Spotlight on Alumni Careers: Educational Studies Alumni in Higher Education Pathways Beyond the Professoriate

When: Thursday, February 3 | 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM PST

The Diverse Career Paths of Educational Studies Alumni study and initiative is organizing its third panel entitled Spotlight on Alumni Careers: Educational Studies Alumni in Higher Education Pathways Beyond the Professoriate. 

The Spotlight on Alumni Careers panel series aims to support Education graduate students in broadening their career avenues by showcasing the career stories and experiences of Educational Studies (EDST) Alumni. Each panel highlights alumni from a different sector. EDST Alumni will share their personal journeys and discuss how their current work is informed by their graduate studies. The panellists will inspire students and alumni who are looking for new, creative, and meaningful ways to contribute to society.

What careers exist in post-secondary institutions beyond faculty tenure-track positions? Many! In this panel, we will hear from EDST alumni taking on diverse roles across the academic realm. 

Organizers and Co-hosts:

Mary Kostandy: Co-investigator: PhD Candidate, EDST, Faculty of Education, UBC

Michael MurphyCo-investigator: Manager, Alumni Engagement, Faculty of Education, UBC

Introductory remarks:

Dr. Jude Walker, PhD’11

Co-investigator: Associate Professor, EDST, UBC

Jude Walker is Associate Professor of Adult Learning and Education in EDST. Many moons ago, she was a doctoral student in the department and embarked on a research study with fellow PhD student, Ee-Seul Yoon, to examine the learning experiences and career pathways of EDST PhD alums. The project was an enriching experience personally; and, researching and talking to graduate students and alumni about their educational experiences, aspirations, and strivings continue to enhance Jude’s learning about the wonderful human beings who enter into this broad field of educational studies.


Dr. Carrie Hunter, PhD’13

Curriculum Consultant, Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology, UBC

Reinventing myself, over and over: After 13 years as a high school chemistry teacher, I burned out. After my PhD, my connections at UBC led to work as a Research Manager for UBC’s Centre for Health Education Scholarship. Then, I was the Senior Educational Programs Manager for the School of Population and Public Health. Now I am a curriculum consultant with the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology. It’s an amazing career! I work with programs across the university renewing existing degree programs and developing new ones. I work with creative, intelligent people, help make education better for students, and I learn so much about so many different areas of study! ….and I’m an actor because it’s fun!



Christine Klaray, MEd’16

Director, Student Services, Faculty of Land and Food Systems, UBC 

Christine Klaray is the Director, Student Services in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at UBC, providing strategic direction and collaborating with a team of academic, career and student engagement professionals to support undergraduate students in the Faculty. She has been working at UBC for over 16 years across different units such as Enrolment Services, Student Recruitment and Advising, Admissions and Faculty advising, and is passionate about building great teams by leveraging individual strengths to achieve shared goals. A three-time alumna of UBC, Christine completed her BA (‘ 01), BEd (‘ 02) and MEd (‘ 16). Completing her MEd in Higher Education was such a positive professional development experience, that she is now an EdD candidate in Educational Leadership (higher education stream) at Western University, and excited to continue her learning in the challenging program. 


Darran Fernandez, MEd’10

University Registrar, York University

Darran’s career in education spans three different Canadian post-secondary institutions and is currently the University Registrar at York University in Toronto, ON. He is a professional coach and educator who spent the last 11 years in Vancouver in various roles at UBC. He has dedicated his career to enhancing the experience for students in the Registrar’s Office – believing that building a strong and positive foundation allows co-curricular services and academic development to build from a place of positivism. His work in the sector ranges from service on the boards of UBC, the BC Council on Admissions and Transfer (BCCAT) and the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services.


Dr. Maryam Nabavi, PhD’12

Faculty & Staff Strategist, Equity and Inclusion Office, UBC

Maryam is an Iranian settler living at the base of the mountains of the unceded and ancestral lands of the Squamish and Tsleil-Wauthus Peoples, as well as in the borderlands of migration, race, gender and inclusion/exclusion. After completing her PhD, she worked as a Post-doctoral Teaching and Learning Fellow at UBC and later at a national social policy research organization to advance policies for Canadians to whom social structures offer least. She currently works as a Faculty & Staff Strategist with the Equity & Inclusion Office, where she has successfully shepherded institution-wide change initiatives situated at the nexus of policies, systems of accountability and culture change in service of advancing equity, inclusion, and integrative anti-racism.


Dr. Neila Miled, MA’12, PhD’20

Anti-racism Advisor at the Faculty of Medicine, UBC

Neila Miled is the Antiracism Advisor in the UBC Faculty of Medicine Office of Respectful Environments, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (REDI). Her role includes providing advising, training and skill-building in anti-racism education and developing, implementing and sustaining strategic best practices in equity, diversity, and inclusion to ensure a respectful, safe, equitable and inclusive learning and working environment.  She was a sessional lecturer in the Teacher Education Program for five years. Her research focuses on anti-racism education, social justice, critical multiculturalism and the schooling experiences of refugee and immigrant students in Canada. Her research is framed by multiple critical theories and epistemologies, including post/decolonial theories, critical race theory, intersectionality, transnational feminism and anti-racism. She also examines the systemic barriers that reproduce inequality, especially as she identifies as a transnational, diasporic and immigrant woman.


Danielle Barkley, PhD

Career Educator, the Centre for Student Involvement and Careers, UBC

Danielle is a Career Educator who works with the Centre for Student Involvement and Careers to support graduate students at UBC. She completed her PhD in English literature at McGill University and has previous experience as a university instructor and writing consultant. Danielle has recently completed her coaching accreditation with the International Coaching Federation, and also works as a freelance writer and editor.




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