Janice Eng is a professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Canada Research Chair in Neurological Rehabilitation. She is also director of the Rehabilitation Research Program, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute. At Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, she oversees graduate student funding.
Why did you become an Associate Dean in G+PS?
Working with my graduate students and post-docs is my favourite part of my job as a professor. I have the pleasure of working with incredibly motivated and bright students. I worked previously for VP Research and International on faculty funding issues. My portfolio in G+PS now oversees graduate student funding; thus, this was a great fit for me.
What have you learned from the experience?
I get to crunch all the numbers with respect to graduate student funding. On average, UBC PhD funding packages are highly competitive relative to the rest of the country. However, there is a small portion of PhD students who are not sufficiently funded and we need to work on this.
What makes UBC an exciting place for graduate study and for postdoctoral fellows?
UBC is rich in the depth and breadth of its research and my graduate students have tremendous opportunity for collaboration, cross-disciplinary discussion and high impact research. As important, it is great to see my students balance their life with the incredible outdoor opportunities that the Vancouver region offers. What could be better!
What should students know about G+PS?
While I have been a graduate supervisor for almost 20 years, I was not aware of the breadth of professional development workshops offered to graduate students and post-docs until I worked in G+PS. Take advantage of them!
What should UBC faculty members know about G+PS?
Your feedback will help us to continue to improve our services to faculty and students. Faculty are at the front-line when it comes to experience with graduate students and post-docs. Do tell us what works and what does not work when it comes to G+PS processes and programs.
What is one crucial next step in advancing graduate education at UBC?
We need to ensure that graduate students have sufficient opportunities to attain funding so they can focus on their education.