Below is a message from David H. Farrar, Provost and Vice President Academic, regarding the new organizational structure of the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology. You can view the full pdf document here.
May 10, 2010
To: All Members of the University Community
From: David H. Farrar, Provost and Vice President Academic
Re: 1. Update, Search for New Director for the Centre for Teaching and Learning (UBC Vancouver)
and Senior Advisor, Teaching and Learning, and
2. New Organizational Structure
As you may know, for the past few months we have been engaged in the search for a new Director for the Centre for Teaching and Leaming* (CTL) and Senior Advisor, Teaching and Learning. Recently candidates participated in on-campus meetings and made presentations to faculty, staff and students, followed by a q&a session. At the conclusion of the campus itineraries, the search committee met to consider each candidacy in light of the full dossier of information, including the feedback from the campus community and reference reports. A recommendation was made to the Provost and Vice President Academic, and negotiations undertaken. However, due to personal reasons the selected candidate declined the offer. In the circumstances it was necessary to consider alternate arrangements for this leadership position.
Throughout the search process it became clear that identifying individuals with the right mix of academic excellence and administrative management experience was challenging. This led us to consider carefully other possibilities. The Office of Learning Technology (OLT) and the CTL are both centrally involved in strengthening and supporting excellence in teaching and learning and, as we considered interim leadership, it became apparent that an exciting opportunity to bring the two units together in a new organizational structure had presented itself. The new structure will be named the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) and will be co-led by an Academic Director and a Managing Director. The Academic Director will also serve as Senior Advisor, Teaching and Learning. The primary responsibilities of these roles are outlined in the attached document.
I am pleased to announce that, effective July 1, 2010, Dr. Harry Hubball will take on the role of Senior Advisor, Teaching and Learning and Academic Director pro tern, CTLT, and Dr. Michelle Lamberson will take on the role of Managing Director, CTLT.
Dr. Hubball is an Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Faculty of Education. His research focuses on the scholarship of learning, teaching and curriculum reform in higher education contexts; he has won several awards including the prestigious 3M National Teaching Award, and USC’s Killam Teaching Prize. He has led initiatives in CTL including the USC Faculty Celtificate Program for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. In this new role, Dr. Hubball will also serve as Director of the Institute for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.
Dr. Lamberson has provided outstanding leadership to the OLT since her appointment as the first Director of Learning Technology at UBC in 2002, and will continue to do so while serving in this new role of Managing Director of the CTLT. Dr. Lamberson has extensive management and educational programming experience, and she successfully led the integration of distance education and learning technology. She has a PhD in Geology and continues to teach in that field.
Drs. Hubball and Lamberson will work together during the coming weeks to put in place the organizational structures that will create new synergies and advance the effectiveness and strengths of the two units in the new Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology.
I am immensely grateful to them both for agreeing to join with us in leading this new arrangement. We plan to re-advertise the position of Senior Advisor, Teaching and Learning, and Academic Director, CTLT in the fall and restart the search in a framework reflecting the new administrative arrangement.
*formerly Centre for Teaching and Academic Growth (TAG)