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.
As AVP, Adrienne’s position includes 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, and increasing overall research funding from traditional and alternative sources. Adrienne is a resource for researchers working on developing their research and scholarly profile and research program. She understands the granting process, as a grant-holder herself. Adrienne is responsible for the overall administration of Research Option, Scholarly Activity, and Sabbatical Applications and Reports.
At UFV, there is a need to develop an increasing awareness of available funding opportunities for faculty members and help them to procure these funds. The overarching goal of Adrienne’s role and the role of the office is to promote faculty and student research, and scholarship accomplishments internally and externally. The AVP also supports and develops graduate programs, and is very engaged with students and with the community. Adrienne’s portfolio includes responsibility for Research Chairs, Research Centres and Institutes, the Agriculture Centre of Excellence, and the Graduate Programs at UFV.
Adrienne 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. As a UFV faculty member, Adrienne served as the Chair of the Research Ethics Board and was an active member on the Research Advisory Council, Senate Research Committee, Senate Graduate Studies, and on numerous university and departmental committees. She is an active member of the Abbotsford Community Development Council. Adrienne has a strong commitment to social justice and equity issues.
Adrienne's 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 Punjab) interpreters in the child welfare system in Abbotsford. In 2015, she was successful as the Principle Investigator of a Canadian Health Institute in Research (CIHR) operating grant; Pathways to Health Equity for Aboriginal People, Component 1. In 2017, she was the successful recipient of a CIHR grant for component 2, Pathways to Heath Equity for Aboriginal Peoples, where she has been working extensively with Bands and First Nations communities in the Fraser Valley with a research team.
Adrienne 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. "We are well positioned to provide the best undergraduate education in Canada through supporting undergraduate research opportunities and excellence, and through the integration of research and teaching." Further, "I want to help 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."
Adrienne grew up in Victoria, B.C. and has lived in the Lower Mainland for many years. She holds a PhD from the University if Kent at Canterbury, an MSW from UBC, and a BA from the University of Victoria. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, walking, cooking, reading, travelling, and time with friends and family.