News and Events

Dean’s Distinguished Lecture: Climate Justice and Educational Responsibility

The distinguished lecture series highlights ongoing work in the Faculty of Education and beyond to address some of society’s most pressing problems. Join Dr. Jan Hare, Dean pro tem of the Faculty of Education, as she engages Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis in conversation. Following the distinguished lecture, the Association of Canadian Deans of Education will launch its Accord on Education for a Sustainable Future, a document that highlights the role of education in preparing for the crisis that is on our doorstep. More


EDCP Research Seminar Series presents Dr. Esther Ohito

Portrait of an Antiracist, Hypermasculine Black Male Pedagogue: Race, Gender (Performance), and Antiracist Pedagogy in U.S. Teacher Education Dr. Esther Ohito Friday, March 25, 2022 | 12:30 – 2:00 pm (PDT) | via Zoom Faculty Host: Dr. Harper Keenan Abstract Scholarship on antiracist pedagogy has proliferated the white world of U.S. teacher education; however, studies […] More


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Drs. Cash Ahenakew, Sharon Stein and Vanessa Andreotti receive Research Excellence Cluster funding

March 24, 2022 Dr. Cash Ahenakew and his Faculty of Education co-applicants Dr. Sharon Stein and Dr. Vanessa Andreotti received funding for one of 27 new Research Excellence Clusters in the most recent Grants for Catalyzing Research Clusters competition for their project Beyond Window-Dressing Reconciliation in Health: Settler-Clinician Responsibilities. The Grants for Catalyzing Research Clusters […] More


Dr. Handel Kashope Wright is an invited member of the national Inter-institutional Steering Committee of the Scarborough Charter

Congratulations to Dr. Handel Kashope Wright, an invited member of the national Inter-institutional Steering Committee on Inclusive Higher Education (Inter-institutional Steering Committee) of the Scarborough Charter on Anti-Black Racism and Black Inclusion in Canadian Higher Education: Principles, Actions and Accountability (Scarborough Charter). More


Dr. Annette Henry is celebrated in the 2022 publication of 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women

Dr. Annette Henry's scholarship examines race, class, language, gender and culture in socio-cultural contexts of teaching and learning in the lives of Black students, Black oral histories and Black women teachers’ practice in Canada, the United States and the Caribbean. She has written extensively about equity in the academy, diverse feminisms and conceptual and methodological research issues, especially in culture-specific contexts. More


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Congratulations to Dr. Ryuko Kubota, recipient of UBC’s Envisioning Equality award

Congratulations to Faculty of Education professor Dr. Ryuko Kubota, recipient of UBC's Envisioning Equality award in recognition of her significant accomplishments and contributions to the university. More


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Congratulations to the Faculty of Education Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund award recipients

Please join the Faculty of Education in extending our congratulations to the members of the Faculty who have received Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund (TLEF) awards for the 2022/2023 funding cycle. More


Message from the Dean

The Faculty of Education is deeply troubled by Russia’s unjust attacks on Ukraine and the related impact on our community members. We express solidarity with Ukraine and join the international chorus of leaders calling for an immediate end to violence in the region. More


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Congratulations to Dr. Jan Hare, Spencer Foundation grant recipient

Congratulations to Dr. Jan Hare, Dean pro tem, on receiving a Spencer Foundation grant for her Indigenous-led Teacher Education in Global and Local Contexts: Setting Research Priorities and New Directions project. More


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Superdiversity and Teacher Education: Supporting teachers in working with culturally, linguistically, and racially diverse students, families, and communities edited by Guofang Li, Jim Anderson, Jan Hare, and Marianne McTavish

This edited volume addresses the pressing imperative to understand and attend to the needs of the fast-growing population of minority students who are increasingly considered "superdiverse" in their cultural, linguistic and racial backgrounds. Superdiverse learners—including native-born learners (Indigenous and immigrant families), foreign-born immigrant students and refugees—may fill multiple categories of "diversity" at once. More


sogiUBC’s Transformative Education Speaker Series (TESS) presents Dr. Shamari Reid

Recognizing the negative schooling experiences of Black 2SLGBT+ youth, the fact that informal 2SLGBT+ curriculum often centers whiteness, and the lack of clarity around what constitutes formal 2SLGBT+ inclusive curricula, in this talk I draw on Queer of Color Critique (QOC critique) to present an approach to designing K-12 2SLGBT+ inclusive curriculum that affirms, celebrates, and reflects the lived experiences of Black 2SLGBT+ youth. In addition, I offer curricular examples from ballroom culture to illustrate how curriculum that is grounded in QOC critique can resist reproducing 2SLGBT+ inclusive curriculum that centers whiteness and damage-centered narratives of 2SLGBT+ individuals More


Dr. Jan Hare’s appointment as Dean pro tem of the UBC Faculty of Education extended

Santa J. Ono, President and Vice-Chancellor, UBC is pleased to extend the appointment of Dr. Jan Hare as Dean pro tem of the UBC Faculty of Education. Dr. Hare, an Anishinaabe scholar and educator from the M’Chigeeng First Nation, is the first Indigenous person and the second woman to serve as Dean of the UBC Faculty of Education. More


Call for Contributions: Indigenous Historiographies, Place, and Memory in Decolonizing Educational Research, Policy, and Pedagogic Praxis

We are honoured to submit a Call for Contributions for a special issue of The Journal of Contemporary Issues in Education (JCIE) in honour, memory and celebration of the life and work of UBC Professor Michael Marker. Professor Marker was an Indigenous scholar, storyteller, elder, musician, gentle activist, and long-term relation of the Lummi Nation. More


Congratulations to the recipients of a UBC Equity Enhancement Fund Grant

In January 2022, Dr. Reg D’Silva, Dr. Lesley Andres, Anna Bin, Michael Wilkinson, and Dr. Siobhan McPhee (Faculty of Arts) received an Equity Enhancement Fund grant of $5,500 for the project “Equity in Faculty Hiring: Evaluation of a Two-Year Hiring Pilot Initiative”. The project seeks to evaluate the two-year pilot initiative launched by the Faculty in 2020 to improve EDI in the Faculty’s hiring practices. The funding from the Equity Enhancement Fund will support part of the team’s efforts in evaluating this pilot initiative. More


Community Update

Welcome to the Community Update’s first issue of 2022, which I hope will be a kinder and gentler year for our communities and our province. The past 22 months have taught us that even the most stable and orderly of systems, like BC’s public education system, can be thrown off balance by external forces. As a Faculty of Education, our concerns include not only learners and educators in the K-12 education system but also early childhood learners and educators, adult learners and educators, and our own teacher education and graduate students. More


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Neoliberalism and Public Education Finance in Canada: Reframing Educational Leadership as Entrepreneurship

Neoliberalism and Public Education Finance in Canada: Reframing Educational Leadership as Entrepreneurship is a new book by Faculty of Education authors Dr. Wendy Poole, Dr. Vicheth Sen and Dr. Gerald Fallon. Situated in the world of BC's school district administrators (SDAs), the book reports on research into a neoliberal public education policy environment that is characterized by retrenchment of government expenditure on public education, and the imperative for school districts to actively generate supplementary revenue through entrepreneurial and other means. More


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Six Questions with Dr. Anusha Kassan

In her research, Dr. Anusha Kassan, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, explores the migration experiences of same-sex binational couples, newcomer youth, 2SLGBTQIA+ newcomers and more. Dr. Kassan also investigates cultural and social justice competencies among graduate students and field supervisors. We asked Dr. Kassan six questions to learn more about her research interests. More


sogiUBC’s Transformative Education Speaker Series (TESS) presents Dr. Megan Scribe

This lecture meets Indigenous girls situated at the intersection of gender-based violence and targeted attacks on Indigenous children, two eliminatory strategies that subtend Canadian settler colonialism. Indigenous girlhood is foregrounded with the recognition that the Canadian state has access to Indigenous girls in a way it does not once these girls become adults. Participants are called to bear witness to harmful social policies and practices targeting Indigenous girls and how this violence is subsequently narrated in legal and literary accounts. This lecture draws together a unique assemblage of legal and literary texts, including inquests and inquiries, official studies and reports, legislation, and Indigenous prose and poetry. These seemingly disparate texts are more than mere vehicles for knowledge transmission. These texts invariably shape knowledges. This lecture insists that in order to address settler colonialism, we must foreground Indigenous girlhood and critically examine how we talk about Indigenous girlhood and state violence. More


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Native Northwest Award in Education for Indigenous Students

Awards totalling $2,000 have been made available annually through a gift from Native Northwest Reconciliation Fund for First Nations, Inuit and Métis students enrolled in the Indigenous Teacher Education Program (NITEP) program who have demonstrated good academic standing. More


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Dr. Vanessa Andreotti is appointed as the David Lam Chair in Multicultural Education

Congratulations to Dr. Vanessa Andreotti on her appointment as the David Lam Chair in Multicultural Education for a three-year term. As described in Dr. Andreotti's exciting vision for the Chair, she will work in three different fronts of engagement (student-led activities, community collaborations, and curriculum development), with three cross-cutting thematic areas that will be emphasized in each year of her term as Chair. More


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Congratulations to the Faculty of Education’s SSHRC grant recipients

The Faculty of Education is dedicated to advancing educational research in ways that celebrate diversity, equity and innovation. We are pleased to announce that four Faculty research projects have been awarded Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) grants. SSHRC provides grants to support post-secondary-based research, research training and knowledge mobilization activities in the social sciences and humanities. More


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Dr. Donald McKenzie is appointed to the Order of Canada

Dr. Donald (Don) McKenzie, OC, MSM, Professor (Retired), Faculty of Education, is appointed to the Order of Canada as an Officer (OC), an honour bestowed in recognition of achievement and merit of a high degree, especially service to Canada or to humanity at large. Don has made considerable contributions to exercise and sports medicine, and his work with breast cancer survivors has had the most observable impact on our society. More


The Faculty of Education welcomes Dr. Dustin Louie, incoming Director of NITEP

The Faculty of Education, together with the Office of Indigenous Education and the Indigenous Teacher Education Program (NITEP), is pleased to announce that Dr. Dustin Louie has joined the Faculty as Director of NITEP. More


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Edith Lando Centre for Virtual Learning

The Faculty of Education is proud to announce that the Edith Lando Virtual Learning Centre is open. The Edith Lando Virtual Learning Centre meets learners where they are—online—with innovative learning tools, resources, strategies, and support. Helping to remediate education inequities the pandemic has highlighted, the Centre designs and places current learning tools and evidence-informed technological practices into the hands of communities often overlooked and underserved by online education. More


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Raising Nisga’a Language, Cultural Sovereignty, and Land-based Education with Traditional Carving Knowledge

Noxs Ts’awit Dr. Amy Parent of the Wilp (House) Ni’isjoohl, Assistant Professor in the UBC Faculty of Education, is the Principal Investigator of the Raising Nisga’a Language, Cultural Sovereignty, and Land-based Education with Traditional Carving Knowledge (RNL) multi-year research project with her Nation. The RNL project began in 2020 to support ongoing efforts to strengthen the Nisga’a language, culture, and ways of life. More


Warm Wishes for the Holiday Season

As winter break approaches, it offers us time to reflect on and make meaning of the past year so that we can look to the year ahead with renewed purpose. Your collective effort, resilience and commitment continue to inspire curiosity, innovation, and compassion in learning, teaching, conducting research, and the work we do on our Okanagan and Vancouver campuses, in field centres across the province, and at sites of engagement across Canada and around the world. More


Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Faculty of Education

Dayna McCracken is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who is “embedded” in the Faculty of Education and is specialized in helping Faculty of Education students. Dayna provides workshops and outreach support tailored specifically to the concerns that Faculty of Education students commonly experience. She can also meet students individually to find out more about their particular concerns, working collaboratively to make a wellness plan that is right for them. More


New Master of Education in Indigenous Education receives Ministerial Approval

UBC Faculty of Education will be home to British Columbia’s first Master of Education in Indigenous Education. The Faculty’s proposed Master of Education in Indigenous Education received approval from the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training. The program will be designed for educators, educational administrators and leaders, Indigenous community members, and other professionals in education settings who want in-depth preparation on K-12 Indigenous educational frameworks and community relationships that build upon Indigenous knowledge systems. More


Annual Seasonal Shutdown and Holiday Tips

Before leaving for this holiday season, help save energy and keep valuables safe by taking some simple actions:   Preparing for Extreme Winter Weather at UBC As per the Snow Policy, if UBC is subject to extreme winter weather conditions, the administration may decide to cancel or reschedule classes and/or curtail non-essential services. You are […] More


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Learn-and-Earn: A new pathway to NITEP for Indigenous youth

The Faculty's Indigenous Teacher Education Program (NITEP) is committed to increasing the number of Indigenous educators provincially and nationally. NITEP prepares Indigenous teacher candidates with culturally appropriate resources and services at UBC's Vancouver campus and field centres across British Columbia. More