Provost & Vice President (Academic)
University of Calgary
Reporting to the President and Vice-Chancellor, the Provost & Vice-President Academic (VPA) is the senior officer of UCalgary, responsible for achieving the strategic academic direction and priorities of the institution – serving as both the Chief Academic Officer and Chief Operating Officer of the University of Calgary. This position is a member of the University’s Senior Leadership Team (SLT), and the President’s Executive Leadership Team (ELT).
The successful candidate will be offered an academic position with tenure at the rank of Professor. The appointment as Provost & VPA is for a five-year period with the possibility of renewal.
The Provost & VPA functions in a highly demanding environment which requires constant scanning for issues and challenges against multiple priorities and demands on resources. The workload is significant, the issues are frequently complex, and the partnerships and decisions required of the Provost & VPA are critical to UCalgary and its academic success. This position develops and maintains positive and productive relationships with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders including other ELT and SLT members, the Board of Governors, faculty, students, staff, alumni, granting agencies, community leaders, other educational institutions, and senior level government officials.
The Provost & VPA has responsibilities across four primary domains:
• Strategic and transformational leadership of the academy;
• Academic operations;
• Student enrolment and experience; and,
• Long-range institutional planning and university operations.
Given the large ambitions of the University of Calgary (spelled out in the Growth through Focus strategy), a significant focus for the Provost & VPA over the next few years will be on the strategic leadership of the academy.
This is a critical role in the University of Calgary’s continued success and growth. The role is accountable for the following:
Strategic and transformational leadership of the academy
• Identify opportunities to advance the University’s vision and strategic plan;
• Champion academic excellence, entrepreneurial thinking, and innovation in the planning and delivery of the University's academic programming, operations and affairs;
• Act as a leader and champion for scholarly pursuits, teaching, learning and interdisciplinary education;
• Engage the academic community and support the Deans and Directors of Institutes and Schools in their scholarly pursuits, research, and creative activities;
• Create enabling conditions to deliver programs through new models (e.g. credentialing and modularization), different delivery formats (e.g. remote/online offerings) and co-curricular development;
• Work closely with the President & Vice-Chancellor to build strong institutional industry partnerships through programmatic collaboration in experiential learning;
• Promote transdisciplinary approaches including the Confederation of Scholars model and the Communities of Practice model;
• Drive the implementation of new incentive models; and,
• Enable focused growth in graduation education, including upskilling and reskilling programs.
• Lead a senior management team in effectively implementing and managing the University’s Academic Plan;
• Collaborate extensively with the Vice-President, Research on supporting the University’s Research Plan;
• Develop and manage the annual operating budget of the Provost’s portfolio;
• Lead/co-lead the recruitment of senior administrative/academic positions (Deans, Directors of Schools, and Vice Provosts) and provide leadership and direction in the recruitment and support of faculty members;
• Oversee the academic processes for faculty appointments, tenure and promotion;
• Direct the development of faculty achievement awards programs;
• Develop frameworks around, and review and assess academic policies, programs and processes, including faculty appointments, tenure and promotion, student success, academic research, and associated financial matters;
• Oversee quality assurance processes in the academy, including unit reviews, curricular reviews, and accreditation reviews;
• Oversee, in collaboration with the Vice President, Finance and Services, those aspects of human resources related to academic staff;
• Act as Vice-Chair of the General Faculties Council (GFC) and the GFC Executive Committee; and,
• Co-Chair the GFC Academic and Priorities Planning Committee.
Student enrolment and experience
• Oversee student experience, including curricular, co-curricular, outreach, and access initiatives for students within the community and engagement with various student groups on campus, including the SU and GSA; and,
• Oversee the enrolment management process, from recruitment through to graduation, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Long-range institutional planning and university operations
• Support long range institutional planning;
• Co-lead with the Vice-President Finance and Ancillary Services, the annual budget process providing direction to the forecasting, planning, strategic management and utilization of the University’s financial and capital resources;
• Continuously identify opportunities to grow alternative revenue sources;
• Establish and enhance provincial, national, and international collaborations and cost sharing opportunities; and,
• Act as the Crisis Team Lead on the Crisis Management Team.
• A Ph.D. or equivalent, along with academic qualifications and career accomplishments commensurate with an appointment “With Tenure” at the rank of Full Professor.
• An internationally recognized catalogue of excellent scholarly research and teaching;
• A minimum of 10 years’ progressive experience in leadership as well as significant graduate and/or postdoctoral supervisory experience. Experience in the administration of grants and contracts is key;
• Strong leadership and interpersonal skills, including not only the ability to lead the academy, but also the ability to work collegially as an integral member of a leadership team;
• The demonstrated ability to acquire the resources necessary to support best-in-class teaching and learning at the University of Calgary;
• Highly attuned political acumen and community awareness;
• The proven ability to create, communicate, and set achievable objectives, and promote and develop an environment for success;
• Strong administration skills and experience managing significant financial resources;
• Demonstrated history of effecting change and leading transformation within a university; and,
• A commitment to continuous learning, and the ability to continuously seek out and acquire new knowledge, skills and expertise.
Please apply via: Provost@dhrinternational.com