Department of Secondary Education
Faculty of Education
University of Alberta
About Olenka Bilash
Dr. Olenka Bilash is professor of second language education in the Department of Secondary Education, Faculty of Education, University of Alberta and North American representative to LINGUAPAX, a UNESCO cat-affiliated organization designed to advocate for all languages in the world and plurilingualism. She has worked with teachers of minority or new languages on six continents for four decades, including long term projects in Brazil, Japan, Korea and South Africa. She has authored textbooks, learning resources and curriculum documents, supervises graduate students from many countries and teaches children of all ages through demonstration lessons for teachers and through coaching.
A former Associate Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research she has also worked with universities to help develop a culture of research. She has taught a course on qualitative research methodology in Ukraine, served on the Premier’s Consultative Committee on Ukraine-Alberta relations, hosted and coordinated programs for visiting professors from Ukraine, contributed to Alberta’s member of Canada Ukraine Research Team (for inclusive education), was the first director of the Ukrainian Resource Centre at the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta and is now Senior Advisor to the Ukrainian Language Education Centre.
Recipient of Canada’s distinguished 3M National Teaching Fellow in 2010, as well as a variety of research awards, Dr. Bilash is eager to explore the use of technology in increasing student and faculty engagement. She has held posts at the University of Calgary and as a visiting scholar at the University of Curitiba and the Pontifica Universidade Catolica de Rio de Janeiro. Her research interests include: language planning and policy, oracy and literacy development, teacher professional development, identity formation and transformation, global citizenship awareness education, and student-faculty engagement.