Visiting Professors Program

The iSchool is recruiting a Visiting Professor for the 2024-25 academic year (deadline for applying February 2, 2024). We are unable to accommodate additional visitors for the 2024-25 academic year.

Dodson Visiting Professors

In addition to short-term visitors and researchers, UBC iSchool also offers the Dodson Visiting Professorship, named in honour of Suzanne and Earl Dodson. This fellowship provides funds to enable the successful candidate to spend a term engaged in teaching and research at UBC’s iSchool and with the UBC community.

2022 – 23: Dr. Olivier St-Cyr 

Dr. Olivier St-Cyr from the University of Toronto joined UBC iSchool in September 2022.

Dr. Olivier St-Cyr is an Associate Professor, Teaching Stream in the Faculty of Information (iSchool) and a cross-appointed Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto. Dr. St-Cyr received an Honours BA in Computer Science and Psychology from York University, a MASc in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo, and a PhD in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto. All degrees have a specialty in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI).

Prior to joining the Faculty of Information, he taught several courses in Computer Programming, User Interface/User Experience Design (UI/UX), and HCI at the University of Toronto, York University, the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) University, and Seneca College. He also spent eight years working in the industry on HCI-related projects in organizations such as the University Health Network, IBM Canada Limited, and Atomic Energy of Canada Limited.

2019 – 2020

Dr. Isto Huvila (Uppsala University, Sweden). September 2019 – August 2020.

2018 – 19

Pierluigi Feliciati (Jan – Mar 31, 2019)

Dr. Brenda Chawner (Sept – Dec 2018)

2015 – 16: Dr. Spencer Lilley

Dr. Spencer Lilley from Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand joined UBC iSchool for the 2015-16 academic year in September 2015.

Dr. Lilley is a Senior Lecturer in Te Pūtahi a Toi, the School of Māori Art, Knowledge and Education at Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand. His Māori tribal affiliations are to Te Atiawa, Muaūpoko and Ngāpuhi. Having published widely, his research interests focus on Indigenous information behaviour, Māori information literacy issues and professional and cultural development issues for Māori library and information management staff. Before assuming his academic position Dr Lilley held leadership positions in the University and Special library sectors, specializing in the development and delivery of library and information services to Māori clients. Dr Lilley is an Honorary Life Member of Te Rōpū Whakahau (Māori in libraries and information management) and is a Fellow and former President of the Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa.

2014 – 15: Dr. Julie McLeod

Dr. Julie McLeod from Northumbria University joined UBC iSchool in January 2015.

Dr. McLeod is Professor of Records Management at UBC iSchool at Northumbria University, which she joined after a thirteen year career in industry as an information and records manager. She is Programme Leader for the MSc of Information & Records Management. She has worked on innovative experiential learning and distance education initiatives with The National Archives of the UK, the BBC, the Deutsche Bank, the European Central Bank, and other organizations, and is a member of the BSI and ISO committees on records management. She has led JISC and AHRC funded research on electronic records management (e.g. Accelerating positive change in electronic records management (AC+erm)) and research data management (DATUM)She has published widely, including co-authoring and editing several books; is Editor of the Records Management Journal and a member of the editorial boards of other scholarly journals;and has served as a member of Arts & Humanities Research Council Panels and Peer Review College. In 2007, she was awarded a Personal Chair in Research at Northumbria University.

September – December 2013: Dr. Bruce Kingma

Dr. Kingma joined UBC iSchool in September 2013.

Bruce Kingma, Ph.D., of the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University, was the Dodson Visiting Professor from September to December 2013. Dr. Kingma is Professor in the School of Information Studies and Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University.
Dr. Kingma taught one three-credit class over the term, and was a guest speaker in other classes and at a university-wide colloquium on iSchool Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

January – April 2013: Dr. Helene Høyrup

Dr. Høyrup joined UBC iSchool in January 2013.

Helene Høyrup, Ph.D., of the Royal School of Library and Information Science in Denmark was the inaugural Dodson Visiting Professor. Dr. Høyrup is Associate Professor in children’s literature and digital literacy at RSLIS in Copenhagen. She is an international scholar in children’s literature studies and has published extensively in the field. Dr. Høyrup taught two one-credit classes over the term, was a guest speaker in other classes and at a university-wide colloquium on children’s literature.

Thank you for your interest in being a Visiting Professor at UBC iSchool! To submit your application, please follow these steps:

  • For more information about this program, please check out our policies for visiting faculty.
  • If you haven’t done so already, please connect with an appropriate faculty member to sponsor your visit.
  • Complete the visiting professor application form below.

Visiting Faculty Application Form

For prospective Visiting Scholars
  • Accepted file types: pdf.
    Please attach an updated Curriculum Vitae to this application as a PDF.
  • If yes, please provide their name. If not, please visit our website ( for a full directory of our faculty members and connect with those who have similar research interests and who might be able to serve as your host.
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