Call for nominations to fill a faculty member vacancy on the Vancouver Senate

To: Faculty in Vancouver

A vacancy has opened for one representative of the joint faculties to serve on the Vancouver Senate for the remainder of the 2014–2017 triennium (a term ending August 31, 2017).

This email is a call for nominations in a by-election for the vacant position. All faculty members from the Vancouver Campus are eligible to nominate, run, and vote in this election.

For the purposes of this election, “faculty member” is defined as any one holding the rank of professor (any grade), professor of teaching, instructor (any grade), or 12-month lecturer.  Please note that sessional instructors and emeritus, clinical, adjunct, and honorary professors are not eligible.

Nominations are now open and close on Friday, February 26, 2016 at 4:00 pm. If required, an election will be held online via the WebVote system in late March.

To request a nomination form or for more information, please contact Stephanie Oldford at elections.information@ubc.ca.

 

Kate Ross
Associate Vice-President, Enrolment Services and Registrar

 

Statement from the elected members of the UBC Board of Governors

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We, the eight elected members of the UBC Board of Governors (students, staff, and faculty) voted to accept the resignation of Dr. Arvind Gupta as President of UBC. We did so after respectful deliberation among all Board members and based on our own observations. None of us was bullied or pressured. We continue to believe that this decision was in the best interests of the university.

The Executive Committee of the Board, which was involved in earlier stages of the process leading to Dr. Gupta’s resignation, included two of the elected faculty members, Richard Johnston and Michael Treschow.

We regret that we did not make this statement earlier. We see now that we were excessively cautious. The events of the last few weeks compel us to speak out.

We are listening carefully to the concerns raised within the university community, and are committed to seeking greater transparency in Board practices.

Elected Members of the UBC Board of Governors

Shannon Dunn (staff) Richard Johnston (faculty)
Darran Fernandez (staff) Darrin Lehman (faculty)
Veronica Knott (student) Michael Treschow (faculty)
Jeff Krupa (student) Julie Van de Valk (student)

Reappointment of Dr. Louise Cowin as Vice-President, Students

Faculty, staff and students in Vancouver and the Okanagan

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The UBC Board of Governors has approved the reappointment of Dr. Louise Cowin as Vice-President, Students for a second term for five years, starting October 1, 2016.

Dr. Cowin holds a BA in Educational and Sports Studies (Borough Road Physical Education College, London, England); an MSc in Physical Education (Dalhousie); and a PhD in Educational Studies (McGill).  Prior to joining UBC as Vice-President, Students in October 2011, Dr. Cowin was Warden, Hart House, University of Toronto.

During her time at UBC, Dr. Cowin has established strong relationships with student leaders and has worked closely with both graduate and undergraduate students on a variety of issues, including new student residences, enhancements to student development and services, and the expansion of the student experience both in and outside the classroom.

She has been a tireless advocate for students, consulting widely on issues such as tuition fees, financial assistance, mental health concerns, and the importance of creating a diverse and inclusive environment.  As a result of the controversial athletics review, she oversaw the development and endorsement of the athletics strategic plan that will provide the basis for the reconfiguration of the Athletics and Recreation portfolio at UBC Vancouver.

Dr. Cowin is universally recognized as an innovative and effective leader who contributes to the overall administration of the university.  Her commitment to working with students to enhance the overall student learning experience will inform her next five years at UBC.

Martha C. Piper

Interim President and Vice-Chancellor

Release of the Paula Butler Review Executive Summary

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

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In December 2015, barrister and solicitor Paula Butler, of Butler Workplace Solutions, an independent expert in workplace harassment, was retained by the university to review UBC’s response to concerns of sexual harassment and sexual assault raised by UBC students regarding a fellow student.

Today, UBC has released the executive summary report. The report determines that there was no breach of UBC’s policies, including Policy 3 Discrimination and Harassment, the Student Code of Conduct, and Rules for the President’s UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan Non-Academic Misconduct Committees.

You can view the executive summary online at http://equity.ubc.ca/2016/02/15/statement-re-release-of-the-paula-butler-review-executive-summary/

I would also like to take this opportunity to remind you about the resources available should you, or someone you know, disclose that they have been sexually assaulted.  People are likely to disclose to someone they trust, therefore it is important that each member of our community knows how to effectively refer those who disclose to resources for support, accommodations, and reporting. For Vancouver students, resources can be found at http://students.ubc.ca/livewell/topics/sexual-assault.  Okanagan students see http://students.ok.ubc.ca/health-wellness. Faculty and staff see http://www.hr.ubc.ca/health/safety/sexual-assault-resources/.

Sara-Jane Finlay 
Associate Vice President
Equity and Inclusion

Presidential search: Position profile finalized

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

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The past month has been very active for the Presidential Search Committee and I am delighted to announce that we have finalized and made public the position profile for the 15th President and Vice-Chancellor of UBC. The document titled ‘Information for Candidates’ may be found here:  http://bog.ubc.ca/files/2016/02/UBC_Information_for_Candidates.pdf

The document was prepared by the Search Committee and approved by the Board of Governors after extensive stakeholder consultations in Vancouver and the Okanagan to seek feedback on the priorities and attributes for our next President. The consultations included: in-person meetings with the full committee for key internal and external stakeholders; town-hall meetings (Vancouver & Kelowna); an Alumni survey; and input from different levels of government, donors, business, health and community organizations,  First Nations, and a number of individual submissions.

The committee heard a wide range of views from stakeholders and reached a consensus on what should be included in the information document for Candidates. I would like to acknowledge and thank all our search committee members who have worked tirelessly to reach this consensus.

There is one recent change in the committee membership. Stuart Belkin, UBC’s new Chair of the Board of Governors will be taking Celeste Haldane’s spot as one of the three governors on the 21-member committee. This will permit Celeste to focus on her responsibilities as the new Chair of the Governance Committee of the Board. I would like to thank Celeste for her excellent contributions on the search committee and appreciate Celeste’s willingness to provide ongoing advice to the committee on aboriginal engagement.

We now move to the next and very important phase of the search process: contacting potential candidates which will eventually progress to interviewing short listed candidates. We remain on track to announce our new President by June 30.

We expect a strong level of interest in the presidency of UBC as it is one of the top 20 public universities in the world and one of the top six public universities in North America, with outstanding faculty, students and staff.

In the meantime I encourage you to continue to submit your comments in confidence to the Search Committee by email to president.search@ubc.ca or online: http://bog.ubc.ca/?page_id=10215
Best regards,

Lindsay Gordon
Chancellor
Chair, Presidential Search Committee

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