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Dean's Message


Get Inspired - Every solution, every theory, every creation, starts with inspiration. The Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences creates the atmosphere for inspiration with faculty who have won prestigious research and teaching awards, staff who have won professional excellence awards, and students who have won and go on to win scholarships and notable positions in industry and our communities.  If you are looking to make an impact, or stretch what you are capable of, this is the place to make it happen.  

As the largest faculty on UBC’s Okanagan campus, we combine the arts and the sciences, to create cross-discipline learning opportunities and graduates who are engaged, global citizens. Our diverse offerings and the collective ideas and drive of our students, staff, and faculty make this a place where everyone can reach their dreams and potential. Whether you are a current member of our community, or thinking about joining us, we welcome you on the journey to making the exceptional possible, for us and for you.

Barbara Rutherford, PhD
Acting Dean, Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences
UBC’s Okanagan campus

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Barb Rutherford 

 Dr. Barbara Rutherford

Dr. Barbara Rutherford is the acting dean of the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences. She holds a doctorate in psychology from the University of Auckland, and obtained an MSc in physical education from the University of Alberta. Her research focus is brain hemispheric interaction and reading competency. Dr. Rutherford has mentored and supervised award-winning students, and is the recipient of outstanding professor and service awards. Her research has been funded by NSERC, SSHRC, and other internal and external grants.



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