Governance Bodies

KIAS is guided by a strong governance model consisting of Research Committee, Advisory Council and Administrative Board. We are deeply indebted to the wonderful people who serve on our committees.


KIAS Research Committee

The Research Committee submits ideas and recommendations to the Advisory Council on research themes and topics to be examined by the research and intellectual exchange sponsored by KIAS. The Research Committee adjudicates applications for all grant programs, advises the Academic Director on design and implementation on programs and promotional activities and, advances the KIAS mandate through effective advocacy.

The Research Committee consists of 6 members: 5 voting and 1 non-voting.

  • Dr. Scott Smallwood, Associate Professor, Music
  • Dr. Carrie Smith-Prei, Associate Professor, Modern Languages and Cultural Studies
  • Dr. Makere Stewart-Harawira, Professor, Educational Policy Studies
  • Dr. Kimberly Tallbear-Dauphine, Associate Professor, Native Studies
  • Dr. Geoffrey Rockwell (Chair), KIAS Director and Professor, Philosophy and Humanities Computing, ex officio
  • Dr. Adam Dombovari, KIAS Program Coordinator, ex officio

KIAS Advisory Council

The Advisory Council considers ideas and recommendations from the Research Committee on research themes and topics to be examined, provides advice to the KIAS Administrative Board on these themes and topics, and provides advice to the Administrative Board on ways and means for KIAS to best realize its mandate.

The Advisory Council consists of 15 members: 13 voting and 2 non-voting.

  • Dr. Kathleen DeLong (Chair), Vice-Provost and Chief Librarian
  • Dr. Olenka Bilash, Acting Director, Ukrainian Language Education Centre, Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, and Professor, Secondary Education
  • Dr. Lesley Cormack, Dean of Arts, and Professor, History and Classics
  • Dr. Jim Ellis, Director, Calgary Institute for the Humanities, and Professor of English, University of Calgary
  • Dr. Roger Epp, Director, UAlberta North and Professor, Political Science
  • Mr. Andrew Hladyshevsky, Q.C., Partner, Dentons Canada LLP
  • Dr. Svitlana Krys, Kule Chair in Ukrainian Studies and Assistant Professor of English, MacEwan University
  • Dr. David Marples, Chair and Distinguished University Professor, History and Classics
  • Dr. Bohdan Medwidsky, Professor Emeritus, Modern Languages and Cultural Studies
  • Ms. Chelsea Miya, PhD Student, English and Film Studies
  • Most Reverend David Motiuk, Eparchy of Edmonton
  • Dr. Serhii Plokhii, Director, Ukrainian Research Institute, and Professor of Ukrainian History, Harvard University
  • Dr. Jelena Pogosjan, Director, Kule Folklore Centre, and Professor, MLCS
  • Dr. Geoffrey Rockwell, KIAS Director, and Professor, Philosophy and Humanities Computing, ex officio (non-voting)
  • Dr. Adam Dombovari, KIAS Program Coordinator, ex officio (non-voting)

KIAS Administrative Board

The Administrative Board determines the research themes and topics to be explored, approves the KIAS annual budget and annual report, provides strategic advice and guidance to the Academic Director on academic and research focus, and advances the KIAS mandate through effective advocacy.

The Administrative Board consists of 10 members: 7 voting, 3 non-voting.

  • Dr. Randy Goebel (Chair), Associate Vice-President (Academic) and Associate Vice-President (Research), and Professor, Computing Science
  • Dr. Chris Andersen, Dean, Faculty of Native Studies
  • Dr. Jars Balan, Acting Director, Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, and Coordinator, Kule Ukrainian Studies Centre
  • Dr. Lesley Cormack, Dean of Arts, and Professor, History and Classics
  • Dr. Kathleen DeLong, Vice-Provost and Chief Librarian (non-voting observer)
  • Dr. Corinne Langinier, Director, Institute for Public Economics, and Associate Professor, Economics
  • Dr. Alla Nedashkivska, Associate Professor, Modern Languages and Cultural Studies
  • Dr. Geoffrey Rockwell, KIAS Director, and Professor, Philosophy and Humanities Computing, ex officio (non-voting)
  • Dr. Heather Zwicker, Vice-Provost and Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, and Professor, English and Film Studies
  • Dr. Adam Dombovari, KIAS Program Coordinator, ex officio (non-voting)