Welcome to the Office of the Provost

The University of Waterloo is one of the most exciting academic institutions in the world. As vice-president, academic and provost, I am honoured to be part of this team.

I work closely with the President and Vice-Chancellor to deliver academic and administrative excellence across the entire institution, in large part by leading and supporting our excellent team of deans, faculty members, and staff. I serve as chief academic and budget officer, and carry responsibility for day-to-day operation of the university.

In everything we do, our office is committed to the principles of communication, teamwork, and providing excellent service to our colleagues on and off campus.

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James W.E. Rush
Vice-President Academic & Provost

  1. Mar. 17, 2021Planning for Fall 2021

    This message was originally sent to Executive Council by vice-president, academic and provost James W. E. Rush.


    It has been a long and difficult 12 months dealing with the challenges presented by the pandemic. In retrospect, it has also been a truly inspiring time considering all that we have accomplished, and I am grateful for the work that you have all done over the past year to help support our students, staff, and faculty to manage, progress and thrive during the pandemic.

  2. July 27, 2020Update on Copyright and Fair Dealing at the Federal Court of Appeal
    • A recent Federal Court of Appeal decision has implications for copyright on campus
    • The University will continue to focus on copyright and Fair Dealing awareness
    • Copyright resources and supports are available to you
    • Visit the Copyright Advisory Committee website for more information
  3. Apr. 2, 2020Video Message from the Provost on Spring 2020

    Colleagues,

    These are unprecedented times and I know the University is asking a lot of you as instructors to make the shift to distance teaching in a very short amount of time. I’m grateful for your extraordinary efforts to complete the winter term in such difficult circumstances.

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