Ron Bowles formerly served as Associate Dean for the Centre for Applied Research, Director of Academic Affairs
The Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Ron Bowles as the new Dean of the Office of Applied Research & Graduate Studies.
“I’m honoured to work with an incredible team of creative, dedicated professionals who are shaping and supporting the academic foundations of JIBC programs through innovative curriculum design and educational technology practices, advancing our disciplines with applied research and further developing JIBC’s liberal and graduate studies,” said Dr. Bowles.
Dr. Bowles most recently served as Associate Dean for the Centre for Applied Research, and Director of Academic Affairs. His roles at JIBC have also included instruction, educational administration, and leading a curriculum development group. Dr. Bowles has worked in public safety roles since the early 1980s. He joined JIBC in 1992 after practising as a paramedic in rural B.C. and metropolitan Vancouver. Prior to that, he worked in the fire service and in search and rescue.
“Ron brings extensive experience working, teaching, developing curriculum and conducting research in a variety of public safety fields,” said Colleen Vaughan, JIBC Vice-President, Academic. “This background makes him particularly qualified to lead the Institute’s efforts in applied research and graduate studies, and innovation in teaching practices that have proven so crucial during the current global pandemic.”
Dr. Bowles holds a PhD in curriculum studies and a Master of Educational Technology, both from the University of British Columbia, and a Bachelor of Education, specializing in adult education, from the University of Alberta.
His research interests include paramedic practice, emergency management and disaster resilience, practice-based learning, and the use of technology and simulation for applied and professional learning. He is currently leading several research projects including the development of a national standard and core data set for a Canadian paramedic information system, and exploring the response of Canadian paramedic services to COVID-19.
He currently serves as chair of the BC Academic Governance Council, on the BC Work Integrated Learning Council, on the executive of the Canadian Paramedic Educators group, and as a scientist with the McNally Project, which is an initiative building research capacity in Canadian paramedicine.
“We live in interesting and challenging times, but also a time of opportunity. The COVID-19 pandemic has required us – and enabled us – to re-examine how we develop and deliver comprehensive education, training, and research to health, community, justice, and public safety professionals,” said Dr. Bowles. “We need to leverage educational technologies to create truly distributed learning environments that support our learners across their careers. And we need to continue to build and support research capacity within JIBC’s disciplines to help our partners advance their professions and better serve their communities.”