Provost and Vice-President Academic

Lakehead University is conducting a search for the position of Provost and Vice-President Academic, to take office by July 2020, and invites expressions of interest, applications, and nominations.

Lakehead is a comprehensive university with a reputation for innovative programs and cutting-edge research that offers a variety of degree and diploma programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. Lakehead provides an education that is about how to think, not what to think. Closely tied to that creative and entrepreneurial spirit is a deep connection to place. With campuses located in Thunder Bay and Orillia, Ontario, the University has over 10,000 full-time equivalent students and 2,000 faculty and staff. Maclean’s 2019 University Rankings have, once again, included Lakehead among the country’s Top 10 universities in its category.

Lakehead University’s Strategic Plan acknowledges the importance of Lakehead’s unique role as a regional university. In that role, Lakehead is committed to making a difference in the communities it serves, developing a broader understanding of societal issues, and inspiring action for thoughtful, positive change. Lakehead University is committed to the success of our Indigenous learners and to our relationships with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Peoples based on the principles of mutual trust, respect, reciprocity, and collaboration in the spirit of reconciliation.

Dynamic, modern, and learner-centred, both of Lakehead’s campuses in Thunder Bay and Orillia offer an enriching university experience: a blend of academic excellence and opportunity with a variety of social and recreational activities. The University also promises excellence in research. Lakehead is a comprehensive and nationally ranked research-intensive university and is the proud host to nine Canada Research Chairs. Re$earch Infosource named Lakehead University Canada’s #1 Research University in its peer category for an unprecedented four consecutive years.

The Provost and Vice-President Academic reports to the President of the University and works closely with the President to ensure that Lakehead University delivers on its mission and priorities. Serving as the Chief Operating Officer, the Provost and Vice-President Academic is the primary driver of innovation, programming, and partnerships, and is responsible for integrating the Strategic Plan into the short- and long-term goals of the University and its Faculties.

Serving also as the Chief Academic Officer, the Provost and Vice-President Academic is responsible for leading the academic decision-making processes and promoting institution-wide collegiality and co-operation. The Provost and Vice-President Academic is responsible for the effective development and implementation of the Academic Plan and ultimately ensures that all academic units are actively contributing to the achievement of the University’s student access and success goals. Critical responsibilities for the Provost and Vice-President Academic will be the evolution of the University’s Strategic Enrolment Management Plan and the advancement of strategic and academic priorities on Indigenizing and internationalizing Lakehead’s two campuses.

The ideal candidate will possess a doctoral degree or equivalent terminal degree, eligibility for appointment as a full professor at Lakehead University, a distinctive record of academic achievement, and a demonstrated commitment to teaching, learning, scholarship, and service. The Provost and Vice-President Academic will be an enthusiastic and effective communicator who will embrace our dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and our commitment to reconciliation and Universities Canada Principles on Indigenous Education. An understanding of the complex and changing dynamics of higher education in Ontario is important.

If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Katherine Frank or Robert Fleming at 1-866-822-6022, or submit your application online by clicking the "Apply Now" button below.

Lakehead University is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals including women, Indigenous people, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and other equity-seeking groups. Previous experience collaborating with Indigenous communities and supporting initiatives focused on Indigenous learners, faculty and staff would be considered an asset. The academic rank of the appointment will be commensurate with the qualifications of the successful candidate. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements.

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