Associate Professor of Teaching
Deputy Department Head
Director of Undergraduate Programs
Not accepting graduate students (2022-2023)
Scarfe Office Block 2403


Ph.D., University of British Columbia


Faculty of Education Sessional Teaching Award , 2007
Outstanding Author of the Year Award, CANNT Journal , 2000
SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship 2000 and 2001

Selected Publications:

Faber, S., de Castell, S., & Bryson, M. (2003). Renal failure: Toward a sociocultural investigation of an illness. Mind, culture, and activity, 10(2), 143-167.

Faber, S. (1999). Original research: an investigation of life with end stage renal disease: sociocultural case studies analysis. CANNT Journal, 10(3), 24-34.

Levin, A., Lewis, M., Mortiboy, P., Faber, S., Hare, I., Porter, E. C., & Mendelssohn, D. C. (1997). Multidisciplinary predialysis programs: quantification and limitations of their impact on patient outcomes in two Canadian settings. American Journal of Kidney Diseases, 29(4), 533-540.

Research Projects:

Consistency and Effectiveness of Current Educational Programming for Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease: A British Columbia Province Wide Initiative

This is a multifaceted research project with the overall objective of an improved and comprehensive provincial educational program for kidney patients in BC.  This research project includes a survey and evaluation of current programming across BC, as well as designing, implementing and evaluating a new standardized education protocol for Renal Education in BC.  Funded by the BC Kidney Foundation.

Evaluation of the New Mentor Teacher Project

The British Columbia Teachers’ Federation (BCTF), UBC, and British Columbia School Superintendents Association (BCSSA) have developed a mentoring program to help support new teachers within BC school districts. Some of the goals of the program include:

  • providing a mentorship program that recognizes and responds to the differences among rural, urban, and suburban districts.
  • developing the skills of mentors to support maximum learning in the mentor/mentee relationship.
  • generating data that will inform directions for the development and implementation of a province-wide teacher mentoring program.

The objective of this research is to evaluate the effectiveness of the New Teacher Mentorship Project goals from the participant’s perspectives.  (Funded by the BC Ministry of Education).

Evaluation of the Revised Teacher Education Program at UBC

This participant oriented evaluation focuses on evaluating UBC’s Teacher Education program with the goal of program improvement.  This is a multi-year evaluation sponsored by the TEO and supported by the Dean’s Office.

Courses Taught:

EPSE 306
EPSE 313
EPSE 423
EPSE 481
EPSE 483
EDUC 500
EPSE 501
EPSE 505
ETEC 512
CNPS 854
EPSE 606