Katie Lee Bunting, MScOT
Assistant Professor of Teaching, MOT Curriculum Chair
Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Dates of Visit: November 15 – 18, 2021
Purpose of Visit
Katie is grateful for this opportunity and is so excited to connect with folks at CHES. In her teaching, she works collaboratively with students to co-create learning spaces where each student feels seen, cared about, and valued; where they know they belong and where they can show up wholly, authentically. Learning in community and care mitigates student mental health stressors and supports academic success. It is her hope that this learning experience also encourages student occupational therapists to bring community-building, compassion and care into their practice, extending this experience to push for equity and justice in health care. Katie looks forward to connecting with those in the CHES community to discuss and explore how we nourish and build community and care in the classroom through anti-oppressive and critical pedagogies (pedagogies developed by BIPOC educators, scholars and activists) and how to challenge the status quo of health profession education, typically rooted in colonial and white notions of knowledge and teacher/learner relationships.
Katie graduated with her MScOT from the University of Toronto in 2004. She is very fortunate to have worked with a diversity of folks across numerous practice contexts when she worked as an occupational therapist for 10 years. Katie moved into occupational therapy education in 2014, after the birth of her first child, and is currently an Assistant Professor of Teaching with the department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at UBC. Katie really loves the challenges and rewards of being an educator. She also really values working with, and learning from, her colleagues at UBC’s the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology as an Instructional Skills Workshop Facilitator. Outside of work, Katie loves to spend time with her family, their senior dog Sid, and her friends. In particular, she finds meaning and joy in cooking, gardening, spending time in nature, and occasional binge watching series! She holds deep gratitude to the Stó:lō Nation, the səl̓ilwətaɁɬ təməxʷ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nation, and the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nation, who are, and have always been, stewards to the lands that now nourish her and her family. Katie is of Irish and French settler background.