Suzie Lavallee appointed Academic Director, UBC Vantage College

A message from Joanne Fox, Principal, UBC Vantage College

We are delighted to announce that effective July 1, 2020, Dr. Suzie Lavallee will be appointed as the Academic Director of UBC Vantage College, for a three-year term.

Dr. Lavallee is Senior Instructor in the Department of Forestry and Conservation Sciences in the Faculty of Forestry, where she is an experienced and passionate educator with expertise in experiential learning. Her teaching has involved running field courses with integrative curricular approaches. She was awarded the Killam Teaching prize in 2012.  In recognition of her contributions to program and curriculum development, Dr. Lavallee holds an adjunct professorship at Fujian Agricultural and Forestry University.

Dr. Lavallee is a champion of learning technology adoption at UBC and currently is the project lead for a TLEF project that aims to generate libraries of interactive, virtual, and 3D resources for learning in online and classroom settings. As a long-time Faculty Fellow, she has served on the Senior Faculty Fellow for Jump Start, UBC’s first-year orientation program.

Dr. Lavallee’s enthusiasm for experiential learning and pedagogy aligns with Vantage’s mandate to provide transformative learning opportunities through innovative pedagogies, interdisciplinary approaches, and an enriched student experience. She looks forward to working with all faculty, staff and students involved in the Vantage One programs.

About Vantage College

UBC Vantage College has established itself at the university and among Canadian post-secondary institutions as an interdisciplinary hub, where applied linguistics and disciplinary faculty collaborate to mobilize and create new knowledge regarding international student language learning trajectories and academic outcomes.

With the Vantage One programs, our mission is to offer an enriched student experience that leverages innovative pedagogies and interdisciplinary approaches to ensure that Vantage students are academically successful and thrive at UBC throughout their undergraduate degrees.

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