Associate Provost, Academic Programs, Teaching, and Learning
The University of British Columbia (UBC) is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world – and top 20 public universities. The University opened its Okanagan campus in 2005 as a bold new UBC presence in the interior of British Columbia, designed to deliver on the promise of a research-intensive institution purpose-built for the 21st century. UBC’s Okanagan campus is situated on the territory of the Syilx Okanagan Nation.
UBC’s Okanagan campus is home to over 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students, 630 faculty members and nine Faculties and Schools. With the campus rapidly emerging as a research powerhouse, UBC Okanagan students receive outstanding education in a stimulating student-centric learning environment. Over the last five years, campus research income has more than doubled. Success rates at the Canadian tri-councils (SSHRC, NSERC, and CIHR) have consistently exceeded national averages. Faculty have formal research partnerships with over 100 organizations (including local non-profits, regional small and medium enterprises, national and multinational corporations, regional health authorities, hospitals and municipalities), with activities on the main campus and in the Innovation UBC hub, which is located downtown in the midst of the Okanagan’s thriving tech ecosystem. In 2019, UBC Okanagan published Outlook 2040, a visioning exercise which positions the campus as one of the fastest growing post-secondary institutions in Canada.
Reporting to the Provost and Vice President, Academic, the Associate Provost, Academic Programs, Teaching, and Learning will provide strategic leadership, vision, and coordination for the teaching and learning mission at UBC Okanagan. The scope of this role includes (1) program development, redesign and quality control, (2) development of educational pathways and collaborations, (3) student success, (4) oversight of Center for Teaching and Learning, (5) education leadership, (6) online learning and (7) lifelong learning. An overarching focus of the portfolio is to implement strategies to create an inclusive, and anti-racist teaching and learning environment. The ideal candidate will also have a strong commitment to Indigenous engagement. As part of the University’s response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, UBC Okanagan has committed to supporting and implementing five key commitments, which can be found here
As the successful candidate, you bring a demonstrable track record of success in curriculum design and development, experience with strategic and academic planning and, ideally bring leadership experience in an administrative position such as a Dean, Associate Dean, Department Chair, or as Director of an institute/centre. Experience with accreditation standards and procedures would be advantageous. The successful candidate must be appointable as an associate or full professor at UBC Okanagan.
The position presents a bold opportunity to foster education as a transformative medium oriented towards individual/collective growth and well-being at one of the world’s top universities and at a campus that is smaller, nimble and has excellent engagement with the community and wider region.
Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.