Invitation for Expressions of Interest in Role of Department Clinical Faculty Affairs Representative



Dear Colleagues,

We are writing today to let you know that the term of the current Department of Psychiatry representative, Dr. Marilyn Champagne, on the Faculty of Medicine Clinical Faculty Advisory Council will end as of June 30, 2021. Dr. Champagne has been an outstanding representative and advocate for clinical faculty in Psychiatry, and the Department wishes to thank her for all her valuable contributions over the last three years.

The Department is now inviting expressions of interest from clinical faculty to fill the vacancy for the role of Clinical Faculty Affairs Representative for Psychiatry. This role will be for a three-year term from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2024.

The Clinical Faculty Affairs Representative serves as the crucial link between UBC Psychiatry and the Clinical Faculty Affairs office, and will participate in the Faculty of Medicine Clinical Faculty Advisory Council (formerly Clinical Faculty Affairs Committee), an advisory group consisting of representatives from each department with the Faculty of Medicine, as well in other committees within the Department.


General Responsibilities include:

    • Representing the interests of Clinical Faculty across the province.
    • Serving as liaison between the Department and Clinical Faculty Affairs office.
    • Working to foster and promote career development initiatives and opportunities for Clinical Faculty.
    • Identifying issues of concern to Clinical Faculty, and developing and recommending actions to address them.
    • Supporting the interprofessional mandate of the Faculty of Medicine by hearing and considering perspectives from all Faculty of Medicine programs.

Specific Responsibilities include:

    • Presenting important issues and concerns of the Department to the Director of Clinical Affairs at Clinical Faculty Advisory Council meetings.
    • Communicating information on relevant Faculty of Medicine initiatives to Clinical Faculty members in the Department.
    • Discussing academic and administrative changes arising in the Faculty of Medicine, considering the potential impacts of them on Clinical Faculty, and gathering input from Clinical Faculty regarding that potential impact.
    • Chairing the Annual Departmental Clinical Faculty Business Meeting in June.
    • Participating on the following committees:

Within the Faculty of Medicine:

    • Clinical Faculty Advisory Council; meets approx. every two months or at the call of the chair**

Within the Department:

    • Clinical Faculty Appointment and Promotion Committee (CFAPC); meets 2-3 times per year between September and June to review and discuss case files**
    • Head’s Executive Committee; meets monthly on Thursdays 8.00am (usually September through June)**
    • Head’s Advisory Committee; meets monthly on Thursdays following Executive meeting (usually September through June)**
    • Faculty Awards Committee; meets twice annually, or as needed**
    • Any other Department Committee as needed**


**Eligible for compensation as per the Clinical Faculty Compensation Terms for Standing Committees and Search Committees for Senior Leadership.

Time Commitment:

Typically 12-15 hours per month (fewer in July and August)


If you are interested, please email to Vicky Yau, Director, Administration ( a brief statement of interest and a biographical summary by April 30, 2021. If there are two or more interested faculty members, then an election will be held.

Information on the Clinical Faculty Advisory Council can be found at The Terms of Reference for the Faculty of Medicine Clinical Faculty Advisory Council can be found at



Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham, Head, UBC Department of Psychiatry
Dr. Anson Koo, Associate Head, Clinical Affairs and Partnerships, UBC Department of Psychiatry