Taught for 35 years in the Art History department at Capilano was given an emeritus professor designation earlier this year.
Over the years, Josephine established an excellent reputation for teaching and scholarship in addition to dedicated service to the department, university and community. Each year her courses were fully enrolled with a steady stream of students on the wait-list. These were signed in despite the additional work that an overload entailed.
Throughout her teaching career she taught a variety of first and second year courses, both during the day and evenings, to ensure that motivated students were able to complete two years of Art History courses at Cap. This strategy proved successful as students transferring to other universities, such as UBC and the University of Victoria, performed exceptionally well in the discipline. Many of Josephine’s students have gone on to obtain BA’s and higher in Art History and have become professors at various institutions both in Canada and abroad.
Josephine has a very impressive record of publications and her articles have been published in such prestigious art journals as Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes and Gazette des Beaux-Arts. Her articles have been reprinted in scholarly texts and Josephine is currently writing a ground-breaking book on the subject of Giuliano de’ Medici in relation to the art of Leonardo, Raphael and Michelangelo. As the Art History department’s senior member, Josephine focused on building the best Art History department in British Columbia. She achieved this by attracting outstanding faculty – a practice that continues today.
Crawford Kilian was one of the first faculty members at Capilano – establishing the communications department and remaining coordinator for over 30 years. At the same time, he was an inspiring instructor known for his leadership, mentorship and expertise. Students also appreciated his exceptional teaching and advising. Beyond Capilano, Crawford is a writer, spokesperson and concerned citizen. In retirement Crawford continues as an active citizen and prolific writer.