Dr. Noreen Golfman, is Memorial University’s provost and vice-president (academic).
Memorial first implemented its current provost structure in 2010. Dr. Golfman replaced the outgoing provost and vice–president (academic) in an acting capacity in September 2014. Prior to that, from 2008-14 she served as dean of Memorial’s School of Graduate Studies. A professor of English, Dr. Golfman holds a PhD from the University of Western Ontario, and began teaching at Memorial in 1984. She is also actively engaged in national boards and foundations aimed at enhancing higher education, research and the arts.
The provost and vice-president (academic) is the chief academic officer of Memorial University with overall responsibility for all academic matters, including the development and delivery of programs to more than 18,000 undergraduate and graduate students across a wide range of disciplines.
Dr. Golfman was selected following an intensive national search by a committee that represented the university and the community.
Dr. Noreen Golfman served as dean of graduate studies at Memorial from June 2008 to September 2014, when she was appointed provost and vice-president (academic) pro tempore. Under Dr. Golfman’s leadership, the School of Graduate Studies experienced tremendous growth. In the last decade, the number of graduate students has doubled to a total of 3,565 graduate students. A number of new programs were created during her term as dean, including five new doctoral programs and eight new master’s programs.
A professor of English, Dr. Golfman holds a PhD from the University of Western Ontario. She recently served two terms as president of the Canadian Federation of Social Sciences and Humanities, a national education advocacy group. She has just completed her terms as president of both the Canadian Association of Graduate Studies and the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools. She is currently a member of the advisory committee to the Canadian studies program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Active in Canadian cultural issues and experienced with the media, Dr. Golfman is the founding director and chair of the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival, vice-chair of the Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corporation and chair of the board of the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting. Since 2011 she has co-chaired the board of directors of Business and the Arts NL, an organization that brokers relationships and funding between the arts and the corporate/private sectors.
In addition to publications in scholarly journals, Dr. Golfman writes on the arts and culture in popular venues, and she has worked as a commentator, reviewer/performer for CBC radio and television.
In 2011 she received the President’s Award for Exceptional Community Service from Memorial University.