VCC President’s Research Symposium – Oct. 11, 2018

On October 11th, 2018, Vancouver Community College was pleased to present its second annual
President’s Research Symposium.

The Symposium was located in the open Event space in Bldg B of the VCC Broadway campus.

This year’s theme was “Collaboration and Community”. In their brief promotional video, Kathryn McNaughton (VP, Academic) and Elle Ting (Research Ethics Board Chair) demonstrate their collaboration skills by playing a drawing game called “The Exquisite Corpse”:

Here are descriptions and resources from the day:

Introductions from Tami Pierce, Kathryn McNaughton, and Elle Ting

Keynote Address: Rick Warner (NSERC-Pacific)
“W5+ of Collaborative Research”

About the Presenter:
Rick has worked in the academia/industry collaborative research domain since 1984, initially for 17 years at a provincial granting agency, followed by 5 years in a series of contract/consulting positions and, most recently, heading up NSERC-Pacific for the past 12 years. During this time he developed and delivered programs targeted at undergraduate and graduate students, academics and companies all with the intent of increasing collaborative research. He has a B.Sc. in Chemistry from McMaster and is a graduate of SFU’s MSAT program.

Impact of the New VCC Treadmill Workstation for Health Sciences Faculty.

Linda Glatts, VCC Faculty, School of Health Sciences

About the Presenter:
Linda Glatts has worked at VCC for 6.5 years in the BSN Nursing program. She teaches in the classroom, in the clinical setting and enjoys coaching students in our VCC Simulation Lab. She received her Master’s in Nursing, emphasis in Cardio Pulmonary Nursing from UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles).

BCIT Diversity Circles
Shannon Kelly and Zaa Joseph, BCIT

How can we respond to diversity positively and leverage the diversity of teams and workplaces?
This interactive session discussed the changing context of postsecondary student demographics –which mirrors the changing demographics in our wider societies. They presented a strengths-based model which follows an Indigenous framework for positively encountering diversity.

About the Presenters:
Shannon joined BCIT in 2002 as an instructor in the Communication department and is also a Program Head. She has experience working in industry as well as a doctorate from the University of Waterloo, where she first began looking at diversity through the lens of dialogism. Shannon’s passion for teaching is matched by her passion for research. She has been a board member of the BCIT Faculty and Staff Association since 2013.

Zaa Derik Gammel Joseph is Dakelh, Tl’azt’en First Nation and Irish descent. He has been an Advisor in the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), Indigenous Services department since 2008. He is also a committee member of BCIT’s Indigenous Advisory Committee responsible for the Aboriginal Strategic Plan2010-present); volunteers as a Director-at-large with the BCIT Faculty Staff Association (FSA, and sits on CAUT’s Equity and Aboriginal Working committees. He holds a BA from Capilano University and completed his Master of Arts in Professional Communication from Royal Roads University in 2013.

Shannon and Zaa co-created the FSA Diversity Circles project as a way for faculty and staff to address the increasing diversity on campus through a grassroots, strengths-based approach drawing on an Indigenous framework; the project was awarded a Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) grant in 2016.

Building Resilience and Coping Skills in BScN Students
Meridy Black and John Collins
, VCC Faculty, School of Health Sciences

About the Presenters:
John Collins is a Faculty in the VCC BSN Program, teaching mental health and research courses. John’s research interests include the prevention and management of aggressive behaviour, transition in curriculum and effects on teaching, education program evaluation, and the transition for migrant health care professionals.

Meridy Black is a faculty in the VCC BSN program with a focus in population and pubic health. Meridy’s research interests are investigating how students deal with various aspects of trauma in nursing practice.

Failure as an Effective Art Strategy
Karin Jones, VCC Faculty, School of Trades, Technology and Design

About the Presenter:
Karin Jones received a Diploma in Jewellery Art & Design from Vancouver Community College in 1993, and a Master of Fine Arts in Craft in 2018. She worked in many areas of the jewellery field before beginning her teaching career at VCC in 2013, where she is now Department Leader of Jewellery.

The Role of Perceived Competence in Academic Persistence
KJ Hills, VCC Faculty, School of Art and Science

About the Presenter:
KJ is proud to have worked at VCC for 29 years both in the EAL and ABE areas. Currently, she is department head of College and Career Access, where she is delighted to play a role supporting adult learners who are upgrading to reach their educational, career, and life goals.

Using Virtual Reality in Higher Education
Jacqueline Shehadeh, VCC Faculty, School of Art and Science

About the Presenter:
Jacqueline Shehadeh received both her MSc and PhD in neurodegeneration, and is a faculty member at VCC as well as an adjunct professor at UBC. She has been teaching students health sciences for over 20 years and has been involved in virtual reality for the last four years. Her research is focused on how to incorporate virtual reality in multiple disciplines for use in higher education.

The “Exquisite Corpse” Drawing Activity

In line with the “Collaboration” theme of this year’s Research Symposium, members of VCC’s Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Research began an “Exquisite Corpse” drawing game. This drawing was finished in real-time by REB Chair, Elle Ting and VP Kathryn McNaughton while recording their promotional video for the event.
The drawing was unveiled at the event, and participants were later encouraged to collaborate on other “Exquisite Corpse” drawings around the event during the day.

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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!