Media” award. Dr. Bryson’s program of research contributes significantly to scholarship at the interdisciplinary intersections of critical studies of gender, sexuality, health informatics and knowledge technologies.


Office of Research in Education
Tel 604 822 0063

Dr. Patsy Duff, Associate Dean, Research

Dr. Patricia (Patsy) Duff is Associate Dean, Research, in the Faculty of Education and Professor of Applied Linguistics 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. More specifically, her research examines language socialization across bilingual and multilingual settings; qualitative research methods in applied linguistics; issues in the teaching, learning, and use of English, Mandarin, and other international and heritage languages in transnational contexts, plus Indigenous languages in the Canadian context; the integration of second-language (multilingual) learners in schools, universities, and society; multilingualism and work; academic discourse socialization; and sociocultural, sociolinguistic, and sociopolitical aspects of language(s) in education. She has published and lectured widely on these topics internationally. 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. For more information, see
Dr. Duff is very pleased, along with colleagues in the Office of Research in Education, to advance the research mandate and activities of the Faculty of Education and to support colleagues’ important research initiatives.

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Scarfe 2215
Tel 604 822 0206

Dr. Anna M. Kindler, Senior Advisor International

Professor Anna M. Kindler re-joined the department in 2014 after serving two terms as Vice Provost and Associate Vice President Academic of UBC. She recently took on a new role in the Faculty as Senior Advisor International. In this capacity, 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.

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Tel 604 827 5213

Dr. Suzanne Scott, Assistant Dean, Development and Alumni Engagement

Dr. Suzanne Scott is the Assistant Dean, Development & Alumni Engagement for the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia where she oversees the fundraising priorities of the Faculty and the School of Kinesiology. Suzanne worked at St. Paul’s Foundation where as Manager, Major Gifts she managed the Surgery + Imaging Portfolio liaising with physicians and surgeons in 15 medical departments/divisions and raised funds from a pool of 150 major gift donors in the $50K to $10M range. Scott holds a Ph.D. in Educational Studies from UBC, where she examined the impact of Canadian philanthropy on higher education. Her M.A. 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.


Tel 604 822 5214

Anna Bin, Director, HR

Anna 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 & Operations, Anna works closely with the Dean and the Senior Associate Dean, Administration, Faculty Affairs & Innovation, to provide comprehensive leadership, strategic planning and operational direction in the overall areas of faculty affairs and human resources. Anna also oversees the Faculty’s facility and space management.

Anna holds a designation of Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR).


Teacher Education Office
Tel 604 827 5088

Dr. Marianne McTavish, Associate Dean, Teacher Education

Marianne McTavish moved from her position as a Senior Instructor to the role of Associate Dean of Teacher Education on September 1, 2018. Dr. McTavish is a tenured faculty member in the Department of Language and 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. She 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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Indigenous Education
Tel 604 822 5286

Dr. Jan Hare, Associate Dean, Indigenous Education

Dr. Jan Hare is an Anishinaabe from the M’Chigeeng First Nation. She is the Associate Dean for Indigenous Education, Professor for Indigenous Education in Teacher Education and an Associate Professor in the Department of Language and 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. Hare’s appointment began on July 1, 2016.

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Scarfe 1303A
Tel 604 827 2796

Dr. Mark Edwards, Assistant Dean, Professional Development & Community Engagement

Mark is the Assistant Dean, Professional Development & Community Engagement. 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. Mark facilitates collaborative working relationships between the Faculty and the field for the development and provision of off-campus M.Ed. programsDiploma programs, and Certificate programs. Mark assists in the planning, marketing, and delivery of Distance EducationDirect Instruction, and cohort courses and programs. Mark’s role has a special focus on the Educational Technology Support (ETS) unit at the Faculty of Education, and he works with ETS to guide and manage the objectives of the team in helping develop and implement innovative teaching practices within the Faculty of Education.

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Professional Development & Community Engagement
Tel 604 822 1974

Lynne Tomlinson, Assistant Dean, Pro Tem, Professional Development & Community Engagement

As Assistant Dean, Pro Tem of Professional Development & Community Engagement in the Faculty of Education, Ms. Tomlinson mobilizes the remarkable research of UBC’s Faculty of Education in the service of children in British Columbia and around the world.

Ms. Tomlinson 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. She assists in the planning, marketing, and delivery of Distance Education, Direct Instruction, and Cohort courses and programs.

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Tel 604 827 1507

Clara Ng, Assistant Dean, Finance (on leave)

Clara Ng joined the Dean’s Office in March 2014 and is responsible for financial, strategic, and organizational support to the Faculty to fulfill its academic mission and to ensure long term financial viability. With over 12 years of strategic financial experience, Clara emphasizes a service-oriented, team approach to providing financial information, systems, and policies that meet fiduciary and regulatory responsibilities, address the operational needs of the Faculty, and serve the needs of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

Clara is an alumnus of UBC (BA), holds an Executive MBA and is a registered Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA).

Department Heads & Director

Dr. Samson Nashon

Department Head
Curriculum & Pedagogy (EDCP)

Dr. Jennifer Shapka

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

Dr. Mona Gleason

Department Head
Educational Studies (EDST)

Dr. George Belliveau

Department Head
Language and Literacy Education (LLED)

Dr. Robert Boushel

School of Kinesiology (KIN)

Dr. Margaret Macintyre Latta

Okanagan School of Education (EDUC)