The Confederation of University Faculty Associations of British Columbia (CUFA BC) represents 4,600 professors, lecturers, instructors, professional librarians and other academic staff at British Columbia's five research universities. Our goal is a system of publicly-funded post-secondary education that is of high-quality and broadly accessible. We believe that anyone who can benefit from post-secondary education should be able to try and attain that education regardless of their economic or social circumstance.
Twenty years ago, the CUFA BC Distinguished Academics Awards were just a twinkle in one man's eye when Ehor Boyanowsky, president of CUFA BC in 1984, wanted to create a means to demonstrate to the public the importance of the research and scholarly activity carried out by public university professors.
In 1995, under Dr. Boyanowsky's guidance, the CUFA BC Council established the Academic of the Year Award to recognise a faculty member at a BC university who had distinguished themselves through their academic research or scholarly activity.
In the twenty years since, the Distinguished Academics Awards have grown to three different awards, recognizing those whose research has served the community over their length of their careers as well as those whose work is making promising new inroads into solving the problems of tomorrow.
To date, CUFA BC has had the honour of recognizing over forty researchers and scholars from all walks of academia, from those working with underprivileged youth, to those solving previously unsolvable computations, to those building wells for fresh drinking water in Africa, and those helping stem the damage of the pine beetle in our provincial forests.
CUFA BC is proud to announce that, starting in 2015, the Academic of the Year Award will be renamed the Ehor Boyanowsky Academic of the Year Award, to recognize Dr. Boyanowsky's own contribution to the community by creating the Distinguished Academics Awards over twenty years ago. We are proud to honour his legacy.
More information about the awards can be found on our awards page.
The Confederation of University Faculty Associations of British Columbia (CUFA BC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Conlon as its new Executive Director.
Dr. Conlon previously served as the Executive Director of the Association for Administrative and Professional Staff (AAPS) at the University of British Columbia. His employment experience in areas associated with post-secondary education includes professional work in the area of policy and government relations with the Canadian Association of University Teachers in Ottawa, as a Senior Policy Advisor at the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities in Ontario, and as the National Director of Research for the Canadian Federation of Students. He also has had over 5 years of experience as a part-time university teacher in the field of English.
The Confederation of University Faculty Associations of British Columbia represents over 4,600 professors, lecturers, instructors, librarians, and other academic staff at the five research intensive universities in British Columbia: the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, the University of Northern British Columbia, Royal Roads University and the University of Victoria. The Confederation has been in existence for over 40 years and works closely with member Faculty Associations at each institution.
Dr. Conlon’s appointment with CUFA BC will start on December 1. He will be working closely with the Association’s President, Executive, and Council to develop a strategic vision for the organization's future and to maintain and strengthen relationships with other membership organizations in British Columbia, in other provinces, and across Canada.
Image Credit: AAPS UBC
Video recording of the 2014 CUFA BC Distinguished Academics Awards ceremony held on April 23rd honouring Matais Margulis, Michael Prince and Ann Dale. This marks the 20th anniversary of the awards.