CUFA BC’s work is directed and undertaken by a rotating team of faculty members from our member associations, four elected officers, and two staff members.
CUFA BC’s highest level of governance is Council, which meets several times per year to discuss shared concerns, and set priorities for the organization. Day-to-day work is carried out under the direction of the Executive Director and the President, with support from the Resource Coordinator.
Dr. Jacqueline Holler, President
History/Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Northern British Columbia
Jacqueline Holler is Associate Professor in the Department of History, and Coordinator of Women’s and Gender Studies Programs at the University of Northern British Columbia. She is a specialist in the history of the sixteenth-century Spanish world and colonial Mexico, and also has research interests in current gender issues. She served as Vice-President (2007—2009) and President (2009—2015) of the UNBC Faculty Association; she is also a member of the CAUT Executive Committee (2014—2017) and Co-Chair of the CAUT Equity Committee. Office Phone: 250-960-6343
Dr. Dan Laitsch, Vice-President
Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University
Dan Laitsch is an associate professor with the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University, and a Director on the SFU Faculty Association Executive Committee. He is a researcher with the SFU Centre for the Study of Educational Leadership and Policy and his primary teaching area is Educational Leadership. He co-edits the open access peer reviewed International Journal of Education Policy and Leadership and is active in the American Educational Research Association Special Interest Group on Research Use. Dr. Laitsch has worked with the Joint Consortium for School Health and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development on school health issues in BC and across Canada. Dr. Laitsch’s research examines the use and misuse of research in teaching, policy-making, and issue advocacy; the impact of neoliberal policies on educational systems; and school health approaches to systemic education reform. He earned his doctorate from American University, in Washington, DC.
Dr. Julian Christians, Secretary-Treasurer
Biological Sciences, Simon Fraser University
Julian Christians joined the Department of Biological Sciences at SFU in 2006. He studies the genetic and physiological mechanisms that contribute to diversity within species, and is particularly interested in bone and placental physiology.
Dr. Jim Johnson, Past President
Economics, University of British Columbia, Okanagan
Jim Johnson has been a member of CUFA BC Council since 2006. He currently holds an appointment as an Associate Professor of Economics at UBC, a position he has held since 2005. Previously he held academic appointments at Wilfrid Laurier University, McMaster University, the University of Saskatchewan, and Okanagan University College. He has extensive experience in bargaining, having served as chief negotiator for the UBC Faculty Association in the 2010, 2012, and 2014 rounds and having served as chief negotiator for the Okanagan University College Faculty Association for five years. Provincially, he has served on the BC Federation of Labour’s legislative and research committee and BC Ministry of Skills Training and Education’s Standing Committee on Evaluation and Accountability and Key Performance Indicators Working Group. Office Phone: 250-807-9391
Former CUFA BC Executive Director Dr. Michael Conlon has transitioned to a new role at our allied organization, the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations. We thank him for his most judicious service to CUFA, and wish him all the best in his new role.
CUFA BC is in the process of recruiting a new Executive Director. During this transition period, please feel free to contact Resource Coordinator Ms. Haida Antolick or President Dr. Jacqueline Holler.
Ms. Haida Antolick, Resource Coordinator
Haida Antolick joined CUFA BC in July 2015. She has a background in student and union leadership. She has served as an SFU student senator, on multiple university committees, on the Executive of the Graduate Student Society at SFU, and as Treasurer of the Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU). In 2011, Haida finished her BA with majors in Anthropology and English, and in 2014 she completed her SSHRC-supported MA project in the Department of English at SFU.
Office Phone: 604-646-4677