UBC today announced that Professor Bhushan Gopaluni – currently Associate Dean, Education and Professional Development at the Faculty of Applied Science – accepted the role of UBC Vice-Provost and AVP, Faculty Planning, pro tem. Prof. Gopaluni’s new role is in the Office of the Provost and Vice-President Academic, UBC Vancouver, and starts May 1, 2022.
March 9, 2022
The role of vice-provost and associate vice-president, faculty planning, is responsible for the academic leadership of enrolment planning and management, stewardship of existing and new academic space and capital projects, and has an important role in the university budget planning.
"I am humbled and honoured to join the team in the provost’s office,” said Prof. Gopaluni. “I look forward to working with them to realize UBC’s collective goals, as we transition to a post-pandemic world."
“We are delighted that Prof. Gopaluni’s outstanding work and contributions to our university are being recognized in this new appointment,” said James Olson, Dean, Faculty of Applied Science. “We know he will succeed in this new role and his efforts will be of great benefit to all faculty members UBC.”
Prof. Gopaluni joined the Faculty of Applied Science, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, in 2006. He was associate head for the department between 2014-2017, following which he joined the Dean’s Office as associate dean, education and professional development. He is an associate faculty member of the Institute of Applied Mathematics, the Institute for Computing, Information and Cognitive Systems, Pulp and Paper Centre and the Clean Energy Research Centre.
As Associate Dean, Education and Professional Development, Prof. Gopaluni focused on improving the student experience and expanding and improving professional development and experiential learning opportunities. Under his leadership the Experiential Learning Hub (E-Hub) was launched, the co-op program was expanded, and focused resources were put into engineering design teams and other professional development programming.
An interim associate dean, education and professional development, will be identified in the coming weeks. In the meantime, Carol Jaeger, Associate Dean Academic, will provide support for this portfolio.