The Gift of Giving

Please consider donating to the Ronald Jobe Children’s Literature Scholarship this year.

This award is given to a student in the Master of Arts Program in Children’s Literature (SLAIS) and is based on academic achievement in courses in literature for children and young adults, as well as contributions to the authorship, scholarship, promotion and dissemination of literature to children.

If you would like to make a donation to support the Ronald Jobe Children’s Literature Scholarship, you may make your gift online at www.startanevolution.ca/ronaldjobe, by calling 604.827.4111 (toll free 1.877.717.4483) or by mailing a cheque to: Annual Giving, 500-5950 University Blvd, Vancouver BC V6T 1Z3.

Read more about the Ronald Jobe Scholarship winners, their thesis titles, and what they are doing in late 2013.

Rob Bittner receives Ronald Jobe Children’s Literature Scholarship

Robert Bittner is the 2011 recipient of the Ronald Jobe Children’s Literature Scholarship in UBC’s Master of Arts in Children’s Literature Program.

A first class student in the MACL Program, Rob received a BA in English from Simon Fraser University and intends to pursue a PhD in the area of children’s literature following his Master’s degree. His research interests are in gender and queer theory in children’s/YA literature. Just last month, he defended his MACL thesis – “Queering Christianity: The Journey from Rigid Doctrine to Personal Theologies in a Selection of YA Literature with LGBTQ Content.”

Rob has been active in volunteering with children’s literature conferences and committees, including the Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable and the UBC Graduate Student Children’s Literature Research Conference (Co-chair, May 2012). He is on the American Library Association’s Stonewall Book Awards Committee and was co-convenor of the ALA Young Adult Library Services Association’s Student Interest Research Group. He reviews for CM: Canadian Review of Materials, and the Keen Readers website. Continue reading

2010 Scholarship Winner

Congratulations Kay Weisman! The 2010 Ronald Jobe Scholarship in Children’s Literature for student achievement in the Master of Arts in Children’s Literature Program was presented to Kay Weisman by Professor Emeritus Ronald Job at the Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable Breakfast on Saturday, October 16, 2010.