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Inspired by narrative as both a phenomenon and a research methodology, Angela has embarked on her own narrative journey from Canada to Hong Kong where she is now the Associate Professor/Associate Head of the pre-service education at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, School of Nursing. She was selected as one of the four distinguished nursing alumni abroad in 2005 from the Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto, Canada.  She has also served the role as the president for the Pi Iota Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing in 2008. Her research focuses on the person/relation-centered care underpinned by caring/human science paradigm that has evolved into an emphasis on effective and caring communication in health care and interprofessional collaborative practice. Her work on communication studies in education and practice has enabled her to work with overseas and local colleagues to improve nursing practice and served as the former Associate Director of the International Research Centre for Communication in Healthcare.  Her work on nursing education has also afforded her the opportunity to develop projects, with international collaborators, on the concept of internationalization at home for a new possibility of student exchange.


My concepts of experience and education have an intricate tie to the work of John Dewey, one of the greatest educational theorists, that is on the notion about thinking is inquiry, inquiry is life and life is education.  My ways of teaching is hence much inspired by Dewey’s work while drawing a balance in my understanding of the importance of students’ expected performance that translated into outcome-based education with criteria-focused assessments and the associated rubrics.  Adopting the constructivist approach, I am an advocate for students’ active learning and experiential understanding. Given my post-graduate work in curriculum and education, I also came to appreciate teachers as learners and learners as teachers with my ongoing reflection upon how to better students’ learning through their perceived relevance and meaningfulness. In the students’ journey through their university education, there is a need for more time and space for students to think, in the forms of problem-solving, critical and creative thinking, asking questions and reflecting from their experience.  As they reflect and learn from their experience, they will come to understand more about themselves, about others and their environment. To nurture the students as independent thinkers with openness, being mindful about their assumptions, biases and as interdependent team players with sensitivity, respect and integrity is part of what I believe.  Making use of technology and an emphasis of intercultural learning in my teaching and learning is an area of my ongoing endeavors.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Arts, Central Michigan University

Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Toronto

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Toronto

External positions

Visiting Fellow, College of Arts and Sciences, Australian National University

6 Jan 202031 Jan 2021

Specialist, Hong Kong Councial for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications

31 Dec 201931 Dec 2022

Member of Grand Review Board (GRB) , Medical and Health Research Fund for the Research Council of the Food and Health Bureau

1 Oct 201930 Sep 2021

Assessor for the Enterprise support scheme of the Innovation Technology Fund, HKSAR Government

1 Jul 201930 Jun 2021

External Examiner, Kiang Wu Nursing College of Macau

30 Jun 201930 Jun 2022

Co-opted member of he Accreditation Committee , Nursing Council of Hong Kong

11 Sep 201810 Sep 2020

Member of the Expert Panel of Central Research Working Group Chinese Medicine Research and Development , Hong Kong Hospital Authority

1 Aug 201831 Dec 2021

Executive member of the Management Committee, Australian National University

1 Feb 2018 → …

Visiting Professor, School of Nursing, Yangzhou University

24 Oct 201724 Oct 2020

Visiting Professor, School of Nursing, Soochow University

18 Nov 2014 → …


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