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Dr. Deborah (Deb) Bartlette

Dr. Deb Bartlette

Tel: 867.668.7542

Being on Athabasca’s “Instructor” page is a back to the future moment for me.  In 2000, I graduated from AU with an MDE.  And here I am, teaching in the same program!  I work as an administrator, and am currently the Dean of Applied Arts at Yukon College in Whitehorse, a position I started in July 2010.  My faculty includes the School of Liberal Arts, the School of Health, Education and Human Services, the School of Visual Arts and the Northern Institute of Social Justice.  I am also an Adjunct Professor of Education at Simon Fraser University. Besides my MDE (2000), I have a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from SFU (2005), an academic Master of Theological Studies degree from Vancouver School of Theology/UBC (1999), and a Bachelor of Administrative Studies from Open University (1995), when distance education meant snail mail and telephone calls with your instructor.   All of this education was done as an adult, balancing studies with children (and then teenagers), community involvement and my career.   I have not only studied adult education, but lived it!

Previous to my current position at Yukon College, I have been the  Director of the Career Centre at University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, BC , and the Coordinator of the Community (Off-Campus) Master of Education Programs at SFU, where I did everything from program and curriculum development, to teaching and supervision, recruitment, student support and advising and program administration.  A particularly wonderful feature of these programs is the ability for non-traditional students, i.e. those who do not hold an undergraduate degree, to enter the program under an alternative qualifications category.  This allows many trades and vocational instructors, community workers and others, to have access to higher education.  I continue to teach and serve as a program advisor for the M.Ed, and serve on doctoral committees in the Ed.D program at SFU.

My doctoral research focused on the role of education and the university in the public good, historically and in today’s globalized environment.  I’m a passionate believer in the transformative potential of education and its role in the development of the community and society, and, as such, am a strong advocate for access and student support in post-secondary.

My husband and I live in Whitehorse, YT and have three adult children, two in the Lower Mainland and one in Toronto.  In our spare time, we love to go outside:  we hike, snowshoe, backpack and camp in the backcountry- summer and winter- and paddle our canoes on lakes and fast-moving rivers.  When we are not doing that, we like good food, good wine and good classical music, preferably live.  And books, lots and lots of books.



Last updated by MK November 05, 2014

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