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Provost & Vice-President: Academic

Wilfrid Laurier University is a leading Canadian university renowned for its extraordinary learning environment and student-focused educational experience. As a comprehensive university with more than 19,000 students, Laurier has grown rapidly in research intensity while at the same time preserving their well-earned reputation for undergraduate teaching and learning excellence. With a multi-campus and multi-community culture, Laurier offers students an exceptional range and depth of more than 100 academic programs taught by award-winning lecturers across nine faculties at campuses in Waterloo and Brantford, a faculty of Social Work in Kitchener, a research office in Yellowknife and part-time MBA and MFin programs as well as an office in Toronto. As a leader in higher education for more than a century, the Laurier experience is truly transformative, an ethos which is embodied in their institutional proposition: Inspiring lives of leadership and purpose.

Reporting to the President & Vice-Chancellor, the Provost & Vice-President: Academic is the chief academic officer of the University and provides strategic direction and leadership for academic programs and shared services, academic planning, budget planning and resource allocation, and academic labour relations. The portfolio is broad in scope and includes nine faculties, the University Library, Enrolment Services & Registrar, Information & Communication Technologies, Institutional Planning & Analytics, the Office of the VP Academic (Academic Strategy, Academic Quality Assurance and Budgeting) and shared responsibility for Teaching & Learning and Faculty Relations. The Provost & Vice-President: Academic is responsible for advancing academic excellence and ensuring the quality of Laurier’s academic programs, which differentiate Laurier and exemplify Laurier’s strengths in experiential learning, pedagogical innovation, and community engagement. As an integral member of the executive leadership team of the University, the Provost & Vice-President: Academic contributes insight and direction to University-wide strategic planning and the development of the University’s Strategic Mandate Agreement.

The ideal candidate will possess a doctoral or relevant terminal degree, a level of scholarship and intellectual acumen that will facilitate credibility both internally and externally, and demonstrated accomplishments in a complex university administrative role. The ideal candidate has a commitment to accountability and superior analytical, organizational and managerial skills that include the ability to foster productive faculty relations and to see the bigger picture and long-term outlook. The next Provost & Vice-President: Academic will have a demonstrated understanding of and appreciation for the various programs offered at Laurier and an understanding of the intrinsic and extrinsic values of a liberal arts and science education, graduate and professional studies. The ideal candidate is an enthusiastic, decisive, and dynamic communicator with all the required consulting, listening, planning and persuading skills to deliver innovative and relevant academic leadership and to bring about change. The Provost & Vice-President: Academic will possess a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusivity and a proven understanding of Indigenous ways of learning, knowing and being. Experience operating within a unionized environment is considered an asset.

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