Educational Leadership Faculty


Professor of Teaching


Joined department in 2010

B.Sc. (Biochemistry), Simon Fraser University (1997); Ph.D. (Genetics)
Publications: Joanne Fox Publications
Twitter: @joannealisonfox
Phone: 604-827-0339
Address: 2021 - 6363 Agronomy Rd, Orchard Commons Student Residence



Special Interests & Accomplishments in Teaching

Joanne Fox is a science education and outreach academic. She is involved in innovative teaching and learning initiatives and educational leadership activities, with specific areas of expertise in the first year experience, international education, program evaluation, and scientific communication. She was past Director of the First Year Seminars program (SCIE113), as well as mentor for the UBC iGEM program. She is currently seconded to serve as the Principal of UBC Vantage College.

Dr. Fox has been teaching in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology since 2005. She was a course designer, instructor and acted as Director of the First Year Seminars (2010-2013), an award winning and collaborative teaching and learning initiative that helps students successfully transition into first year university. In 2014, she was selected to be the first Academic Director of UBC Vantage College and is now Principal of the College, which offers an innovative first-year program for international students. As Principal, she provides leadership and support to all UBC Vantage College’s faculty, working closely with the participating Faculties and Departments.

Dr. Fox’s exceptional teaching has been recognized with a UBC Killam Teaching Prize. She is also a highly regarded leader in interdisciplinary collaboration and initiatives that enrich student engagement. Dr. Fox has a PhD in Genetics, and has taught in the areas of Bioinformatics, Medical Genetics, Statistics, and Biology.


Awards and Distinctions

  • Killam Teaching Award (2013)
  • ​Alan Blizzard Award (2013)