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Announcing the Director, Academic Leadership Development Program

A message from Marcia Buchholz, Vice-President, Human Resources and Andrew Szeri, Provost and Vice-President, Academic, Vancouver.

As co-sponsors of UBC’s Academic Leadership Development Program (ALDP), we are very pleased to announce that Dee Dee Sung has accepted the role as ALDP Director & Coach effective May 19, 2020.

Dee Dee is a collaborative leader with over 20 years progressive experience in the public and private sectors and higher education. Currently serving as Director, Gift & Estate Planning, UBC Development & Alumni Engagement, Dee Dee is recognized for her ability to foster long-term work relationships. In addition, she is an experienced leadership coach to faculty and staff at UBC.

In her new role, Dee Dee will work closely with the ALDP Co-Academic Directors and planning committee to ensure the ALDP program continues to support, strengthen and expand the knowledge and capacity of new academic leaders at UBC.

As Dee Dee steps into the role that Mark Trowell has filled during the past year, we extend our thanks for Mark’s leadership during a time of challenging transition, and extend good wishes for his new role as Director, Faculty Relations, including his continued engagement on the ALDP planning team.

Congratulations, Dee Dee.

Announcing the Managing Director, Faculty Relations and Support Services

A message from Marcia Buchholz, Vice-President, Human Resources, and Andrew Szeri, Provost and Vice-President, Academic, UBC Vancouver.

We are very pleased to announce that Doug Thorpe-Dorward has accepted the role as Managing Director, Faculty Relations and Support Services, effective April 27, 2020.

Doug is an experienced labour lawyer and workplace investigator whose career highlights include: Executive Director, Faculty Relations, Simon Fraser University; Chief Staff Officer of the SFU Faculty Association; Board Member of the Parole Board of Canada; Membership Services Officer for the Academic Staff Association, University of Alberta; and legal counsel to the BC Teacher’s Federation.

This is an expanded role in the Human Resources leadership team. The Managing Director, Faculty Relations and Support Services oversees both Faculty Relations and Housing & Relocation Services, working closely with Mark Trowell, Director, Faculty Relations and Siobhan Murphy, Director, Housing & Relocation Services.

We thank the search committee comprised of faculty and staff who were engaged in this recruitment process. We would also like to acknowledge Allison Matacheskie, who will stay on for the month of May to assist with Doug’s onboarding to the University.

Please join us in welcoming Doug to UBC.

Announcing the new Vice-President, Human Resources

Ms. Marcia Buchholz has been appointed as UBC’s new Vice-President, Human Resources. She will begin this role on April 20, 2020.

See the full announcement.

HR – UBC Vancouver is now operating virtually

At the current time Human Resources- UBC Vancouver, is operating virtually. Please call 604-822-8111 or email and our staff would be pleased to assist you. In-person services at TEF3 (6190 Agronomy Road, 6th Floor) are unavailable until further notice. Thank you for your understanding.

For the Okanagan, please contact your HR team by visiting the Human Resources- UBC Okanagan website:

Reminder to Use Staff Professional Development Funds for 2019-20

As we approach the March 31 fiscal year-end, we encourage staff to use available professional development funding. Staff access to a particular PD Fund is based on UBC employee group affiliation.

Please note there is limited funding available for the remainder of 2019-20 fiscal year for some employee groups.

Staff are welcome to submit claims to their applicable PD Fund on a first-come, first-served basis until the annual funding pool is exhausted or by the end of the fiscal year, whichever comes first.

Prior to making a PD Fund related purchase or submitting a claim for reimbursement, individuals should check their PD Fund webpage for updates on their remaining funding pool balance (where applicable).

Notes about PD Funds for Fiscal 2019-20

  • We anticipate that the M&P PD Fund (AAPS) and the CUPE 2950 PD Fund will exhaust before the end of the current fiscal year.
  • The TRA PD Fund for non-union technicians and research assistants has exhausted and is no longer accepting PD expense claims for the current funding year.
  • It’s expected that the other staff PD funds will be able to accommodate funding requests until the March 31 year-end.
  • When an employee group’s funding pool balance exhausts prior to March 31, all individual balances expire at that time and no further PD claims will be accepted for reimbursement in the current funding year.

These PD funding pools are designed to support UBC employees with staff appointments to pursue professional development opportunities that will enhance their skills, knowledge and ongoing career growth at UBC.

Information and updates related to both faculty and staff professional development funds are available on the HR PD Funding webpage for all campuses.