Dean's Message

Welcome to the virtual world of the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences (IKBSAS)!

We are the largest Faculty on UBC’s Okanagan campus and the only one on both campuses with a mandate to bring Arts and Science fields together, under one roof. We are, thus, a diverse and unique community that straddles and integrates the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. We are very proud of our mandate.

The vast array of innovative programs that we offer enable our students and faculty to benefit from excellent opportunities for teaching, learning, research and scholarship that engage the complex realities of our world, foster positive innovations and developments locally, nationally, and internationally; and inspire our students, faculty, staff, and alumni to make significant contributions in various areas of human endeavor.  

Irrespective of your individual interests and background, you will benefit tremendously from being a member of our globally diverse, caring, supportive, and vibrant community of world class scholars; accomplished and inquiring peers; and highly professional staff, who are all working together to provide you with the best educational experience available anywhere.  Our award-winning and internationally recognized faculty members, who are at the forefront of some of the most exciting developments that are shaping our societies, will help you grow in ways that previously might have been unimaginable. Your peers will challenge and collaborate with you to unleash your full potentials; and our highly competent and committed staff is always available and ready to provide you with all the best guidance and support.

We provide several opportunities that facilitate engagement with real life experiences, both inside and outside the classroom, thereby enabling our students to benefit from business, community, government, industry, scholarly, and other partnerships. These opportunities give students first-hand insights and hands-on experiences, which combine with first-rate critical perspectives in the classroom to release their creative inclinations and instincts; stimulate their drive for innovative ideas; fuel their passion for positive social change, as globally aware and engaged citizens; and prepare them for fulfilling lives in the world beyond graduation that enrich our communities.

IKBSAS is honored to have the opportunity to engage in these exciting and life-changing experiences on unceded Syilx territory in the beautiful Okanagan. We are very grateful to our host communities for their generosity and partnership. Your location in, and respectful engagement with, these indigenous communities will add a very special and enriching dimension to your personal and intellectual growth, as a globally aware and interculturally competent individual able to function in, and contribute to, a diverse world.  I, therefore, encourage you to explore the heritage and experiences of our host communities both inside and outside the classroom, whatever your field of endeavor or background.

The IKBSAS is, definitely, the place for you if you are a current or prospective student looking for a nourishing intellectual experience that exposes you to trailblazing ideas and innovations, and prepares you for success in our complex world. Thanks for your virtual visit and for your interest in the exciting opportunities that we offer. We look forward to connecting with you in person.


Wisdom J. Tettey, PhD
Dean, Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences
UBC’s Okanagan campus

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  • Wisdom Tettey

    Dr. Wisdom J. Tettey

    Dr. Wisdom J. Tettey is dean of the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences at UBC’s Okanagan campus. Born in Ghana, he holds a PhD from Queen’s University, and an MA from UBC. His research interests include political economy of globalization and information technology in Africa; media, politics and civic engagement in Africa; African higher education and the knowledge society; and, transnational citizenship and the African diaspora. Tettey was a Killam Resident Fellow at the University of Calgary and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development. He was named a fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2013.

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