Appointments

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Kendall Ho appointed new Academic Director for UBC’s Cloud Innovation Centre


Naznin Virji-Babul appointed Senior Advisor to the Provost on Women and Gender-Diverse Faculty

A message from Andrew Szeri, Provost and Vice-President, Academic, UBC Vancouver

I am pleased to announce that Naznin Virji-Babul has been appointed Senior Advisor to the Provost on Women and Gender-Diverse Faculty, effective January 1, 2020.

Naznin joined UBC in 2010 and is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, in the Faculty of Medicine. In addition, she is an associate member of the Institute of Computing, Information and Cognitive Systems and an affiliate team member of the Designing for People research cluster.

In her role as senior advisor, Naznin will be responsible for working proactively with members of the university community to support institutional efforts to enhance the scholarly and leadership environment and opportunities for women and gender-diverse faculty at UBC Vancouver.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Jennifer Love for her outstanding contribution in the role of Senior Advisor to the Provost on Women Faculty over the last three years. I would also like to thank the members of the search committee for their assistance in finding such an exceptional candidate.

Please join me in congratulating Naznin on her appointment.


Nadine Caron named founding First Nations Health Authority Chair in Cancer and Wellness


Leadership changes within Vice-President, Students portfolio

A message from Ainsley Carry, Vice-President, Students

I am pleased to announce that Andrew Parr has been appointed Associate Vice-President, Student Housing and Community Services, effective December 1, 2019.

Andrew joined UBC in 1988, and has served as the Managing Director of Student Housing and Hospitality Services (SHHS) since 2009. Under Andrew’s leadership, the growth and performance of SHHS has been remarkable. Highlights include the expansion of Student Housing, Food Services and Child Care Services, both on the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses.

To maximize the effectiveness of our operations, and allow for the efficient use of revenue to support student-facing initiatives, the University Community Services and Student Housing and Hospitality Services have merged to form a new unit under the leadership of the AVP, Student Housing and Community Services. As the new AVP, Andrew will oversee Student Housing, Food Services, Conferences and Accommodation, Child Care Services, UBC Bookstore, UBC Parking and Campus Mail.

As we welcome Andrew to his new role, I would also like to announce that we are beginning the search for a new Associate Vice-President for Student Health and Wellbeing in January. This role is the result of a recent restructure within the Vice-President, Students portfolio, and will focus on helping UBC create a world-class student health experience. More details will be shared in the new year.

In the meantime, please join me in congratulating Andrew on his new leadership role at UBC.


Margaret Schabas appointed Senior Advisor to the Provosts on Academic Freedom

A message from Andrew Szeri, Provost and Vice-President, Academic, UBC Vancouver, and Ananya Mukherjee Reed, Provost and Vice-President, Academic, UBC Okanagan

We are pleased to announce that Margaret Schabas has been appointed Senior Advisor to the Provosts on Academic Freedom, effective January 1, 2020.

Margaret joined UBC in 2001 as a Professor of Philosophy in the Faculty of Arts. In addition to serving as Head of the Department of Philosophy between 2004 and 2009, Margaret has been a Peter Wall Distinguished Scholar in Residence and a recipient of a UBC Killam Research Award. She is a former president of the History of Economics Society and is currently on the editorial board of a dozen journals in philosophy or economics.

In this role, Margaret will be responsible for working proactively with members of the university community in both Vancouver and the Okanagan, and supporting institutional efforts to ensure that academic freedom is understood, safeguarded and promoted in accordance with UBC’s 1976 Senate Statement on Academic Freedom.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Neil Guppy for his outstanding contributions in the role over the last three years, as well as the members of the search committee for helping us find such an exceptional candidate.

Please join us in congratulating Margaret on this appointment.