Be a hero; Chair a Doctoral Exam!

Among the most critical elements of any doctoral exam, from the perspective of those who coordinate these complexities, is the search for a strong Chair. Yet this search serves as a perennial challenge to the Doctoral Examinations team. We consider ourselves very lucky indeed if we issue fewer than 10 invitations before confirming 1 chair for an upcoming exam. It is not at all unusual in some disciplines to invite 30 or more chairs before some gracious faculty member agrees to help us out.

If you would like to contribute your time and wisdom to UBC’s doctoral exams:

  • Please have a look at the list of upcoming exams below and if one interests you, please send us an email to or call us at (604) 822-2080
  • Or send us an email detailing the areas that interest you and days/times that you might be generally available and we'll contact you as new exams are scheduled. Again, send an email to


Please bear in mind that the chair cannot be affiliated with the candidate’s graduate program.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 4:00 PM - Room 203

Adela Gherga
Computing Elliptic Curves Over Q Via Thue-Mahler Equations and Related Problems
Supervisor(s): Professor Michael A Bennett

Friday, October 18, 2019 9:00 AM - Room 200

Shuan Dong
(Electrical & Computer Engineering)
Grid Integration of Renewable Energy Sources via Virtual Synchronous Generator
Supervisor(s): Professor Yu Christine Chen

Monday, October 28, 2019 10:00 AM - Room 200

Bei Jiang
(Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program)
Hopes for the Chinese Ecocities
Supervisor(s): Professor Patrick F Mooney, Professor Patrick Michael Condon

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 8:30 AM - 146, ICICS Building, 2366 Main Mall

Zeinab Zolaktaf Zadeh
(Computer Science)
Facilitating User Interaction with Data
Supervisor(s): Professor Rachel Pottinger

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 9:00 AM - Room 200

Andrea Marie Jones
(Population and Public Health)
Investigating the Epidemiology and Work Disability Impacts of Anxiety and Depression Disorders After Musculoskeletal Injury Using Linked Health Data
Supervisor(s): Professor Mieke W Koehoorn

Thursday, November 28, 2019 12:30 PM - Room 200

Kathleen Margaret Warfield
(Language and Literacy Education)
Reading the Cuts: A Novel Posthuman Digital Visual Method for Examining Images of the Self on Social Media
Supervisor(s): Professor Theresa Rogers