Public Humanities Hub

Public Humanities Hub Okanagan provides support for collaborative research among humanists on the Okanagan campus.

The Public Humanities Hub (PPH-O) at UBC Okanagan extends the UBC research cluster strategy to foster research excellence and develop Humanities collaborations with public-facing research and programming.

  • The Hub identifies best practices in Humanities capacity-building internationally
  • It builds new research connections across Humanities departments, UBC faculties and the two campuses
  • It supports research culture including graduate students and senior undergraduates
  • It publicizes and mobilizes Humanities research in the public sphere and facilitate exchanges amongst Humanists at both the Okanagan and Vancouver campuses.

The PHH is made possible through funding for a three-year pilot from the offices of the Provost and VP Academic and the VP Research and Innovation.

PUblic HUMANITIES hub director

Applications are invited for the position of Academic Director, Public Humanities Hub Okanagan from tenure-stream faculty members at UBC-Okanagan with expertise in the Humanities. Administered through the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, the position is open to humanists in any faculty at UBC Okanagan.

The Academic Director will play an important role in the implementation and development of the PHH-O. An accomplished scholar with experience in collaborative projects and public humanities, the Academic Director will pursue a rigorous and inclusive approach. With the support of a steering committee including representatives from PHH-V and from different disciplines and Faculties, the Academic Director will work to enhance internal academic communications and collaborations amongst humanists at UBC Okanagan and support public-facing research and activities. The Academic Director will be expected to oversee the operations of the PHH, the adjudication of award funds and fellowships, and other administrative matters, recommending disbursements of the $75000 annual budget to the Associate Dean of Research from FCCS. The Director will work with the FCCS ADR on the Public Humanities conference in July 2020.

The position will begin September 1, 2019 for an initial one-year term, with the possibility of renewal upon review. The Director will receive a partial release from teaching or an honorarium in lieu of teaching release should the successful candidate already have releases through other arrangements.

Reporting to the Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies in FCCS on all matters requiring a Head’s approval or signature, the Academic Director will also have a dotted-line report to the VPRI and will consult with other Faculty deans, as appropriate.

Applicants are asked to provide a statement of interest and vision for PHH at UBC Okanagan (1-2 pages) and a current CV. Applicants are expected to consult with their unit head to request approval in principle, should they be the successful candidate. Nominations and applications will be considered by a committee appointed by the Dean and the Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies in FCCS.

Deadline: Monday 29th July 2019.

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Goals & Initiatives

The Public Humanities Hub Okanagan fosters collaboration and research excellence amongst Humanists at UBC, and supports public-facing research in the Humanities

The PHH-O will establish governance with an academic director, reporting to the Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies in FCCS, and steering committee.


The PPH-O will support a continuing GRA position to research young universities that are successful in the Humanities in international rankings and organize exchanges.


The PPH-O will host a major Public Humanities conference in July 2020.

Research Support

The PPH-O will implement and adjudicate a research group competition to support one group pursuing thematic research interests annually.

Joint Fellowship Program

A prospective PH Fellow from the Okanagan campus can invite a scholar from another university to collaborate on a year-long Humanities project with clear potential for impact.

Annual Speaker Exchange

Humanist from each campus will visit the other for a sustained period of talks and research meetings each year.

Research Cluster Strategy

The PHH – O will identify best practices in Humanities capacity-building internationally; build new research connections across departments, and publicize and mobilize Humanities research.

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