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Search committee established to fill new position

A search committee has been formed to fill the position of deputy provost (students) and associate vice-president academic (undergraduate studies). Since created by the Board of Regents, the position has been occupied pro tempore by Dr. Robert Shea.

The primary responsibilities of the job are to provide leadership and co-ordination in improving the student academic learning experience and student academic success, to foster and support the progressive development of the institution's undergraduate academic programs, to create and maintain integrated and effective pan-university academic and non-academic support services for all students, to serve as a university spokesperson on matters affecting or involving students, and to ensure that interests of students are represented in the university's decision-making processes and committee activities.

The search committee includes five elected members, five appointed members and a chair – the provost and vice-president (academic). Elected members were determined by the nomination/election process established by Senate and administered by the committee on Senate elections.

Elected members of the committee include Dr. Paul Wilson, Grenfell Campus; Corinne Breen, Academic and Student Affairs, Marine Institute; Donna Stapleton, Faculty of Business Administration; Dr. Barrie Barrell, Faculty of Education; and Dr. Shelly Birnie-Lefcovitch, School of Social Work. Appointed members are Dr. Carrie Dyck, Faculty of Arts; Dr. Andy Foster, Faculty of Science; Jennifer Browne, director, Career Development and Experiential Learning; Leigh Spanner, Graduate Students' Union representative and Justin Ryder, MUNSU representative.

The university is seeking a dynamic and experienced academic leader who will champion student success inside and outside the classroom, catalyze progressive curricular and program renewal and be a principal advocate for the place and quality of undergraduate education and for student interests.
Contracted as the search consultant is Janet Wright and Associates (JWA). Dr. Sam Scully, a JWA consultant, has been assigned to this file and will be assisting the search committee in its recruiting efforts.

The search is national and open to both internal and external candidates. Consultations with internal stakeholder groups concerning the roles and responsibilities of this new position have begun and will continue.
The committee has begun its work with the development of an advertisement and a position profile. The advertisement has been posted in various national venues and

these are available on the website of the Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) at