VCC Receives NSERC Applied Research Eligibility Status


Dr. Karen Belfer

Congratulations to Dean Karen Belfer and to Vancouver Community College (VCC) for this great achievement.

Dr. Karen Belfer, VCC’s Dean of the Centre for Teaching Innovation and Applied Research & Interim Dean of the School of Arts and Science, attained eligibility for VCC.  Dr Belfer meticulously completed the rigorous application for Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) eligibility status to apply for research funding.

Dean Belfer’s education and experience in applied research and active participation on VCC’s Education Council Policy Committee and her work as chair of the VCC Research Ethics Board greatly assisted with VCC’s NSERC application.

NSERC aims to make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators for the benefit of all Canadians. The agency supports university students in their advanced studies, promotes and supports discovery research, and fosters innovation by encouraging Canadian companies to participate and invest in post secondary research projects. NSERC researchers are on the vanguard of science, building on Canada’s long tradition of scientific excellence. (Cited Sept 3rd 2013 at

This status is only granted to institutions that meet NSERC’s eligibility requirements to administer funds granted by them. The eligibility sets out the general terms and conditions governing the institution’s administration of grants and awards by federal granting agencies.

NSERC eligibility status is not a guarantee of funding. Each research proposal is investigated and assessed further by the NSERC peer review committees which assess the excellence of the applicants and the merits of their proposals on an individual basis.

The eligibility agreement is a document common to three federal granting agencies including NSERC, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council    and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

VCC’s eligibility is confirmed by NSERC only. The eligibility status and the agreement between NSERC and VCC represents an important and tangible element in the accountability of granting agencies and institutions in support of research and in their responsibility for the effective management and use of the research investment made by the Federal Government of Canada.

Congratulations to Dean Karen Belfer and VCC for this great achievement!


Paul Yeung PhD- VCC School of Instructor Education: American Educational Research Association (AERA) Round Table Presentation

Faculty members from the VCC Centre for Instructional Development (CID) attended the American Educational Research Association (AERA) annual meeting and conference in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.Image

Paul Yeung from the Vancouver Community College School of Instructor Education presented a paper of his research at the AERA 2012 conference in the Social Context of Education: Multiple Languages and Literacies Division. His interesting article entitled Engaging with Languages and Multiple Identities: Portraits of Young French Immersion Chinese Children in Canada” was presented at the round tables on the first day of the conference.

Paul’s article posits that globalization and recent immigration flows have dramatically changed the cultural, linguistic, and educational landscape of Greater Vancouver. Since 1997, the majority (72-74%) of immigrants have come from Asia, most frequently the People’s Republic of China. With this influx of Chinese immigrants, increasing numbers of Chinese children have entered French immersion programs in the region. Despite these increases in enrollment, little is known about the sociocultural, interpersonal, and individual spheres of influence from which language and literacy practices of Chinese children arise. This study provides a much-needed clarification of such children’s agency and cultural positioning in their literacy practices outside the school context. This inquiry investigates Hymes (1974) “ethnography of communication” to analyze “the use of language in contexts of situation” and “the communicative activities as a whole.” Paul’s inquiry is an important addition to the body of research in English as an Additional Language and Literacy studies. Paul Yeung’s research fits very well with AERA’s mission and conference theme described below. Congratulations on the research and the international recognition Paul.

AERA is an American national research society that strives to advance knowledge about education, to encourage scholarly inquiry related to education, and to promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public good. Membership is composed of education administrators, professors, researchers and teachers and exceeds 15,000. Membership includes international members and delegates from Asia, Canada, Europe, and South America. The American Educational Research Association (AERA), founded in 1916, is concerned with improving the educational process by encouraging scholarly inquiry related to education and evaluation and by promoting the dissemination and practical application of research results.

The AERA 2012 Annual Meeting Theme: “Non Satis Scire: To Know Is Not Enough” was very appropriate considering new policies that call for research to be applied or tied to innovation and educational improvements both here and in the US. The 2012 AERA President, Arnetha F. Ball and General Program Chair, Cynthia A. Tyson state that AERA needs to be more vigilant in promoting “the use of research to improve education and serve the public good.” The 2012 Annual Meeting included a host of innovative sessions and special events designed to engage AERA members and other participants in intense dialogue…to promote more effectively the use of research to improve education and, thereby, serve the public.

AERA has many scholarly resources that can be accessed freely at their website or through membership. It is worth exploring the AERA website at  for articles, conference proceedings, journals and other resources that inform faculties in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning that improve learning outcomes for all students.

The IAs make the Big Leagues

Today the Instructional Associates (Ginny Cathcart, Susie Findlay and Robin Popow) from the Centre for Instructional Development (CID) received the Award for Educational Excellence at the Vancouver Community College (VCC) employee recognition ceremony.

These are some of the comments that accompanied Ginny, Susie and Robin’s nomination:

• Ginny, Susie and Robin serve the College community as ambassadors of education.
• They exemplify the very best in educational pursuits and have demonstrated their incredible skills in facilitation, diplomacy, writing and professionalism.
• “What a stellar group of colleagues and experts we have among us to guide our growth, learning and pathways in educational excellence”.
• Robin uses humour, logic, and practicality in his approach to problem-solving and team-building with his peers and across VCC. He has earned a reputation as a mentor and leader in the area of educational technology.
• Ginny and Robin worked as a team in a strategic planning session to help us. I couldn’t be more impressed with the work they did.
• I appreciate the ethic of care Susie Finlay brings to Education council for the benefit of the entire College community.
• I am in awe of Robin, Ginny, and Susie’s facilitation skills, diplomacy, synthesizing skills, and kindness and professionalism, to name a few.

What an honor! These three outstanding individuals have won the hearts of the VCC faculty. Their unconditional support, guidance and facilitation skills in every educational pillar that is supported by the CID is undeniable.

They are always there! They are there when faculty are developing curriculum, when they are moving courses and programs into Moodle, during program renewal, when they are writing research proposals and/or curriculum development proposals.

To me this is just a reflection of their commitment to supporting their peers and their work ethic.

They always put the student and educational best-practices as the focus of the discussion.

Way to go guys!

VCC Dental Hygiene Instructor Zul Kanji is recipient of the Outstanding Research Award 2010 from the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA)

Congratulations to Zul Kanji for being selected to receive the CDHA Outstanding Research Award 2010.

Zul is well respected by his peers and his second and third year VCC dental hygiene students as he expertly teaches them in various areas of Biomedical and Dental Sciences.

He is also a 2005 graduate of the VCC Dental Hygiene program and was a memorable valedictorian for the School of Health Sciences that year.

Zul won this very prestigious national research award from the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) Recognition Program.

This CDHA award in participation with Proctor &Gamble Company is offered to acknowledge the important role of dental hygiene research in building the knowledge base of the profession, guiding the practice of the dental hygiene profession, and improving the oral health of Canadians.

The decision to award the prize to the manuscript, titled Dental Hygiene Baccalaureate Degree Education in Canada: Motivating Influences and Experiences, was unanimous.

The manuscript is currently under peer review for consideration in the Canadian Journal of Dental Hygiene.

For more information about Canadian Dental Hygienists check out the CDHA website.