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UCW Announces New Chair for University Access Program

Kristeen McLelland, Chair of the University Access Program

University Canada West is pleased to announce that Kristeen McLelland has been appointed Chair of the University Access Program.

Kristeen has a Master of Arts in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and a TESOL diploma from Vancouver Community College. She has a BA with a double major in Linguistics and Art History from the University of British Columbia.

Prior to joining UCW, Kristeen was head of the English Language Institute department at New York Institute of Technology’s Vancouver campus; she was Academic Director of English and an English instructor at Dorset College and an adjunct instructor in the MATESOL program at Trinity Western University. Kristeen also taught in Japan for five years. During that time, she was full-time faculty in the English Department at Kagoshima Immaculate Heart College and a part-time lecturer in the Department for the Promotion of Foreign Language Education at Kagoshima University.

Kristeen’s teaching philosophy emphasizes the integration of research and learning by both faculty and students. She believes that learning through practice, especially in collaboration with others, creates a sustained enthusiasm for lifelong learning; that teaching is about guidance and scaffolding, inquiry, rather than the sharing of facts.

She approaches students with a spirit of collaboration and joyful inquiry into learning a different language, culture, and point of view, rather than as judge, monarch, or adversary.

Kristeen joins fellow department chairs: Dr. Gelareh Farhadian, MBA Marketing, Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Dr. Michele Vincenti, MBA Leadership and People Management, Dr. Larry Earnhart, MBA Quantitative Studies and George Drazenovic, Arts, Communications and Social Sciences Undergraduate Programs.

Published on Sept. 28, 2021.