Chris Guenard

Email: chris.guenard@ubc.ca


 

Dear colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that the UBC Board of Governors has approved the reappointment of Dr. Bryce Traister as Dean, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies (FCCS), for a second five-year term, commencing February 1, 2023. Dr. Traister is a Professor of English and holds a Bachelor of Arts and a PhD in English from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Dear colleagues,

From September 2021 to January 2022 we engaged in a strategic review of the campus’ health programming and activities. The intention of the review was to determine an overall approach to developing a sustainable health strategy for our campus that will inform diverse outcomes, such as faculty recruitment, program development, integrating health-related research and teaching, and others.

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Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to announce that Bert Annear has been appointed Deputy Registrar for UBC Okanagan. Bert brings extensive experience to the role, having worked within Enrolment Services at three universities in British Columbia, most recently as Registrar and Secretary to Senate at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC).

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Dear colleagues,

I write to you today with the final edition of “From the Provost’s Desk.” We began this initiative in 2019 as a way to share and celebrate the academic achievements of our campus community and to inform you of opportunities and ongoing discussions. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it also served as a means of connection—in a time when perhaps we needed it the most. I appreciate the many conversations that followed and your ongoing support, thoughtful engagement and feedback. I want to especially thank Raina, Kristen and Linda in my office who put this together.

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Three academics sitting at a table

From left: Dr. Greg Garrard, associate dean research & graduate studies, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies; Dr. Mark Goodwin, deputy vice-chancellor, global engagement, University of Exeter; and Dr. Melissa Percival, associate dean global, College of Humanities, University of Exeter.

On December 7, 2021, UBC Okanagan and the University of Exeter put pen to paper on a statement of cooperation to further strengthen the relationship between the institutions and encourage cooperation in the areas of academic exchange, education, and research.

Building on previous agreements, the universities have now agreed to create the UBCO-Exeter Excellence Initiative. This includes the creation of three funding schemes over the next three years, in the form of Initiator and Catalyst Grants and a Visiting Scholar Joint Fellowship Scheme. The grant lines will help professors and researchers at the University of Exeter and in UBC’s Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies and Irving K Barber School of Arts and Social Sciences tackle research and/or education challenges through collaboration.

Exeter DVC Goodwin says, “UBC and Exeter are engaging through partnership to address some really vital, shared challenges of our time. The excellence initiative will enable people of both institutions to work together and combine their knowledge and expertise to generate new knowledge, new opportunities for faculty and students, and bring impact to our communities.”

Dr. Greg Garrard, associate dean, research and graduate studies, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, adds: “It has been an absolute pleasure to visit the Streatham campus, meet with scholars undertaking innovative research, and renew UBC Okanagan’s partnership with the University of Exeter. I’m confident the joint funding we’re announcing will take our existing collaboration to a new level.”

Calls for applications to the grant schemes are now available, and in spring 2022 full details of the fellowship offer for visiting scholars will be shared across Exeter and UBC.

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Dear colleagues,

As part of UBC’s standard practice under the Board of Governors Policy AP8 and the Senate Policy on Reviews of Administrative Units, we are arranging for an external review of the UBC Okanagan Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies.

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Dear colleagues,

This month, our campus will undergo its first Quality Assurance Process Audit (QAPA) external review. This process was developed by the Degree Quality Assessment Board’s (DQAB) Quality Assurance Audit Committee and seeks to ensure that public post-secondary institutions periodically conduct rigorous, ongoing program and institutional quality assessments. All public institutions in British Columbia participate in a QAPA external review once every seven years. UBC’s Vancouver campus participated in 2018.

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UBC Copanagan was made up of 19 cyclists on campus, ranging from student services staff, to FCCS faculty and IKBSAS grad students.

UBC Copanagan was made up of 19 cyclists on campus, ranging from student services staff, to FCCS faculty and IKBSAS grad students.

Congratulations to UBC Copanagan, who logged 1,896 km from during this year's Bike to Work Week (BTWW) from May 28 to June 3. They were one of six teams representing UBC Okanagan for BTWW.

A total of 44 faculty and staff participated from Student Services, the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, the UBC Okanagan Library, the Provost's Office, Okanagan Planning and Institutional Research, Student Housing & Hospitality Services, and Human Resources.

Team UBC Copanagan had 19 riders and its name is a combination of Okanagan and Copenhagen, the most urban-cycling friendly city in the world. It was organized by Equity Facilitator Jenica Frisque and Disability Resource Centre Exam Coordinator Stephen Atherton.

BTWW was a fantastic few days of exercise, bonding and community building for participants. UBC Copanagan collectively burned 56 870 calories -- the equivalent of 187 cheeseburgers or 10 cheeseburgers each. English Foundation Program Manager Kirsten Bennett commuted from West Kelowna each day, cycling an impressive 224.8 km over the week.

The team members are looking to continue the activity and bonds created during this year's BTWW, including group rides throughout the year. Anyone interested in joining in on group rides or simply trying out biking to campus with another cyclist can contact jenica.frisque@ubc.ca or stephen.atherton@ubc.ca.

Bike to Work Week 2018 metrics from each UBC Okanagan team.

Bike to Work Week 2018 metrics from each UBC Okanagan team.

 

Nominations for Teaching Excellence and Innovation award now open

Do you know an outstanding faculty member who excels at teaching? Nominate him or her for an Award for Teaching Excellence and Innovation.

Every year the Teaching Excellence and Innovation award is given out to faculty members who have shown their capacity to impress and educate the next generation of UBC global citizens.

Two awards of $3,000 each are awarded -- one is given to a senior faculty member (ten or more years teaching experience), and one is given to a junior faculty member (less than ten years of teaching experience).

Nominations are due on Friday, Nov. 28, at the nominee's dean's office.

To find out more about award terms and criteria, visit: provost.ok.ubc.ca/awards/teaching-excellence-award

Nominations for Teaching Excellence and Innovation award now open

Do you know an outstanding teacher? Nominate him or her for an Award for Teaching Excellence and Innovation.

Every year the Teaching Excellence and Innovation award is given out to faculty members who have shown their capacity to impress and educate the next generation of UBC global citizens.

Two awards of $3,000 each are awarded -- one is given to a senior faculty member (ten or more years teaching experience), and one is given to a junior faculty member (less than ten years of teaching experience).

Nominations are due on Friday, Nov. 29, at the nominee's dean's office.

To find out more about award terms and criteria, visit the Office of the Provost and Vice Principal website.