Theresa Rogers has been a professor in the Faculty of Education at UBC since 2000. Her scholarship primarily focuses on the literacy and media practices of youth in community settings and the teaching of literacy and literature in schools. She often collaborates with students in her research projects and has won both teaching and mentoring awards. Professor Rogers began her term as associate dean in G+PS in 2014; her portfolio includes working with students, faculty, programs and units across campus to support and continually improve the quality of graduate student experiences.
Why did you become an Associate Dean in G+PS?
I feel this is an ideal role for me. My greatest pleasure and satisfaction as an academic has been to advance graduate studies and to mentor graduate students as they pursue their scholarly and professional goals. Having also served for several years as the graduate advisor in my department, and on a faculty committee on graduate studies, I had some idea of the range of issues that students and faculty face. I am keenly interested in the very complex pedagogical nature of supervision across different contexts and I enjoy working with my colleagues across the university on these issues.
What have you learned from the experience?
So many things. I have come to fully appreciate the range of approaches to graduate supervision at UBC, the diversity of programs, and the complex dynamics that unfold as faculty mentor their students. I am impressed by the deep commitment of faculty and support staff across campus to provide the best possible experience for our students. I have met so many students from all over the world who treasure the opportunity to come and study at UBC. It is a privilege to make a contribution to their graduate studies.
What makes UBC an exciting place for graduate study and for postdoctoral fellows?
As a premier research university, UBC offers students opportunities to deeply engage in their area of study alongside scholars who are leading experts in their fields. At the same time, students often have options to engage in interdisciplinary studies to further enrich their projects. And because it is such a large university there is a vast array of extracurricular activities—from theatre, music and arts, to lectures on all kinds of topics and issues, to professional and career development workshops, to sports and hobbies. I hope all of our students take advantage of this richness at UBC.
What should students know about G+PS?
We are an office full of people who devote our workdays to supporting students and postdoctoral fellows in their journey through their programs. We are a vital unit on a campus that concerns itself with providing the highest quality academic experience. Not only are we a hub of services to make your experience here as successful as possible, we are also constantly seeking ways to improve that experience. Check out our website for news, events, and awards as well as everything you need to know about being a grad student at UBC.
What should UBC faculty members know about G+PS?
We understand that faculty members at UBC are extremely busy people; we make every effort to support the important work you do. Working with faculties and units across campus, we develop and share the guidelines, policies and practices that are so critical to providing high quality educational experiences for graduate students in a leading world university. We are also continually creating new and exciting initiatives related to recruitment, funding, professional development, public scholarship, and excellence in supervision.
What is one crucial next step in advancing graduate education at UBC?
Honouring diversity—not just through written policies and reports. Though these are important, we also need to continually renew our commitment to being a place that views diversity as central to intellectual and academic excellence. Being open to new ideas and approaches are integral to nurturing a rich intellectual life and addressing challenges in our society. This commitment to diversity also sustains fairness, equity, and a respectful environment for our graduate students.