Academic Advising

UBC is a large university with many specialized programs, so academic advising is most effectively done within each academic faculty. Most faculties have their own academic advising offices to help students plan their course timetables and make sure they meet their program requirements. In addition, many faculties have specialized advisors who are available to work with Aboriginal students. Are you a prospective student undecided about what faculty might be right for you? There are, of course, many things you might come to UBC to study, but you may want to have a look at some of the Aboriginal academic programs at UBC, but below here is information on advising by faculty and program.

Applied Science (Engineering)

Mary Murphy
Director, Engineering Student Services
phone: (604)822-6556


Trish Poehnell
Graduate Admissions, Architecture
phone: (604)822-2779

Landscape Architecture

Tara Deans
Student Services Coordinator
Tel: 604-822-3445
email: Email

environmental design:
graduate landscape architecture:

Arts Faculty

Michael Wong
Academic Advisor
phone: (604) 827-3060 fax: (604) 822-4923

Sauder School of Business

Sauder has several people providing different kinds of advising. For more detailed information, go to the

School of Community and Regional Planning

Patti Toporowski
Master’s Admissions & Records Grad Support
tel: (604)822-4422

Continuing Studies

Karen Rolston
Associate Director, Centre for Intercultural Communication
tel: (604)822-1435 fax: (604)822-0388


Sandra Fastlicht
Clinical Associate Professor
2nd Year DMD Academic Advisor
tel: (604)822-5739

Education: Native Indian Teacher Education Program

Native Indian Teacher Education Program (NITEP)
Dr Jo-Ann Archibald: Professor, Education
Associate Dean of Indigenous Education
Director, NITEP
tel: (604) 822 5240

Education: Ts`’kel Graduate Studies in Education

Michael Marker
Associate Professor and Director, Ts`’kel.
phone: (604)822-6627


Andrea Lyall
First Nations Coordinator

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Jenny Phelps, Coordinator for Aboriginal Graduate Students
phone: (604) 822-2934, fax: (604) 822-5802

School of Human Kinetics

Fran Harrison
Undergraduate Advisor
phone: (604) 822-4512, fax: (604) 822-6842

Journalism (Graduate Program)

Barbara Wallin
Program Assistant
phone: (604)822-6688, (604)822-6707

Faculty of Land and Food Systems

Joel Liman
Aboriginal Student Coordinator
Tel: 604-827-1570
email: Email

Resources for Aboriginal students in Land and Food Systems


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Dana-Lyn Mackenzie
Associate Director, Indigenous Legal Studies
phone: (604) 822-2177, fax: (604) 822-9486

School of Library, Archival and Information Studies

Lisa Nathan
Assistant Professor
phone: (604) 822-1574

Faculty of Medicine

James Andrew
Aboriginal Student Initiatives Coordinator
phone: (604) 875-4111 (ex. 68946)

School of Music

Julia Choi
Student Advisor
phone: (604)827-5502


The School of Nursing has several advisors for different programs. For more complete information, please see the

School of Population and Public Health

Dr. Chris Richardson
Assistant Professor, Acting Advisor
phone: (604) 827-4023

Faculty of Science

Joel Liman
Aboriginal Student Coordinator
Tel: 604-827-1570
email: Email

Social Work

Richard Vedan
Associate Professor
phone: (604) 822-33520, fax: (604) 822-8656

Revised: May 21, 2014 10:25 AM

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