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Associate Professor of Teaching
School of NursingOther Titles: Associate Dean - Professional Practice & Engagement - FHSD
Office: ART 342
Manuela Reekie is the Associate Dean for the Faculty of Health and Social Development. As a tenured Associate Professor of Teaching, Manuela holds a BSc. from the University of Victoria, BSN from UBC, and MN from the University of Calgary. She has clinical background experience in Pediatric nursing with a focus on neurosciences, oncology and palliative care. Her current focus is on educational leadership – working with mentoring faculty, supporting students, and curriculum development.
Manuela has taught across all four years of the BSN program. She has also taught at the Graduate level. In the classroom setting Manuela has taught in several areas including: teaching and learning, families in health and illness, leadership, relational practice, professional practice and child health. Most recently Manuela developed the curriculum and taught NRSG 310: Palliative Approach to Chronic Illness. Manuela has also taught in the foundational clinical practice setting and supervised students in the preceptorship model.
Foundational to Manuela’s teaching philosophy are contemporary pedagogies that require learners to be active participants, that recognize the importance of the interpersonal connections between teacher, student, and the material that is covered, and that nurture and create a learning environment where teachers act as facilitators of learning rather than gatekeepers of knowledge. The notion that learning is life-long, and where the focus of teaching is on the journey rather than on the destination.
“Each nurse educator’s pedagogy underpins their understanding of and approach to teaching and learning, regardless of whether this has been reflected upon or articulated.”
~Horsfall, Cleary, and Glenn, (2011, p.930)
Educational Leadership Underpinnings
Foundational to how Manuela embraces the role of educational leadership are the weaving together of the following concepts:
• The belief that leaders do not create followers, they create more leaders.
• The belief that mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves.
• The notion that mentoring enhances professionalism.
• Where the roles of mentoring include personal and emotional guidance, coaching, advocacy, career development, role modelling, strategies and systems advice, learning facilitation and friendship.
b) Adopting a Relational Stance:
• The belief that the concepts of caring, compassion, mindfulness and empathy are all cornerstones of educational leadership.
• The shifting from the stance of being an ‘expert’, to one of being an ‘exemplar’.
• The notion of “situating” ourselves in relation to others implies intentional or thoughtful choosing.
c) Transformational Leadership:
• A style of leadership that involves offering support and encouragement, encourages followers to explore new ways of doing things and new opportunities to learn, serves as a role model, and has a clear vision that they are able to articulate to their followers.
Formal Educational Leadership Positions
Associate Dean – Professional Practice & Engagement (FHSD) – September 2019 – Present
Acting Associate Dean – Professional Practice & Engagement (FHSD) – September 2018 – September 2019
Acting Associate Director – Undergraduate BSN program – July 2014 – October 2016
Assistant Director – Undergraduate BSN program – July 2013 – July 2014 / October 2016 – September 2018 / September 2019 – May 2020
MN, University of Calgary, 2000
BSN, University of British Columbia, 1992
BSc, University of Victoria, 1987
Selected Publications & Presentations
Andersen, E., Olsen, L., Denison, J., Zerin, I., & Reekie, M. (2018). “I will go if I don’t have to talk”: Nursing students’ perceptions of reflective, debriefing discussions and intent to participate. Nurse Education Today, 70, 96-102.
Epp, S., Reekie, M., Denison, J., de Bosch-Kemper, N., Willson, M., & Marck, P. (2020). Radical transformation: Embracing new pedagogies for an innovative nursing curriculum. Manuscript submitted for publication
Reekie, M. (2015, November). Bringing the Patient/Family Narrative into the Classroom. Conference presentation at 2nd International Conference: Where’s the Patient’s Voice in Health Professional Education – 10 Years On?, Vancouver, BC.
Murdoch, N.L., Jasper, D., de Bosch Kemper, N., & Reekie, M. (2016, June). Re-designing learning in the classroom–flipping the classroom. Conference presentation at 3rd Annual Nursing and Allied Health Educators Conference at Sea. Alaska.
Andersen, E., Olsen, L., Denison, J., Zerin, I., & Reekie, M. ( 2018, April). An intervention designed to enhance reflective debriefing discussions with nursing students. Conference presentation at Nursing Education Research Conference (NERC), 2018. Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Washington, DC, USA.
Epp, S., Murdoch, N. & Reekie, M. (2018, May). Intentional learning: A critical component of the integrative curriculum for competency development. Conference presentation at CASN Canadian Nursing Education Conference, 2018. Montreal, Quebec.
Reekie., M, Carter, K., Prada, L., & Chan, V. (May, 2019). Unpacking experiential learning. Oral Presentation/Workshop at 15th Annual UBC Okanagan Learning Conference. Conference in Kelowna, British Columbia. Conference theme “Experience eLearning”.
Epp, S., Reekie, M., Denison, J., de Bosch-Kemper, N., & Willson, M. (April, 2020). Radical transformation: Embracing new pedagogies for an innovative nursing curriculum. Mini oral presentation at International Nurse Education Conference in Sitges, Spain. Conference theme “Transforming nursing and midwifery education: leadership innovation and diversity for global healthcare impact”. (Note this conference was cancelled due to COVID-19)
Reekie, M., Denison, J., de Bosch-Kemper, N., Willson, M., & Epp, S. (April, 2020). Development of Safe Nursing Practice Utilizing Learning Pathways Within a Constructivist Framework. Mini oral presentation at International Nurse Education Conference in Sitges, Spain. Conference theme “Transforming nursing and midwifery education: leadership innovation and diversity for global healthcare impact”. (Note this conference was cancelled due to COVID-19)
Epp, S., Reekie, M., Denison, J., de Bosch-Kemper, N., & Willson, M. (April, 2020). An innovative clinical teaching model incorporating intentional learning. Poster presentation at International Nurse Education Conference in Sitges, Spain. Conference theme “Transforming nursing and midwifery education: leadership innovation and diversity for global healthcare impact”. (Note this conference was cancelled due to COVID-19)
Selected Grants & Awards
UBC Okanagan Teaching Honour Roll 2013/2014
UBC Okanagan Teaching Honour Roll 2011/2012
UBC Okanagan Teaching Honour Roll 2010/2011
UBC Okanagan Teaching Honour Roll 2009/2010
UBC Okanagan Teaching Honour Roll 2008/2009
University of Calgary Student’s Union 2005/2006 Teaching Excellence Award Honourable Mention