Visiting Scholars

Visiting Scholar Applications

Are you interested in being a Visiting Scholar at UBC iSchool?  Check out our policies for Visiting Scholars, connect with an appropriate faculty member to sponsor your visit and complete the visiting scholar form.


Visiting International Research Students (VIRS) program

The School of Information is accepting applications for the Visiting International Research Students (VIRS) program. Due to the impact of COVID‐19, admission to our school will be dependent on the current advisories from the Provincial Health Office (PHO). All travel guidelines implemented by the Government of Canada must be followed.


Visiting Scholars

Mamiko Matsubayashi, PhD (University of Tsukuba, Japan). April 2018-March 2019.

Yuxiang (Chris) Zhao, PhD (Nanjing University of Science and Technology, China). August-November 2018.

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

Dodson Visiting Professors

In addition to short-term visitors and researchers, the 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 the iSchool and with the UBC community.



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 the 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 the iSchool in January 2015.

Dr. McLeod is Professor of Records Management at the 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

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

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.