Units in the portfolio

The Office of the Provost and Vice-President, Academic, provides leadership for UBC’s academic strategy, budgetary and planning processes.

We oversee UBC’s academic programs and support functions, research, faculty affairs, enrolment, sustainability and information technology.

Explore the academic administration and support units within our portfolio:

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Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT)

Elisa Baniassad
Acting Academic Director, CTLT

The Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology advances scholarly and innovative approaches to teaching, learning, curriculum and educational technology practices within and across UBC’s diverse disciplinary and cultural contexts.

As a centrally provisioned academic service unit, CTLT aims to meet the needs of individuals, academic units and UBC’s mandate through a wide range of activities. These include consultation, design, development and evaluation services in support of teaching and learning.

Enrolment + Student Recruitment

Rella Ng
Associate Vice-President and Registrar

Enrolment Services provides enrolment and registrarial services that support the UBC community and UBC’s goals. The unit leads the management of processes that are fundamental to its core business—enrolling, supporting and graduating students.

Enrolment Services provides expertise in the areas of student service, domestic recruitment, undergraduate admissions, student financials and financial support, records, registration, scheduling and graduation processes, student communications, and senate and curriculum services.

Damara Klaassen
Executive Director, International Student Initiative

The International Student Initiative (ISI) manages UBC's international recruitment and awards program in support of achieving UBC’s strategic undergraduate enrolment goals on both campuses.

Equity and Inclusion Office

Arig al Shaibah
Associate Vice-President

The UBC Equity & Inclusion Office (EIO) promotes learning and working environments where human rights are respected and all members of the UBC community are treated with dignity and have equitable opportunity to participate in the life and work of the university.

The EIO fulfills its mandate by enabling data-informed equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) planning and implementation, delivering capacity building efforts to embed EDI across the university ecosystem, supporting compliance with human rights and employment equity legislation and raising awareness about university EDI plans and progress to advance a culture of accountability.

Extended Learning

Larry Bouthillier
Executive Director

The mission of UBC Extended Learning (ExL) is to expand UBC's capacity for creating and delivering educational programs which serve the continuing, professional and personal learner across their lifetime.

ExL provides their expertise in continuing career and personal education (CPE) to support UBC faculties with a variety of services, including: program planning and development; market research; curriculum and learning design; program operations; enrolment and student services; program management; finance; and marketing. ExL also manages the StrongerBC future skills grant on behalf of UBC.

ExL provides program research services for the VPA New Programs Hub and facilitates the operation of the Provost's Continuous Learning Advancement Fund (CLAF), which with its predecessor the Online Learning Advancement Fund (OLAF), has funded over 37 faculty projects with more than $2,000,000 funding delivered. ExL has assisted many faculties with successful applications to the Ministry of Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills (PSFS) Micro-Credential funding calls.

The ExL portfolio includes a variety of relevant, ever-evolving programming centered around our student’s lifelong quest to learn and grow – personally and professionally. This includes Future Global Leaders (FGL), the Vancouver Summer Program (VSP) and dozens of non-credit educational offerings with many faculties, including UBC Certificates and micro-credentials.

First Nations House of Learning (FNHL)

Joely Viveiros
Acting Director, First Nations House of Learning

The First Nations House of Learning, based in the First Nations Longhouse, has the mandate to make the University’s vast resources more accessible to Indigenous people and to improve its ability to meet their needs.

The FNHL focuses on organizing and maintaining Longhouse student services and spaces; overseeing public and academic programming at the Longhouse; leading and supporting strategic planning and communications on UBC Indigenous initiatives; and by providing a point of contact for Indigenous communities. It also engages with the public, media, and UBC personnel on a host of Indigenous-related matters.

Global Engagement

Cheryl Dumaresq
Executive Director, Global Engagement

The Office of Global Engagement advances UBC’s global strategic priorities. It is a hub for global collaboration, bringing together diverse groups – from students and researchers to small community organizations, corporations and governments – to co-create opportunities for global learning, innovation and service. The office oversees services, programs, events and activities through Go Global, Global Partnerships, the Asia Pacific Regional Office and the India Liaison Office.

Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre

Tricia Logan
Interim Academic Director

The Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre (the Centre) at UBC addresses the colonial legacy of residential schools and other policies imposed by the Canadian government on Indigenous Peoples, and ensures that this history is acknowledged, examined and understood within the UBC community. The Centre works with partners across disciplines, at UBC and beyond, to facilitate dialogues and access to records and information that support engaging the legacies of the residential school system and the on-going impacts of colonialism in Canada.

This work supports teaching and learning at UBC, and the work of UBC’s Indigenous Strategic Plan, by supporting Indigenous Peoples’ self-determination and working in partnership with partners and communities. The Centre has established itself as a leading institution for culturally informed, reciprocal, community-led research, education and dialogues in partnership with Indigenous communities, Survivors and UBC. As a Survivor-centred, trauma-informed space, the Centre works in service to Indigenous communities and peoples of Canada.

Information Technology

Jennifer Burns
Associate Vice-President + Chief Information Officer

UBC's Department of Information Technology (UBC IT) provides IT strategy, applications, infrastructure, and support services to the UBC community. Providing services from multimedia production to wireless internet access - one of the largest campus wireless networks in the world, UBC IT ensures that leading-edge technology is readily accessible to faculty and students to complement their teaching and learning experience.


Susan Parker
University Librarian

UBC Library advances research, learning and teaching excellence by connecting communities within and beyond UBC to the world’s knowledge.

The Library, a high-ranking member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), has 15 branches and divisions, and is the largest library in British Columbia with its collection including more than 5.6 million volumes and over 3.8 million e-books.

The Library provides access to expanding digital resources through its on-site digitization centre and provides scholarly communication, copyright and records management services to the UBC community.

Office of Indigenous Strategic Initiatives (OISI)

Allison Grimwood
Interim Associate Director

The Office of Indigenous Strategic Initiatives (OISI) was created in February 2021 to coordinate the implementation of UBC’s Indigenous Strategic Plan across UBC.

Part of an innovative, Indigenous-led and Indigenous human rights-based implementation structure, OISI provides guidance to Faculties, departments, operational units and student groups across UBC’s Vancouver and Okanagan campuses in their alignment with the eight goals and 43 actions of the ISP.

It also provides advice to UBC leadership on how best to improve the experiences of Indigenous students, faculty and staff across the university.

Planning and Institutional Research

Stephanie McKeown
Chief Institutional Research Officer

The Office of Planning and Institutional Research (PAIR) provides leadership and direction to enhance the coordination and use of institutional data and analysis across the UBC system. PAIR is comprised of four units that work together leveraging data and analytics to guide university-wide planning and decision-making, to support integrated university planning, to strengthen student learning and experiences, and to promote a deeper understanding of the nature and quality of education at UBC.

UBC faculties and academic support units can request statistical and analytic support from the PAIR team, survey support, and access their online dashboards to support your planning, enrolment target setting, and academic program reviews.

Strategy + Decision Support

Lesley Charter-Smith

Strategy + Decision Support (SDS) is UBC’s key in-house strategic partner that provides UBC’s Leadership with advisory services in strategy, operational effectiveness and financial health, in order to ensure the university’s current and future success.

UBC Sustainability Hub / Center for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS)

Linda Nowlan
Senior Director

Melissa McHale
Acting Academic Director

UBC has committed to the integration of our operational and academic efforts in sustainability and the Sustainability Hub (formerly the UBC Sustainability Initiative), established in 2010, is our way of advancing this broad goal.

The Sustainability Hub undertakes key cross-cutting functions such as connector, curator and facilitator of a wide breadth of sustainability programs and activities across campus.

In partnership with many other groups, we help integrate and enhance sustainability themes into teaching, learning, and student engagement activities, support interdisciplinary urban research, advance regional and international engagement with sustainability partners, manage UBC’s Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability, and host the UBC office of the Pacific Institute of Climate Solutions.


Peter A. Allard School of Law

Ngai Pindell

The Peter A. Allard School of Law is recognized as one of the leading law schools in Canada, and has a reputation worldwide for innovative research, inspiring teachers and outstanding graduates.

The school’s students are academically outstanding, intellectually curious and actively-engaged in using their new knowledge and skills to help others.

Faculty members are innovative teachers and scholars who have gained national and international recognition for their contributions in various areas—from human rights to environmental sustainability to business law. Allard Law alumni have achieved leadership in the profession as well as in the business, government and non-profit sectors.

Faculty of Applied Science

James Olson

The UBC Faculty of Applied Science comprises all of engineering disciplines, plus three Vancouver-based schools: Nursing, Architecture and Landscape Architecture, and Community and Regional Planning. There are also three research centres: Advanced Materials & Process Engineering Laboratory, BioProducts Institute, Clean Energy Research Centre and the Institute for Computing, Information & Cognitive Systems.

The Faculty of Applied Science comprises a unique constellation of disciplines. Its work and the professional disciplines it represents span the entire human-centred built environment. Applied Science represents innovation at all scales from nanoscale electronic devices that power communications to the design of entire cities.

The Faculty is committed to creating lasting change by discovering and applying knowledge. It uniquely embodies responsible risk-taking and an innovative spirit, and its work reflects an authentic environmental ethos that arises from our commitment to, and respect for, our exceptional environment. The Faculty leverages its multidisciplinary strength and small-community approach to address society’s most complex challenges: climate change, and human inequity.

Faculty of Arts

Clare Haru Crowston

The Faculty of Arts is a diverse and dynamic community of outstanding scholars and artists, encompassing more than 25 departments, schools and institutes based in the social sciences, humanities, and the creative and performing arts.

As the university’s largest academic unit, UBC Arts educates more than 16,000 students in bachelors, masters, and doctoral programs in more than 25 departments, schools, institutes, and programs. The Faculty of Arts is also the hub of arts and culture at UBC, home to the world renowned Museum of Anthropology, the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, and the Frederic Wood Theatre.

Faculty of Dentistry

Andrea Esteves
Dean pro tem

The Faculty of Dentistry is making a difference through innovative educational programming, impactful research, a systemic approach to oral health, and building connections in the dental and dental hygiene community.

UBC Dentistry has nearly 500 undergraduate students enrolled in its Doctor of Dental Medicine and Dental Hygiene Degree Programs. There are 75 graduate students in the research-intensive MSc and PhD degree programs, including the combined diploma options with either an MSc or PhD in five clinical specialty graduate programs. The Faculty has two postgraduate residency programs, as well as an international degree completion program and an assessment and training program for internationally trained dental specialists.

UBC Dentistry is home to the Nobel Biocare Oral Health Centre, which uses state-of-the-art technology to create a sophisticated, efficient space for learning, community service, clinical care and research. Additional spaces supporting education and research include the 123Dentist Simulation Laboratory, Patterson Dental Learning Centre and the Centre for High-Throughput Phenogenomics.

The Faculty has approximately 60 faculty members (15 lecturers), 35 clinical educators and over 300 clinical practitioners who teach during the academic year. Members in its two departments, Oral Biological and Medical Sciences and Oral Health Sciences, undertake a wide variety of research contributing to the profession’s body of knowledge.

Faculty of Education

Jan Hare
Dean pro tem

The Faculty of Education advances educational research and understanding of teaching and learning in a way that celebrates diversity, equity and innovation, and welcomes international collaboration in an increasingly borderless world.

The faculty comprises four departments, a school, centres and institutes, and several administrative units, offering high-quality programs and research opportunities with some of the world’s top-ranking educational researchers.

Research-oriented graduate programs include a diversity of disciplinary, theoretical and methodological approaches.

The faculty provides leading-edge bachelor’s degrees in Teacher Education and Kinesiology, and offers certificates, diplomas and institutes for leaders and professionals in the field.

Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Michael Hunt
Dean pro tem

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (G+PS) strives to elevate achievement and enhance the education of UBC’s graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

G+PS facilitates admissions and program administration, tracks student academic progress, administers merit-based awards, mediates difficult graduate student situations, oversees program academic quality and integrity, develops policy and strategic initiatives to support excellence in graduate and postdoctoral studies and offers opportunities for professional development that enhance career options.

The faculty supports the effective, transparent, consistent and equitable administration of more than 300 graduate programs, serving nearly 12,000 master’s and doctoral students and 1,000 postdoctoral fellows at UBC.

Faculty of Forestry

Robert Kozak

UBC’s Faculty of Forestry is recognized globally as one of the leading forestry faculties in the world. What began in 1921 with the first lecturer being appointed to the new Department of Forestry today embodies a comprehensive offering of undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs that cover a breadth of disciplines including wood products science, natural resources conservation, forest sciences, urban forestry and forest resources management. Our programs model the broad spectrum of topics that relate to forests’ interplay between our environment and all those who live on our planet.

Faculty of Land and Food Systems

Rickey Yada

The Faculty of Land and Food Systems offers top-tier educational and research opportunities to achieve our vision of Balancing our food system and planetary health to create a better world. Our programs in food science and technology, and agricultural sciences are highly ranked in international university listings.

Undergraduate programs train students to think critically about the entire food system – from sustainable agriculture to food, nutrition and health, to food economics and optimizing resources. Graduate programs include a diverse range of research-based programs, professional programs and professional development micro-courses.

Our priorities align closely with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and resonate with their overarching theme ‘to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all’. We build collaboration and create educational opportunities in these five Priority Areas: Addressing climate change and resilient food systems; Ending hunger and improving food security; Enhancing regional agriculture for sustainable cities; Promoting nutrition and wellbeing for healthier communities; and, Ensuring the health and welfare of animals in society.

Faculty of Medicine

Dermot Kelleher

Ranked among the world’s top medical schools with the fifth-largest MD enrollment in North America, the UBC Faculty of Medicine is a leader in both the science and the practice of medicine.

Across British Columbia, more than 12,000 faculty and staff are training the next generation of doctors and health care professionals, making remarkable discoveries, and helping to create the pathways to better health for our communities at home and around the world.

Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Larry Lynd
Dean pro tem

Since 1946, the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences has made a lasting difference in the health and well-being of people throughout British Columbia and beyond.

It has shaped the education and expertise of thousands of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists, whose work has improved patient care and pharmaceutical research across the world.

With a mission to advance knowledge, health outcomes and the profession of pharmacy to benefit society and provide optimal patient care, the faculty continually strives to achieve global leadership in pharmacy education, research and practice.

UBC Sauder School of Business

Darren Dahl

The UBC Sauder School of Business is a world leader for business research, ranked 20th worldwide for its publishing productivity in the discipline’s top journals by the Financial Times.

Embodying a distinctly international perspective, UBC Sauder has a 50-year history of academic partnerships in Asia, world-class faculty from over 20 countries, unique international-focused student initiatives, and over 47,000 alumni in nearly 90 countries.

The school offers a range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs, and a growing palette of interdisciplinary classes and programs available to students in faculties across the university.

The school’s second location in Vancouver's downtown core enables it to deliver forward-thinking executive education programs right at the doorstep of the business world.

Faculty of Science

Mark MacLachlan
Dean pro tem

UBC Science brings together a community of students and scholars internationally recognized for their commitment to discovery and innovation—in the lab, in the classroom, and in the world. Home to a broad range of nationally top-ranked research clusters, our scientists drive insights into sustainability, biodiversity, human health, nanoscience, new materials, probability, artificial intelligence, exoplanets and a wide range of other areas. The Faculty offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 12,000 students. The efforts of more than 450 faculty members, supported by dedicated undergraduate education initiatives, have helped position UBC as a North American leader in STEM education.


Go Global

Wendy Kang
Associate Director, Go Global: International Learning Programs

Go Global develops and facilitates international learning opportunities for UBC students and manages the Student Safety Abroad Registry. Student programs include Global Seminars, Exchange, Summer programs, Research and Internships abroad, and Practicum Placements.

Vancouver Summer Program

Caroline Lai
Director, Vancouver Summer Program

The Vancouver Summer Program (VSP) is a four-week immersive academic and social experience for international post-secondary students. The program provides the opportunity for students to take two academic courses in various UBC Faculties, learn about Canadian culture and make connections with students from around the world.


Green College

Don Fisher
Interim Principal

Green College is a graduate residential college, public programming nexus, and hospitality host where interdisciplinary conversations and ideas thrive. Since 1993, graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, visiting scholars, special in-residence visitors and artists have all called the College home. Each year, Green College’s distinct society of scholars grows its unique cross-disciplinary and vibrant academic community.

More than just a residence, Green College is the culmination of the combined synergies of an interdisciplinary and international graduate residence, a public programming nexus, and a host for hospitality. Hospitality brings it all together, driving community engagement in the residence, at UBC, and beyond.

The College has formal ties with Massey College at the University of Toronto, and to its sister institution Green Templeton College at Oxford University.

St John's College

Henry Yu

St. John’s College is a residential college for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and visiting scholars from around the world who study and teach at UBC.

The college seeks to inspire a global vision and foster a spirit of community among its residents and alumni through multicultural education, intercultural understanding and international exchange.

It aspires to create an atmosphere of social and intellectual engagement through dialogues, lectures, workshops and other activities.

St. John’s College strives to embody the traditions of academic excellence and public service inherited from its founders, the alumni of St. John’s University Shanghai.

UBC Emeritus College

Paul Harrison

Approved in June 2018 by both the Board of Governors and the Senate, UBC Emeritus College is a highly valuable resource that supports faculty members and senior academic administrators as they transition into retirement, enabling UBC emeriti to continue their vital contributions to the university.

The UBC Emeritus College builds upon the success of the UBC Association of Professors Emeriti by further enhancing the potential for emeriti to maintain existing relationships and develop new ones with colleagues in other disciplines. This promotes opportunities for interdisciplinary projects while also helping to foster the research and scholarly activities of our emeritus faculty members.

Currently, emeriti contribute to the academic work and reputation of UBC through lecturing and mentoring, research and publishing, and participation in university committees, among other commitments. The college supports these ongoing contributions, and helps emeriti maintain mutually-beneficial relationships with academic departments and Faculties.

UBC Vantage College

Joanne Fox

Suzie Lavellee
Academic Director

UBC’s Vantage One programs at Vantage College are specially designed pathways for academically outstanding international students, who do not yet meet the English language admission requirements for direct Faculty entry in UBC.

Taught by award-winning UBC faculty members, these unique 11-month programs add English language instruction to students' first-year degree courses to prepare students for success in their bachelor's degree. Upon successful completion of the Vantage One program, students will progress into the second year of their UBC undergraduate degree, be it in Engineering or Science.