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Joanne Fox

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Joanne Fox


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Email Addresses

UBC Mailing Address

Orchard Commons
6363 Agronomy Road
Vancouver, British Columbia Canada V6T1Z4



Room Number

ORCH 2021



Associated Departments

Principal, UBC Vantage College
Michael Smith Laboratories and Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Research Area

Dr. Fox has been teaching in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and in the Faculty of Science’s First Year Seminars since 2005. In 2014, she was selected to be the first Academic Director of UBC Vantage College and is now Principal of the College, which offers an innovative first year program for international students. Previous to this appointment, she spent a year worked as the Faculty of Science academic lead for UBC Vantage College, working with the UBC Vantage College Science faculty to design learning experiences for the first cohort of Science-stream students. As the Principal, she now provides leadership and support to all UBC Vantage College’s faculty, working closely with the participating Faculties and Departments.

Dr. Fox’s exceptional teaching has been recognized with a UBC Killam Teaching Prize. She is also a highly regarded leader in interdisciplinary collaboration and initiatives that enrich student engagement, both critical elements of the UBC Vantage College program.

She has repeatedly played a leadership role in collaborative innovation at UBC: She was responsible for successful outreach programs that engage over 1500 students per year at the educational facilities of the Michael Smith Laboratories; she sits on the leadership team for the Terry Project, a cross-faculty program that promotes interdisciplinary dialogue about global issues between students of the social sciences and humanities and students of the physical and life sciences; and she was also a course designer, instructor and acted as Director of the First Year Seminars (2010-2013), an initiative that helps students successfully transition into first year university.

Dr. Fox has a PhD in Genetics, and has taught in the areas of Bioinformatics, Medical Genetics, Statistics, and Biology.

Selected Publications
Cassidy A, Dee J, Lam V, Welsh A and Fox JA. “Teaching Assistants Thrive in a Collaborative Team: A TA Development Case Study.” Transformative Dialogue, in press.

Fox JA, Baloy N, Sens A. (2014) “Mix and Match: Promoting Interdisciplinary Teaching, Learning, and Community through Classroom-level Partnerships.” Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, Vol 7, No 2.

Fox JA, Birol G, Han A, Cassidy A, Welsh A, Nakonechny J, Berger J, Peacock S, Samuels L. (2014) “Enriching Educational Experiences through UBC’s First Year Seminar in Science (SCIE113).” Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, Vol 7, No 1.

Birol G, Cassidy A, Deane T and Fox JA. “Impact of a First Year Seminar in Science on Undergraduate Students’ Views on the Nature of Science.” International Journal of Science, Mathematics, and Technology Learning, in press.

Birol G, Han A, Welsh A and Fox JA. (2013) “Impact of a First-Year Seminar in Science on Student Writing and Argumentation.” Journal of College Science Teaching, 43(1), 82-91.

Cassidy A and Fox JA. (2013) “The Utility of World Café in Conference and Course Settings” Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, v6 (2013), 99-104.

McQueen J, Wright JJ, Fox JA*. (2012) Design and Implementation of a Genomics Field Trip Program Aimed at Secondary Students. PLoS Computational Biology 8(8): e1002636.