Vote for student representatives for search committees

To: Students in Vancouver

A few weeks ago, we invited your nominations for student representatives to sit on search committees for several key positions at UBC. Thank you to those who submitted nominations.

Voting open for two search committees

At this stage in the process, we would like to invite you to vote for student representatives from the list of nominees for the two search committees listed below. Please note that polls for both elections are now open and close at 4 pm on Thursday, November 10, 2016.

President’s Advisory Committee for the selection of the next University Librarian

All students based on the Vancouver campus are invited to vote in this election. Learn more and vote: http://facultystaff.students.ubc.ca/libstu2016

President’s Advisory Committee for the selection of the next Provost and Vice-President Academic, Vancouver

Only undergraduate students based on the Vancouver campus are invited to vote in this election. Learn more and vote: http://facultystaff.students.ubc.ca/PVPA2016

Call for nominations extended: President’s Advisory Committee for the selection of next Vice-President, Research

The call for nominations for this search committee has been extended to 4 pm on Thursday, November 10, 2016. Two positions are available:

  • One graduate student based on the Okanagan campus
  • One graduate student based on the Vancouver campus

Graduate students who would like to submit a nomination for this search committee can contact elections.information@ubc.ca for the required nomination form, or for further information.

Thank you again to everyone who has expressed interest in being involved with this process.

Kate Ross
Associate Vice-President, Enrolment Services and Registrar

Your invitation to the President’s installation

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To: Faculty, staff and students in Vancouver and the Okanagan

You are cordially invited to the formal installation of Professor Santa J. Ono as the 15th President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of British Columbia on Tuesday, November 22, 2016. There are a number of events scheduled throughout the day, including some that will be live webcast.

Installation ceremony

10:00–11:30 a.m. — The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, Vancouver campus

The installation ceremony will be a lively and entertaining event to welcome Professor Ono. The ceremony will be live webcast on president.ubc.ca/installation and on facebook.com/universityofbc/

Celebrating discovery: Four visionary thinkers – a forum hosted by Professor Santa J. Ono

3:00–5:00 p.m. — Old Auditorium, Vancouver campus

Join Professor Ono as he interacts with thought leaders in the areas of brain health (Dr. Lara Boyd), robotics (Dr. Elizabeth Croft), music (Hussein Janmohamed) and mathematics (Dr. Ken Ono). The forum will be live webcast on president.ubc.ca/installation and on facebook.com/universityofbc/

Celebration concert

7:30–9:00 p.m. — The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, Vancouver campus

Attend a celebration concert featuring students and faculty members from the UBC School of Music, and special musical guests.

Register to attend each of these events, and learn more at president.ubc.ca/installation/

Whether you are able to attend in person or plan to watch one of the webcasts, we look forward to celebrating this important occasion.

Philip Steenkamp
Vice-President, External Relations

Nominations for representatives to the Board and Senates – deadline reminder

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To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan

Elections for representatives to the Board of Governors and the Okanagan and Vancouver Senates for the 2017–2020 triennium are currently underway.

If you are interested in submitting a nomination, please note that the deadline is Monday, October 31 at 4 pm.

As a reminder, the university is currently seeking nominations for three eligible faculty members and two eligible non-faculty staff members to serve on the Board of Governors, twelve eligible Joint Faculties representatives (Faculty Members At-Large) for the Vancouver Senate, and sixteen eligible Joint Faculties representatives for the Okanagan Senate.

For more information and to download a nomination form, please visit https://facultystaff.students.ubc.ca/triennial1617

Kate Ross
Associate Vice-President, Enrolment Services and Registrar

 

Update: Search process for key strategic roles

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To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan

As we continue through the first term of UBC’s Winter Session, I would like to share the latest updates regarding searches for key strategic roles at the university.

Following discussions at the UBC Executive, a decision has been made to amend the existing Vice-President, Research and International to Vice-President, Research (effective November 1). The search process for this position has already begun, and will continue in the coming months.

In recognition of UBC’s growing global profile and the importance of our partnerships across the world, we have also decided to consolidate UBC’s diverse international activities in the Provost’s office. This move will help to clarify roles and responsibilities, improve priority setting and enhance synergy amongst our various activities, all with the goal of strengthening our international engagement. It will also allow the Vice-President, Research to focus exclusively on the critical research mandate.

The various international units will be integrated under the leadership of a newly created position of Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President, International, reporting to the Provost and Vice-President, Academic. We would appreciate your advice on how to make this role as effective as possible as we all work together to better align and integrate our international work.

We look forward to confirming the membership of the search committees for the Provost and Vice-President, Academic and the Vice-President, Research in the coming weeks. We will also be working with the assistance of the executive search firm Boyden to finalize the position profiles and outline timelines for these searches.

Finally, I would like to thank all those faculty members who applied for the role of Senior Advisor to the President. I look forward to communicating the successful candidate shortly.

As you know, I am committed to engaging the UBC community and want to reiterate my desire to hear what you think matters in these executive roles. Please feel free to contact me at presidents.office@ubc.ca with suggestions and comments related to skills and qualities you wish to see reflected in these positions.

Professor Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor

Steering Committee on Sexual Assault

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To: Faculty, staff and students in Vancouver and the Okanagan

In recent weeks there has been a great deal of dialogue on issues of sexual assault and sexual violence as a result of UBC’s Sexual Assault Policy consultation.

Recognizing the importance of this policy and UBC’s ongoing work on sexual assault education, prevention and awareness, I have asked Louise Cowin, Vice-President, Students to convene a Steering Committee on Sexual Assault.

We recognize the richness of work happening across our campuses, and within our communities, around issues of sexual violence. The steering committee will therefore work in a transparent, inclusive and consultative way to:

  • Provide input and advice to the Policy Committee on feedback, drafts, and key questions;
  • Create an action plan to address the recommendations from the University Sexual Assault Panel and feedback provided during the policy consultation;
  • Work with existing groups and/or establish representative subcommittees to accomplish specific tasks related to creating an effective response to sexual assault through education, prevention and awareness.

The current membership of the steering committee is:

  • Louise Cowin, Vice-President, Students (Chair)
  • Professor Janine Benedet, Peter A. Allard School of Law
  • Gen Cruz, President, Graduate Student Society
  • Ian Cull, Associate Vice-President, Students, UBC Okanagan
  • Blake Edwards, President, UBC Students’ Union Okanagan
  • Sara-Jane Finlay, Associate Vice-President, Equity & Inclusion
  • Professor Jennifer Love, Senior Advisor to the Provost on Women Faculty
  • Linda McKnight, Director, Human Resources Advisory Services
  • Ava Nasiri, President, Alma Mater Society
  • Janet Teasdale, Managing Director, Student Development & Services
  • Professor Margot Young, Peter A. Allard School of Law

In addition to the above membership, the steering committee is inviting applications from faculty, staff and students to fill four additional places. They are seeking individuals who will bring a diversity of experience, identity and expertise to the committee.

Applications should be received no later than 9am on November 2, 2016. More details are available online at equity.ubc.ca/steering-committee-on-sexual-assault

It is important that we facilitate meaningful engagement around these issues, and I am grateful to Louise Cowin for providing leadership, in partnership with our diverse stakeholder groups. We will ensure that we continue to update the UBC community as the policy consultation progresses.

Professor Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor

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