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.

Monday, August 16, 2021 9:00 AM - Zoom

William Rees
(Experimental Medicine)
Aberrant Intestinal Epithelial Cell Signalling Drives Inflammatory Responses to Bacterial Flagellin in Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Supervisor(s): Professor Theodore Steiner

Monday, August 16, 2021 12:30 PM - Zoom

Nicole Gladish
(Medical Genetics)
Associations of DNA Methylation with Adversity Throughout the Life Course
Supervisor(s): Professor Michael S Kobor

Wednesday, August 18, 2021 12:30 PM - Zoom

Ru Qi Yu
A Weighted Summation Framework for Conjunctive Predictions
Supervisor(s): Professor Jiaying Zhao

Monday, August 30, 2021 12:30 PM - Zoom

Bruce Seyed-Morteza Moghtader
(Curriculum and Pedagogy)
Human Capital Theory of Education
Supervisor(s): Professor William Pinar

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 12:30 PM - Zoom

Matthew Man Hien Fong
(Electrical & Computer Engineering)
Instructors' and Students' Needs for Next Generation Video in Education
Supervisor(s): Professor S Sidney Fels

Friday, September 24, 2021 2:00 PM - 4001, Forest Sciences Centre, 2424 Main Mall

Rachel Elizabeth Chudnow
Confronting Uncertainties in a Freshwater Recreational Fishery: A Case for fluvial Bull Trout (Salvelinus Confluentus) in Central British Columbia
Supervisor(s): Professor Scott Hinch