LFS Dean Search – Student Session


To:  Graduate Students, Postdoctoral Fellows, Research Associates, Undergraduate Students

We have scheduled a session for the undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and research associates to meet with each of the two short-listed candidates for the Dean of the Faculty of Land and Food Systems.

Candidate #1 Rickey Yada Candidate #2 Eric Triplett
Wednesday, January 15th12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (light lunch provided) 

Location:  Room 350, H.R. Macmillan Building

2357 Main Mall

Tuesday, January 21st12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (light lunch provided) 

Location:  Room 350, H.R. Macmillan Building

2357 Main Mall

Attached are the candidates’ CVs, the Candidate Profile, and feedback forms for each candidate.

We encourage you to attend these sessions.  Please reply to kate.carr@ubc.ca, advising whether you are able to attend.  It would be helpful as we plan these sessions to know approximately how many will be attending.


Kate Carr
Executive Assistant
Office of the Provost and VP Academic
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus
Walter C. Koerner Library, 6th Floor
Rm. 640 – 1958 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z2, Canada
Tel:  604-822-1288 | Fax:  604-822-8118 | kate.carr@ubc.ca

Triplett CV

feedback form ET

Yada CV

feedback form RY_DRAFT

UBC – Dean LFS – Candidate Profile

LFS Dean Search – Update


As you may be aware, Dean Murray Isman will be retiring after June of this year. Last year, a President’s Advisory Committee was established for the selection of a new Dean. In July, an advertisement was widely distributed through print and web-based media, seeking applications for the position.

As of January 7, 2014, the President’s Advisory Committee has extended invitations for interviews to following individuals for the position of Dean, Faculty of Land and Food Systems.

  • Eric Triplett
    Professor and Chair
    Department of Microbiology and Cell Science
    Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
    University of Florida
  • Rickey Yada
    Professor and Canada Research Chair in Food Protein Structure
    Scientific Director, Advanced Foods and Materials Canada (AFM Canada)
    Department of Food Science
    University of Guelph

A number of public forums took place to give each stakeholder group an opportunity to meet each candidate, ask questions, and provide feedback to the Advisory Committee. The Committee will then make a recommendation to the Provost on which candidate they feel is the best fit.

Social Justice @UBC Noted Scholars Lecture Series: Dr. Alison Alkon


When: Jan 22, 12–1pm
Where: Jack Bell Building, 2080 West Mall, Room 028
Speaker: Dr. Alison Alkon, Assistant Professor and Chair of Sociology, University of the Pacific
Title: Black, White and Green: Food Justice, Farmers Markets and the Green Economy

Abstract: This talk will begin by describing the emergent concept of food justice, which is found at the nexus of inequalities and food and agricultural systems. It will lay out some of the guiding questions and theoretical antecedents that have helped to define the field. Next, Alkon will offer an example from her own ethnographic work in the San Francisco Bay Area. There, Alkon compared predominantly black and white farmers markets to better understand the ways that race and class shape the visions and goals that communities assign to sustainable agriculture. From this research she argues that both communities sought to create more just and sustainable food systems, and that efforts to do so were simultaneously inventive and limited by each market’s social location. However, she also describes how economic inequalities pervade both farmers markets in ways that cannot be resolved without broader structural changes. Alkon will draw from this knowledge to comment on the field of food justice research, and to highlight potential directions for new work.

Bio: Alison Alkon is Assistant Professor and Chair, Sociology at the University of the Pacific where she teaches and does research on food, the environment and inequalities of race, class and gender. Alkon’s books include Black, White and Green: Race, Farmers Markets and the Green Economy and Cultivating Food Justice: Race, Class and Sustainability (co-edited with Julian Agyeman). These works have helped to establish the growing field of Food Justice Studies which explores how inequalities affect food and agricultural systems and how communities and policy makers are responding to these inequalities.

*Lunch will be provided at noon at no cost for those who RSVP: wynn.archibald@ubc.ca