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 Place and Promise: The UBC Plan.
Dr. Mary Bryson, Senior Associate Dean, Administration, Faculty Affairs & 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 holds a joint appointment with the Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Arts, and is a Professor in the Department of Language and Literacy Education and in the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice (GRSJ). 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 new 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.
Dr. Mark Beauchamp, Associate Dean, Research
Dr. Mark Beauchamp was appointed Associate Dean, Research, effective July 1, 2016. He is a Professor in the School of Kinesiology, Director of the Psychology of Exercise, Health, and Physical Activity Laboratory (PEHPA Lab), and is a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) Scholar. He has published extensively in the fields of behavioural medicine and health psychology, and has received regular funding as Principal Investigator from agencies such as CIHR, SSHRC, and CFI. Dr. Beauchamp has sat on the scientific review committees for a number of national agencies including CIHR and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. He brings a wealth of international experience to the position of Associate Dean, Research, and looks forward to supporting the wide-ranging research portfolio within the Faculty of Education.
Dr. Wendy Carr, Associate Dean, Teacher Education
Wendy Carr moved from her position as Director of Teacher Education to the role of Associate Dean of Teacher Education on July 1, 2015.
Dr. Carr is a Professor of Teaching in the Department of Language and Literacy Education and has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at UBC since 1995; her contributions have been recognized with a Faculty of Education Excellence in Teaching Award and the Murray Elliott Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Teacher Education Program. Her time at UBC intersected with a 30-year teaching career in Coquitlam and roles as District French Consultant in Surrey and Vancouver. She has worked closely with the Ministry of Education in developing curriculum and in advisory capacities as well as with the BC Teachers’ Federation as a Provincial Specialist Association president. She serves on the National Board of Directors for Canadian Parents for French, is former vice-president of the Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers, and has authored several nationally-used French classroom and professional resources as well as scholarly articles and chapters on teacher education.
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.
Dr. Mark Edwards, Assistant Dean, Professional Development & Community Engagement
As Assistant Dean of Professional Development & Community Engagement in the Faculty of Education, Dr. Edwards mobilizes the remarkable research of UBC’s Faculty of Education in the service of children in British Columbia and around the world.
Dr. Edwards 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. He assists in the planning, marketing, and delivery of Distance Education, Direct Instruction, and Cohort courses and programs.
Clara Ng, Assistant Dean, Finance
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).
Dee Dee Sung, Assistant Dean, Development & Alumni Engagement
Born and raised in Vancouver, BC, Dee Dee is third generation Chinese Canadian. Passionate about lifelong learning, she is an alumna of UBC and also holds an Executive MBA from SFU’s Beedie School of Business.
With over 20 years’ experience in the for-profit, non-profit and academic sectors, including five years as a gift and estate planning specialist in higher education, Dee Dee is committed to creating a strong culture of philanthropy through collaborative partnerships with senior leadership, faculty, staff, alumni and donors in support of the mission of UBC’s Faculty of Education.
ErinRose Handy, Assistant Dean, Communications & Marketing
With a background in public relations, news media, and communications and marketing, Ms. Handy joins the Faculty of Education in 2016 with more than 20 years’ experience, 16 of which in post-secondary institutions.
As Assistant Dean, Communications & Marketing, Ms. Handy provides strategic, long-term planning and overall management of the portfolio. With the mandate of enhancing recruitment, promoting research, enhancing alumni relations and increasing development revenue, she amplifies the UBC Faculty of Education’s positive reputation locally, nationally and internationally.
Department Heads & Director
Dr. Samson Nashon
Curriculum & Pedagogy (EDCP)
Dr. Lee Gunderson
Department Head pro tem
Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education (ECPS)
Dr. Ali Abdi
Educational Studies (EDST)
Dr. Anthony Paré
Language & Literacy Education (LLED)
Dr. Robert Boushel
School of Kinesiology