Earth Science Experiential and Indigenous Learning (EaSEIL)

TitleEarth Science Experiential and Indigenous Learning (EaSEIL)
Faculty/College/UnitScience
StatusActive
Duration3 Years
Initiation04/01/2022
Project Summary

The EaSEIL project aims to create space for collaborative reflection among students, instructors, staff, and community members to reimagine, develop, and transform field-based experiential learning across multiple programs, departments and Faculties at UBC. The focus of transformation is on three foundational pillars: increased opportunities for interdisciplinary education; the respectful integration of Indigenous Knowledge, histories, and ways of knowing into course content; and an increase in accessibility and inclusion through the development of online field-based learning options.

Specifically, EaSEIL will: (1) engage UBC students and faculty in a formalized interdisciplinary community of practice that fosters professional development in these areas, produces common tools, and supports the creation of new/enhanced/expanded opportunities for field-based interdisciplinary experiential learning in courses for hundreds of students each year; and (2) identify and build partnership models/pathways for Indigenous community engagement and the incorporation of Indigenous Knowledge, histories, and ways of knowing into UBC courses.

Funding Details
Year 1: Project YearYear 1
Year 1: Funding Year2022/2023
Year 1: Project TypeLarge TLEF
Year 1: Principal InvestigatorLaura Lukes
Year 1: Funded Amount120,779
Year 1: Team Members

Team Leads:

Laura Lukes, Assistant Professor, Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences (EOAS), Faculty of Science
Shandin Pete, Assistant Professor of Teaching, EOAS, Faculty of Science
Philippe Tortell, Head, EOAS, Faculty of Science
Brett Gilley, Associate Professor of Teaching, EOAS, Faculty of Science

Team Members:

Roger Beckie, Professor, EOAS, Faculty of Science
Ali Ameli, Assistant Professor, EOAS, Faculty of Science
Mitch D’Arcy, Assistant Professor, EOAS, Faculty of Science
Simon Peacock, Professor, EOAS, Faculty of Science
Lucy Porritt, Instructor, EOAS, Faculty of Science
Ken Hickey, Assistant Professor, EOAS, Faculty of Science
James Scoates, Professor, EOAS, Faculty of Science
Joel Saylor, Assistant Professor, EOAS, Faculty of Science
Maria Maldonado, Professor, EOAS, Faculty of Science
Kelly Russell, Professor, EOAS, Faculty of Science
Scott McDougall, Assistant Professor, EOAS, Faculty of Science
Lindsey Heagy, Assistant Professor, EOAS, Faculty of Science
Lee Groat, Professor, Director of Integrated Sciences Program,
Tara Ivanochko, Associate Professor of Teaching / Director, Environmental Sciences Program, EOAS, Faculty of Science / Academic Director, University Sustainability Initiative
Brett Gilley, Associate Professor of Teaching, EOAS, Faculty of Science
Nina Hewitt, Assistant Professor of Teaching, Geography, Faculty of Arts
Brett Eaton, Professor / Associate Dean, Graduate Studies and Research, Faculty of Arts
Suzie Lavallee, Professor of Teaching, Forest and Conservation Sciences, Faculty of Forestry / Academic Director, Vantage College

Collaborators:

Sandra Fox, Indigenous Community Liaison, Office of Research Services, UBC Okanagan
Lerato Chondoma, Associate Director, Indigenous Research Support Initiative
Bruce Moghtader, Community Based Experiential Learning Officer, Centre for Community Engaged Learning
Janey Lew, Sr. Educational Consultant, Indigenous Initiatives, Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT)
Claudia Diaz, Educational Consultant, Indigenous Initiatives, CTLT
Ashley Welsh, Faculty Liaison, Skylight / CTLT
Sarah Bean Sherman, Science Education Specialist, Skylight / EOAS
Mehek Mather, President, G. M. Dawson Club (Undergraduate Geology Club)
Helen Kopystecki, G.M. Dawson Club, (Undergraduate Geology Club)