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:

Units

Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT)

Simon Bates
Senior Advisor, Teaching + Learning 
and Academic Director

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, the centre 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.

Continuing Studies

Peter Moroney
Executive Director

UBC Continuing Studies offers non-credit courses and certificate programs that serve 15,000 lifelong learners annually. It broadens access to UBC by delivering flexible learning in part-time, accelerated and online formats designed to advance students’ careers, enrich their lives and inform their role in a civil and sustainable society. Over the last decade, UBC Continuing Studies has received 17 Canadian and US awards of excellence for continuing education programs.

Enrolment Services

Kate Ross
Associate Vice-President

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 and admissions, student financials and financial support, records, registration, scheduling and graduation processes, student communications, and senate and curriculum services.

Equity and Inclusion Office

Sara-Jane Finlay
Associate Vice-President
 

The UBC Equity and Inclusion Office promotes the values of equity and respect in order that all UBC community members can create, strengthen and enrich the learning and working environment.

The office fulfills its mandate through three key areas: compliance, education and proactive strategies. It ensures appropriate compliance to employment equity federal, provincial and policy requirements, and through accountability to the community.

Educational work led by the office embeds the values of equity, diversity and inclusion in the UBC community. Proactive strategies led by the office are designed to root core commitments of student learning, research excellence and community engagement in equity and mutual respect.  

First Nations House of Learning (FNHL)

Linc Kesler
Director + Senior Advisor to the President on Aboriginal Affairs

The First Nations House of Learning (FNHL) is a coordinating and strategic planning unit for Aboriginal programs and initiatives at UBC.

As the lead unit for coordination of the UBC Aboriginal Strategic Plan, FNHL works to support successful interactions between Aboriginal academic, cultural and community programs at UBC and throughout the broader Aboriginal community.

It directs the operations of the First Nations Longhouse that serves as a centre for Aboriginal students across UBC and as a programming space for Aboriginal programs and events.

IT Services

Jennifer Burns 
Chief Information Officer

UBC's Department of Information Technology (UBC IT) provides IT strategy, applications, infrastructure, and support services to the UBC community. UBC IT ensures that leading-edge technology is readily accessible to faculty and students to complement their teaching and learning experience.

Library

Melody Burton
University Librarian (Interim)

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 seven million volumes, over 2 million e-books, 370,000+ e-journal titles and more.

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

Planning and Institutional Research (PAIR)

Marcela Hernandez 
Director

The Office of Planning and Institutional Research (PAIR) offers data, analysis and benchmarking services to support UBC’s academic strategy.

UBC faculties and academic support units can access PAIR’s resources and services to support their planning processes, such as setting enrolment targets and completing ministry audits.

Robson Square

Jane Hutton 
Director

UBC Robson Square is a dynamic learning environment located in the heart of Vancouver. It supports a wide range of programs for adult learners seeking credentials (part-time masters’ programs and certificates), professional development seminars, personal enrichment workshops and conferences.

Annually, over 30,000 participants attend courses offered by its partners, the Sauder School of Business and UBC Continuing Studies, along with other faculties, departments and our many community partners.

Robson Square offers flexible meeting spaces, classrooms and a theatre in a central, accessible location. Its full-service model includes event planning expertise, catering and audio-visual support, complimentary WI-FI, and virtual access to the UBC Library.

UBC Health

Louise Nasmith
Associate Provost

UBC Health is a partnership of all the academic health programs at UBC to further enhance the success and impact of UBC’s research and educational programs.

The enabling role of UBC Health allows for the achievement of common goals while respecting the distinct disciplines and preserving unit autonomy.

International Units
Go Global  

Cheryl Dumaresq
Director

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.

International Office

Adel El Zäim
Executive Director

The UBC International Office helps negotiate and maintain global partnerships, hosts and coordinates certain institutional visits, and is responsible for driving UBC's International Strategy.

International Student Initiative 

Karen McKellin 
Executive Director

The International Student Initiative (ISI) manages UBC's international recruitment and awards program, ensuring we are attracting students from diverse backgrounds and helping to achieve UBC’s international strategy and enrolment goals.

UBC China Council 

Yves Tiberghien
Executive Director

The UBC China Council (CC) is a cross-university group that helps catalyze, facilitate, and support UBC’s engagement with China. It advises the UBC leadership on its China strategy, serves as a hub for information on China, and organizes public event to help UBC and the broader community to understand China.

Vancouver Summer Program

Grace Wong
Senior Advisor International

Teresa Sham
International Short Study Programs Manager

The Vancouver Summer Program (VSP) is a four week academic program offered at the University of British Columbia, Canada for cohorts of international students to study at UBC.

The program provides the opportunity for cooperating universities to organize groups of students to take two academic courses in various UBC Faculties while learning about Canadian practices and culture.

Faculties 

Peter A. Allard School of Law

Catherine Dauvergne
Dean

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

Marc Parlange
Dean

The UBC Faculty of Applied Science comprises the Schools of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Community and Regional Planning, Nursing, and all Engineering departments, programs and research centres at both the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses. All aligned with distinct professions, UBC’s applied scientists leverage principles of science to affect positive change for society.

Through teaching and research, UBC Applied Science educates the next generation of leaders by providing an environment in which creative minds work together to address today’s greatest challenges. 100 years of alumni give back by offering mentorship, entrepreneurial advice, co-op opportunities, research projects and real-world perspectives.

Faculty of Arts

Gage Averill
Dean

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

The largest faculty at UBC, Arts educates nearly 13,000 students in bachelor, master’s and doctoral programs, building on traditional Arts studies while integrating career preparation at all stages.

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, the Frederic Wood Theatre, and the School of Music.

Faculty of Dentistry

Charles Shuler
Dean

The Faculty of Dentistry has over 400 undergraduate students enrolled in its Doctor of Dental Medicine program and Dental Hygiene Degree Program, and 75 graduate students in its research-intensive MSc and PhD programs, including the combined diploma options in six specialty graduate programs. There are two postgraduate residency programs, as well an international degree completion program and an assessment and training program for dental specialties.

The faculty has approximately 43 tenure-track faculty members, 43 clinical educators and over 350 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.

Significant centres supporting education and research are the Nobel Biocare Oral Health Centre, the Centre for High-Throughput Phenogenomics and the Frontier Clinical Research Centre.

Faculty of Education

Blye Frank
Dean

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

Susan Porter​
Dean + Vice-Provost

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 250+ graduate programs, serving nearly 10,000 master’s and doctoral students and 870+ postdoctoral fellows at UBC.   

Faculty of Forestry

John Innes
Dean

UBC’s Faculty of Forestry is the largest forestry school in Canada, offering state-of-the-art programs in Forestry, Natural Resources Conservation, Forest Sciences and Wood Products and Processing.

The faculty plays a critical role in training people for the many jobs that are available in all aspects of the sector. At the graduate level it offers a set of professional master’s programs in Sustainable Forest Management and International Forestry. It is also developing future programs in Geomatics and Environmental Management and Bioproducts.

The faculty is the hub for globally recognized forestry research. From plant physiology, pathology and genomics, climate change, and Indigenous forestry, to sustainable forest management, its innovative research spans everything from wood building engineering and sustainable jet fuels, to engagement with Earth observation.

Faculty of Land and Food Systems

Rickey Yada
Dean

The Faculty of Land and Food Systems uses student-centred learning to educate new generations of scientists equipped to solve the most fundamental issues faced by society—those focused around human health, a sustainable food supply and the responsible use of finite land and water resources. To that end, the Faculty initiatives foster and support research excellence, innovative active learning environments, strong community connections, and global and local collaborations.

Undergraduate program offerings include Applied Biology, Food, Nutrition and Health, and Global Resource Systems. Graduate programs include Applied Animal Biology, Food Science, Human Nutrition, Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems, Plant Science, and Soil Science. It also offers three professional programs in Food and Resource Economics, Food Science, and Land and Water Systems.

Faculty of Medicine

Dermot Kelleher
Dean

The Faculty of Medicine educates health professional and life sciences students at the undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate levels, and pursues research—in the laboratory, in clinical settings and at the population and public policy level—to improve the health of people worldwide.

With 19 academic departments, two schools, and 21 research institutes and centres, the Faculty of Medicine provides opportunities for students to learn in urban, regional, community and remote settings across British Columbia, in collaboration with our health partners.

Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Michael Coughtrie
Dean

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

Robert Helsley
Dean

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 37,000 alumni in nearly 80 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 Downtown Vancouver enables it to deliver forward-thinking executive education programs right at the doorstep of the business world.

Faculty of Science

Simon Peacock
Dean

UBC Science brings together a community of students and scholars who are 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, the Faculty offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs to nearly 9,000 students every year. The efforts of more than 400 faculty members, supported by dedicated undergraduate education initiatives, have helped position UBC as a North American leader in STEM education.

Programs

UBC Learning Exchange

Angela Towle
Academic Director

The UBC Learning Exchange was created in 1999 to make connections between UBC and people in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. It provides a place in the heart of the community where students, faculty and local residents can get to know each other, pursue shared interests, learn from each other and, in doing so, increase community capacity to act for positive change.

The Learning Exchange takes an asset-based approach to its work and supports experiential student learning, community-based research and knowledge exchange, as well as providing innovative programming for local residents. Each year the Learning Exchange works with 2,000 community members, 500 students, over 40 faculty and 30 community partners.

UBC-Ritsumeikan Academic Exchange Programs

Reginald D’Silva
Academic Director

The UBC Ritsumeikan Academic Exchange Programs is a partnership between UBC and Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan. It offers a cohort program designed to support the internationalization and enrichment of the undergraduate academic experience for both UBC and Ritsumeikan students.  

To date, over 2,500 students have participated in these programs. Students from Ritsumeikan University spend two semesters at UBC from September to April immersed in custom-designed and  mainstream courses from Arts and Education. The courses are focused on providing an effective language learning experience, while immersing students in a multicultural setting.

UBC Sustainability Initiative (USI) / Center for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS)

James Tansey
Acting Executive Director, USI 
and Academic Director, CIRS

Building on 20 years of sustainability excellence at UBC, the UBC Sustainability Initiative (USI) delivers on our commitment to the University’s academic mission and advances the integration of sustainability across UBC.

USI works to embed sustainability across the curriculum and supports numerous applied research and leadership opportunities through on-and off-campus programs that engage students, faculty and staff in researching solutions to sustainability challenges. It demonstrate UBC’s global leadership in sustainability through our visionary 20-Year Sustainability Strategy, with the aim to improve human and environmental well-being, on and off campus.

Vancouver Summer Program

Grace Wong
Senior Advisor International

Teresa Sham
International Short Study Programs Manager

The Vancouver Summer Program (VSP) is a four week academic program offered at the University of British Columbia, Canada for cohorts of international students to study at UBC.

The program provides the opportunity for cooperating universities to organize groups of students to take two academic courses in various UBC Faculties while learning about Canadian practices and culture.

Colleges 

Green College

Mark Vessey
Principal

Green College is a graduate residential college at UBC where interdisciplinary conversations and ideas thrive. Every year, approximately 80 graduate students and 15 postdoctoral scholars and visiting scholars call the College home and create a unique, vibrant academic community.

In addition to residence life, the college is also a distinct society of scholars, providing a rich community environment for academic engagement through public lectures, conversations and hospitality

St John's College

Henry Yu
Principal 

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.

Vantage College

Joanne Fox
Principal + Academic Director 

The Vantage One program at UBC Vantage College offers international students a unique first-year experience that helps nurture the transition from high school to a university setting.

Through small class sizes, guidance from a faculty mentor and innovative practices in language development, the Vantage One program creates a solid first-year foundation for students to adjust to university education in Canada.

Students who successfully complete the 11-month Vantage One program can progress into the second year of their degree in the Faculties of Arts, Applied Science, Management or Science.

 

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