Alana Hoare, M.Ed (Leadership), Thompson Rivers University
Having completed my Bachelor of Education and Teaching English as a Second Language Certificate at Thompson Rivers University, I was inspired to further pursue a graduate degree. In 2013, I successfully defended my Master of Education (Leadership) thesis titled:
FACULTY AND ESL STUDENT PERCEPTIONS OF ACADEMIC LINGUISTIC AND CULTURAL PREPAREDNESS: EXPLORING EFFECTIVE TEACHING PRACTICES FOR ACADEMIC ESL STUDENTS
This knowledge and experience has helped guide my practice in teaching elementary students, adult ESL learners, and providing career education for adults with special needs.
Currently, I am the Quality Assurance Coordinator in the Office of the Provost and Vice-President Academic at Thompson Rivers University (TRU). In this position, I support two key processes: a) TRU’s candidacy for accreditation with the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU); and b) the fluidity of the internal and external curriculum development and academic approval process. I provide support for the Academic Planning & Priorities Committee (APPC) of Senate; and Accreditation Steering Committee; and am an active member of the General Education Taskforce.
I have worn many hats at TRU beginning in 2002, as both an undergraduate and graduate student; sessional lecturer; short-term contract training instructor; and staff member. Each of these opportunities have provided me with a variety of perspectives and deepened my understanding of the culture at TRU and its evolution from university-college to university.