Founder, Former Director, The Learning Centre

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Maureen Kent entered UBC and received a BSA in poultry genetics in 1964, then an MSc in zoology and genetics with Dr David Suzuki in 1966. She worked in cancer research before returning to UBC in 1971 and after several years in Food Science shifted her focus to distance education, extension work and communications.

Maureen directed the Faculty’s Interior Program of satellite outreach programs around the province in the 1980s. She completed an interdisciplinary PhD in Resource Management Science, her research focus being the effective teaching of resource sciences.

Maureen was cross-appointed in Continuing Studies, developing such programs as the Certificate in Turfgrass Management and the on line Agroforestry course. From 1998 until her retirement she developed and directed the Faculty’s Learning Centre.

Her particular passion was to foster a distributed learning approach in the curriculum, in which on-line learning resources can be used both independently and complementary to classroom interaction.

President of the BC Institute of Agrologists from 2000 to 2002, Maureen continues her commitment to professionalism. Following retirement she undertook project work with CIDA in Africa, and other work involving on-line teaching and learning.

In 2008 Maureen received one of the nine LFS Centenary Awards which recognized the outstanding achievements of UBC alumni, and was able to attend the awards event.

R Blair and C R Nichols, 2005