Research, Engagement, and Graduate Studies
Abbotsford campus, G290j
Phone: (604) 557-4074email Adrienne
Adrienne Chan has served in the role of AVP Research, Engagement, and Graduate Studies since 2012. For more than twenty years Adrienne has worked as an instructor, researcher, community and adult educator actively in the area of diversity, equity, cross cultural understanding, harassment awareness and prevention, and social justice. She has worked extensively with non-profit agencies, municipalities, hospitals, health boards, universities, colleges, institutes, school districts and crown corporations in the areas of anti-racism, diversity, multiculturalism, gender, race relations, strategic planning and organizational change. Adrienne has been a faculty member in the School of Social Work and Social Services since 2004.
Adrienne has an excellent research record and played a leading role in the development of UFV’s Master of Social Work degree. She is also a UFV Teaching Excellence award winner. As a UFV faculty member, Adrienne served as the Chair of the Research Ethics Board and was an active member on the Research Advisory Council, Senate Research Committee, Senate Graduate Studies, and on numerous university and departmental committees. She is an active member of the Abbotsford Community Development Council. Adrienne has a strong commitment to social justice and equity issues.
Adrienne grew up in Victoria, BC and has lived in the Lower Mainland for many years. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, walking, cooking, reading, travelling, and time with friends and family.
Adrienne holds a PhD from the University of Kent at Canterbury, an MSW from UBC, and a BA from the University of Victoria.
Adrienne's primary research interests have focused on higher education, institutional change, institutional culture, academic culture, policy studies, gender, race, and issues of diversity in educational institutions.
In 2006, she was awarded a standard Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) research grant for work focused on social justice in universities.
In 2011, she was a successful co-applicant of a standard SSHRC grant that focused on the use of language (mainly Punjab) interpreters in the child welfare system in Abbotsford.
In 2015, she was successful as the Principle Investigator of a Canadian Health Institute in Research (CIHR) operating grant; Pathways to Health Equity for Aboriginal People, Component 1.
In 2017, she was the successful recipient of a CIHR grant for component 2, Pathways to Heath Equity for Aboriginal Peoples, where she has been working extensively with Bands and First Nations communities in the Fraser Valley with a research team.
Maiter, Sarah, Alaggia, Ramona, Chan, Adrienne, & Leslie, Bruce. (2015) Trial and Error: Attending to language barriers in child welfare service provision from the perspective of frontline workers. Child & Family Social Work. Doi 10.1111/cfs.12214
Chan, Adrienne S., Dhamoon, Rita Kaur., & Moy, Lisa. (2014) Metaphoric representation of women of colour in the academy. Borderlands (online journal)
Chan, Adrienne S., & Merrill, Barbara. (2012) Learning and identity: Life, work and citizenship. Advances in Gender Research, Volume 16, 229–252.
Chan, Adrienne S., (2010) Women at the boundaries. Forum on Public Policy. Vol 22 (1).September 2010.
Chan, Adrienne S., & Fisher, D. (2009 ) Academic culture and the research intensive university. The impact of commercialism and scientism. Peking University Education Review. Vol 7. No 1. 29-43.
Goertzen, April, Chan, Adrienne S., & Wolfson, Gloria, K. (2007) Kith and kin care: A review of the literature. UCFV Research Review Vol. 1. Issue 2.
Chan, Adrienne, & Wolfson, Gloria. (2006).Managing change. The International Journal of Knowledge, Culture & Change Management. Vol. 6. Melbourne, AU: Common Ground Publishing.
Chan, Adrienne S. (2005) Policy discourses and changing practice: Diversity and the university college. Higher Education. 50 (1). 129-157
Chan, Adrienne. (2001). "Journey from the edge: Challenging central discourses"Proceedings of the SCUTREA Conference 2001: Travellers Tales: from adult education to lifelong learning...and beyond. London: University of East London.
Chan, Adrienne. (1999). "Identity as a multiple context for learning and teaching", Web Proceedings of the 18th Annual Conference of Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education. Sherbrooke: 1999. Web proceedings. www.oise.utoronto.ca/CASAE/cnf99/maincnf.html
Chan, Adrienne.(1998). "Facilitating reflection and action through research", Proceedings of the 17th Annual Conference of Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education. Ottawa: University of Ottawa.
Bavelas, J.B., Chan, A., & Guthrie, J. (1976). Reliability and validity of traits measured by Kelly's Repertory Grid. Canadian Journal of Behaviour Science, 8 (1), 1976.
Refereed books and chapters in books:
Chan, Adrienne S. (2010). Challenging notions of identity in the learning journey. In: B. Merrill and J. González Monteagudo (editors) (2010) Educational Journeys and
Changing Lives. Vol.1, Seville, European Society for Research on the Education of Adults (ESREA), University of Seville and University of Warwick.
Chan, Adrienne S., & Fisher, Donald. (eds.) (2008). The exchange university. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press.
Chan, Adrienne S., & Fisher, Donald. (2008). Academic culture and the research intensive university. In A.S. Chan & D. Fisher (eds.) The exchange university. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press.
Chan, Adrienne S., (2007). Diversity and change in institutions of higher learning. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press.
Chan, Adrienne S., (2007). Race based policies in Canada. In R. Joshee & L. Johnson (eds.). Multicultural education policies in Canada and the United States: Symbol and substance. Vancouver: UBC Press.
Chan, Adrienne S., Fisher, Donald, & Rubenson, Kjell. (eds.) (2007). The Evolution of Professionalism. Vancouver: Centre for Policy Studies in Higher Education and Training, University of British Columbia.
Chan, Adrienne S., Fisher, Donald, & Rubenson, Kjell. (2007). Policy Narrative for British Columbia. In: The Evolution of Professionalism. Vancouver: Centre for Policy Studies in Higher Education and Training, University of British Columbia.
Chan, Adrienne S., Fisher, Donald, & Rubenson, Kjell. (2007). Policy Narrative for Alberta. In: The Evolution of Professionalism. Vancouver: Centre for Policy Studies in Higher Education and Training, University of British Columbia.
Chan, Adrienne S., & Fisher, Donald. (2006). Academic culture in Canadian Universities: The context of change. In Y. Gingras & L. Roy (eds.). Les transformations des universités de XIIIe au XXIe siècle. Québec: Presses de l’Université du Québec.