NPAW 2023: Finding a Faculty Position and the Academic Interview Process (Panel)

Date & Time

Tuesday, 19 September 2023 - 12:00pm to Tuesday, 19 September 2023 - 1:30pm


Online via Zoom


Postdoctoral Fellows Office


A poster on a light red backdrop with red text reading 'National Postdoc Appreciation Week - September 18-22, 2023' - 'Empowering the Research Engine', with a cartoon image of raised fists in various colours.

This event is part of National Postdoc Appreciation Week. Click here to view all events in celebration of NPAW 2023.


Hear from a panel of former faculty members who have served on hiring committees about the academic job search and process of finding - and interviewing for - a faculty position.


Dr. Michael Anthony Hunt

Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Medicine

Senior Associate Dean, Policy and Programs, Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Dr. Michael Anthony Hunt

Dr. Hunt is a Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and has been involved in a number of search committees for staff, faculty, and leadership at UBC and other institutions. Through his positions as Associate Dean at UBC, he has been on the hiring committees for a variety of staff positions in the academic sector. He has chaired multiple Assistant Professor search committees and has helped to develop guidelines and adjudication criteria for these positions across different Departments and Faculties at UBC.He has also been involved in the promotion and tenure committee in his Department for 10 years, and has conducted a number of external assessments for both the appointment and tenure process of faculty at universities across North America and Australia.


Dr. Kenneth Chau

Associate Professor, School of Engineering, UBC Okanagan

Associate Director, Faculty Development, School of Engineering, UBC Okanagan

Dr. Kenneth Chau

Biography coming soon.


Dr. Laura Sly

Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Gastroenterology, Faculty of Medicine

Dr. Laura Sly

Dr. Laura Sly is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Gastroenterology at BC Children's Hospital and the University of British Columbia.  Her research program focusses on understanding the inflammation that causes inflammatory bowel diseases, so that she can identify new ways to treat these devastating diseases.  Her lab team does Discovery Science to identify and validate new therapeutic targets or strategies to treat ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, or their complications like Crohn’s disease-associated intestinal fibrosis.


Dr. Janice Stewart

Professor of Teaching, Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice, Faculty of Arts

Associate Dean Faculty, Faculty of Arts

Dr. Janice Stewart

Janice Stewart is currently the Associate Dean Faculty for the Faculty of Arts.  Janice’s work engages the teaching and learning benefits of socially networked, online Community Mapping tools and the unique potential of locative media for social justice initiatives on the UBC campus. Social Justice @UBC considers how official knowledge is mapped in ways that typically exclude members of marginalized groups and represent a very partial aggregate of culture. Participatory community mapping projects enable active relationships to public knowledge and new forms of educational innovation and participatory citizenship.  Locative media offer a way of making visible hidden stories of place and belonging. Increasing cultural and linguistic diversity in the world today call for a much broader view of literacy. Technologies of community mapping and social justice work positions students as knowledge creators. Flexible learning and community engagement provide a diverse group of undergraduate students a pedagogic infrastructure that will build core research and intercultural competencies.


Dr. Stephanie van Willigenburg

Dr. Steph van Willigenburg

Professor, Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science

Associate Dean Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Faculty of Science

Stephanie van Willigenburg is a Professor of Mathematics. Her awards for research include winning the Krieger-Nelson Prize from the Canadian Mathematical Society, and the Robbins Prize from the Mathematical Association of America. She has won a Killam Award for her teaching, and is passionate about mentorship. During her time as Associate Head Research in the Mathematics Department she organized a yearly Job Forum on how to apply for positions inside and outside academia after your postdoc or PhD. Stephanie is currently the Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Science at UBC that also oversees faculty hiring in Science, has served on many hiring committees, and is one of the co-founders of the Algebraic Combinatorics Research Community to foster mentoring, collaborations and networking for minorities in her area of algebraic combinatorics and related areas.


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