Dr. Adrienne Chan, Associate Vice President
Research, Engagement, and Graduate Studies
Office: G290J Abbotsford
Dr. Adrienne Chan has been a faculty member at UFV in the School of Social Work and Social Services since 2004, and was acting in the AVP role from Fall 2012 to Spring 2013. Her position as AVP was made permanent in May 2013.
The central tasks of this position include leading and supporting the development of research activities among faculty and students, leveraging research and scholarship to foster community engagement with the region, fostering the integration of teaching and research, increasing overall research funding from traditional and alternative sources, increasing awareness of available funding opportunities for faculty members and helping them to procure it, supporting and developing graduate programs, and promoting faculty and student research, scholarship, and graduate program accomplishments internally and externally.
Chan has an excellent research record and played a leading role in the development of UFV’s Master of Social Work degree. She is also a UFV Teaching Excellence award winner. She holds a PhD from the University of Kent at Canterbury, an MSW from UBC, and a BA from the University of Victoria.
As a UFV faculty member, Chan served as the Chair of the Research Ethnics Board and was an active member on the Research Advisory Council, Senate Research Committee, Senate Graduate Studies, as well as numerous departmental committees. Chan was instrumental in the launch of the Master of Social Work degree at UFV.
Her primary research interests have focused on higher education, institutional change, institutional culture, academic culture, policy studies, gender, race, and issues of diversity in educational institutions. In 2006, she was awarded a standard Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) research grant for work focused on social justice in universities.
In 2011, she was a successful co-applicant of a standard SSHRC grant that focused on the use of language (mainly Punjabi) interpreters in the child welfare system in Abbotsford.
In taking on the role of AVP, Chan said: “I am very excited about the opportunities on multiple levels that I will have to help increase and solidify UFV’s research profile in this position” . “I want to support our faculty as they actively engage research and scholarship that is critical to our communities, both locally and internationally. Through my previous work as a researcher, I know the challenges they face, and I want to provide support to them.”
Chan says that research activity at UFV supports the university’s two goals of providing the best undergraduate education in Canada and being a leader of the social, cultural, economic, and environmentally responsible development of the Fraser Valley. Research also supports UFV’s objective of being innovative and entrepreneurial in pursuing these goals.
“I want to help to raise the profile of research and scholarship at UFV and provide a rationale of why it is relevant to everyone in our communities, and why it should be funded.”