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Faculty & staff

Current Social Sciences faculty and staff can refer to the Connect site for additional forms, documents, and resources.

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Social sciences faculty and staff can submit a story idea to the Faculty Communications Officer using the secure form.

New hires

Welcome to our new faculty hires for 2021/2022!


Tatiana Degai, assistant professor, Indigenous research methodologies, ethics and community-engaged research.

Tommy Happynook, assistant professor, Nuu chah nulth ways of knowing, land, language, knowledge and identity.

Ammie Kalan, assistant professor, biological anthropology, primate behavioural ecology. 


Vasco Gabriel, professor and department chair, econometrics and applied macroeconomics, empirical finance.

Environmental Studies

Loren McClenachan, associate professor and Canada Research Chair, cross-listed History, conservation, fisheries management, historical data analysis.


Christina Hoicka, associate professor, cross-listed Civil Engineering, energy geography, renewable energy transformations.

Deondre Smiles, assistant professor, critical Indigenous geographies, tribal cultural resource preservation.

Political Science

Kelly Aguirre, assistant professor, Indigenous politics, political theory, and Indigenous rhetoric

Justin Leifso, assistant professor, Canadian politics, Canadian public policy, Neoliberalism, and Federalism


Maria Iankivelitch, assistant teaching professor, social psychology, mental health and wellbeing, statistics and research methods

Nigel Mantou Lou, assistant professor, social psychology, applied linguistics

Jhotisha Mugon, assistant teaching professor, psychology, cognitive neuroscience

Paweena Sukhawathanakul, assistant professor, lifespan psychology

Faculty & staff postings

At UVic, we combine outstanding scholarship with inspired teaching and community engagement. We’re committed to recruiting, developing and retaining people who help us build a better future.

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Research resources

Research funding

Our faculty is committed to world-class research. We are supported by research funding from a variety of sources that totals close to $10 million annually.

Internal funding  (check eligibility before applying)

UVic internal grants:

External funding  (most common)

International research support

Research proposal deadlines

In order to allow time for application review and approval, your relevant research proposal paperwork must be in the Dean’s Office at least two weeks before the applicable external deadline.

The Dean’s Office needs to see a completed Research Application Summary Form, which the Chair or Director should have already signed, and also a copy of the entire grant application, including the proposed budget.

Other research supports

We offer many other research supports, such as access to Google Scholar, through our Faculty Connect site .

Awards & honours

The Faculty of Social Sciences celebrates teaching and research excellence at UVic. Please join us in congratulating our award recipients.

Support for instructors

Learning & teaching resources

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