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									GUIDE FOR NEW FACULTY MEMBERS
         FACULTY OF GRADUATE STUDIES
      THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
Some of Vancouver’s most remarkable
venues include Stanley Park (a 1,000-acre
evergreen oasis in the heart of downtown
Vancouver and the largest city park in
Canada), the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical
Chinese Garden (the first authentic classical
Chinese garden ever built outside of China),
and the Van Dusen Botanical Gardens.
There are more than 180 city parks in
Vancouver.




The site of the 1986 World Exposition,
Vancouver will also host the 2010 Winter
Olympic Games.
                                                C    anada’s third largest city, Vancouver is home to spectacular natural
                                                scenery and a bustling metropolitan core, and boasts one of the mildest
                                                climates in the country. The city is surrounded by the waters of the
                                                Pacific on three sides and is nestled alongside the Coast Mountain Range
                                                of the Rockies.


After English and Chinese, the most
common mother tongue languages spoken           The population of Greater Vancouver is estimated at over two million
in Vancouver are Punjabi, German, Italian,      people, or 49 per cent of the total population of British Columbia. The
French, Tagalog (Filipino), and Spanish.        largest group (35 per cent) is between ages 25 and 45.
More than half of Vancouver's school-age
children have been raised speaking a
language other than English.
                                                The City of Vancouver is renowned for its cosmopolitan spirit and
                                                multiculturalism. Because the city is multicultural, it’s also multilingual
                                                on an unofficial level. Its people speak many different languages and many
                                                follow the traditions of their native lands, sometimes moderating them
                                                with Canadian culture. Federal government departments provide service in
                                                English and French, but most of the population speaks English as either a
The Vancouver public transit service area
covers 1,800 square kilometres. Service is
                                                first or second language.
provided seven days a week, 18 to 20 hours
per day, on most routes. Major bus routes
operate every 10 minutes or less in peak
periods, with some as often as every 4 to 6     Tourism is a vital industry in Vancouver. Whistler, 126 kilometres north of
minutes.                                        Vancouver, is often said to have the best skiing mountains in North
                                                America. Grouse Mountain, Mount Seymour, and Cypress Mountain,
The world’s longest automated light rapid       each offering a variety of summer and winter sports, are within 30 minutes
transit system, SkyTrain, moves 200,000         drive of downtown Vancouver. The city’s beaches, parks, waterfront and
customers daily along 49 kilometres of track    mountain backdrop, combined with its cultural and multi-ethnic character,
using 210 rail cars.                            all contribute to its unique appeal.
85 per cent of Greater Vancouver residents
have conventional “block stop” bus services
within 400 metres of their homes.
                                                                             The Vancouver Public Library is the third
                                                                             largest public library system in Canada, with
                                                                             over 395,000 cardholders and more than 8
                                                                             million items borrowed annually. The li-
                                                                             brary’s origins go back as far as 1869.

                                                                             Today, with the Central Library, 20
                                                                             branches, collections available in a variety of
                                                                             formats and languages, and Outreach Ser-
                                                                             vices to home-bound patrons, the Library is
                                                                             accessible to all citizens of Vancouver.




V      ancouver has a rich arts scene, boasting spectacular venues and
extraordinary performers. It is full of first-rate art-viewing opportuni-
ties — from large public institutions such as the Vancouver Art Gallery
(the largest art gallery in Western Canada, featuring major Canadian and
international exhibitions ranging from groundbreaking contemporary
artists to historical masters) and the Contemporary Art Gallery, to the
                                                                             The TD Canada Trust International Jazz
privately owned gallery spaces that line South Granville Street and its      Festival is the city’s largest annual festival,
environs, or the edgy artist-run centres found throughout the city such as   featuring 1,700 internationally-renowned
Mount Pleasant’s venerable Western Front. Also notable is the Vancouver      and emerging artists from Canada and
Museum, for over 100 years the keeper of the city’s heritage.                around the world in more than 400
                                                                             performances throughout Vancouver.

The only remaining North American city with its own radio orchestra (the
Vancouver CBC Radio Orchestra), Vancouver is also home to a world-
class symphony orchestra and opera company, a number of renowned
professional choirs, a baroque opera company, and a thriving live music
club scene.



There are a number of music festivals throughout the year including the      Vancouver is the centre of a publishing
TD Canada Trust International Jazz Festival, Vancouver Folk Music Festi-     industry that produces over 250 books every
val, Caribbean Days Festival, Vancouver Chamber Music Festival, and the      year. The city also hosts an International
Vancouver Early Music Festival.                                              Writers Festival every year.



                                                                             Over 130,000 people attend the Annual
With more than 32 professional groups, a major theatre festival (The         Vancouver International Film Festival every
Fringe), two outdoor theatrical events (Theatre Under the Stars and Bard     year, which features over 300 films from 50
on the Beach, Vancouver’s celebrated summer Shakespeare festival) and        countries.
more than 21 venues, theatre is a major cultural activity in Vancouver.
      Mercer “overall quality of life” survey:
                                                 I n the 2004 quality of life survey of 215 cities around the world,
                                                 Vancouver was again ranked one of the world’s most livable cities.
            Top 10 cities worldwide
                                                 Vancouver shared the third place with the Austrian capital Vienna, behind
World      City                                  only Switzerland’s Zurich and Geneva.
ranking
1 (tie)    Zurich, Switzerland
                                                 The survey, compiled by Mercer Consulting, the world’s largest human
1          Geneva, Switzerland
                                                 resources consulting firm, is based on 39 criteria impacting quality of life,
3 (tie)    Vancouver, Canada                     including political, social, economic, and environmental factors, personal
3          Vienna, Austria                       safety and health, education, transport, and other public services.
5 (tie)    Auckland, New Zealand
5          Bern, Switzerland                     Vancouver, consistently ranked as one of the world’s most livable cities,
5          Copenhagen, Denmark
                                                 was the only North American city in the top ten.

5          Frankfurt, Germany
5          Sydney, Australia
10 (tie)   Amsterdam, The Netherlands
10         Munich, Germany




      Mercer “overall quality of life” survey:
        Top 10 cities in North America


      World       City
      ranking
      3           Vancouver, Canada

      15          Toronto, Canada

      20          Ottawa, Canada

      24 (tie)    Calgary, Canada

      24          Honolulu, U.S.

      24          Montreal, Canada

      24          San Francisco, U.S.

      38          New York, U.S.

      41 (tie)    Boston, U.S.

      41          Portland, U.S.
                                                                                                         Life expectancy at birth:
                                                                                                         OECD countries, 2000

C    anadians enjoy longer life and generally better health than people in
most other industrialized countries. In 2000, Canada ranked fifth on a list
                                                                                                Japan                                                            81.2
of 22 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
countries in terms of life expectancy at birth, a key indicator of population             Switzerland                                              79.8

health.                                                                                       Sweden                                               79.7


                                                                                              Iceland                                              79.7


A recent Statistics Canada study showed that a Canadian born in 2000 could                       Italy                                          79.4

expect to live 79.4 years, or 2.6 years more than in the U.S. Among
                                                                                              Canada                                            79.4
the 25 metropolitan areas examined in the report, life expectancy was highest
in Vancouver at 81.1 years, which put Vancouver on a par with Japan, the top                 Australia                                          79.3

OECD country.                                                                                   Spain                                       79.1


                                                                                               France                                      79


Vancouver is one of the healthiest cities in Canada: it has the lowest rates of               Norway                                     78.7

smoking, heavy drinking, and physical inactivity, and very low rates (well              New Zealand                                 78.3
below the national average) of life stress, obesity, and high blood pressure. The
city’s ratio of medical specialists to population is also substantially higher than           Austria                               78.3


the national average.                                                                    Luxembourg                               78.1


                                                                                      The Netherlands                          78


                                                                                      United Kingdom                         77.8


                                                                                             Belgium                        77.7


                                                                                              Finland                       77.6


                                                                                            Denmark                 76.9


                                                                                         United States             76.8




                                                                                                   Life expectancy at birth:
                                                                                           Top 10 Canadian metropolitan areas, 2000


                                                                                        Vancouver                                                            81.1


                                                                                          Toronto                                                          81


                                                                                          Victoria                                                        80.9


                                                                                           Calgary                                 80


                                                                                          Quebec                            79.8


                                                                                        Edmonton                            79.8


                                                                                        Kitchener                          79.7


                                                                                         Montreal                   79.5


                                                                                           Ottawa                   79.5


                                                                                         Hamilton                  79.4
According to Statistics Canada, the average
Vancouver household spends $66,809 CAD
annually on housing, food, transportation,
education, health and insurance payments,
taxes, personal care, and recreation.




     Rankings of the 25 North American cities
     ranked in the Mercer cost of living survey
               (1 = most expensive)

         Ranking      City
                                                  I  n the 2004 Mercer cost of living survey, which rated 144 cities around
                                                  the world, Vancouver ranked as one of the cheapest places to live in the
         12           New York City, U.S.         industrialized world. It was ranked 96, significantly less expensive than
                                                  Tokyo (at number 1), London (2), New York City (12), Paris (17), Vienna
         27           Los Angeles, U.S.
                                                  (19), Rome (21), Los Angeles (27), Berlin (28), and Washington D.C. (68).
         35           Chicago, U.S.
         38           San Francisco, U.S.
                                                  The Mercer survey is based on over 200 standard goods and services,
         52           White Plains, U.S.          including housing, food, clothing, household goods, transportation, and
         55           Miami, U.S.                 entertainment, in outlets “where expatriates are able to purchase goods and
                                                  services of an international quality.”
         57           Honolulu, U.S.
         68           Washington, U.S.
         70           Boston, U.S.
         72           Morristown, U.S.
         73           Houston, U.S.
         85           Atlanta, U.S.
         89           Toronto, Canada
         90           Seattle, U.S.
         92           St. Louis, U.S.
         96           Vancouver, Canada
         98           Cleveland, U.S.
         100          Denver, U.S.
         101          Detroit, U.S.                For more information about Vancouver, British Columbia, and Canada, visit
         105          Portland, U.S.               www.ubc.ca/about/vancouver.html.

         107          Winston Salem, U.S.          You may also want to consult the “Newcomer’s Introduction to Canada”,
         112          Pittsburgh, U.S.             provided by Citizenship and Immigration Canada: www.cic.gc.ca/english/
                                                   newcomer/guide/index.html.
         113          Montreal, Canada
         114          Calgary, Canada
         124          Ottawa, Canada
A    cost of living study comparing Vancouver to major U.S. cities
showed that an individual earning $100,000 USD in New York City
                                                                     Canada has one of the lowest crime rates in
                                                                     the world. It has been declining for decades.
would only need to earn slightly more than half of that amount in
Vancouver to enjoy the same lifestyle.




For every $100,000 USD        …you would only need to spend          A Statistics Canada comparison of police-
you spend in...                 this amount in Vancouver             reported crime rates in Canada and the
                                      (in U.S. dollars)              United States shows that Canada has far
                                                                     lower rates of violent crime such as murder,
New York, NY                             $58,070                     assault, and rape.
Honolulu, HI                             $74,220
                                                                     Through the 1990s, the homicide rate in the
San Francisco, CA                        $76,328                     U.S. was three times higher than in Canada,
                                                                     while the American rate for aggravated
Boston, MA                               $90,706                     assault was double the Canadian rate. The
Philadelphia, PA                         $92,819                     rate for robberies was 65 per cent higher in
                                                                     the U.S. Rates of property crime were
Stanford, CT                             $93,951                     comparable, with higher rates of motor
                                                                     vehicle and bicycle theft in Canada, and
Washington, DC                           $96,060                     similar shoplifting rates.
Chicago, IL                              $101,457
                                                                     Eight of the nine largest American metro-
Detroit, MI                              $102,538                    politan areas (with the exception of Boston)
                                                                     had homicide rates much higher than any of
Los Angeles, CA                          $102,538                    the nine largest Canadian metropolitan
Seattle, WA                              $102,629                    areas.

Miami, FL                                $109,432
Portland, OR                             $109,432
The UBC campus offers world-class arts,           Just a short trip from Vancouver’s vibrant city centre, and surrounded
culture, gardens, and sporting facilities,
including Canada’s largest teaching museum,
                                                  by ocean, mountains, and evergreen forest, the University of British
one of the country’s largest university library   Columbia campus is a spectacular merger of nature and metropolis.
systems, a world-renowned concert hall, one
of the world’s largest sub-atomic particle
accelerators, a beautiful botanical garden, an
art gallery, a theatre, and a wide range of
athletic facilities.




The UBC Library is the second largest
research library in Canada. It includes 21
branches and divisions on the Point Grey
campus and other locations.

The Library’s collections are large and
diverse, attracting researchers from around
the world and contributing significantly to
establishing UBC as a leading academic
institution. They include four million books
and journals, 4.9 million microforms, more
than 1.5 million maps, videos and other
multimedia materials, and over 33,500
subscriptions.

The UBC Library has the largest collection
of Asian language materials in the country
and the largest biomedical collection in
Western Canada. It is also a depository
library for publications of the governments
of British Columbia, Canada, Japan, and the
United Nations.




Established in 1916, the UBC Botanical
Garden is the oldest university botanical
garden in Canada. Located high on the cliffs
overlooking the Strait of Georgia, it has
been called Canada’s most fascinating
garden.

Seventy acres are planted with more than
10,000 different trees, shrubs and flowers,
some growing as nature intended, others
more cultivated and formal.

The UBC Botanical Garden is home to one
of the premier alpine gardens in North
America, as well as the Nitobe Memorial
Garden, a traditional Japanese garden
considered one of the most authentic
Japanese Tea and Stroll Gardens in North
America and among the top five Japanese
gardens outside of Japan.
Since its opening in spring 1997, the Chan
Centre for the Performing Arts has earned
an international reputation for its striking
design and stellar acoustics. Artists, critics,
and patrons alike are unanimous in their
praise of the multi-faceted facility, winning it
a place among North America’s premier
performing arts venues.

A variety of performances and events are
offered year-round, from classical recitals
and jazz concerts, to avant-garde theatre and
opera productions, to film screenings and
festivals.

The Chan also presents its own series,
“Music at the Chan,” which showcases a
dynamic roster of artists and musical tradi-
tions. The Centre has also teamed with
other Vancouver arts groups to co-present
concerts by internationally renowned
performers.




Canada’s largest teaching museum, the
Museum of Anthropology houses one of
the world’s finest displays of Northwest
Coast First Nations art in a spectacular
building designed by renowned Canadian
architect Arthur Erickson, who based his
award-winning design on traditional north-
ern Northwest Coast post and beam
structures.

Highlights of the building include the
massive doors at the main entrance, carved
in 1976 by four master Gitxsan artists,
Walter Harris, Earl Muldoe, Art Sterritt, and
Vernon Stephens; the 15-metre glass walls
of the Great Hall, beneath which stand
towering totem poles from the Haida,
Gitxsan, Nisga’a, Oweekeno, and other First
Nations; the Rotunda, where Bill Reid’s
massive sculpture, “The Raven and the First
Men” is displayed; and the Koerner
Ceramics Gallery, home to 600 pieces of
15th- to 19th-century pottery.
You must apply for a work permit from the      Welcome to the University of British Columbia.
nearest Consulate or Canadian Immigration
Office, or, in the case of U.S. citizens and
                                               From the natural to the intellectual environment, UBC
permanent residents, at a port of entry or     stands for excellence and distinction.
border crossing.

                                               CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION


                                               Foreign nationals need a work permit to work in Canada. It is usually valid
                                               only for the specific job, employer, and length of time stated on the
                                               permit. Once you have been offered the tenured/tenure-track faculty
                                               position, your Department or School will submit the necessary paperwork
                                               to Faculty Relations, which then prepares an application to request confir-
                                               mation from Human Resources Skills Development Canada (HRSDC).
                                               Once Faculty Relations receives HRSDC confirmation, you will receive a
                                               letter with a copy of the confirmation. This confirmation should be
                                               included in your application for a work permit.
There is a three-month waiting period
before you can be enrolled with the British
Columbia Medical Services Plan. During this
time, we encourage you to have private         On your arrival in Canada, you must apply for a Social Insurance Number
coverage, either by continuing your current    (SIN). You will receive a receipt of SIN application that should be submit-
coverage or by obtaining private medical       ted to Faculty Relations, along with a copy of your work permit and your
insurance. Private medical insurance can be    new address in BC, in order for UBC to lawfully employ you. Please note
purchased through insurance brokers or         that you are not allowed to begin working until the effective date of your
companies such as Trent Health (www.           work permit.
trenthealth.com), Clarica (www.clarica.
com), or BCAA (www.bcaa.com).


                                               HEALTH BENEFITS AND INSURANCE COVERAGE


                                               All residents of British Columbia are required to have medical coverage
                                               through the B.C. Medical Services Plan (MSP). You can apply for MSP
                                               through UBC and deductions can be taken from your paycheque on a
                                               monthly basis.


                                               As a UBC faculty member, you will be entitled to the following benefits:
To locate physicians in your area who are
accepting patients, visit www.cpsbc.bc.ca/
patient/accepting/AcceptIndex.htm. Visit
                                                    UBC Faculty Pension Plan
the following website to locate dentists in         Extended Health Benefits and Dental Plan
your area who are accepting patients: new.          Employee and Family Assistance Program
adsbc.bc.ca/find.                                   Income Replacement Plan
                                                    Basic and Optional Life Insurance
                                                    Optional Accidental Death and Dismemberment


                                               The cost of these benefits is shared between the faculty member and the
                                               University. For more information, visit www.facultyrelations.ubc.ca/
                                               faculty/health.htm.
You will work with some of the world’s most respected                          Your monthly salary is paid in two install-
                                                                               ments, on the 15th and the last day of every
researchers in state-of-the-art facilities. You will mentor                    month. You can arrange for your paycheque
extraordinary students. You will be part of an exceptional                     to be deposited directly into your bank
community of scholars.                                                         account.

FINANCES


By law, deductions will be taken from your salary for Canada Income Tax,
Canada Pension Plan, and Employment Insurance. In the spring of every
year, you will receive T4 and/or T4A slips from Payroll, which you will
need to file a tax return. Please contact a financial advisor or the Canada
Revenue Agency (www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tax/menu-e.html ) for tax and finan-
cial information.


There are a number of banking institutions and branches in the Lower           For information about available housing,
Mainland for you to choose from. For your convenience, there are banks         please visit www.facultyassoc.ubc.ca/
                                                                               housing/housing.htm, and www.housing.
and/or ABMs on campus in the Student Union Building, in the village
                                                                               ubc.ca/housing/faculty/faculty.htm. Rental
near campus, and several others located just off campus. We encourage          housing is listed in local newspapers such as
you to shop around to find the right fit.                                      The Vancouver Sun, The Province, and The
                                                                               Vancouver Courier .


HOUSING


As a UBC faculty member, you will be eligible for the UBC Faculty Hous-
ing Assistance Plan to assist you in purchasing your first home in the
Lower Mainland. There is a 7-year window of opportunity that begins on
your date of hire. Information about the program can be found at www.
treasury.ubc.ca/Employeehousingprogram.html .



ADDITIONAL BENEFITS


The Faculty Tuition Fee Waiver provides for the waiving of tuition for         Visit www.facultyrelations.ubc.ca for more
a maximum of twelve credits of undergraduate or graduate credit courses        information on benefits available to UBC
per year for Faculty Association members.                                      faculty members.

The Faculty Tuition Waiver for Dependent Children waives the
tuition for a maximum of 120 credits of undergraduate courses in a degree
program for each dependent child of Faculty Association members.

The Professional Development Fund is a benefit intended to provide
financial assistance for professional development expenses. These
expenses must relate to activities that enhance the performance, ability, or
effectiveness of your work at the University.
 UBC CURRICULUM VITAE                               MEMBERSHIP IN THE FACULTY ASSOCIATION

 You are required to use the UBC Curricu-
 lum Vitae format to record your accom-             All tenured and tenure track faculty members are required to join and
 plishments. Your CV is an important tool           maintain membership in the Faculty Association as a condition of employ-
 for promotion, tenure, and departmental            ment. You will be required to submit dues, currently in the amount of
 reviews.                                           0.528 per cent of your monthly salary (which will be deducted from your
                                                    paycheque) to the Faculty Association or a recipient agreed upon annually
                                                    by the University and the Association. For further information about the
                                                    Faculty Association, visit www.facultyassociation.ubc.ca.


                                                    RESEARCH SUPPORT
 INVITING NON-CANADIAN
 VISITORS AND POSTDOCTORAL
 FELLOWS                                            Research Support is provided through:

 If you want to invite a non-Canadian visitor           The Faculty of Graduate Studies (FoGS): www.grad.ubc.ca. The
 and/or Postdoctoral Fellow, please contact             FoGS Research Development Fund supports FoGS faculty members
 Faculty Relations for assistance: www.                 in the development of major funding proposals. A Senior Research
 facultyrelations.ubc.ca/administration/                Grants Officer is also available to help you locate potential sources of
 foreignworker.htm.
                                                        funding, identify collaborators, interpret eligibility and application
                                                        guidelines, communicate with research officers at external funding
                                                        agencies, review and edit grant proposals and letters of intent, and
                                                        assists with budget preparation.
                                                        The Department or School.
                                                        The Office of Research Services (ORS): www.orsil.ubc.ca. ORS
                                                        provides one-stop shopping for all aspects of research administration.
                                                        The University-Industry Liaison Office (UILO): www.uilo.ubc.ca.
                                                        UlLO’s mission is “to maximize the global impact of UBC’s research
                                                        for the economic and social benefit of the university and the people of
                                                        British Columbia and Canada.”
DISABILITY RESOURCE CENTRE                              Office of the Vice President Research — Research Support Network
                                                        (RSN): www.research.ubc.ca/newfaculty/rsn.htm. RSN provides
The Disability Resource Centre (DRC)                    research mentoring initiatives (visit www.research.ubc.ca/newfaculty/
facilitates the participation of students,              index.htm), and also organizes workshops on how to work with
faculty, staff, and visitors with disabilities at       industry and how to write proposals for the Natural Sciences and
UBC. As part of the DRC, the Crane                      Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Social Sciences and
Resource Centre serves blind and visually or            Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Canadian Institutes of
print-impaired persons. Please visit students.          Health Research, and the Canada Foundation for Innovation (visit
ubc.ca/drc for more information.
                                                        info.research.ubc.ca).
                                                        Information Connections (www.library.ubc.ca/home/instruct): A
                                                        program of workshops, class-integrated instruction, online tutorials,
                                                        and one-on-one consultation with research specialists, to help you
                                                        learn how to find the information you need and develop key skills for
                                                        academic success and life-long learning..
TEACHING SUPPORT
                                                                                EQUITY

Assistance is available to help you in your role as a teacher through your      The Equity Office (www.equity.ubc.ca)
                                                                                works to prevent discrimination and
Department or School.
                                                                                harassment on campus, to implement
                                                                                procedures for handling complaints, and to
                                                                                coordinate UBC’s employment and
We also encourage you to consult the Centre for Teaching and Academic           educational equity program.
Growth (TAG): www.tag.ubc.ca. TAG’s mission is to foster quality
teaching and learning across the University. The Centre takes a leadership
role in addressing professional development needs for current and future
practitioners of teaching in higher education.


SABBATICAL / STUDY LEAVE


You will be eligible for your first study leave after four years of full-time
service. Study leave may be granted for the following terms:

    For twelve months, from either July 1, September 1, or January 1; or
    For eight months, either from January 1 to August 31 or from May 1
    to December 31; or
    For six months, either from January 1 to June 30 or from July 1 to
    December 31.


For further information on leaves, visit www.facultyrelations.ubc.ca/
faculty/leaves.htm.                                                             TRANSPORTATION

                                                                                Visit www.ubc.ca/about/directions.html for
                                                                                general information about transportation to
TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM UBC
                                                                                and from UBC.

                                                                                Information about public transportation in
Driver’s licenses in British Columbia can only be obtained from the             Greater Vancouver can be found at
Insurance Corporation of B.C. Please visit their website for informa-           www.translink.bc.ca.
tion on obtaining a B.C. Driver’s License: www.icbc.com/Licensing.
For information about bringing your vehicle to B.C., please visit               Other useful resources:
www.icbc.com/Insurance/insura_getsta_howbuy_moving2.html.
                                                                                The UBC TREK Program Centre:
                                                                                www.trek.ubc.ca
UBC Parking and Access Control Services provides paid parking on a              UBC Parking: www.parking.ubc.ca
daily basis. You can also obtain a parking permit paid by monthly payroll
deductions. Please visit the UBC Parking website for further information:
www.parking.ubc.ca/staff.htm.
                                                   You are in good company at UBC Graduate Studies.
                                                   Although finding research talent ideally suited for inter-
                                                   disciplinary units is no easy task, our Faculty is the home
The Faculty of Graduate Studies embraces
virtually all full-time faculty members at
UBC, as well as over 7,300 graduate
students. The Faculty provides centralized         MICHAEL BYERS
administrative support for all UBC graduate        Professor
students, as well as for graduate advisors         Liu Institute for Global Issues
and secretaries, supervisors, and committee
members. It has been charged by Senate to
ensure the academic quality and integrity of       Dr. Byers comes to UBC from Duke University Law School as a Tier 1
UBC’s 109 graduate programs spread across          Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law. His areas
12 Faculties.
                                                   of expertise include peace, security, international law, and politics.
                                                   Dr. Byers’ work at UBC will focus on the future of key international
                                                   institutions and the implications for Canadian foreign and defence policy.
                                                   He will investigate the issues surrounding the current international use-of-
                                                   force regime: the institutional and legal structures governing the initiation
                                                   of armed conflict and the normative restraints on such conflicts.


                                                   Dr. Byers has served as an advisor to Amnesty International, the Redress Trust, the Medical
                                                   Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture, and the Association of Relatives of Disappeared
                                                   Prisoners, and is often called upon to provide expertise on global issues. At a recent symposium,
                                                   Byers argued that “the U.S. government, enamoured and distracted by the war on terrorism, has
                                                   abdicated its responsibilities with respect to other, equally important global challenges” and that
                                                   it was time for Canada to take on a leadership role on climate change, poverty, global epidemics,
                                                   and the conventional weapons trade.
The Faculty of Graduate Studies is also the
steward of interdisciplinary research at the
University. It is the academic or administra-
tive home to more than 75 faculty members,
many with joint appointments in other
Faculties. It comprises 16 interdisciplinary
schools, research institutes, and centres; two
graduate residential colleges; 12 interdiscipli-
nary graduate programs; and one scholarly
journal.
of prominent, distinguished researchers, and we continue
to enjoy great success in faculty recruitment. We profile
here three of our outstanding new arrivals.
                                                                                                        Last year, Faculty of Graduate Studies
                                                                                                        researchers received funding of almost $30
                                                                                                        million CAD. The faculty ranked fourth in
STEPHANIE CHANG                                                                                         research grants among UBC’s 12 faculties,
Associate Professor                                                                                     behind only the significantly larger faculties
School of Community and Regional Planning                                                               of Medicine, Science, and Applied Science.


A part-time visiting professor in SCARP’s Disaster Preparedness
Resources Centre since 2001, Dr. Chang was recently appointed a Tier 2
Canada Research Chair in Urban Sustainability and Disaster Management.
She is a natural disaster specialist with a background in urban planning,
economics and civil engineering.

Dr. Chang pioneered a simulation model for disaster recovery (infrastructure, housing, business
and economic) by integrating data from seismology, civil engineering, economics, and regional
science. Her long-term objective is to catalyze a shift in the field from focusing on expected dollar
losses to planning for disaster-resilient, sustainable cities. This shift in practice would help
communities better withstand environmental catastrophes and terrorist incidents, and help politi-
cians and planners make better use of tax dollars. Dr. Chang is applying her research to a case
study of Greater Vancouver, and will work with local stakeholders and decision makers to link
sustainability objectives to disaster mitigation.



LAWRENCE FRANK                                                                                          Over the past year, our faculty members
Associate Professor                                                                                     have been recognized with highly
School of Community and Regional Planning                                                               prestigious awards. Here are some of them:

                                                                                                        Lloyd Axworthy: Officer of the Order of
                                                                                                        Canada; Honorary Fellow of the American
                                                                                                        Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Dr. Frank arrived from the Georgia Institute of Technology last year to fill
UBC’s newly established J. Armand Bombardier Chair in Sustainable                                       Michael Healey: Fulbright Fellowship.
Transportation. He’s investigating the links between public health and
land use, travel choices, the environment, land development, and transpor-                              Daniel Pauly: Fellow of the Royal Society
tation investment. He co-leads a massive effort in the Atlanta metropoli-                               of Canada (Academy of Science); “Scientific
tan region to assess which combinations of land use and transportation                                  American 50” award.
investment policies have the greatest potential to reduce auto dependence,
                                                                                                        Tony Pitcher: Beverton Gold Medal,
while promoting economic and environmental health.                                                      Fisheries Society of the British Isles


Dr. Frank’s research into the link between the built environment and obesity (published in the
American Journal of Preventive Medicine) has received extensive coverage from CNN, ABC
News, the Washington Post, the Sydney Morning Herald, Russia’s Pravda News, and in
Canada, the Globe and Mail and CTV National News. He was also recently invited to deliver
the keynote address at the inaugural forum of the Canadian Institute of Food and Nutrition.
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