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Congratulations John-Tyler Binfet on his latest book release, Canine-Assisted Intervention: A Comprehensive Guide to Credentialing Therapy Dog Teams. 

The authors offer a linear approach to understanding all aspects of the screening, assessment, and selection of dog-handler teams by exploring the journey of dog therapy teams from assessment of canines and handlers to the importance of ongoing monitoring, recredentialing, and retirement.

His book was co-authored with Elizabeth Kjellstrand Hartwig, an associate professor at Texas State University and founder, and director of the Texas State University Animal-Assisted Counseling Academy.

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John Tyler Binfet and his dog

Congratulations Karen Ragoonaden for being awarded a SSHRC Explore & Exchange Small Grant.

This grant will support a partnered project on Mindfulness and Diversity Education: Developing Critical Reflection.

This research draws attention to mindfulness as everyday practices that position preservice teachers to consider and reflect on the multiple facets of diversity in the teaching-learning process.

Congratulations to Christopher Martin for being awarded a SSHRC Insights Grant.

This $56,185 grant will support his research on Understanding Student’s Place in Deliberative Politics of Education: A Philosophical Analysis.

This research aims to evaluate the extent to which children’s and youth’s perspectives can, and should, be included in democratic decision-making about educational values and policies. It will address the various challenges that democratic inclusion may encounter with respect to children, such as deficits in political understanding.

Congratulations to our very own Dr. Scott Douglas, 2019 recipient of the BC TEAL Honourary Lifetime Contributor Award.

A well-loved member of both the TEAL and the Okanagan School of Education community, he has made outstanding contributions to BC TEAL and the wider community in many different ways, from conference presentations and workshops to participating in BC TEAL Conference Pecha Kucha events to completing and contributing to Climb for the Cause.

Congratulations Scott! We are so fortunate to have you part of our education community!


Committee Membership

  • Wendy Klassen, Chair & Block 2 Leader
  • Robert Campbell, Fine Arts
  • Sabre Cherkowski, Block 1 Leader
  • Scott Douglas, Block 3 Leader
  • Anne MacLean, Field
  • Desiree Marshall-Peer, Block 4 Leader
  • Karen Ragoonaden, Block 5 Leader
  • Jordy Decker, Recorder
  • Sabre Cherkowski, Chair
  • John Tyler Binfet
  • Scott Douglas
  • Chris Martin
  • Karen Ragoonaden
  • Lindsay Cox, Recorder
  • Peter Arthur, Chair
  • Stephen Berg
  • Robert Campbell
  • Rob Johnson
  • Lindsay Cox, Recorder

Faculty Curriculum Chair

Scott Douglas

Conflict of Interest Reviewer

Scott Douglas

Behavioural Research Ethics Board, Departmental Reviewer

Scott Douglas

At Risk Behaviour Policy Committee

Dr. Robert Campbell

Awards Committee – Distinguished Visitor Fund

Dr. Chris Martin

Behavioural Ethics Research Board (ORS)

John Tyler Binfet (applied)

Behavioural Research Ethics Board

Wendy Klassen, Co-Chair

College of Graduate Studies, Program and Curriculum Committee

John Tyler Binfet

Council of Senates

Peter Arthur

Council of Senates Budget Committee

Peter Arthur, Vice-Chair

Council of Senates Executive Committee

Peter Arthur

Dean’s Advisory Committee on Promotion and Tenure, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies

Karen Ragoonaden

Deputy Vice Chancellor Search Committee

Karen Ragoonaden

DVC’s Advisory Committee on Positive Space

John Tyler Binfet

Facilities Committee for Research Space

Karen Ragoonaden

Graduate Program Council

Sabre Cherkowski
John Tyler Binfet

Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies Committee

Sabre Cherkowski

Okanagan Graduate Awards Committee

Chris Martin

ORS Standing Review Committee

Margaret Macintyre Latta

Positive Space Committee

John-Tyler Binfet
Jordy Decker

President’s Advisory Committee on Student Discipline

Greg Wetterstrand

Public Humanities Hub Okanagan – Outreach Task Force

Karen Ragoonaden

Research Advisory Committee

Sabre Cherkowski

Senate Academic Buildings and Resources Committee (Okanagan Campus)

Peter Arthur, Vice-Chair

Senate Admissions and Awards Committee

Greg Wetterstrand

Senate Agenda Committee

Peter Arthur, Chair

Senate Curriculum Committee

Peter Arthur, Chair
Scott Douglas

Senate Learning & Research Committee

Karen Ragoonaden

Senate Nominating Committee

Peter Arthur, Vice-Chair

Senate Policy Sub-Committee

Peter Arthur

Standing and Discipline, Okanagan Senate Sub-Committee

Robert Campbell, Chair

Task Force on Race, Indigeneity & Social Justice

Karen Ragoonaden

UBC Okanagan Gathering Space/Outdoor Classroom Committee

Robert Campbell

UBC Okanagan Senate

Greg Wetterstrand
Robert Campbell

UBC Okanagan Senate, Joint Faculty Representative

Karen Ragoonaden
Peter Arthur

UBC Student Evaluation of Teaching Working Group

Peter Arthur, Co-Chair

SD23 Joint New Teacher Network Steering Committee

Wendy Klassen

BCCampus Advisory Committee

Peter Arthur