UWOFA welcomes new Board of Directors members

On July 1, the UWOFA Board of Directors welcomed seven new members for the 2018-2019 academic year. The Board of Directors administers the affairs of the Association and carries out its policies. UWOFA members elect the Board of Directors, which consists of the officers of the Association (president, vice-president, past president, secretary and treasurer) as well as representatives from various constituencies across campus.

The new members of the 2018-2019 Board of Directors are:

Gus Riveros - Faculty of Education



Gus Riveros is an associate professor in the area of critical policy, equity and leadership studies at the Faculty of Education. He joined Western in 2014 after receiving his PhD from the University of Alberta. Riveros's work is situated in the intersections of philosophy of education, policy analysis and educational administration. Some of his current projects include a comparative study of the adoption of leadership standards in three Canadian provinces, as well as an examination of global trends in leadership competencies for educational administrators in K-12 systems. His teaching includes courses and seminars on research methods and leadership studies in education.

Jason Neyers - Faculty of Law



Jason Neyers is a professor in the Faculty of Law. He came to Western in 2000 after clerking at the Court of Appeal for Ontario. His teaching and research interests are in the areas of torts, restitution, and contract law. He has published extensively in leading law journals and is a co-editor/author of eight books. His academic work has been cited by the Supreme Courts of Canada, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand and by the High Court of Australia and he has been an invited visitor to Harvard, Melbourne, AUT and Sydney law schools. He is a founding member of the Tort Law Research Group and the moderator of the Obligations Discussion Group (ODG), which is an international mailing list devoted to all aspects of the law of obligations. He previously served on UWOFA's Board of Directors from 2006-2010.

Les Kalman - Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry



Les transferred from private practice to academia and is an assistant professor in restorative dentistry and coordinator of the Dental Outreach Community Service (DOCS) program. Kalman's research focuses on medical devices and technologies in clinical dentistry. He has authored over 30 articles, holds two patents and has translated two technologies. He is an active member of several implant organizations and has been recognized as an Academic Associate Fellow (American Academy of Implant Dentistry), Fellow, Master and Diplomate (International Congress of Oral Implantologists) and recently received the Schulich Alumni of Distinction Award. In his spare time, Kalman enjoys time with his family and photography.

Jonathan De Souza - Faculty of Music



Jonathan De Souza is an assistant professor in the Don Wright Faculty of Music, where he has taught since 2013. He also directs an interdisciplinary development initiative at the university, titled "Music, Cognition and the Brain". This initiative involves faculty members and students from the DWFoM, the Brain and Mind Institute, and the National Centre for Audiology. Jonathan's research combines music theory with cognitive science and philosophy, and his book Music at Hand: Instruments, Bodies, and Cognition was published in 2017. He is also an active jazz violinist.

Luke Arnott - Representing part-time membership



Luke is a limited-duties assistant professor in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies, where he teaches a number of courses on video games, media industries, critical theory and popular culture. A member of UWOFA for the past four years, he has served on the Committee for Contract Faculty since 2016. In 2017-2018, Luke also chaired the Limited Duties Affairs Committee in FIMS.

Luke's research is focused on genre theory and the epic, specifically its manifestation in new narrative contexts in media such as video games and comic books. Luke has been published in a wide range of scholarly journals, including Games and Culture and Comparative Literature, and is a contributor to the upcoming anthology Beyond the Sea: Navigating Bioshock from McGill-Queen's University Press.

Karen Priestman - Member-at-Large



Karen has been a full-time contract faculty member of the Department of History at Western since 2011 where she teaches courses on modern Europe, Nazi Germany, and the Holocaust. She joined UWOFA's Committee for Contract Faculty in 2014 and has served on it ever since. She also currently serves as one of the OCUFA representatives for the CCF. She looks forward to continuing to serve UWOFA as a member of the Board of Directors for the coming year.

John Wilson - Ivey Business School

Meet all members of the Board of Directors here.