Teaching Faculty Mentor

Changes during COVID-19: They're still happy to talk! But email/phone mentors rather than stopping by their offices. Coffee meet ups will be held over zoom.

In addition to your graduate faculty advisor, there are teaching faculty that ​are available to talk through problems. They are a part of our community, but at an arm's length away from the group of faculty you normally would interact with. Every month one of them will have a coffee meet up or forest walk with students, so please feel free to come and chat with them! 

Who are they and how to contact them:

Brett Couch

I want to be a faculty mentor because I have seen the effects that mental health issues have on individuals and those around them.  The botany department is supportive place to work and study, I want to contribute to fostering this departmental culture. For me being a mentor involves not only being available to talk but building trusting relationships.

E: bcouch [at symbol] mail.ubc.ca 

Office: 2138 Biosciences

Phone: 6O4-822-965O

Shona Ellis


E: shona.ellis [at symbol] botany.ubc.ca

Office: 2521 Biosciences

Pam Kalas


E: kalas [at symbol] zoology.ubc.ca 

Office: 362 IBLC

Caitlin Donnelly

I wanted to get involved as a teaching faculty mentor because it sounded like a great opportunity to help grad students to build a strong community in Botany and Zoology.  When I was a graduate student, the support I got from other students and from faculty members made stressful times much easier, and I am hoping to pay it forward where possible


E: caitlin.donnelly [at symbol] ubc.ca

This initiative is run by botany and zoology grad students and faculty with the goal of providing better mental health support to grad students. We host stress-relieving events, wellness workshops, provide access to teaching faculty mentors, and advocate for your mental wellness to the departments. Find out more here.