Administration

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.

HR administration and office closures over the holiday break

HR administration and office closures over the holiday break

Compensation: Jobs requiring reviewing should be submitted through eRecruit by Monday, Dec. 16, to allow sufficient time for review prior to the holiday closure period. Compensation will begin reviewing jobs again in the new year on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020.

Contacts over the closure: Our offices will be closed over the seasonal closure, and we will reopen at 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 2, 2020.  To reach the voicemail of any HR unit at the Vancouver campus during this time, call 604-822-8111.

2019 federal election: HR memo regarding faculty and staff voting on election day

We have issued a memo regarding about providing time for faculty and staff to vote on the upcoming federal election day, Oct. 21, 2019.

Read the memo online at http://www.hr.ubc.ca/memos/faculty-and-staff-voting-on-federal-election-day-oct-3-2019/.

See all HR memos at https://www.hr.ubc.ca/memos/.

Voting in the 2019 federal election

UBC Government Relations has complied a page of voting resources for the UBC community, available at https://president.ubc.ca/vote-2019/.