Associate Professor Emerita
- MSN, University of California, Los Angeles
- BSN, University of Florida
Clarissa continues to foster excellence in teaching through her involvement with the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and the 3M Council of Teaching Fellows. Over the years, her research and clinical practice have focused on mid-life women and stress, families facing a life-threatening disease, and mid-life daughters and sons of aging parents. Her current clinical practice is with mid-life and older families facing the challenges of later life and death in aging parents. Her workshops and short courses on issues for mid-life and aging families are known across western Canada. Professor Green is involved in designing and carrying out community-based programs aimed at 1) fostering effective coping in families with aging parents, and 2) increasing family-focused practice skills in nurses and other health professionals.
Throughout her career at UBC, Clarissa Green has been passionate about teaching and learning, committed to family-focused health care and interested in students. Clarissa is known for her interactive teaching style, and use of small group work, story and questions whether her class is a large lecture or a small seminar. She taught basic and advanced level family nursing courses within the School of Nursing for over 30 years, designed an on line course in family nursing and supervised graduate students exploring family-focused care.
Clarissa has been active in TAG, UBC’s teaching and faculty development centre, since its inception, and remains on the advisory board. Her workshops on the use of Questioning and Story in teaching, and the place of passion in teaching are known across Canada. She is the co-developer of the UBC’s Continuing Studies certificate program: Working with an Aging Population, and currently teaches several courses in this program (lifeandcareer.ubc.ca). Clarissa also developed the curriculum for The Widowed Journey, a community program that is a partnership between UBC’s Continuing Studies Life and Career Centre (lifeandcareer.ubc.ca), the UBCSN, and Vancouver Coastal Health.
Clarissa is a winner of numerous teaching awards, including NUS Undergraduate Teaching Awards, the RNABC Award of Excellence for Teaching, the UBC Killam Teaching Prize and the National 3M Teaching Fellowship. Currently she is the Vice President of the newly-established 3M Council of Teaching Fellows. In 1996 she chaired the editorial committee of the 3M Teaching Council’s book, Making a Difference.