February 8, 2022: Prof. Jason Ellis, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, UBC – Topic: Post Pandemic Education

Dr. Jason-Ellis

Dr Ellis is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Studies (EDST) and a historian of education.

His PhD is from the Department of History at York University, where he studied under Dr. Paul Axelrod (then dean of education, cross-appointed to history). He also has MA and BAH degrees in History, and a B.Ed. degree from OISE-University of Toronto, with qualifications in Intermediate/Senior (7-12) History and French.

He began his post-secondary teaching career as a sessional instructor at Brock University in 2008. After teaching as a sessional in a faculty of education and several arts faculties in Ontario, he had the enormous privilege of coming to UBC as an assistant professor in 2013.

Since arriving, he has contributed to UBC’s teacher education program and graduate programs. He has taught seven sections of the required B.Ed. course, EDST 401 Education, Schools and Social Institutions, and would have taught more sections but for a parental leave and a fellowship buying him out of his teaching. In EDST’s graduate programs, he teaches and supervises students in the history of education.

He has served on several successful search committees, including the most recent successful search for an associate dean of teacher education and a successful search for an Educational Leadership stream professor in Indigenous education. His other service includes terms as chair of the EDST Undergraduate Program and Curriculum Committee (UPACC) and as coordinator of EDST’s Society, Culture, and Politics in Education (SCPE) graduate courses. He was program chair for the Canadian Foundations of Education conference at Congress 2019.

He maintains a valid British Columbia K-12 teaching certificate (professional certificate of qualification). He has given invited speeches to the BCTF and the British Columbia Public School Employers’ Association and has done over two-dozen newspaper, radio, and TV interviews about K-12 education in the province.

How the educational past shapes the educational present and future is the main theme running through all of Dr. Ellis’s research. He has written on the history of special education – the award-winning book, A Class by Themselves – the history of suburbs and schools, and educational spending in British Columbia, among other topics.

Dr Ellis lives in Vancouver with his partner Christine and their two children.


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