Jan Johnson's biography

I am currently on leave from my position at UBC-Vancouver to teach full time as a sessional instructor in the Adult Education Department at UFV. I am an IAF Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF) (www.iaf-world.org), and at UBC-V, I am the Manager, Facilitation and Process Design, in the Centre for Teaching, Learning & Technology (www.ctlt.ubc.ca).

My background, experience, academic and professional training is in snow avalanche safety, geography - resource management and environmental studies, adult education, and process facilitation. I worked for the BC provincial government in the field of snow avalanche safety for 12 years early in my career. When not on leave from my position at UBC-V, I teach approximately one course per term as a sessional instructor in the Bachelor of Arts in Adult Education Program at UFV. I am also a private consultant, offering services in the areas of process design and facilitation and facilitator training, adult teaching and learning, instructor training, and curriculum development. I frequently work with the Canadian Avalanche Association as an educational consultant for their professional training programs.

I have been an Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) Facilitator for 21 years, and a Facilitator Development Workshop (FDW) Trainer since 1996. I have co-directed ISW Facilitator Development Workshops for over 10 years. I am currently one of the Co-Chairs of the ISW International Advisory Committee (www.iswnetwork.ca).

I am one of the co-chairs of the planning team for the semi-annual professional development events and meetings of the provincial Universities Colleges and Institutes Professional Development group (BC Teaching and Learning Centres).

My areas of interest include the changes expert practitioners go through, as they become teachers of their practice; the relationships between our beliefs and our actions, as facilitators and as teachers; and how we become wise mentors of our colleagues, inviting them to grow and develop in the best ways that they can. I am married, and enjoy gardening, fly fishing, camping, genealogy, and pets, especially chocolate Labs!

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