VIU Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activity

Committees

There are a number of committees that support the adjudication of VIU’s internal research awards, grants and scholarships.

Note to committee members: For electronic copies of committee documents please visit VIU's Archiving System.

BCGEU Group Professional Development Committee

BCGEU Group Professional Development Committee sponsors activities that will help to maintain excellence of instruction and educational service at VIU. Funds are intended for group events that enable a range of BCGEU members to experience professional and/or scholarly development. Please visit BCGEU Group PD Fund for further information, an application form, and the committee membership list.

NSERC Awards Selection Committee

This committee administers student awards granted to VIU from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). VIU receives a quota from NSERC to nominate students for the Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA). VIU is required to conduct a fair and transparent internal selection process for these awards.

Committee Members

Jamie Gorrell

Biology

Duane Friesen

Chemistry

Chris Gill

Chemistry

Catherine Thomson

Biology

Jacobus Swarts

Math

Humayun Kabir

Computer Science

Christine Tong

Chemistry

Kendra Stiwich

Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activity Office

    Conflict of Interest Guidelines

    Terms of Reference

    VIU Faculty Association Professional & Scholarly Development Committee

    The VIUFA Professional & Scholarly Development Committee sponsors activity that, in their opinion, will help to maintain excellence of instruction and educational service at VIU. The committee members evaluate and support events and activities on the basis of how much professional interest they are to the general faculty.

    Committee Members

    Alex Pevec (Chairperson)

    Management

    Faye Shedletzky

    Student Affairs

    Carolyn Swanson

    Philosophy & Religious Studies

    Amber Hieb

    Law

    Terms of Reference

    VIUFA Collective Agreement, Article 12.3 – Professional Development

    Funding Administered by this Committee

    VIUFA Professional and Scholarly Development Funding

    Research, Scholarly Activity and Curriculum Development Committee

    The Research, Scholarly Activity and Curriculum Development Committee recognizes that scholarly activity and curriculum development are important to academic excellence and essential components of the faculty workload. The Committee has three categories of awards to support these activities: a) release sections – available to regular faculty (normally awarded in the Fall only); b) research and curriculum development funding of up to $1,000 available to regular and temporary faculty (awarded both Fall and Spring); and c) funding of up to $1,000 for conference attendance for temporary faculty (awarded both Fall and Spring).

    Committee Members

     Elizabeth Brimacombe (Chairperson)

    Dean, Social Sciences

    Johan Latulippe

    Professor, Management

    Kathleen Reed

    Assessment and Data Librarian

    Dean Slonowsky

    Professor, Math

    Terms of Reference

    VIUFA Collective Agreement, Article 12.5 – Scholarly Activity

    VIU Research Awards Committee (VIURAC)

    These internal awards are a funding source for faculty at VIU to engage in scholarship, research, and creative activity (SRCA). The new funding pots align with the lifecycle framework for SRCA as outlined in the new Strategic Research Plan 2017 - 2022.

    Committee Members

    Camie Augustus

    Faculty of Arts and Humanities

    Paige Fisher

    Faculty of Education

     Linda Neilson

    Faculty of Academic and Career Preparation

    Chris Gill

    Faculty of Science and Technology

    Scott Brodie

    Faculty of Social Science

    Johan Latulippe

    Faculty of Management

    Mackenzie Sillem

    Faculty of International Education

    Sally Vinden

    Trades and Applied Technology

    Nicole Vaugeois, Chair

    Associate Vice President Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activity

    Tamara MacNeil

    Research Services Coordinator

    Lyn Locke

    Administrative Assistant, Committee Support

    Terms of Reference

    Graduate Scholarship Selection Committee

    This Committee administers the Canada Graduate Scholarships - Master's (CGS-M) scholarships granted to VIU from the Tri-Agencies (SSHRC - Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, NSERC - Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and CIHR - Canadian Institutes for Health Research). Each year VIU receives a quota from the Tri-Agencies for these awards.

    Committee Members

    Marian Riedel

    Faculty of Education

    Alex Pevec

    Faculty of Management

    Jeanette Schmid

    Health and Human Services

    Gillian Anderson

    Faculty of Social Sciences

    Jerome Lesemann

    Faculty of Science & Technology

    Janet Grafton

    Faculty of Arts & Humanities

    Elizabeth Brimacombe

    Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences

    Kendra Stiwich

    Scholarship Liaison Officer, Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activity

    VIU is mandated to conduct an internal selection process and select recipients for these awards. For details of VIU's current quota, visit our CGS-M webpage.

    Awards Administered by this Committee

    Terms of Reference

    Conflict of Interest Guidelines

    Student Travel and Research Committee (STAR)

    Vancouver Island University Student Travel and Research Committee supports students who wish to engage in research and attend conferences. The committee serves two purposes: 1) Allocate external funds given to the institution for student-led research; and 2) Allocate funds provided by VIU for student research-related travel to professional and academic conferences.

    Committee Members

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    Amber Hieb 

    Management

    Marie Hopwood 

    Social Sciences

    Martin Martens

    Management

    Vacant

    Student's Union Representative

    Deirdre Wilson

    Education

    Nelson Gray

    Arts and Humanities

    Geraldine Manson

    Health and Human Services

    Jessie Magee-Chalmers

    Trades and Applied Technology

    Shaun Sun

    Science and Technology

    Kendra Stiwich

    Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activity Office

    Awards Granted by this Committee

    • REACH Award
    • Conference funding

    Terms of Reference

    Conflict of Interest Guidelines

    Travel and Conference Proceedings Funding Committee

    This Committee administers Travel & Conference Funding awards for training and conference participation and presentation for the B.C. Government & Service Employees Union and for conference participation and presentation for the VIU Faculty Association.  

    Committee Members

    Alex Pevec (Chairperson)

    Management

    Robert Willis

    Management

    Sally Vinden

    BCGEU, Hairdressing

    Jessie Magee-Chalmers

    Carpentry

    Affiliation of Committee

    Advisory to the Provost and Vice-President Academic.

    VIUFA Leave Committee

    In order to maintain excellence of instruction and educational service at VIU, it is recognized that there is a need for faculty to have the opportunity to participate in and pursue activities related to professional development. The VIUFA Leave Committee administers the funding of leave endeavours.

    Committee Members

    Michele Patterson

    Social Sciences

    Clay Armstrong (Chair)

    Arts & Humanities

    Dana McFarland

    Library Administration (non-instructional rep)

    Jasmine Janes

    Science & Technology

    Jennifer Ford

    Management

    Eve Stringham

    Dean, Science and Technology (Dean of Instruction rep)

    Riki Cox

    Education

    Ashleigh Martinflatt

    Health and Human Services

    Nicole Vaugeois (Ex-officio)

    AVP, Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity (Provost & VPA designate)

    Lyn Locke

    Administrative Assistant, Committee Support

    Terms of Reference

    VIUFA Collective Agreement: Article 12.3 Professional Development; Article 12.4 Assisted Leave; Article 12.15 General Leave

    Michael L.Warsh Law Corporation Committee

    The Michael L. Warsh Law Corporation Committee selects award recipients for the Michael L. Warsh Law Corporation Award.

    The Michael L. Warsh Law Corporation Committee promotes and recognizes outstanding research and research potential in any discipline. Research may include the following: independent research supervised by a faculty member; an independent project undertaken for credit, e.g. under the 491 code; research undertaken as a Work-Opportunities student; financially supported or pro bono research as part of a faculty member’s project, or any other similar project. The Award is targeted to a student who intends to pursue postgraduate studies, and who is entered in his/her last two semesters. Faculty recognize that research grants and awards are crucial aspects of graduate school admissions and future grant application success.

    Committee Members

    Cheryl Warsh (Chairperson)

    History

    Alanna Williams

    Media Studies/Digital Media Technology

    Liz Gillis

    Resource Management Officer Technology

    Riki Cox

    Education

    Deborah Matheson

    Psychology

    Kendra Stiwich

    Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activity Office