EDST Head Search

Public Presentation

EDST Headship Candidate Dr. André Mazawi

Monday, November 16th 2020 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

The Advisory Committee to the Dean for the EDST Headship Search is considering the candidacy of an internal applicant, Dr. André Mazawi. As part of the process, Dr. Mazawi will deliver an online public presentation in which he will discuss his research interests, his administrative experience and his vision as the new Head of EDST. We encourage you (all faculty, students and staff in the Faculty of Education) to attend the presentation and provide your feedback to the Advisory Committee through the online feedback form by 4:30 p.m. on Friday November 20th, 2020. Your feedback is of high value to the Advisory Committee’s deliberations.  A video recording of the presentation will be made available for a brief period should you be unable to attend the online presentation.


Note that the Advisory Committee is a personnel committee and, therefore, the interview with Dr. Mazawi and related deliberations are confidential.  The committee is advisory to the Provost and Vice President Academic, who makes the final decision.


View the video recording and online feedback form.

We hope to see you at the presentation.

Approval of the Dean’s Advisory Committee: EDST Headship

On September 25th, 2020, the Provost approved the following membership of the Advisory Committee for the EDST Headship search:

Dr. Ali Abdi, Professor (EDST)
Ms. Shirley Hardman, doctoral student (EDST)
Dr. Deirdre Kelly, Professor (EDST)
Dr. Bathseba Opini, Assistant Professor of Teaching (EDST)
Dr. Sam Rocha, Associate Professor (EDST)
Dr. Claudia Ruitenberg, Professor (EDST)
Ms. Shermila Salgadoe, Administrative Manager (EDST)
Dr. Hongxia Shan, Associate Professor (EDST)
Dr. Jennifer Shapka, Head and Professor (ECPS)
Dr. Michelle Stack, Associate Professor (EDST)
Dr. Pierre Walter, Professor (EDST)

Call for Expressions of interest: EDST Headship


Memo from the Office of the Dean September 1st 2020 on behalf of Dr. Frank


As you are aware, Dr. Mona Gleason’s term of appointment as the Head of the Department of Educational Studies is coming to an end on August 31, 2021. Dr. Gleason has indicated that she will not consider reappointment.


I am sending this memo to call for expressions of interest from any tenured faculty in EDST for the position of the Head of EDST, effective September 1, 2021.


Applicants should have experience in and show evidence of a strong record of scholarship, effective academic leadership and successful administrative experience, especially in strategic planning including academic programs, graduate student recruitment, budgets and HR, along with team-building, collaborative engagements, problem‐solving and interpersonal skills.


The successful candidate is also expected to demonstrate the following characteristics:


  • Cultural competency in relation to human rights and diversity and a familiarity with the policies and procedures by means of which we articulate and negotiate meaningful, trustworthy, and ethical relationships with all individuals and communities while acknowledging differences, such as those of race, gender, sexual orientation, ability/disability, and class;
  • Being able to plan, work and tackle academic and HR problems strategically and effectively, including a critical awareness of the role of collective agreements, Faculty Association and Faculty Relations;
  • Supporting teacher development and pedagogical innovation;
  • Demonstrating fairness and equity in handling personnel matters;
  • Dealing successfully with budgeting issues;
  • Working respectfully with all staff, faculty and students;
  • Communication that is clear, organized and regular;
  • Decision‐making that is fair, ethical and transparent;
  • Dealing with conflict and a range of personnel matters through informed and thoughtful form of mediation;
  • Leadership in departmental, faculty and university‐wide committees;
  • Leadership locally, nationally and globally
  • Support for engagements across the faculty, university and community;
  • Support for faculty development with a good understanding of tenure and promotion processes, policies and practices;
  • Support for Indigenous initiatives; and
  • Valuing social justice.


The Headship appointment is for a term of up to 5 years, with the potential for renewal of another 5 years.  The appointment is expected to start September 1, 2021.  There will be an annual administrative stipend attached to the Headship appointment and the incumbent is eligible for an administrative leave at their professorial salary after completing a full term of the Headship appointment, as per UBC Policy AP9.