Dean’s Office


Silvia Tomaskova

Dr. Silvia Tomášková
Dean, Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Professor, Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies; Anthropology
ASC 402

Administration and Operations

Michele BjornsonMichele Bjornson
Manager, Administration and Operations
ASC 449

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Departmental Receptionist
ART 274


Heather Munn
Dean’s Office Receptionist/Administrative Assistant
ASC 413

Julia Yamagishi Costa
Assistant to the Dean
Please email Julia to book an appointment with the Dean.
ASC 407

Associate Dean Portfolios

Associate Dean, Research, Graduate and Postdoctoral

Alison Conway
Professor, English and Cultural Studies; Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies
LM4 620

Portfolio: Provides leadership and oversight for the Faculty’s research, scholarly activities, and collaborative initiatives and partnerships. The portfolio is also responsible for the recruitment, retention, career advancement, recognition, and ongoing success of an excellent and diverse community of colleagues.

Faculty Support:

  • Provides leadership for designing, reviewing, and implementing a Faculty research plan;
  • explores, promotes, and facilitates research and funding opportunities for faculty members;
  • provides overall coordination of Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS) themes; creates IGS course schedule; plans IGS budget;
  • provides guidance for the management of post-doctoral fellowships and fellows.

Graduate Student Support:

  • Advocates for both disciplinary and interdisciplinary pedagogy and curriculum for graduate studies;
  • Chairs the FASS Graduate Awards committee;
  • Addresses complaints and concerns about graduate student academic and non-academic misconduct; appeals of grades and academic standing; and supervision.

Colin McKay

Colin McKay
Manager of Research, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
LM4, 6th Floor

  • Supervises grant funding setup and management at the faculty level;
  • Manages administration of IGS and research programs;
  • Provides guidance and training for department faculty and staff related to IGS, postdoctoral, and research programs.
Cayla Reeve

Kayla Jakuboski
IGS Program and Research Administrative Assistant
LM4, 6th Floor

  • Assists graduate students with course selection, registration, and office allocation;
  • Assists Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS) Theme coordinators with administrative forms and tracking student performance;
  • Organizes thesis oral defenses;
  • Coordinates graduate and undergraduate travel grants;
  • Coordinates Undergrad Research Awards program.

ASSOCIATE DEAN, Undergraduate Students

Donna Senese
Associate Professor, Geography
ASC 404

Portfolio: Provides leadership to develop, implement and sustain a strategic and holistic framework that ensures undergraduate students are successful throughout their life-cycle – from prospective students to graduates.

Supports Faculty:

  • Coordination of undergraduate enrolment planning and management;
  • facilitation of student communications to access relevant services, including academic and non-academic services and support.

Supports Students:

  • Facilitation of access to relevant academic and non-academic services and support
  • provision of effective and efficient student recruitment activities;
  • facilitation of admission and registration of high-quality students;
  • provision of excellent educational experiences, both curricular and extra-curricular;
  • promotion of community, affinity, and supportive peer networks.

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Rohanna Wheatley (She/Her/Hers)
Assistant to the Associate Dean, Undergraduate Students
ASC 407

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Samantha Guo
Student Support Assistant, Undergraduate Students
ASC 407


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Associate Dean, Teaching, Learning and Curriculum

Julien Picault
Professor, Economics
ASC 450

Portfolio: Provides leadership for the development, implementation, and sustenance of a strategic approach to teaching, learning, and curriculum.

Supports Faculty:

  • Manages curriculum submission and related consultation, approval, and implementation processes;
  • monitors curriculum effectiveness;
  • coordinates formal, regularly-scheduled self-studies and external reviews of academic programs;
  • supports innovative teaching and learning initiatives.

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Supports Students:

  • coordinating undergraduate awards and recognitions unrelated to research.

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Laura Wylie

Laura Wyllie-Dupont (On Leave)
Curriculum Development & Academic Programs Manager
ASC 452

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Leslie Finley
Curriculum Development & Academic Programs Manager
ASC 452

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Ashley Loura
Curriculum, Awards and Academic Programs Coordinator
ASC 452

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Associate Dean, Strategic Initiatives

Michael Evans
Professor, Anthropology
LM4 634


Portfolio: Provides leadership and support to the Faculty in strategic planning and program development. Liaises with internal and external partners to enhance community engagement using a place-based lens to develop mutually beneficial relationships through initiatives consistent with the UBC Okanagan commitment to reconciliation and the public good.

Supports Faculty:

  • facilitates strategic development, assessment, and implementation of initiatives to set up and advance research and community engagement including both domestic and international partners.
  • helps guide the development of strategic initiatives that are complex in scope, impact, and engage diverse partners to develop and nurture relationships in support of the Faculty’s strategic priorities.
  • fosters relationships with key individuals and stakeholders to enhance alignment and integration of the Faculty activities with other Faculties and units at UBCO and UBCV and with regional institutions of higher learning; develops and maintains relationships with current and new community partners and consortia including, domestic and international leaders, government offices, Indigenous communities/ governments, and civil society.
  • oversees the development of a strategic framework and, in collaboration with the Dean and the Leadership team, draft the Faculty’s strategic plan, within the context of the larger strategic priorities of UBCO.
  • provides leadership in program building and development of professional degrees, certificates, and responds to external demands in the changing landscape, as appropriate and relevant to strategic priorities of the Faculty.


Pieter Uni 
Communications Manager
LM4 655

Jacqueline Varga
Communications and Engagement Strategist
LM4 654

For assistance with research-related finance or student hiring questions and transactions, please email

Jordan Turner

Jordan Turner
Finance Manager
ASC 431

Barbara Stein-Zarchikoff
Finance Assistant
ASC 453

Jane Fedyk
Research Finance Assistant
ASC 453

Jody Ainley 
Assistant, Strategic Personnel Planning and Development
ASC 455