Interviews for Steven Galloway’s replacement as creative writing chair set

UBC interviewed three finalists — Thalia Field, Brian Leung and Alix Ohlin — in March 2017 to be the new creative writing chair. Creative writing faculty members Annabel Lyon and Linda Svendsen acted as co-chairs for the program, after Galloway was suspended in November 2015.

According to an email sent out to creative writing students this morning, interviews have been scheduled with three finalists for the position of chair of the department. This person will fill the role that Steven Galloway left vacant when he was fired from UBC after “serious allegations of misconduct.”

The three candidates are Thalia Field from Brown University, Brian Leung from Purdue University and Alix Ohlin from Lafayette College. The acting co-chairs of the program since Galloway was suspended in November of 2015, Annabel Lyon and Linda Svendsen, have declined to be considered for the position.

According to the email from Kathryn Harrison, acting dean of arts, the interviews for the position will take place between March 2 and 10.

“Further details concerning the candidates’ visits, including presentations to faculty, staff, and students in Creative Writing, will follow,” reads the email.

According to The Globe and Mail, Galloway’s case is scheduled to be heard next month.