Our people


Meet our team

The Faculty of Fine Arts offers a supportive, creative academic environment where a mix of over 150 regular faculty, emeriti and sessional instructors work together with more than 30 professional staff to offer a dynamic and experiential educational experience.

The fine arts have always enhanced and transformed our lives and our world. As such, we provide the finest training and learning environment for artists, professionals, and students involved in the arts. We nurture the arts in performance, in writing, in exhibition and in scholarship.

As part of the university and wider community, our faculty provides a space for diverse contributions to cultural expressions and ensures the growth of knowledge and experiences of life-long learners. Our overarching mission is to prepare students for the cultural challenges of the 21st century.

Academic Leadership

  • The Deans office is located in FIA 116


Dr. Susan Lewis


The Dean holds responsibility for the academic leadership of the Faculty, strategic direction and recruitment, resource allocation, policy and governance, engaging with community, industry, and global partners, and securing resources and investment for Fine Arts. Guided by the Faculty of Fine Arts Strategic Plan, the Dean seeks to support and strengthen the Faculty’s commitments to excellence and experimentation in research and creative activity, innovative curriculum, the best student experiences, equity and diversity, and engaged partnerships.


Associate Dean

Dr. Evanthia Baboula

250-721-7756 |

The portfolio of the Associate Dean includes three primary components: student success and support (including academic standards and integrity, academic concessions, grade changes, pro formas); oversight and coordination of curriculum and programming, including partnerships, exchange programs, and chairing of the Fine Arts courses; and the leadership of special projects that align with the Faculty's Strategic Plan.

Administration Portfolios


Assistant to the Dean

Ami Cheli


  • Office of the Dean reception
  • Calendar management, meeting requests, and logistical support for the Dean and Associate Dean
  • Support for Faculty of Fine Arts meetings and Curriculum Committee
  • Room bookings for FIA 108, 124 and Fine Arts Lobby
  • Fine Arts (FA) course registration inquiries
  • Administrative support for general operations of the Office of the Dean

Manager, Finance and Administration

Samantha Knudson

250-853-3654 |

  • Budget, enrolment, human resource guidance and support
  • Coordination of Chairs & Director meetings, executive searches, faculty recruitments (including start-up funds and relocation grants), and UVic Careers Faculty hiring manager
  • Computer Acquisition Fund, Academic Equipment Fund, Routine Capital
  • Orion / Adaskin Visiting Artist programs
  • Faculty capital projects and renovations
  • FOI requests, Privacy and Records Management, policy guidance

Administrative Assistant

Sarah Murphy

250-721-7755 l 

  • Records management (records disposition, performance and personnel files)
  • Supports Faculty of Fine Arts Joint Local Safety Committee meetings
  • Supports student affairs through academic forms assistance (Request for Academic Concessions, Grade Changes, Course Changes and Directed Studies) and administrative support
  • Administrative support for general operations of the Office of the Dean

Academic Advising


Fine Arts Undergraduate Academic Advisor

Sarah Riecken


  • Support to students
    • navigating UVic services, policies, and academic regulations
    • degree and program planning
  • Primary Fine Arts contact regarding student records, CAPP reports, and graduation reviews
  • Curriculum and Calendar planning with Associate Dean and academic units
  • Faculty representative at recruitment and orientation events

Communications and External Relations


Communications and Special Projects Officer

John Threlfall

250-721-6222 | Cell: 250-217-8549 | FIA 225 |

  • Media communications, liaison with UVic Communications + Marketing
  • Event creation and management
  • Coordinate and lead faculty tours and arrange class visits
  • Specific projects, print media & ad consultation, photo consent forms
  • Community outreach
  • Social media, UVic’s Edge (including the DU-IT process)

Development Officer

Samantha Krzywonos

250-721-6305 | FIA 225a |

  • Donor identification, stewardship, and recognition
  • Creation of annual and endowed scholarships, bursaries, and student awards
  • Secure investment for innovative equipment and programs
  • Alumni relations activities and events
  • Policy support for charitable donations, in-kind gifts and new awards
  • Planned gifts in conjunction with UVic Planned Giving

Research, Creative Activity, and Scholarship Coordinator


Dr. Lytton McDonnell

250-721-7945 | fineartsrcascoordinator@uvic.ca

  • Grant identification, development, and facilitation for faculty members and graduate students
  • Communication of funding opportunities and accomplishments
  • Management of a research and creative activity database that tracks and supports faculty-wide funding opportunities

Media and Technology


Senior Programmer / Analyst

David Broome

250-721-6307 |


Senior Scientific Assistant

Mike Huston

250-721-7313 | Cell: 250-361-6067 |


Studio for Integrated Media /
Technical Support

Administrative and Support functions:

  • Studios for Integrated Media and Red Hats (work study)
  • Computing systems infrastructure, workstation support for University operations, computer purchasing and maintenance
  • Support of Faculty department marketing
  • Networking and computing security operations and implementations

Teaching support:

  • In-course workshops, student teaching labs, class assistance for custom teaching of technologies
  • Student computing support for installation, documentation and publishing projects
  • Camera, lighting and audio equipment training and loans
  • Wide-format printer facilities and support
  • Implementation support for technology and teaching across the Faculty

Research support for Faculty members:

  • Assistance with research technology
Mailing address Courier address
Fine Arts University of Victoria
PO Box 1700 STN CSC
Victoria BC  V8W 2Y2 Canada
Fine Arts University of Victoria
Fine Arts Building 116
3800 Finnerty Road Victoria, BC V8P 5C2
Phone: 250-721-7755
Fax: 250-721-7748