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Join UBC HR’s Wellbeing team as a Workplace Wellbeing Ambassador and champion health and wellbeing among your colleagues. Ambassadors will support workplace wellbeing initiatives and inspire others to be a part of meaningful programs.

Apply to become a Workplace Wellbeing Ambassador before June 15.

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.

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.

LinkedIn Learning coming to UBC

On June 18, UBC’s Lynda.com subscription for faculty and staff is being upgraded to the newly-named online learning platform, LinkedIn Learning.

LinkedIn Learning provides the same great Lynda.com content delivered through an intuitive, new learning experience that’s powered by insights from the LinkedIn network. This online educational platform helps all levels of learners discover and develop workplace business, technology-related, and creative skills through expert-led course videos.

On June 18, faculty and staff will be able to access LinkedIn Learning using their CWL through the UBC portal.

  • As of June 17, you will no longer be able to access Lynda.com.
  • If you have previously accessed Lynda.com, your learning history and data will carry over automatically to LinkedIn Learning as long as you log in to LinkedIn Learning once this year.
  • If you have a personal profile with LinkedIn.com, you can choose to connect this with your UBC LinkedIn Learning profile – or not. The choice is up to you, and you can change your mind down the road.

To learn more about the upgrade, including how to activate your account and the benefits of connecting your profiles, please visit Before the Upgrade.

For news and updates, please continue to visit hr.ubc.ca.

Questions? Please contact linkedin.learning@ubc.ca.