The academic governance of the university is vested in the senate,
as outlined in the Yukon University Act.


Senate meetings: 3rd Wednesday of the month, August-June.
Regular meetings are open to the public, excluding in-camera items.

Senate terms of reference Senate SharePointAcademic/Senate Policies

Senate Members
Faculty members

Amanda Graham

Chair, School of Liberal Arts

School of Liberal Arts
Applied Arts

Brent Langbakk

School of Academic and Skill Development
Instructor, English
Applied Arts

Dr. Victoria Castillo

Instructor/Coordinator, Heritage and Culture Certificate

School of Liberal Arts
Applied Arts

Brian Horton

Manager, Climate Change Research

Climate Change Research
YukonU Research Centre

Doug McRae

Instructor, Heavy Equipment Technician

School of Trades, Technology and Mining
Applied Science and Management

Julie Hawkins

Instructor, Essential Skills

School of Academic and Skill Development
Applied Arts

Dr. Alexander Garcia

Instructor, Business Administration

School of Business and Leadership

Dr. Joel Cubley

Instructor/Coordinator, Earth Sciences
Northern Innovation in Mining
Chair, School of Science
School of Science

Dr. Kathryn (Katie) Aitken

Instructor/Coordinator, Environmental and Conservation Sciences Program

School of Science
Applied Science and Management

Kevin Kennedy

Instructor/Coordinator - Correctional Centre, Whitehorse

Community Education and Development - Southern

Ryan Alaric

Community Adult Education Coordinator, Carcross

Community Education and Development - Southern

Rhonda Wildeman

Instructor, Teaching and Learning

Teaching and Learning Support

Sky Pearson

Instructor, Welding

School of Trades, Technology and Mining
Applied Science and Management

Kim Diamond

Instructor/Coordinator, Health Care Assistant

School of Health, Education and Human Services
Applied Arts

Nicole Rayburn

Instructor, Visual Arts

Yukon School of Visual Arts (SOVA)
Applied Arts

Jaclyn Semple

Instructor, Math and Physics

School of Science
Applied Science and Management
Administrative members

Dr. Andrew Richardson

Dean, Applied Arts Division

Applied Arts

Aline Goncalves

Information Literacy/Reference Librarian

Library and Technology Services
IT and Learning Commons

Terri Wright

Interim Registrar & Dean of Enrolment

Office of the Registrar

Dr. Ernie Prokopchuk

Interim Dean

Applied Science and Management

Dr. Shelagh Rowles

Provost and Vice-President Academic

Academic and Provost Division

Chùsi Robin Bradasch

Associate Vice-President Indigenous Engagement and Partnerships

First Nations Initiatives

Dr. Lesley Brown

President and Vice-Chancellor

President's Office
James Allen


The Yukon University Act requires at least 60% of the senators be faculty members, and that Senate strive to have its membership include at least 30% Indigenous persons from Yukon or elsewhere in Canada.

Alternate members

Dr. Bronwyn Hancock

Vice-Provost, Academic and Research

Academic and Student Services
YukonU Research Centre

Aaron France

Instructor, Electrical

School of Trades, Technology and Mining
Applied Science and Management

Blake Buckle

Associate Vice-President, Advancement

Governance and External
Resource members

Peter Deegan

Vice President, Finance and Administration & Chief Financial Officer

Finance and Administration

Senate Committees

  • Executive: coordinates the affairs of senate.
  • Academic Standards Committee: reviews, develops and recommends academic and research policies and procedures to senate.
  • Curriculum and Program Review: discusses and recommends proposals affecting academic programming, including but not limited to course and program proposals and changes.
  • Academic and Research Planning and Priorities: advises senate on academic and research planning and priorities.
  • Academic Appeals: coordinates all academic appeals, ensuring a fair and equitable hearing system.

​​​​​​University Secretary

Serves as the secretariat for Senate and its committees.

Irina Bogachek

Executive Assistant

University Secretariat