Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President, Academic Affairs

Open Date November 27, 2019

* Please note: This call for applications will remain open until the position is filled

The Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President (AVP) Academic Affairs is responsible for a strategic and impactful portfolio, including oversight of offices and initiatives related to academic strategy and policy, Indigenous engagement and strategy, and faculty affairs and relations. The portfolio has evolved over the years, and is likely to continue evolving. The incumbent in this position will develop and maintain effective working relationships built on trust and respect with colleagues, students and external partners to facilitate success of the Provost’s Office. Specifically, the principal points of engagement are Deans, Associate Deans Academic, Heads, and Directors of academic units; Faculty Relations; the Vice-Presidents’ offices; the Vancouver Senate; Human Resources; the Faculty Association; UBC Okanagan leadership; relevant Ministries of the provincial government; international partners; and the Alma Mater Society and Graduate Student Society Executives.

Key responsibilities

Academic Affairs/Programs

  • Academic strategy and implementation support;
  • Academic policy;
  • External academic unit reviews and related policy and guidelines;
  • Accreditation of units; quality assurance with the B.C. Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training (AEST);
  • Relationship with Senate (including membership on Senate Academic Policy Committee, Curriculum Committee and Teaching and Learning Committee);
  • Academic Leadership Development Program (ALDP) - direct report from leadership;
  • Teaching, learning and technology (e.g. Celebrate Learning, TA training, curriculum development and redesign, student evaluation of teaching, curriculum approval process);
  • Transformative learning initiatives as per the University's strategic plan (in collaboration with the Associate Provost, Teaching and Learning).

Indigenous Engagement

Individual Faculty Matters

  • Various faculty relations matters, including serving on the Joint Consultation Committee with the Faculty Association in university faculty bargaining;
  • Faculty appointments – review and approval;
  • Day-to-day interaction with the Associate Provost, Teaching and Learning, and the Senior Advisors to the Provost on Women and Gender-Diverse Faculty, on Academic Freedom, and on Racialized Faculty;
  • UBC Emeritus College – direct report from leadership;
  • Housing & Relocation Services – joint report with Vice-President, Human Resources from director;
  • Childcare – management of priority spaces for faculty;
  • Spousal support;
  • Canada Research Chairs (CRC) program – oversight of the program at UBC, including chairing the CRC Internal Review Committee.

Other responsibilities at UBC

  • Represents the Provost at university functions, committees and external functions, as required;
  • Various teaching and service awards;
  • Preparation and delivery of reports to Senate/Board as required;
  • Service on various search committees;
  • Participation in analysis, strategic planning and budgeting in the Provost’s office;
  • Close coordination and interaction with the Deans, Associate Deans for Academic Affairs and others across, and external to, the University.
Organizational Structure

The Vice-Provost and AVP Academic Affairs is one of four vice-provosts who report to the Provost and Vice-President, Academic, UBC Vancouver. The organizational chart for the Provost and Vice-President, Academic, UBC Vancouver can be found here.


The Vice-Provost and AVP Academic Affairs will have outstanding academic credentials, including holding the rank of Professor or Professor of Teaching at UBC Vancouver.

Other attributes include:


  • Proven leadership ability and administrative experience (e.g., as a dean, associate dean, head of department, director of a school or an institute, leader of a learned society);
  • A strategic mindset with an associated track record of accomplishment.

Support on academic deliverables:

  • A strong commitment to excellence in research, teaching and service;
  • The ability to support and motivate research, teaching and learning;
  • A motivation to address reconciliation in Canada and at UBC.

Personal qualities:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • The ability to navigate complexity;
  • The ability to build consensus;
  • A demonstrated ability to communicate effectively;
  • A demonstrated ability to build, manage and maintain high-quality and productive relationships and teams across cultural difference;
  • The ability to work in a collaborative and inclusive manner, fostering a respectful environment for staff, faculty, and students;
  • An ability to acknowledge and address one’s own biases and assumptions;
  • The ability to recognize and address personal and institutional assumptions and behaviours that create barriers to inclusion.

This position is internal to the University. The appointment is for a five-year term and is renewable for a second term.


This call for applications will remain open until the position is filled. Applications, or questions about the position, should be submitted to Dr. Andrew Szeri, Provost and Vice-President, Academic, and Chair of the search committee, c/o, or by confidential fax 604-822-3134. Applicants should submit a current CV, statement of interest and the names of three referees. References will only be requested for final candidates. All correspondence will be treated in strict confidence.

President’s Advisory Committee

The following committee has been convened to select a new Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President, Academic Affairs:

  • Julia Burnham: Undergraduate student; Vice-President, Academic & University Affairs, UBC Alma Mater Society
  • Candis Callison: Associate Professor, Graduate School of Journalism and Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, Faculty of Arts
  • Heather Campbell: Professor and Director, School of Community and Regional Planning, Faculty of Applied Science
  • Kate Carr: Executive Assistant, Office of the Provost and Vice-President Academic, UBC Vancouver (non-voting secretary)
  • Peter Choi: Professor and Clinical Research Director, Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Faculty of Medicine
  • Sara Harris: Professor of Teaching, Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences; Associate Dean, Academic, Faculty of Science
  • Alireza Kamyabi: Graduate student
  • Anna Kindler: Professor, Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Faculty of Education
  • C.W. Marshall: Professor, Department of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies, Faculty of Arts
  • Susan Porter: Dean and Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
  • Andrew Szeri: Provost and Vice-President, Academic, UBC Vancouver (Chair)

*Despite multiple calls for the opportunity to serve on the committee, we did not receive nominations to fill two of the elected positions, as prescribed in the Academic Administrators Appointment Policy.

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.

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