The Faculty of Professional Studies welcomes Dr. Mary Gene Saudelli as Associate Dean. Mary joins the Faculty of Professional Studies from her role as the Teaching and Learning Faculty Development Consultant in the Centre of Teaching and Learning at UFV where she has been engaged in the development of faculty across multiple academic fields. She has also been teaching for over 25 years, 12 of which in higher education in Canada, Qatar, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Afghanistan, Hong Kong and Istanbul where she has taught: pre-service teacher education, curriculum and program design, socio-cultural theories in teaching and learning, sociology of education, adult learning, community education, international and indigenous education, new literacies, English Language Teaching (ELT), and English as an Additional Language (EAL). Mary embraces interdisciplinary, international and Indigenous educational projects and is passionate about 21st century learning and teaching. She feels that the best she can give of herself as an educator and scholar is to welcome change in her own learning journey.
Mary has supervised graduate students through their theses and projects, led curriculum renewal projects, designed various curriculum projects from short workshops to full degree programs, designed and supervised international practicum experiences, and supported faculty in the design and implementation of experiential and interdisciplinary educational opportunities. She has published in peer reviewed journals (Canadian Journal of Education, Journal of Interdisciplinary Education, Journal of Educational Thought, etc.), and edited books (21st Century Literacy Teacher Education), and she is the author of a book (The Balancing Act: International, Transdisciplinary Higher Education in the 21st Century). She has been teaching for more than 25 years, the last 15 in higher education.
Her experience will serve her well in her new role with responsibilities including faculty development and mentorship, Indigenization and International development.
Mary is an advocate for international animal welfare and environmentalism. She and her husband live in the Fraser Valley with two rescue dogs, and they “absolutely LOVE” BC. She has two step-children, and enjoys hiking, cooking, reading, yoga, and movies.