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NEW FACULTY MEMBERS

Leandro Freylejer
Leandro FreylejerAssistant Professor, Economics

I am an assistant professor in the Department of Economics. My main research interests are in International Trade and Macroeconomics. I am particularly interested in the interaction of firms, workers and governments in shaping the patterns and outcomes of global trade. Currently, I am studying the impact of occupation-to-occupation labour mobility costs on the distribution of the gains from NAFTA across workers in both the US and Canada. In a different project, I am trying to understand the relationship between changes in the average quality of production and wage inequality in Canada during the 2008 global financial crisis. I combine theory and empirics in my research, and have worked with US, Indian and Canadian data.

Prior to arriving to UNBC, I completed a Ph.D. at the University of Toronto, which was funded by a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship. Also, I completed a M.A. in economics from Queen’s University and a B.A. in economics from the University of Manitoba.

Chengbo Fu
Chengbo FuLecturer, Business

Chengbo Fu joined University of Northern British Columbia in 2018. He holds a Master’s degree in Management from Clemson University, South Carolina, and a Bachler degree in Finance from Northeastern University of Finance and Economics, China. His research interests are in asset pricing. Within this general field, his work spans investments, idiosyncratic volatility, predictability of stock returns, and behavioral finance.

Patricia Johnston
Patricia JohnstonAssistant Professor, Social Work

Dr. Johnston holds an MSW, BSW and BA and has recently completed her PhD in social work at the University of British Columbia. Patricia has worked throughout the Arctic and northern Canada. She most recently conducted research with mothers from Arviat, Nunavut examining the social, cultural and economic impact of mining on families in relation to the care and protection of children. Her research interests center on social policy and community-based participatory research.  

David Layton
David LaytonAcquisitions Librarian

David holds an MS in Library Science from University of North Texas and an MA in International Relations from the University of Leeds. After working as a Science Librarian at Brigham Young University and Portuguese Coordinator at the University of Utah, he spent 5 years in private industry before returning to academia (and North America) when he joined the UNBC library last December. His research interests include socioeconomic development in emerging markets, intercultural communication, library programming, and copyright.

Joseph Shea
Joseph SheaAssistant Professor, Geography
My research interests are focused on snow, ice, and water in mountainous regions around the world. I use unmanned air vehicles (UAV) and satellite imagery, high-altitude automatic weather stations, and innovative field and research techniques to explore environmental responses to climate change. My family and I previously spent four years in Nepal where I worked as a glacier hydrologist, and in my spare time I create music and play in a number of local bands. 
Gretchen Vogelsang
Gretchen VogelsangLecturer, Education
Gretchen Vogelsang received her BA and PDPP from University of Victoria, her MA from Gonzaga University, and recently completed the TELP program through UBC.  She is currently a teacher leader at Fort St. James Secondary School, and has taught in SD 91 for the last 19 years. Gretchen’s interests are in inclusion and truth and reconciliation education using the new BC curriculum and incorporating Indigenous ways of learning and knowing.
Andy Wan
Andy WanAssistant Professor, Mathematics

Dr. Wan obtained his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from École Polytechnique de Montréal in 2014, with a B.A.Sc. degree in Engineering Physics and M.Sc. degree in Mathematics from the University of British Columbia. Before arriving at UNBC, he was a post-doctoral fellow from 2014 to 2018 at McGill University and at the Centre de Recherches Mathematiques.

His research interests are in the development and rigorous analysis of numerical methods for problems arising in applied mathematics, physical sciences, and engineering. His primary research area is on the study and construction of structure-preserving discretizations for ordinary and partial differential equations. Specifically, his main research is currently on general constructions of conservative methods for differential equations with geometric invariants and on the study of the long-term stability of conservative methods.

Erin Wilson
Erin WilsonAssistant Professor, Nursing
Dr. Wilson completed her PhD in Health Sciences at UNBC in 2017. She is an assistant professor in the School of Nursing and a practicing family nurse practitioner. Her MSN is from the University of British Columbia (2006) and her BN from the University of Manitoba (2000). Her research focuses on inter-professional teams in primary care, how patients feel known, rural health, and marginalized populations.
Lisa Wood
Lisa WoodAssistant Professor, Ecosystem Science & Management

Dr. Lisa Wood holds an MSc in Forestry from UNBC, and a PhD in Geography from the University of Victoria.  She is a Registered Professional Forester in BC and the Vice-Chair for the Cariboo section of the Canadian Institute of Forestry.  Her research interests include forest and plant ecology, climate change and silviculture.  Current areas of research include the impacts of climate dynamics on forest productivity and wood quality, and the effects of chemical herbicides on plants in forest operations.  Lisa currently teaches plant biology and ethnobotany at UNBC and has a keen interest in the connection between people and plants.

Christine Younghusband
Christine YounghusbandAssistant Professor, Education
Dr. Younghusband completed her EdD at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Educational Leadership in 2017. She is a certified and experienced secondary mathematics and science teacher, former member of the BC Math K-7 Curriculum Development Team, and served two-terms as school trustee. Dr. Younghusband’s research interest includes teacher mentorship, subject matter acquisition, policies and practice, mathematics education, and professional learning experiences.
Jianhui Zhou
Jianhui ZhouAssistant Professor, Integrated Wood Engineering
Dr. Jianhui Zhou has been working an Assistant Professor in Integrated Wood Engineering and teaching in the Master of Engineering in Integrated Wood Design program at the University of Northern British Columbia since July 1, 2018. He was a Vanier Scholar and obtained his Ph.D. degree in Wood Engineering from the University of New Brunswick. Before joining UNBC, he worked as a Research Assistant in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alberta. His research interests are focused on sound and vibration in wood buildings, wood mechanics, engineered wood products and multi-physics in wood engineering.

PROSPECTIVE FACULTY

Welcome to a new beginning! This handbook provided by the CAUT will be useful in answering many of your potential questions before making the decision to become a faculty member.

Congratulations on your job offer! But before you sign…

Like many candidates for university positions, you may feel lucky to get a job offer. The salary offered may seem very appealing compared with your income as a graduate student, and the prospects for renewing your position or for obtaining tenure may look impressive.

You may feel reluctant to ask future colleagues about their salaries and other details of their individual appointments. You might assume that those colleagues who do provide information are able to represent fully what is possible in your own situation. Meanwhile, the administration representative with whom you’re dealing may be helpful and supportive. Although you might expect that misunderstandings can be corrected after accepting the offer, in many cases this may well not be true.

Perhaps you’re worried that negotiating astutely for your future will cast you as a ‘troublemaker;’ perhaps you doubt that there is scope for any negotiation at all. You may even feel embarrassed to ask that verbal agreements be put in writing, especially if you have been assured that the issues addressed are dealt with routinely for all employees. And the deadline for signing may be approaching rapidly.

For any or all of these reasons, you might sign a contract that will put you at a disadvantage for the rest of your career. Your future faculty association or union can help you obtain more complete information about the implications of an offer and the ins and outs of negotiating a fair and reasonable appointment. If you call before you sign, here are 10 important questions you should ask.

CAUT Handbook for New Faculty – http://www.caut.ca/pages.asp?page=428&lang=1

Handbook can be found here: New Faculty Handbook

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS

More information on employee benefits at UNBC can be found through the Human Resources Department website at:  www.unbc.ca/hr

Medical Services Travel Fund

A medical services travel fund is available to members of the UNBC-FA to supplement the existing extended health employee benefits.  See Article 50.11 of the UNBC Faculty Agreement to find out about the medical service travel fund, which expenses are covered, and how to submit a claim for reimbursement.  The fund reimburses costs for members and their dependents who have been referred for out-of-town treatment by a physician or dentist where treatments are not available in Prince George.

Members can claim up to $5,000 annually and the deadline to submit applications is the last Friday in January after New Year’s Day for expenses that have been incurred in the previous calendar year. Expense claim forms and original receipts are to be submitted directly to the Human Resources Department by the deadline.

All claims are reviewed by a panel of one UNBC-FA executive member and one HR administrator to determine eligibility. Reimbursements are considered a taxable benefit by the Canada Revenue Agency, and the University will withhold taxes and report the amounts on a T4A in the applicable year.

Pension

For information on the UNBC pension plan for employees, visit:

http://www.unbc.ca/sites/default/files/sections/human-resources/unbcpensionplanemployeebooklet-2015.pdf

Post Retirement Benefits

Members of the UNBC-FA who have retired are eligible for post-retirement medical/dental benefits. See Article 19 of the UNBC Faculty Agreement to find out about the post-retirement medical/dental fund, which expenses are covered, maximum claim per calendar year, and how to submit a claim for reimbursement.

The maximum yearly benefit is $1,000 and the deadline to submit applications is the last Friday in January after New Year’s Day for expenses that have been incurred in the previous calendar year. Expense claim forms and original receipts are to be submitted directly to the Human Resources Department by the deadline.

All claims are reviewed by a panel of one UNBC-FA executive member and one HR administrator to determine eligibility. Reimbursements are considered a taxable benefit by the Canada Revenue Agency, and the University will withhold taxes and report the amounts on a T4A in the applicable year.

Sunlife Medical/Dental Benefits

Sunlife Benefits FAQ

Sun Life Faculty Association Employee Benefits

Sun Life Faculty Association Benefits for Employees working beyond the traditional retirement date

Coordination of Benefits and Transitional Coverage