We are pleased to announce that Dr. Stefania Burk has been appointed to serve a five-year term as Associate Dean, Academic in the Faculty of Arts starting in July 2015!
Dr. Stefania Burk is a Senior Instructor in the Department of Asian Studies, where she previously held an Assistant Professor appointment for five years. Despite her very successful research trajectory, it was at Dr. Burk’s request, with endorsement from the Department, that her appointment was switched to the educational leadership stream. Her area of expertise is in Medieval Japanese Literature, Culture and Society, with research interests that include Japanese poetry, medieval culture, and women’s writing. Her current projects deal with 14th century poetry and related aspects of cultural production, poetry as autobiography, and canon formation. Dr. Burk has taught a range of undergraduate and graduate courses in Asian Studies and served as the Associate Graduate Advisor in the Department. In addition, during her first two years at UBC she taught in the Arts One Program, which provides first-‐year students with a year-‐long team-‐taught integrated, interdisciplinary curriculum in a small cohort learning environment. During the 2014/15 academic year, Dr. Burk completed the UBC Faculty SoTL (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning) Leadership Program: UBC Certificate on Curriculum & Pedagogy in Higher Education. Dr. Burk’s excellent record of teaching, her engagement with students at all levels, and her leadership on new course development, curriculum renewal initiatives, and academic integrity issues—together with her faculty experience of both the research stream and the educational leadership stream—make her an exceptional candidate for the role of Associate Dean, Academic.