Faculty & Staff

WUSC actively seeks to harness the knowledge, experience and commitment of university and college faculty and staff who share our belief that education changes the world.

There are several ways you can get involved with us:

Faculty Advisors

Faculty and staff advisors play a vital role in supporting the activities of student-led WUSC Local Committees on campus.  

Their specific responsibilities vary from campus to campus depending on the advisor's availability and the Local Committee's level of self-sufficiency.

Typically, an advisor may:

  • support the Local Committee
    • provide advice and support
    • liaise with senior administration
    • help the committee access campus services
    • guide, encourage and motivate members
    • offer continuity from year to year as committee membership changes.
  • support the Student Refugee Program 
    • help prepare and coordinate a sponsored student's arrival and orientation to campus and life in Canada
    • act as contact person and mentor to the student refugee
    • ensure Local Committee members meet regularly with the student refugee to monitor his/her progress
    • guide the Local Committee in finding part-time and seasonal work for the sponsored student

WUSC National Research Forum

Inaugurated by John Ralston Saul in 2003, WUSC's National Research Forum provides a platform for up to five new and emerging scholars to present their research to post-secondary leaders from across Canada.

Each year, the Forum is linked to the theme of WUSC's Annual Assembly, a national meeting that brings together university and college students, faculty and institutional representatives as well as WUSC Southern partners and others active in international development.

The Forum format is five concurrent sessions of one hour. Travel and accommodation costs for presenters are covered by WUSC. 

To learn more about the National Research Forum visit forum.wusc.ca.

Curriculum Enrichment

Using WUSC's overseas projects, researchers in international development studies can develop new case studies and other learning materials for use in international development studies programs.

With more than three decades of experience in carrying out effective, community-based development projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America, WUSC offers a wealth of information and opportunities for international development studies (IDS) researchers and teachers.

That's why, with support from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), we have launched the DevCase Curriculum Enrichment Program.

Its goal is to contribute to the next generation of IDS programs in Canada and beyond by supporting the creation of case studies, learning materials and other applied curricula content.

For example, WUSC's Plantation Communities Project in Sri Lanka is the focus of this case study.

Contact Tom Tunney, Director of University and College Programming.