Ian Hunt's biography


EdD, Adult Education, University of British Columbia, 1987
MA, Counselling Psychology, University of British Columbia, 1979
BA, Geography, University of British Columbia, 1974

I joined UFV's BA program in Adult Education in 1995 and the School of Social Work and Human Services in 1997.  Starting this term, I have rejoined the ADED program on a full-time basis.  Before coming to UFV, I taught at St. Francis Xavier University, in the Masters of Adult Education program, from 1988-1993. The StFX Adult Education program served students living at a distance, across Canada and in other parts of the world, and emphasized a self-directed learning format.  At StFX, I supervised 34 students to successful thesis completion and served as the second reader for an additional 17.  During my time at StFX, I also served as acting Department Head and as a member of the Graduate Studies Committee. 

At UFV, I have continued with my interests in teaching and learning.  I teach across a wide spectrum, from the History of Canadian Adult Education to Workplace Learning and Health Education. While in the School of Social Work, I taught such courses as Theories of Counselling and taught interpersonal and counselling skills in the Social Services Diploma program.  During my career at UFV, I have been a member of UFV's Graduate Studies Committee, its Teaching & Learning Centre Steering Committee, its PLAR and Assessment working groups, and the BC University, College & Institutes Professional Development Committee. As Program Head for Adult Education, I was a member of the BC Provincial Adult Education Articulation Committee and the Provincial Instructors Diploma Steering Committee. 

Professionally, my experience includes being a vocational counsellor for people with physical disabilities, a personal and group counsellor at a residential treatment centre for people with chemical dependencies, and Director of Educational Services for the BC Division of the Canadian Diabetes Association.  I have also coordinated ESL and adult basic education programs for New Westminster School District and children's science programs at the Ontario Science Centre.  For a time, I was an Immigration Officer at Pearson Airport for Employment and Immigration Canada. 

I hale from sunny Okanagan; born and raised in Penticton, BC.  Most of my adult life has been in and around Vancouver.  I have also lived in Toronto, Halifax and Antigonish, Nova Scotia.  My interests in education and learning, self-development, and history and geography have led me to travel though western and southern Europe and eastern Asia, as well as around North America.  At UBC, I was a coxswain for the BC Thunderbirds Rowing Crew and an Olympics Trials participant.  I also participated in and coordinated the student run counselling and information centre, Speakeasy.  I currently live in North Vancouver (where you are welcome to call, if assistance is needed), with my wife and daughter.

My academic interests include problem-based, self-directed, and reflective learning, and researching the history of community-based learning through voluntary organizations. My teaching emphasizes learner-centred approaches.  I am a member of the Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education (CASAE), have served as an editorial reader for its journal Editorial Board, and is a member and former Vice-President of and Newsletter Editor for the Vancouver Historical Society.  My most recent publications include: "Edge of Empire: The Civilizing Mission of Adult Education in Vancouver and British Columbia, 1858-1918," found in T. J. Sork., V. Chapman, & R. St. Clair (eds.),  AERC 2000: An International Conference.  Proceedings of the 41st Annual Adult Education Research Conference,  Vancouver: University of British Columbia and "Learning, Citizenship and the Imagined City:  Vancouver 1996-1916," in the Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education 2006 National Conference On-Line Proceedings, Toronto: York University.  These publications are part of an ongoing study of the intentional mutual enlightenment activities of residents of Vancouver and British Columbia during the period leading into World War I.  The research seeks to test the proposition that the primary mission of adult education in early British Columbia was to act as a civilizing agent of British Imperialism.  

Most recently, I have become involved in the development of the Canadian Encyclopedia of Adult Education, an initiative of UFV's Adult Education program.  Currently, I am on the Editorial Board of the Canadian Journal for the Study of Adult Education, where we have been working to revive this key vehicle for disseminating recent research in adult education.  This Fall, I assumed responsibilities as Department Head for the Adult Education program, in the new School of Educational Studies.

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