Dr. Annique Boelryk receives Dean's Convocation Medal

June 01, 2015

As one of SFU's most outstanding graduate students from the Faculty of Education, Dr. Annique Boelryk is being recognized with the award of the Dean of Graduate Studies Convocation Medal. On behalf of SFU, we congratulate Dr. Boelryk on her outstanding achievements. 

As the first recipient of an Educational Technology and Learning Design PhD, Dr. Annique Boelryk not only earned top marks in an innovative program, but did so using a relatively uncommon methodology. Her thesis on post-secondary teaching is one of the first utilizing descriptive phenomenology to be published in the educational field. Cheryl Amundsen, her supervisor says “Its contribution to the field is profound.”

Requiring the researcher to master both the tradition and the research method, phenomenology is a complex but extremely effective method of capturing the data necessary to design support for educators. Using this method, Dr. Boelyrk was able to take a holistic approach in “understanding the experience of mid-career development in teaching practice from the perspective of faculty themselves.” Using Billett's framework for conceptualizing workplace learning to inform her study, Dr. Boelryk’s thesis earned high praise from Billet himself, who requested she contribute a chapter to his latest book.

Dr. Boelryk has participated in a number of educational technology and faculty development committees, including a task force on teaching and learning at SFU.  Those findings, presented in 2010, aimed to make recommendations on how to improve teaching and learning at the university. Dr. Boelryk’s experience at the elementary, secondary, and post-secondary levels has allowed for her to gain an unparalleled perspective on the needs of both students and faculty.

While completing her PhD, Dr. Boelryk retained her position as a faculty developer at Georgian College in Ontario. Using the knowledge gained from her research at SFU, Dr. Boelryk plans to engage in further research related to faculty professional learning and to inform institutional approaches to faculty development.

She says, "My supervisor, Dr. Cheryl Amundsen, as well as my committee member, Alyssa Wise, were outstanding encouragers and intellectual guides in this doctoral journey. I could not have achieved the level of work recognized by this award without their guidance and support."

Dr. Annique Boelryk with her examination committee

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