Western University invites
nominations, expressions of interest, and applications for the
position of Provost &
Western University is located on the traditional lands of
the Anishinaabek, Haudenosaunee, Lūnaapéewak, and Attawandaron
peoples, on lands connected with the London Township and Sombra
Treaties of 1796 and the Dish with One Spoon Covenant Wampum.
This land continues to be home to diverse Indigenous Peoples
(First Nations, Métis, and Inuit) whom the university recognizes as
contemporary stewards of the land and vital contributors of our
With an outstanding national reputation and an expanding
international profile that ranks among the top 1% of universities
world-wide, Western pushes the boundaries of pedagogical and
scholarly excellence while setting a national standard for student
Western is a founding member of Canada’s U15 and serves as a hub
for more than 500 international research collaborations. Western’s
main campus community (excluding its affiliated University
Colleges) is home to approximately 34,000 FTE students — 6,200 of
whom are enrolled in graduate-level programs. International
enrolment includes approximately 2,900 undergraduates and 1,700
graduate students representing 128 countries. Western employs
more than 12,000 people during the busiest times of the academic
year, including more than 1400 full-time faculty members and over
2400 full-time staff.
The Provost & Vice-President (Academic) will be pivotal in
the execution of a new strategic
plan – one that embraces bold action, encourages
experimentation, and inspires all members of the Western community
to increase their impact and move Western to the next level.
Reporting to the President and
working in close partnership with the Vice-Presidents, Academic
Vice-Provosts, and Deans, the Provost will foster a culture
committed to the principles of innovation, interdisciplinary
collaboration, equity, diversity, and inclusion. The Provost will
also strengthen fundraising and development efforts, secure
resources and community support, and optimize policies, systems,
and programs aligned with institutional priorities.
The responsibilities of the Provost are diverse and
multifaceted. The portfolio
includes senior executive oversight of all Academic Faculties and
Schools, Academic Programs, Academic Planning, Faculty Relations,
Registrar’s Office, Student Experience, Institutional Planning
& Budgeting, Western Libraries, Western International,
Indigenous Initiatives, Western Technology Services, and the
McIntosh Gallery. The Provost operates in a demanding and highly
rewarding environment that requires the proactive handling of
challenges amidst competing demands. This position calls for
the highest levels of competency, integrity, creativity, energy,
commitment, and character.
The Provost functions as both the Chief Academic
Officer of the University, leading the development,
implementation, and continued improvement of academic programs and
services, as well as the Chief Operating Officer,
responsible for institutional planning and administration in all
aspects of the academic endeavour as it relates to students,
faculty, staff, alumni, members of governance committees and the
faculty and staff associations.
As the ideal candidate, you are a skilled and experienced
administrator and an established and respected scholar, with a
reputation for being a highly collaborative, transparent, engaging,
supportive, trusted, team-oriented colleague, and partner. You
drive a compelling vision of academic excellence, to exercise sound
judgment and diplomacy in a complex, decentralized,
multi-stakeholder setting, to promote a deep-rooted commitment to
students, and to embody a sense of trust, respect, and partnership.
Your financial acumen, negotiation skills, and business and capital
planning experience along with your courage and willingness to be
bold, to innovate, and to take judicious risks will be highly
valued at Western.
Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the
workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of
racialized groups / visible minorities, Indigenous people, persons
with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons
of any gender identity or gender expression. Accommodations are
available for applicants with disabilities throughout the
recruitment process by contacting WesternProvost@lavernesmith.com.
In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, all qualified
candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and
Permanent Residents will be given priority.
Consideration of candidates will begin immediately and will
continue until the position is successfully filled. For further
information and the Position Profile, please contact us at the
email below. Given the COVID-19 transition period, every effort to
accommodate candidates will be made in a way that is equitable and
respectful of their additional professional and personal
responsibilities. Applications, including curriculum vitae, a
letter of introduction, and the names of three references (who will
not be contacted without consent of the applicant) should be
submitted electronically, in confidence, to the university's
executive search consultants:
Laverne Smith & Associates Inc.