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.

  • Mr. Aidan Rowe, Associate Professor, Design Studies
  • 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.

  • Mr. Gerald Beasley (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. Heather Coleman, Professor and Director, Research Program on Religion and Culture, Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies
  • Dr. Lesley Cormack, Dean of Arts, and Professor, History and Classics
  • Dr. Roger Epp, Director, UAlberta North and Professor, Political Science
  • Dr. Robert Gibbs, Director, Jackman Humanities Institute, and Professor, Philosophy, University of Toronto
  • Mr. Andrew Hladyshevsky, Q.C., Partner, Dentons Canada LLP
  • Dr. John (Jack) Ives, Director, Institute of Prairie Archeology, and Professor, Anthropology
  • Dr. Svitlana Krys, Kule Chair in Ukrainian Studies and Assistant Professor of English, MacEwan University
  • Dr. Bohdan Medwidsky, Professor Emeritus, Modern Languages and Cultural 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, Interim Dean, Faculty of Native Studies
  • Mr. Gerald Beasley, Vice-Provost and Chief Librarian (non-voting observer)
  • Dr. Lesley Cormack, Dean of Arts, and Professor, History and Classics
  • Dr. Trevor Harrison, Director, Parkland Institute, and Professor, Sociology, University of Lethbridge
  • Dr. Natalie Kononenko, Kule Chair in Ukrainian Ethnography, and Professor, Modern Languages and Cultural Studies
  • 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)