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NEW FACULTY MEMBERS

Tristan Pearce
Associate Professor, Global & International Studies
Canada Research Chair in Cumulative Impacts of Environmental Change

I am an Associate Professor in the Global & International Studies Program and Canada Research Chair in the Cumulative Impacts of Environmental Change. My research examines the cumulative impacts of environmental change for communities, with a strong focus on climate change vulnerability and adaptation in the Arctic and South Pacific Islands Regions.

Darren B Karunanithi
Assistant Professor, Business

Darren earned his Ph.D. (2004-2008) in Engineering (Major: Data Compression and VLSI Design) from the National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan, and his MBA (2012-2014) from the National Cheng University as well. In addition to PhD in engineering, he has completed his Ph.D.  (2016-2019) in Management from The Australian National University, Australia. Prior to joining the UNBC, he was on the faculty of Korea University, South Korea, and Feng Chia University, Taiwan. He has also worked as a senior information and communication engineer at SPIC lab, Taiwan. Darren has also worked as a business data analyst and project manager at Technology companies in Taiwan. Currently, he is serving as an Executive Committee Member at Academy of Management (AOM)-Organizational Behavior Division. His current research interests include leader humility, paradoxical leadership, knowledge hiding, internet of things, and video coding.

Meghana Adoor
Senior Lab Instructor, Health Sciences

Meghana is a new faculty member in the School of Health Sciences. She started in August 2019. She came to UNBC from the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, an institute of National importance in India where she received her Doctoral degree as well as pursued her research interests in Human Neuro-Cardiac Autonomic Physiology. Dr. Adoor did Post-doctoral training at the St. John’s Research Institute, India. She has also taught graduate, masters and PhD students such subjects as electrophysiology, research methodologies and bio-statistics. 

My research focused on Autonomic and as well as Pulmonary function in conditions such as Epilepsy, Migraine and Muscular Dystrophy. I also received extended training in studying functions like EEG and ERP using Matlab programming. Besides mainstream medical therapies and interventions, I have also assessed the effects of adjuvant therapies such as Yoga and Hydrotherapy on Migraine and Muscular Dystrophy. In UNBC, I am interested in studying the Autonomic Modulation in Northern populations and explore the effect of adjuvant therapies on health and diseased human states.

Sinead Earley
Assistant Professor, Environmental Arts

Dr. Sinead Earley is an Assistant Professor in Environmental Policy with the Environmental & Sustainability Studies Program at UNBC. She completed her PhD in Geography from Queen’s University in 2018, and her MA from the National University of Ireland (Galway) in 2009. Her research focuses on environmental policy in Northern and Western Canadian forest and energy resource sectors, with a strong interest in low-carbon transitions and procedural justice. Her teaching interests parallel her research activities, and she is an advocate for publicly engaged education and service/activist-oriented learning.

Heather Bryan
Assistant Professor, Ecosystem Science & Management

I am an ecologist interested in understanding the responses of wildlife to environmental change. In my research, I use individual measures of health, such as parasites and hormones, combined with landscape-level analyses and modeling to better understand the effects of potential stressors on wildlife. This approach provides understanding of the mechanisms by which wildlife respond to environmental change, which in turn can inform policy aimed at promoting wildlife health. Before coming to UNBC, I completed a PhD at the University of Calgary followed by postdoctoral research at the University of Victoria.

Samuel Hanson
Instructor, Chemistry

Dr. Hanson joined the Department of Chemistry as an Instructor in 2019. He obtained his PhD in Chemistry from the University of New Brunswick. He also holds an MSc in Chemistry from the University of Saskatchewan and a BSc in Applied Chemistry from the University of Uyo. Before joining UNBC, He was a Postdoctoral Fellow (2017-2019) at the University of Calgary (CFREF) and at Simon Fraser University. His broad research interest is in Catalysis. He is primarily interested in the development of metal complexes for energy-related applications and small molecule activation.

Saqib Hakak
Assistant Professor, Computer Science

Dr. Hakak is currently working as Assistant Professor at the University of Northern British Columbia, Canada. Before that, He worked as Research Fellow at prestigious Canadian Institute for Cyber-Security, Canada. He has completed his PhD from the University of Malaya, Malaysia under the faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology. He received his Bachelors (Computer Science Engineering) from University of Kashmir (India) in 2010 and MS in (Computer and Information Engineering) from IIUM, Malaysia respectively. His research areas include information security, Natural language processing, Cyber security, Artificial Intelligence and Wireless networks.

Kendra Furber
Assistant Professor, Northern Medical Program

Kendra Furber is a new Assistant Professor in the Northern Medical Program at the University of Northern British Columbia. She received a PhD in Neuroscience from the Hotchkiss Brain Institute at the University of Calgary, and was awarded an endMS fellowship from Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society of Canada for postdoctoral training at the University of Saskatchewan. Her research investigates the molecular interactions involved in how cells, called oligodendrocytes, form the myelin sheath in the central nervous system. This will provide insights into how to protect and repair myelin in neurological disorders, such as MS.

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