University Killam Professors

The designation “University Killam Professor” (UKP) is the highest honour that the University can confer on a member of faculty.  It recognizes exceptional members of faculty who are extraordinary teachers and researchers, who are leaders in their academic fields, and who have received national and international recognition.

Nominations are evaluated against criteria that demonstrate the characteristics of an exceptional professor worthy of this honour, and must demonstrate consistent excellence in teaching and research. University Killam Professors will hold the designation for as long as they remain tenured members of faculty at the University. 

University Killam Professors are expected to contribute to the overall intellectual life of the University and to serve as academic ambassadors to the University’s external community. Within one year after receiving the UKP designation, each University Killam Professor shall deliver a lecture to the University Community on a subject of their choosing, though preferably on a subject that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries. These lectures will be recorded, published, and made available to the University community and beyond.

Full information about the appointment, roles and responsibilities of UKPs can be found in  UBC Policy LR6: Killam Professors Policy. View a list of UBC's University Killam Professors.

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