VIU dean passionate about role

By Janina Stajic

After performing her duties for two years in an interim basis, Jean Maltesen has been officially appointed to the position of dean, faculty of academic and career preparation at Vancouver Island University.

The faculty includes programs such as adult basic education, literacy and adult special education as well as the aboriginal university bridging, university college entrance and tutor training.

Maltesen has worked at VIU for almost 20 years in teaching, governance, labour management and leadership positions and has been a proactive member on many of VIU’s governing bodies, including the senate, Board of Governors and Provost Council.

“Jean has always been a strong advocate for adult education and has exhibited great energy and commitment to her various roles throughout the years,” said David Witty, provost and vice-president academic. “We look forward to that continued energy and vision in her role as dean.”

Maltesen is excited about her new role and the potential impact the program can have on VIU and the region.

“I have been privileged to be involved in VIU in many way and these experiences have fueled my passion to create opportunities for others to value and love learning,” she said. “I believe ACP is a critical area as the programs help all learners in their quest for a better education and for a better life.

“The programs also give adult learners, some with significant barriers to overcome, an opportunity to receive the support they need to achieve academic success.”

As dean, Maltesen plans to create additional partnerships with aboriginal communities, local school districts, various community service providers and government organizations, to create more opportunities for people to pursue further education.

She’s also working on programs with other VIU faculties that better support students once they commit to returning to education.

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