History

Many people worked in the past to make the realization of the UBC Emeritus College a reality. The names of the presidents of the UBC Association of Professors Emeriti can be found in the menu.

Donald Fisher, Principal 2019-2020, Department of Educational Studies

Don Fisher is Professor Emeritus of Educational Studies, Faculty of Education. He joined the Department of the Foundations of Education (later Educational Studies) in 1976 by way of the University of Birmingham and the University of California, Berkeley. He has served as President of four national organizations, most recently with the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. He was elected to the UBC Senate in 1999 and served as Head and Chair of the Department of Educational Studies, 2010-2013. He retired in 2014 but immediately took on the role of Vice-Principal of Green College and served as Acting-Principal, 2015-2016. He continues in his role as Vice-Principal, with the particular responsibility for liaising with Green College Society Members. Using an historical sociology approach, Dr. Fisher’s research focuses on the impact of large scale philanthropy on university education, boundary work within the social sciences and between that group of disciplines and other knowledge areas, academy-industry relations and the marketization of university systems, and the formulation and implementation of higher education policy. He enjoys hiking, swimming and skiing.

Dianne Newell, Principal 2018-2019, Department of History

Past-Principal Dianne Newell is Professor Emerita, Department of History. She joined UBC in 1980 and retired in 2013; since 2015, she has held a post-retirement faculty appointment with UBC’s new Institute for the Oceans & Fisheries (IOF), where she is involved with the Aboriginal Fisheries Research Unit. Her research and publishing interests span a range of subjects within these broad areas: Canadian social and economic history; science and technology in late industrial society; Pacific/Northwest Coast fisheries and anthropology; women in Cold War science fiction and 1970s radio journalism; and First Nations women working in the industrial era.
These days, in addition to her activities at the College and the IOF, she is an ongoing Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study, Technical University of Munich, where she has collaborated on several fascinating interdisciplinary projects, including on historic climate change in the Western Greenland-Labrador coastal areas since the late 1700s using a data base which has been created with several centuries of daily instrumental recordings of weather by the Moravian missionaries who were stationed there.