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Associate Vice-President, Research, Innovation and Graduate Studies

Nipissing University

Associate Vice-President, Research, Innovation and Graduate Studies

Nipissing University

Location: North Bay, Ontario, Canada

Nipissing University sits on the territory of Nipissing First Nation, the territory of the Anishnabek, within lands within the Robinson Huron Treaty of 1850.

Nipissing University invites applications for the position of Associate Vice-President, Research, Innovation and Graduate Studies. The ideal candidate will have the energy and resourcefulness to lead and innovate, and the experience and judgment necessary to build an exciting and sustainable future for the University by promoting the highest standards in academic innovation, research and scholarship, and intellectual and creative activity. This is an opportunity to join the growing research and graduate culture at Nipissing where you can make a difference.

The Associate Vice-President, Research, Innovation and Graduate Studies, reporting to the Provost and Vice-President Academic, is a member of the academic leadership team of Nipissing University. The AVP plays a key role in developing research policy, advancing innovative research, and fostering excellence in graduate education, as well as working externally with industry and community partners, government agencies and granting councils, foundations, and other research institutions to grow Nipissing’s research enterprise and identify future opportunities. The AVP is appointed for a term of five years with the possibility of re-appointment or extension and will hold a tenured position following the appointment.

The ideal candidate will hold a PhD in a discipline appropriate for an academic appointment at the rank of associate or full professor position. They will also have comprehensive knowledge of the university research-funding environment and of key research programs and funding agencies at the provincial, federal, and international levels. The anticipated start date is August 1, 2024.

For more information about Nipissing University and a detailed position description, please visit Consideration of applications will begin April 21, 2024. A letter of application, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation (at least one commenting on research and graduate experience) should be sent to
Nipissing University is located in the City of North Bay, Ontario (population 55,000), in the territory of the Robinson-Huron Treaty of 1850 and the Nipissing First Nation Traditional Territory and the traditional territory of the Anishinabek. Situated between Lake Nipissing and Trout Lake, and surrounded by pristine Canadian Shield Forest, our campus is a comfortable three-and-a-half-hour drive from either Toronto or Ottawa. North Bay is a growing city with a vibrant arts community, ample amenities, and countless opportunities for outdoor activities.

Learn more about North Bay, Ontario by visiting the @cityofnorthbay YouTube channel here: The City of North Bay.

Nipissing University is known for its excellence in teacher education, arts, science, and a range of professional programs. The School of Graduate Studies includes programs in history, sociology, education, environmental science/studies, kinesiology, and mathematics. In “Pathways: Our Commitments to Water, Land, and People”, Nipissing University has committed to: fulfilling our responsibility to truth and reconciliation; nurturing our relationship with water, land and place; embodying harmony and care; inspiring growth and development; building sustainable futures; and, celebrating who we are. Nipissing’s renowned focus on student success and experience has translated into top rankings nationally in the areas of student support, student experience, faculty, and residences as a primarily undergraduate institution. An academic environment that provides close student-faculty interaction, innovative approaches to learning, and a strong research culture is an enduring strength of Nipissing.

Access and equity continue to be longstanding priorities, providing interventions and support for students who might not otherwise participate in postsecondary education. Nipissing welcomes a number of first-generation students, as well as students with disabilities with focused supports.

Nipissing’s faculty and staff are committed to decolonization and reconciliation and provide a supportive environment for Indigenous students enrolled at the University. Our campus is located in a region home to 7,000 First Nations, Métis, and Inuit residents, many of whom choose to study at Nipissing University. As a public university located on the traditional territory of Nipissing First Nation and on the lands within the Robinson-Huron Treaty of 1850, Nipissing University is bound to advance knowledge and be a good guest on this land.

Nipissing University is committed to employment equity and strongly encourages applications, which may include self-identification in a cover letter from Indigenous peoples, women, persons with disabilities, persons who identify as 2SLGBTQI+ and racialized minorities.

Nipissing University must gather information from applicants to determine eligibility to work in Canada. Please include a statement in your application to identify whether you are a Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident or are otherwise legally eligible to work in Canada.

Nipissing University will provide accommodation to ensure barrier-free employment in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. You can request accommodation at any stage of the hiring process. If you require an accommodation, please contact Human Resources at

The search committee would like to thank all applicants for their interest in Nipissing University. Please note that only those candidates invited for an interview will be contacted.