Associate Vice-President, Academic

The University of Waterloo is seeking applications and nominations for the position of Associate Vice-President, Academic. The appointment is for an initial five-year term on the recommendation of a nominating committee constituted by the Vice-President, Academic & Provost, with the possibility of reappointment for a futher three-year term. Candidates must be full-time tenured professors, and have a strong record of accomplishment in teaching and research, together with demonstrated academic and administrative leadership in a decentralized university environment.

The Associate Vice-President, Academic plays a key role in ensuring that Waterloo continues to offer top-quality, innovative and dynamic academic programming that is so critical to Waterloo’s success. The Associate Vice-President, Academic, in partnership with other executive officers, is instrumental to achieving the University’s ambitious strategic plan. Reporting to the Vice-President, Academic & Provost, the Associate Vice-President, Academic provides leadership in all aspects related to undergraduate education at the University of Waterloo, including curriculum, policies, new programs and program reviews. The Associate Vice-President, Academic is a vocal and effective champion for setting and maintaining high standards for teaching and meaningful learning for Waterloo’s undergraduate students.

As a senior University officer, the Associate Vice-President, Academic serves on, chairs or co-chairs senior academic, executive and administrative decision-making bodies at the University. The Associate Vice-President, Academic is also responsible for liaising with the Federation of Students’ executive officers to address undergraduate student concerns. The Associate Vice-President, Academic leads, participates or recruits for a wide range of initiatives that relate to undergraduate teaching and learning with recent examples including: Fall Break / Fall Reading Week; Course Evaluation Project; Complementary Teaching Assessment Project; Undergraduate Communication Outcomes Initiative; and the university’s indigenization initiative.

The Associate Vice-President, Academic works closely with the Faculty Deans, Associate Deans for undergraduate studies and academic deans in the affiliated institutions, the Registrar, administrative officers in the six Faculties, the Secretariat as well as various external agencies and partners (Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance, other post-secondary institutions) for all matters regarding undergraduate studies at the University of Waterloo.

The Associate Vice-President, Academic oversees the directors of the Centre for Extended Learning, the Centre for Teaching Excellence, the Writing and Communication Centre and the Academic Leadership Program.  The Associate Vice-President, Academic shares oversight of the Centre for the Advancement of Co-operative Education (WatCACE) with the Associate Provost, Co-operative and Experiential Education. The Associate Vice-President, Academic also shares oversight of the Office of Academic Integrity and the Quality Assurance Office with the Associate Vice-President, Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs. In addition to the various executive officers mentioned above the Associate Vice-President, Academic works closely with the Associate Provost, Students, the Associate Vice-President, International and the Associate Provost, Institutional Analysis & Planning, including senior staff within those offices.

How to Apply:  Interested individuals should forward expressions of interest with their current curriculum vitae to Becky Grant, Talent Acquisition Manager at extension 30170 or via email The committee will begin considering applications in February 2019.

The University of Waterloo regards diversity as an integral part of academic excellence and is committed to employment equity and accessibility for all employees. As such, we encourage applications from women, Indigenous (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) peoples, persons with disabilities, members of diverse gender identities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.