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Provost & Vice-President: Academic

Wilfrid Laurier University
Commensurate with experience
Closing date
May 22, 2020

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Education Administration & Leadership
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Full Time
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Wilfrid Laurier University is a leading Canadian university that excels at educating with purpose. Its holistic approach to learning integrates innovative programming with hands-on experience outside the classroom. Laurier has been ranked #1 in student satisfaction for the past four years thanks in no small part to its unique community-centered culture. Through its community of researchers, leaders and educators, Laurier has built a reputation as a world-class institution known for its academic excellence and global impact. In acknowledgement of its exemplary workplace policies and programs, and its commitment to sustainability and lifelong learning, Laurier was named one of the Waterloo Area’s Top Employers in 2019. Laurier specializes in arts and social sciences, business and economics, music, science, social work, education and theology.

The university has 20,000 students, campuses in Waterloo and Brantford, locations in Kitchener and Toronto, and a research office in Yellowknife. Laurier is committed to partnerships and collaborations aligned with its academic priorities. Laurier’s research community consists of more than 500 researchers in nine faculties forming a highly interactive and interdisciplinary academic community. The university supports more than 20 research centres and institutes that stimulate innovation, attract research funding, and enhance the experience of faculty, students, postdoctoral fellows and visiting scholars.

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, eligibility to be appointed as a full professor at Laurier and a level of scholarship and intellectual acumen that will facilitate credibility both internally and externally. The ideal candidate has demonstrated accomplishments in a complex university administrative role, strong financial acumen, and significant experience in complex budget planning and administration. The next Provost & Vice-President: Academic has experience in leading, managing, and mentoring faculty and staff and experience in, or an appreciation for, leading within a unionized environment. The ideal candidate has experience working in, or an appreciation for, operating within a multi-campus, multi-community organization. The Provost & Vice-President: Academic will need to demonstrate competencies in institutional, academic and people leadership.

If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Anna Stuart at or Janet Rose at or by calling 1-866-822-6022, or submit your application online at:

Wilfrid Laurier University endeavors to fill positions with the best available candidates who have the appropriate combination of education, experience, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position while demonstrating Laurier's Employee Success Factors.

Wilfrid Laurier University is committed to equity and values diversity. We welcome applications from qualified individuals of all genders and sexual orientations, persons with disabilities, Indigenous persons and racialized persons.  To obtain a copy of this job description in an accessible format, please contact Human Resources at 519-884-1970 ext.2007.

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