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Jeff Small appointed Director, School of Audiology and Speech Sciences

Dr. Jeff Small has been appointed Director, School of Audiology and Speech Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine, effective July 24, 2017 to June 30, 2022.

Dr. Small is an Associate Professor and cognitive scientist with specialization in communication sciences and disorders. He joined the School of Audiology and Speech Sciences in 1997, specializing in acquired language disorders. Dr. Small’s research, funded by CIHR, BCMSF and the Alzheimer Society of Canada, investigates novel applications of cognitive-behavioural therapies in Alzheimer’s disease which has led to the development and dissemination of communication training programs for family and professional caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease. He received his PhD from the University of Southern California in applied psycholinguistics, followed by postdoctoral fellowships in geriatric psycholinguistics at the University of Kansas and Simon Fraser University.

Gary Redekop appointed Head, Department of Surgery

Dr. Gary Redekop has been appointed Head, Department of Surgery in the Faculty of Medicine, effective August 1, 2017 to June 30, 2020, following his appointment as Head pro tem since May 1, 2014.

Dr. Redekop, Associate Professor, received his MD from the University of Western Ontario, followed by a neurosurgical residency and fellowship training in cerebrovascular surgery at Western and additional fellowship training in interventional neuroradiology at the University of Toronto. He completed graduate studies in the molecular biology of growth factors and angiogenesis and joined the Division of Neurosurgery at UBC in 1993. Dr. Redekop has worked collaboratively with colleagues in neurosurgery, neuroradiology, neurology and anesthesia to develop a multidisciplinary service integrating microvascular and endovascular approaches to cerebrovascular disease. He also has extensive experience in clinical trials related to interventions for stroke and subarachnoid hemorrhage. He is the past Chair of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Neurosurgery Specialty Committee and is presently the Head of the Regional Department of Surgery for Vancouver Coastal Health.

Sue Forwell appointed Head, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Dr. Sue Forwell has been appointed Head, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy in the Faculty of Medicine, effective August 1, 2017 to June 30, 2022, following her previous appointment in this role since January 1, 2016.

Dr. Forwell is an Associate Professor, a Principle Investigator with the UBC Multiple Sclerosis clinic and the International Collaboration of Research and Discovery (ICORD), and an affiliate researcher with the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI) and Fraser Health. Her research and teaching is in occupational science, neuro-rehabilitation and community integration. Currently, Dr. Forwell is on the health care advisory council of the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America, sub-editor of the Journal of Occupational Science and chair of the International Society of Occupational Science. Recently, she was honoured with the prestigious Townsend-Polatajko Occupational Science Lectureship where she gave her address in October 2016.

Cynthia Nicol appointed David F. Robitaille Professor in Mathematics and Science Education

Congratulations to Dr. Cynthia Nicol, Associate Professor, Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy (EDCP), who has been appointed the David F. Robitaille Professor in Mathematics and Science Education in the Faculty of Education for a three-year term (September 1, 2017 to August 31, 2020).

The Robitaille Professorship was established to honour former Department Head of CUST/EDCP, Dr. David Robitaille, in support of the Faculty’s initiatives focusing on the application of technology in the teaching and learning of mathematics, science and technology education.

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Simon Bates reappointed Academic Director, CTLT

Dr. Simon Bates has been reappointed as Academic Director, Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) for a 5-year term beginning July 1, 2017.

Dr. Bates joined the Department of Physics at UBC in 2012 as one of the first professors of teaching. He is particularly interested in students as producers, and the nature of educational leadership in teaching-focused academic roles in higher education. He is the Senior Advisor to the Provost, Teaching and Learning, and is the lead for the Education Innovation cluster of Universitas21.

In his first term as Academic Director of CTLT, Dr. Bates had an important role in setting up a streamlined, more effective governance structure for learning technology, and in improving coordination of services provided by CTLT and UBC IT. He worked tirelessly to establish effective working relationships with teaching and learning units in Faculties, and to promote adoption of effective teaching practices across the university. He is now leading the consultation and implementation process for UBC’s new learning management system.

Prior to joining UBC, Dr. Bates worked at a number of institutions in the UK and Europe including the University of Edinburgh, where he held a number of posts before becoming Dean of Learning and Teaching in the College of Science and Engineering.