Jonathan Baylis


He/ Him/ His

Job Title

Jazz Bassist


Hamilton Street Swing

EDST Degree/s and graduation year/s

MEd, 1988


Adult Learning and Education (ALE)


New Westminster, BC, Canada


Jonathan R. Baylis, MA 1978, MEd, 1988

UBC Education students and faculty may know Jonathan as the MEd Adult Education student who graduated in 1988 with a major paper in adult English language education program planning needs assessment. At that time, I was deeply immersed in my work as a language adult educator and obsessed with the notion that language education for adults, mostly refugees, had to be better attuned to the needs and interests of that clientele. I was keenly aware that teaching language had to be done with intentional topical content as language is inseparable from meaning. I taught English language to new Canadians first at Vancouver Community College, then Beijing Medical College, Canada Language Centre – the second private language school in Vancouver, Canadian International College – a Japanese/Canadian attempt at content-based language education for Japanese high school graduates and Douglas College EASL Department. I worked for Douglas College for twenty years, during which time I led the team that created the TESL Program and coordinated the EASL Department for four years. I retired from Douglas College in 2015. Today, I identify as a professional jazz bassist. My quartet, the Hamilton Street Swing, was working regularly at a wide variety of celebrations and swing dances until Covid. We are now practicing again and preparing for the reopening of live musical performance. My MA is in theology. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, I came to Canada in 1974 to study theology at Regent College on the UBC Campus. I make sense of the world as an avid Jesus follower. No, I never wanted to be a priest or minister. I just wanted to be a lay person who understood at the highest possible academic level, the origins, documents, and history of the faith which guided my life. Regent College was one of the few institutions that offered an academic as opposed to a professional program in theology. Philosophy before profession was and still is my priority.