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The first Dean of the Okanagan School of Business and one of Okanagan College’s longest-serving employees is now taking on the newly created role of Director, Learning and Teaching.
Dr. Jayne Brooks has spent the last year in an interim role developing the position, which includes providing leadership for the College’s Institute for Learning and Teaching.
“Through her long association with the College, Dr. Brooks has developed a thorough understanding and appreciation of the College’s objectives,” said Dr. Andrew Hay, Vice President, Education.
“This position further establishes the College’s commitment to providing the best learning experiences and highest program quality standards using the most progressive and proven techniques available today,” Hay said. “It’s essential that the College have someone in this position to provide the required leadership, and I’m confident Dr. Brooks will fill that role admirably.”
Brooks said the new position allows her to use her wide-range of skills and experience in academia in a new way that she hopes will further the College’s reputation as a place where students feel comfortable, supported, and positively challenged in their education, and where all employees feel equipped to handle the challenges and opportunities within their positions.
“Research has proven that quality instruction has a lot more to do with building relationships within the classroom and getting students engaged than it has to do with top-down delivery or material,” Brooks said. “Learner-centred instruction is our focus and our aim is to enhance learning and teaching methods at Okanagan College to help students and employees reach their goals.
Brooks is an alumna of the College’s Business Administration program and served on the Program Advisory Committee after graduation.
She spent 20 years in the classroom teaching before becoming Dean of the Okanagan School of Business, a position she held for 10 years. Brooks has an MBA from McMaster University, a PhD in Education from the University of Texas, Austin, and a MEd in College Administrative Leadership from Simon Fraser University. In addition she is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and has been honoured as a Fellow of the Society, an FCMA, in recognition of service to the Society, the community and the profession of accounting.
Brooks has received numerous awards, including being the first recipient of the OUC Distinguished Alumni Award, and the YWCA’s Women of Distinction Award for Career Leadership. She is also the recipient of the Kelowna and District Arts Council’s Honour in the Arts Award for outstanding contributions to the advancement of the Arts in Kelowna.