Appointments

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Dr. Philippe Tortell appointed Director, Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies

A message from John Hepburn, Vice-President, Research & International

I am delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Philippe Tortell as the new director of the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies (PWIAS).

Philippe is a professor in Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences and Botany. He is a biological / chemical oceanographer with broad interests in ocean-climate interactions, and his recent work has focused on understanding the potential climate effects on Arctic and Antarctic marine systems. (more…)


Roger Wong appointed Executive Associate Dean, Education, for Faculty of Medicine

The Faculty of Medicine is pleased to announce that Roger Wong has been appointed the Executive Associate Dean, Education for the Faculty of Medicine, effective July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2021.

In this role, Dr. Wong will offer strategic leadership, while creating and nurturing existing partnerships to help move the vision for the Faculty of Medicine forward. In addition to overseeing the distribution of the Faculty’s educational programs across the province, he will ensure accreditation standards are met and that our programs — across the health disciplines and across the continuum of learning — are effectively integrated.

Dr. Wong’s appointment follows the exceptional leadership of Dr. David Snadden, who will continue in this role until the end of his term.

Learn more.


Reappointment of Dr. Gage Averill, Dean of the Faculty of Arts

A message from Angela Redish, Provost and Vice-President, Academic pro tem

I am pleased to announce that, on the recommendation of President Martha Piper, the Board of Governors has approved the re-appointment of Dr. Gage Averill, Dean of the Faculty of Arts.

Under Dr Averill’s leadership the Faculty has moved from strength to strength, enhancing its research profile and increasing and restructuring its academic programs which attracted a growing number of students, both domestic and international. On the teaching and learning front, the Faculty has expanded its degree programs through partnerships that range from international (the very successful dual degree with Science Po) to in-house (the equally popular dual degree with Sauder BA/Master of Management); and from niche programs like the Bachelor of Media Studies, to professional masters programs such as the Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs. The development of these programs has started from a student-centred approach incorporating experiential learning opportunities and clarity around learning outcomes. Together, these initiatives have drawn an increasing number of students to Arts programs, enhanced the international flavor of the Faculty and diversified and strengthened its financial resources. (more…)


Jude Tate announced as Director, Equity and Inclusion

A message from Sara-Jane Finlay, Associate Vice-President, Equity and Inclusion

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Jude Tate as the Director, Equity and Inclusion. This new role in the Equity and Inclusion Office is responsible for leading the development and implementation of strategic plans and initiatives to support the university’s commitment to equity, inclusion and mutual respect.

Dr. Tate brings a wealth of expertise in equity and diversity from her previous roles at UBC including Senior Advisor to the Dean, Faculty of Education, Special Advisor to the Provost, Academic Equity Initiatives and Senior Advisor to the Vice-President, Human Resources. Previously, Jude was the Sexual and Gender Diversity Officer at the University of Toronto, and brings valuable leadership and experience throughout the learning, working and living environments of the university. A recognized expert in the field, Dr. Tate’s research centers on policy and inclusion practices for sexual and gender minorities in university settings.

Dr. Tate will collaborate broadly with faculty, staff, students, and community partners as the Equity and Inclusion Office furthers UBC’s commitment to excellence, equity and mutual respect.

Please join me in welcoming Jude to this important role at UBC.

This message was originally posted on the Equity and Inclusion website.


Angela Towle reappointed as Academic Director, UBC Learning Exchange

A message from Dr. Angela Redish, Provost and Vice-President Academic pro tem, and Dr. Philip Steenkamp, Vice-President, External Relations and Communications

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Angela Towle has been reappointed as the Academic Director of the UBC Learning Exchange effective February 1, 2016.

Since 2013, Dr. Towle has served as the academic champion, ensuring that the Learning Exchange is linked effectively with UBC’s academic mission. The unit’s work has grown impressively over the past three years, and now annually engages more than 500 students and 40 faculty from a range of disciplines including arts, education, medicine, nursing, social work and public health. (more…)