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.

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Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT)

Christina Hendricks
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 + 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 and 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, ensuring we are attracting students from diverse backgrounds and helping to achieve UBC’s international strategy and enrolment goals.


Equity and Inclusion Office

Arig al Shaibah
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.

Extended Learning (ExL)

Larry Bouthillier
Executive Director

UBC Extended Learning works with UBC faculties to create and deliver flexible career and personal education courses and programs. The unit provides outstanding learning opportunities, bringing UBC excellence in academics, teaching and research to the communities served - including alumni, current UBC students and learners of all ages - and strengthening UBC’s contribution to society, industry, and government.


First Nations House of Learning (FNHL)

Margaret Moss
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.

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.

IT Services

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. 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 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.

Office of the Vice-Provost International

Rumee Ahmed
Vice-Provost, International, pro tem

Cheryl Dumaresq
Managing Director, Office of the Vice-Provost International

The Office of the Vice-Provost International 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 seven units: Go Global, Global Partnerships, UBC Vancouver Summer Program, UBC Vantage College, St. John’s College, Asia Pacific Regional Office and India Liaison Office.


Planning and Institutional Research

Stephanie McKeown
Chief Institutional Research Officer

The Office of Planning and Institutional Research (PAIR) supports integrated university planning, strengthens student learning and experiences, and promotes a deeper understanding of the nature and quality of education at UBC.

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.

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

Tara Ivanochko
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 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. Alumni give back by offering mentorship, entrepreneurial advice, co-op opportunities, research projects and real-world perspectives.

Faculty of Arts

Clare Haru Crowston

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.

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

Faculty of Dentistry

Mary MacDougall
Dean pro tem

The Faculty of Dentistry has nearly 500 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

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

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 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 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

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

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

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 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 Vancouver's downtown core enables it to deliver forward-thinking executive education programs right at the doorstep of the business world.

Faculty of Science

Meigan Aronson

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 over 11,000 students. 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.


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

Mark Vessey

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

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

Anne Junker

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 Arts, Engineering or Science.

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