Visiting Scholar

Dr. Ron Bowles

Dr. Ron Bowles

Associate Dean
Centre for Applied Research
Justice Institute of British Columbia

Dates: July 7 – 11, 2014

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Purpose of Visit

Dr. Bowles will be visiting CHES with the goal of extending and publishing the work from his doctoral research. He will also expand and refine the conceptual framework of a paper that explores varied conceptions of competence in relationship to health education.

A longer term goal of this mini-sabbatical is to initiate contact with a wide range of health education scholars and contribute to their ongoing conversation.


Dr. Bowles is Associate Dean of the Centre for Applied Research at the Justice Institute of British Columbia and current president of the Society for Prehospital Educators in Canada. He holds a B. Ed. in adult education, a Master’s degree in educational technology, and he recently completed his PhD in Curriculum Studies at UBC, studying the development of clinical competence and clinical judgment in paramedic learners in immersive high fidelity simulation.

He has worked, taught, developed curriculum and conducted research in paramedicine and public safety in Canada and Asia. He previously directed the curriculum development group at the JIBC’s School of Health Science and has extensive experience in creating technology-supported distributed learning environments. He is active in several initiatives for paramedics in Canada, including both the redesign of the Paramedic Association of Canada’s National Occupational Competency Profile and the development of a Canadian EMS and Paramedic Research Network.