A culture of collegiality
My colleagues have not only been a source of support for my teaching but also an inspiration.
For developmental neuropsychologist Mauricio Garcia-Barrera, understanding executive brain function is a passion. He joined the university in 2008 after completing his Ph.D. at the University of Georgia and says he was attracted to UVic by the calibre of research being done here. "I've always felt a connection to this institution. Several of the faculty members of the Department of Psychology are highly respected neuropsychologists. I knew that such a strong network of colleagues would help me launch my program of research."
This is an observation that we hear often from new faculty who are struck by the co-operation, collegiality, and mutual respect that exists on our campus. After receiving job offers from four universities, two in Canada and two in the United States, Garcia-Barrera said, "UVic was my number one choice. During the interview I realized what it was about this university and the Department of Psychology that attracted some of the best researchers in my field: a welcoming and supportive professional environment."