Marilyn Funk, MA

Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Specialist
(250) 753.3245

Marilyn Funk worked as an environmental officer in Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia for twenty years and didn’t think about teaching until she observed injustices in the work place. She speculated that a well-designed training program might help to address the injustices, and so she became a provincial training officer.

It was at that point that Marilyn’s teaching journey began. Through her research Marilyn learned that the training itself often perpetuated the injustices. In order to prevent the injustices from happening, she decided she needed to have a presence in the officers’ earlier education. By 2005 she had taken a job teaching at VIU in the Resource Management and Protection Department. Through 14 years on the Faculty she experimented with teaching strategies designed to create a classroom culture of greater awareness, maturity, justice and fairness for future officers.

In 2017 Marilyn accepted a 2 year secondment in VIU’s Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning as a Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Specialist. In this capacity, she has been able to continue exploring teaching and learning from multiple perspectives, by working collaboratively across all programs, faculties and departments. The result has been greater insight into how and why education may or may not foster in students a sense of justice. This insight will accompany her in her teaching when she returns to the Faculty in 2019.

I've learned that you learn best by modeling. If you want people to learn, do it!

Leo Buscaglia

Selected Presentations

Co-presenter: Consulting With Care: Supporting Faculty Development and Program Enhancement through Collaborative, Relational Practice

  • Festival of Learning May 28-30 2018, Vancouver

Co-presenter: Engaging in Truth and Reconciliation: Thinking Through the Role of Educational Developers as Allies in Responding to the Calls to Action

  • Educational Developers Caucus 2018 Conference February 14 2018, Victoria

  Co-presenter: Indigenous Learning Circles for Faculty: Weaving New Ways of Learning Across Classrooms

  • Symposium 2017: Scholarly Teaching and Learning in Post-Secondary Education November 6 2017, Vancouver

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