I am delighted to announce that Dr. Jennifer (Jenn) Jakobi has accepted the position of Dean pro tem, College of Graduate Studies, beginning July 1, 2019. Dr. Jakobi is a professor in the Faculty of Health and Social Development’s School of Health and Exercise Sciences.
Professor Jakobi, a member of UBC Okanagan since 2008 has been integral in the growth and development of the undergraduate and graduate programs in the School of Health and Exercise Sciences.
In her role as Associate Dean, Academic Programs, in the Faculty of Health and Social Development, she has initiated the development of cross-campus master-level programs. She is a research scientist in the field of exercise neuroscience who holds active grants from NSERC, CIHR and SSHRC. Most recently, as Associate Chair of Westcoast Women in Engineering Science and Technology (WWEST), she has contributed to generating a collaborative network of programs and individuals actively undertaking science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) community engagement.
Through the integrative STEM Team Advancing networks of Diversity (iSTAND) Program she is committed to increasing diversity across science, technology, engineering and math through providing mentorship, and opportunity to encourage, explore, understand and empower change through collaborative initiatives across the sciences, arts and humanities.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Professor Dwayne Tannant who completes his term on June 29, 2019. During his tenure UBC Okanagan saw a significant growth in graduate applications and acceptances, and I am extremely grateful to Professor Tannant for leading the CoGS team to work through this expansion.
Ananya Mukherjee Reed
Provost and Vice-President, Academic