The executive search firm Perrett Laver has been retained to support the search for UBC Okanagan’s next Provost and Vice-President, Academic. In the coming weeks, Perrett Laver will be consulting with the UBC community to familiarize themselves with key opportunities and challenges for the role, as well as ideal traits and competencies of a successful candidate. The community is invited to submit confidential feedback on this topic in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 28, 2022.
Effective February 1, 2022, Dr. Rehan Sadiq will serve as UBC Okanagan’s Provost and Vice-President, Academic pro tem.
Dr. Sadiq is a Professor of Civil Engineering and a Distinguished University Scholar and currently holds the position of Executive Associate Dean in the School of Engineering at UBC Okanagan. He is also a co-lead of the Life Cycle Management Laboratory at UBC.
Dr. Sadiq holds a PhD in civil engineering from Memorial University and has been a registered professional engineer in BC since 2010. He is also a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, Canadian Society of Civil Engineering, Engineers Canada and Engineering Institute of Canada. Dr. Sadiq is a world-leading researcher in the areas of asset management of water supply systems, environmental risk analysis and lifecycle assessment of built environment, with over 600 peer-reviewed publications to his name.
Dr. Marie Tarrant has accepted the position of dean pro tem in the Faculty of Health and Social Development effective January 1, 2022, as we continue the search for the next dean. Dr. Tarrant has served as a professor and the director of the School of Nursing on the UBC Okanagan campus since 2016. Prior to joining UBC, Dr. Tarrant was deputy head and professor at the School of Nursing, University of Hong Kong. She has extensive teaching and administrative experience in undergraduate and graduate-level nursing programs.
This month, UBC Okanagan 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. External reviews are an important means of promoting accountability and transparency across educational institutions and are an opportunity to continuously improve academic excellence.
This year UBC established an Anti-Racism Initiatives Fund to support projects that celebrate and elevate diverse communities and advance anti-racism efforts at UBC. An annual allocation of $100,000 is available at UBC Okanagan. I am pleased to announce seven recently funded proposals on our campus.
Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
Picturing Anti-Islamophobia: An Exhibition of Cartoons Challenging Racism
Yasaman Lotfizadeh, Master of Arts student; Hussein Keshani, Associate Professor; and Ahlam Bavi, doctoral student
This project will create an engaging and accessible event, a physical and online exhibition as well as a catalogue of curated cartoons that promote critical thinking about Islamophobia, change racist attitudes and foster empathy for Muslim communities.
The UBC Anti-Racist Reading Book Club and Reading Series
Kevin Chong, Assistant Professor
This reading series aims to increase awareness of how reading and creative writing are affected by racism through book club discussions with high-profile writers of colour who have written about racism in society, writing and publishing.
Irving K Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Anti-Racist Feminisms: A Speaker Series
Heather Latimer, Assistant Professor and Atmaza Chattopadhyay, third-year student
This speaker series will host five internationally renowned experts on anti-racist feminisms — an area of expertise lacking in current course offerings.
Anti-Racist Thought and Activism in History
Jessica Stites Mor, Associate Professor and Francisco Peña, Associate Professor
This initiative features guest speakers who will guide discussions on how past experiences and historical models of anti-racist activism can contribute to ongoing thought and anti-racist work.
Enhancing Racial and Cultural Inclusivity in UBCO’s Interprofessional Clinic
Ian Wellspring, doctoral student; Nina Gregoire, anticipated doctoral student (2021); and Carley Paterson, anticipated doctoral student (2021)
This project will evaluate the use of, and perceived barriers to, the UBCO Interprofessional Clinic (IPC) by marginalized groups and yield actionable information and collaborative opportunities as to how the IPC can be more inclusive and anti-racist.
Irving K Barber Faculty of Science
Diversity in Biology Speakers Series
Robin Young, Assistant Professor and Karen Hodges, Professor
This speaker series will invite early career researchers from diverse, under-represented communities to showcase their research in the biological sciences through presentations and moderated discussions.
School of Engineering
Advocacy and Allyship for Racialized Engineering Students
Jannik Eikenaar, Assistant Professor and Sam Charles, Communications Manager
The experiences of racialized students in the School of Engineering will be shared through a series of short videos, encouraging students, faculty and staff to become allies to racialized students and creating a more inclusive environment.
I look forward to seeing the evolvement of these inspiring projects and their positive impact on our campus community.
Ananya Mukherjee Reed
Provost and Vice-President Academic
Since the inception of UBC Okanagan in 2005, our campus has experienced tremendous growth—both in student population as well as our research and program offerings. This dramatic growth has included an expansion of health-related activities and programming across all faculties at UBC Okanagan. Earlier this year, UBC Health, which facilitates health-related collaborations across all disciplines at UBC’s two campuses, released its strategic plan—Better Health Together.
Now is an opportune time to build on the current momentum on the Okanagan campus around health-related activities. Recent growth and evolving plans and opportunities are a good foundation for strategizing health-related programming at UBC Okanagan. We are pleased to announce that the Office of the Provost is undertaking an external review of the campus’ health programming and activities, with an emphasis on enabling collaboration, growth and better support for health-related teaching, research and community engagement—across and within all faculties, as well as with our Indigenous and community partners.
The following resources have been prepared for UBC Okanagan faculty to help guide a safe return to the classroom this Fall. These documents may be revised in the coming days as additional information regarding public health guidelines and measures becomes available.
Safety in the classroom
This flowchart describes plans for supporting a safe return to the classroom.
Classroom welcome slide
This is a sample slide that faculty might adapt for use in their classes to outline key messages to students.
Guidance for start of term teaching
This webpage provides detailed guidance on a number of questions and potential scenarios for in-person learning in Fall 2021.
On August 18, 2021, following the federal government’s recognition of September 30 as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, UBC President Santa J. Ono shared with the UBC community information on the observation of the statutory holiday for UBC campuses and distributed learning sites. We would like to take this opportunity to further clarify the resulting changes to the Academic Calendar.
As per UBC Okanagan Senate policy, the addition of a statutory holiday requires a slight shift of the Academic Calendar. One extra teaching day will be added at the end of the Winter term; the Winter term session dates will be Sept. 7 to Dec. 8, 2021. Exams will start one day later; the exam period will be Dec. 11 to 22, 2021, inclusive of and using all dates within.
This amendment was recommended by the Senate Academic Policy Committee and approved by the Senate Agenda Committee, using its delegated authority of Senate under Rule 25 of the Rules and Procedures of Senate. Should you have any questions about the above-noted change to the Academic Calendar, please connect with your manager.
We also encourage you to learn more about our campus’ declaration of truth and reconciliation commitments and the meaningful and important collaboration taking place on our campus and in our community in partnership with the Syilx Okanagan Nation. Another excellent resource is the UBC Indigenous Strategic Plan.
For more information on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, please refer to President Ono’s recent UBC Broadcast.
Ananya Mukherjee Reed
Provost and Vice-President Academic
Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal
Every year, UBC Okanagan celebrates the outstanding and innovative teaching taking place on our campus. We recognize the dedication and passion of faculty members who strive to inspire our diverse student body and prepare them for remarkable futures.
We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2020/21 Teaching Excellence Awards and the 2020/21 Killam Teaching Prize. Recipients of these awards are exemplary role models who have made a significant impact on the culture of teaching and learning at UBC’s Okanagan campus.