Faculty of Education

Call for Nominations – Faculty of Education Teaching Prizes

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Killam Faculty Teaching Prize 2016-17

The Faculty of Education has a long history of emphasizing the importance of exceptional teaching. The Faculty recognizes two full-time tenure track faculty members each year with a prize of $5000 and a plaque, awarded at convocation. All Faculty members who hold a full-time tenured or tenure-track appointment are eligible for a Killam Faculty Teaching Prize.


Nomination Process: Faculty and students wishing to nominate a faculty member are encouraged to start early and consult their Department Head or Director as the nomination process proceeds. Nominators may contribute to the following documents (PDF):

a) One letter of nomination indicating the case for awarding a teaching prize to the nominee (may be signed by more than one nominator) addressed to the Department Head or Director. The letter should clearly address the five criteria outlined with specific examples for each.

b) Up to six support letters (maximum of two pages each) may be attached to the nomination package. Individual letters (may be from more than one person) may focus on some or all of the criteria. Nominators are encouraged to submit a set of letters that represent the diversity of the nominee’s teaching responsibilities.


Nomination deadline: The nomination package must be sent electronically to the Department Head or Director by Feb. 10, 2017.

More information on eligibility, criteria, and the nomination process can be found at: http://teach.educ.ubc.ca/call-for-nominations-killam-faculty-teaching-prize-201617


Sessional and Lecturer Faculty Teaching Prize 2016-17

The Faculty of Education has a long-standing commitment to excellence in teaching. In recognition of the significant contribution that Sessional and Lecturer faculty members make to our programs, the Faculty of Education offers a Sessional and Lecturer Faculty Teaching Prize to outstanding educators. The prize includes both a plaque and $1000 and is awarded at the year-end Faculty meeting in May. The award is open to any individual holding an appointment as a Sessional, Lecturer or Adjunct Teaching Professor (seconded teacher) during the current academic year.


Nomination Process: Faculty and students wishing to nominate a faculty member are encouraged to start early and consult their Department Head or Director as the nomination process proceeds. Nominators may contribute to the following documents (PDF):

a) One letter of nomination indicating the case for awarding a teaching prize to the nominee should be sent out to the Department Head/Director. The letter should clearly address the five criteria outlined with specific examples for each.

b) Up to six support letters (maximum of two pages each) may be attached to the nomination package. These letters should represent the diversity of the nominee’s teaching responsibilities.


Nomination deadline: The nomination package must be sent electronically to the Department Head or Director by Feb. 10, 2017.

More information on eligibility, criteria, and the nomination process can be found at: http://teach.educ.ubc.ca/call-for-nominations-sessional-lecturer-faculty-teaching-prize-201617



Call for Application – Faculty of Ed. Grad. Student Funding

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The Office for Graduate Programs and Research (OGPR) just put out a call for applications for a number of UBC endowed scholarships and prizes available to Faculty of Education graduate students. These awards are for take-up in December 2014:








Graduate students should discuss whether they meet the criteria for these awards with their Supervisor or Graduate Advisor prior to application.

The deadline for application packages to OGPR is 4:00pm, Monday, October 27, 2014 

Please note: it is the responsibility of the student to ensure that the cover page is completed in full, with acknowledgement and signature from referee or supervisor(s) and department head’s signature before you submit to OGPR. 

Also note that past awardees were successful due to: 1) a strong student statement; 2) CV; 3) gpa.

All application packages must be complete with the signed Award Cover Sheet, the student statement, and a completed graduate student CV.  Incomplete application packages will not be accepted by the OGPR.

Please visit the following web page for award eligibility guidelines, application instructions, award descriptions and criteria, application forms and a graduate CV template at:http://ogpr.educ.ubc.ca/grad/funding/apply/

Teir 11 Canada Research Chair: Indigenous Health, Healing and Psychological Wellness in Education

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TIER II Canada Research Chair

Indigenous Health, Healing and Psychological Wellness in Education The Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education invites applications for a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Health, Healing and Psychological Wellness in Education.

Applications are welcomed from scholars who have graduated with their doctoral degrees within the past ten years, and who are strong and innovative researchers with demonstrated expertise in studying Indigenous approaches to health, healing and psychological wellness in education from a discipline perspective of one or more of the five program areas in the Department: Counselling Psychology; Human Learning Development and Culture, Measurement; Evaluation and Research Methodology; School Psychology; Special Education. It is expected that the successful candidate will embrace social, ecological, cultural, and community-oriented perspectives, and have an interest in applying Indigenous knowledge and approaches in relation to health, healing and psychological wellness in education. The successful appointee also will hold a doctoral degree in Educational or Counselling Psychology or a related discipline, and will be encouraged to work across units in the Department, Faculty and UBC.

The University of British Columbia is located in beautiful Vancouver, a multicultural, multilingual city ranked as one of the world’s best places to live. The university is recognized internationally as a leading research institution and, recently, was ranked as #1 in Canada in the social sciences and humanities by the Higher Education Strategy Associates. The Faculty of Education shares this commitment to research excellence and provides a comprehensive set of programmatic offerings at the baccalaureate, magisterial and doctoral levels. Academic units include the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy, the Department of Educational Studies, the Department of Language and Literacy Education, and the School of Kinesiology. In addition to a post-baccalaureate Teacher Education program, we offer Faculty-wide graduate programs in early childhood education, educational technology and interdisciplinary studies. For further  details about the Faculty and its research, please visit our website at http://www.educ.ubc.ca.

The Faculty of Education within the University of British Columbia is a leader in Indigenous Education, offers an Indigenous Teacher Education Program (NITEP), a graduate Indigenous specialization (Ts`’kel), and is proposing new graduate programs and concentrations in Indigenous Education. The Faculty is home to the Indigenous Education Institute of Canada, publishes an annual theme issue of the Canadian Journal of Native Education, and has an Associate Dean for Indigenous Education leadership position.

The Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education (ECPS) has major graduate programs in Counselling Psychology, Human Learning Development and Culture, Measurement, Evaluation and Research Methodology, School Psychology and Special Education. It has a strong commitment to and respect for issues related to diversity and inclusion and a strong level of interest and activity related to Indigenous health, healing and psychological wellness in education.

The Canada Research Chair (CRC) program was established by the Canadian Federal Government with the purpose of attracting outstanding researchers to the Canadian university system. The program’s Terms of Reference for qualifications are online at http://www.chairs.gc.ca. The Tier II Chair is for exceptional emerging researchers, acknowledged by their peers as having the potential to lead in their field. An applicant’s proposed research program should address one or more of the priori ty areas noted above and be congruent with the goals and strategies contained in UBC’s Strategic Plan, “Place and Promise” (www.strategicplan.ubc.ca), particularly with respect to Aboriginal engagement and research.

We seek a scholar with a strong record of research, teaching and community engagement and who can contribute significantly to the advancement of Indigenous health, healing and psychological wellness in education. Excellent research experience with Indigenous communities is required. This Canada Research Chair position is affiliated with the Canadian Institute for Health Research and the successful applicant will be nominated by the University for a Tier II Canada Research Chair. As stated in the Terms of Reference (www.chairs.gc.ca), the nomination is subject to review by the CRC Secretariat. Upon approval by the CRC Secretariat, the successful applicant will be appointed at the rank of Assistant Professor (tenure track) or Associate Professor (with tenure). Rank and salary are commensurate with qualifications and experience and carries a research supplement. The university’s benefit package is comprehensive.

Interested applicants are invited to send their curriculum vitae, a five year research plan, a record of teaching excellence, three papers that are the most significant and relevant to their research interests, and the names and contact information of three referees.  The University of British Columbia hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply. We especially welcome applications from members of visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities. Preference will be given to Aboriginal candidates as permitted by Section 42 of the BC Human Rights Code and candidates are encouraged to self-identify if they qualify for this preference. Canada Research Chairs are open to persons of any nationality but Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. Offers will be made in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements associated with the Canada Research Chairs program. The University of British Columbia is responsive to the needs of dual career couples as an integral part of its strategy for excellence.

The  position is subject to budgetary approval. Applications are still being considered and will continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, please submit application materials by January 31, 2014. The start date is subject to the announcement of the approval by the CRC Secretariat and final arrangement with the appointee.

Applications should be directed to:

Dr. Blye Frank, Dean

Faculty of Education

University of British Columbia

2125 Main Mall

Vancouver BC, Canada V6T 1Z4

OR via e-mail at educ.deansoffice@ubc.ca

Post-Doctoral Fellow in Indigenous Outdoor Education and Injury Prevention

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Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Faculty of Education

University of British Columbia

Position Description

Seeking a post-doctoral fellow with research interests focused on the contributions of outdoor education to unintentional injury prevention. This position is based out of Edmonton, AB, Canada, with occasional travel within central Alberta.

Introduction to the Project

Injuries are a major contributor to premature mortality for Indigenous youth in Canada, occurring at a rate four times that associated with non-Indigenous youth. Responding to this serious health risk, this research project aims to  understand unintentional injury from the vantage point of Indigenous youth and Elders, and to use such knowledge to develop effective injury prevention strategies. Specifically, this research takes action on the following goals:

1. Fostering leadership capacity among urban Indigenous youth in the area of unintentional injury prevention.

2. Strengthening relationships between policy makers, researchers, educators, and safety practitioners in the education and health sectors.

3. Developing a stronger evidence base about effective Indigenous injury prevention practice, with a particular focus on the role that culturally-based outdoor education has in the promotion of safe behavior.

To accomplish these goals, activities to support community-based collaboration, knowledge mobilization, and capacity building are envisioned. A Research Leadership Team that includes a University of British Columbia (UBC) researcher, Elders, educators, managers of Aboriginal organizations, and safety practitioners, guides this research. The post-doctoral fellow (PDF) will be an integral member of this Research Leadership Team. Further details concerning the role of the post-doctoral fellow are included in the position description below.

Additional Description

The PDF will be funded through a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) grant held by a faculty member at UBC. The primary project responsibilities of the PDF will be in support of research project aims, and in alignment with UBC Policy1.

The PDF will be offered an initial appointment of one year, with the possibility of extension for a second year. Salary for this position will be $45,000 per annum and is eligible for benefits. Position to begin: January 15, 2014 (or as soon as possible)


This position is housed in the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Faculty of Education, UBC. All associated research activities will be located in Edmonton, Alberta and surrounding areas. The PDF will have regular contact with, will be accountable and report to, and will receive mentorship and supervision from the Research Lead throughout the appointment, Dr. Tracy L. Friedel. The PDF will also himself or herself work closely with the Research Leadership Team, a body of individuals located in Edmonton, AB who contribute to guiding the project.

Anticipated duties – the PDF will contribute substantially in the following areas (duties may expand as the project unfolds):

 Analyzing relevant injury prevention programs and policies with a view to preparing a report to be presented to the Research Leadership Team

 Guiding the recruitment, hiring and supervising up to two (2) graduate students

 Influencing qualitative research design, including data collection procedures

 Managing research activities such as data collection protocols and training graduate students in data collection methods

 Facilitating community engagement and relationship building with external partners

 Coordinating outdoor education and curriculum development/evaluation activities

 Organizing knowledge mobilization events (community workshops, policy events)

 Contributing to directing data analysis activities, the production of peer reviewed publications, and other dissemination activities (e.g., academic conferences)

Qualifications and Position Requirements

Priority will be given to candidates with background in a relevant discipline, e.g. recreation/leisure studies, public health, education, or other relevant social science discipline. Candidates must have a completed Ph.D. within 3 years from date of application, and not currently hold an academic position elsewhere.

Additional requirements/competencies include:

• Demonstrated ethical research engagement with Indigenous communities

• Demonstrated familiarity with the urban context in Edmonton, Alberta

• Demonstrated record of peer-reviewed research, namely publication in relevant national or international journals

• Demonstrated research expertise gathering, analyzing and interpreting qualitative data

• Demonstrated experience related to knowledge mobilization

• Demonstrated interest in developing a program of research related to recreation/leisure studies and/or public health

Desired qualifications:

• Demonstrated abilities to undertake curriculum development and evaluation

• Demonstrated abilities to contribute to grant writing

Application Process

To apply, please send: A cover letter that highlights how your skills and abilities align with the qualifications and requirements of the position, a curriculum vitae, a writing sample (most relevant), the names and contact information for three referees, and a statement of research interests.

All applications should be submitted electronically, by 5 p.m. (MST) Tuesday, December 24, 2013 to:

Tracy L. Friedel, PhD

Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy

The University of British Columbia

Scarfe Building 2125 Main Mall

Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z4

Email tracy.friedel@ubc.ca

Interviews will be scheduled for late-December (and early-January, if necessary) in Edmonton, AB. For further information regarding this position, please contact Dr. Tracy L. Friedel by email at: tracy.friedel@ubc.ca