Fonds UBCA-ARC-1477 - Faculty of Education fonds

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Faculty of Education fonds

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13.79m of textual records and other materials.

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The Faculty of Education at UBC began under Dean Neville Scarfe's direction in 1956 with the registration of 905 students. This new Faculty of Education consolidated the UBC School of Education and the publicly-funded Provincial Normal School, which had previously trained teachers in BC. In 1962, UBC opened the Education Building, now known as the Neville Scarfe Building. Over the years, the Faculty welcomed innovative new initiatives and additions, such as the inclusion of the School of Kinesiology, the creation of the "Native Indian Teacher Education Program" (now the Indigenous Teacher Education Program) in 1970, and the development of the Centre for the Study of Curriculum and Instruction in 1976.
The Faculty of Education has grown to become one of the leading faculties of education in the world. Indeed, since 1956, over 49,000 individuals have graduated from the Faculty of Education at UBC. Today, approximately half of elementary teachers and most secondary school teachers within British Columbia have received instruction from the Faculty.
The Office of the Dean at the Faculty of Education provides both leadership and administrative direction to the Faculty. The office includes the Dean, the Senior Leadership Team, and several committees such as the Dean's Advisory Committee and the Faculty Meetings.
The Dean's Office began with the appointment of Dean Neville Scarfe in 1956. In 1973, upon the retirement of Scarfe, Prof. J.M. Andrews was appointed Dean. Dean J.M. Andrews served as Dean until 1979 and subsequently as Professor until his retirement in 1985. Andrews, who, citing the Faculty's growth, suggested that the role of Dean should concentrate on policy and external relations and the Associate Dean on internal matters. In 1979, Andrews decided not to seek a second term, and Prof. Roy Bentley was appointed Acting Dean. The appointment was originally to be pro tempore but ended up lasting for two years. In 1981, Prof. Daniel R. Birch became the Dean of Education. In 1987, Dean Nancy M. Sheenan took on this role. In 2000 Prof. Robert Tierney was appointed Dean of Education. He remained in the position until 2010, when Dean Jon Shapiro was appointed (pro tempore). In 2011, Prof. Blye Frank became Dean of UBC's Faculty of Education.

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Fonds consists of records made and received by the Faculty of Education, with the bulk of the records originating from the Dean's Office within the Faculty of Education. The fonds documents the leadership role of the Office of the Dean (such as the Dean's Annual Report and Dean's Briefing Sessions) and the administrative role of the office (such as "Budget," "Employment," and "Reorganization"). The fonds also contains minutes and other documentation from the Joint Board of Teacher Education, 1963-1983, and the Tri-Ed Committee, from 1966-1982. Other documented activities include course development and syllabi; symposia, workshops and other special events; faculty research files; faculty committee files; documentation from various programs and departments that comprised the Faculty of Education (Undergraduate Studies, Elementary Education, etc.). Textual records are comprised of meeting agendas and minutes, correspondence, reports, publications, and notes. Non-textual records include photographs, architectural plans and drawings, and audio and audio-visual material.
Fonds is arranged in the following series: Dean's Office Subject series, which also consists of the Dean's Office Education Subject sub-series and the Apple Classroom of Tomorrow sub-series; Committee series; Joint Board of Teacher Education series; Tri-Ed Committee series; Teaching Files series; Program and Department Files series; which also consists of the Field Office sub-series; Photographs series; and the 40th Anniversary series.

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Records were transferred directly to the Archives by the Faculty of Education in 2013.


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These are institutional records and subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Researcher access to these records is subject to review.

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Includes: 17 photographs, 10 audiotapes, 35 videotapes (Betacam & VHS), and 63 sheets of microfiche.

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Sources of information for the description above include records in the fonds, the Faculty of Education website, and the book written by John Calum entitled "Affecting Eternity: Origins of the University of British Columbia’s Education" (Vancouver: Pacific Education Press, 2007).

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