Associate Vice-President (Academic) Programs, Complement Planning and Academic Development


The Opportunity

Memorial University is seeking an individual to provide effective and inspired leadership in the area of faculty development as the first incumbent of a new Associate Vice-President (Academic) position.

The Position

This position, which was approved by the Board of Regents on December 3, 2015, is new at Memorial, and, as such, will allow the first incumbent to bring alive the purposes that led to its creation.

The Associate Vice-President (Academic) Programs, Complement Planning, and Academic Development reports to the Provost and Vice-President (Academic), and will be an active participant in a team-based approach to senior academic leadership in the Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic).

This portfolio will have primary responsibilities in supporting development of all educational programs, including curriculum, policies and program reviews, but with special emphasis on seeking opportunities in new and emerging academic initiatives and programs; advising on resource allocation, particularly those of complement, to ensure the best support possible for the quality and competitiveness of all educational and research programs, especially those that are direct responses to relevant university strategic plans and frameworks; and leadership in all areas pertaining to the employment relationship, working environment, career development, and professional well-being of academic leaders, academic staff members, (ASMs) and instructors, including, where applicable, promotion and tenure. Emphasis will be placed on the development of a strong complement of faculty who exemplify the commitments of the Teaching and Learning Framework, the Strategic Research Intensity Plan, and the Public Engagement Framework. Some of the responsibilities apply to the St. John’s campus, while others are pan-university.

The portfolio is wide-ranging in its responsibilities, but the following summary is intended to capture the principal responsibilities envisaged at this time:

Program Facilitation

The AVPA will:

  • oversee strategic undergraduate and graduate enrolment management, working closely with the Deputy Provost (Students), Registrar and Deans;
  • work closely with the Deans to ensure that program planning and approaches to student engagement reflect a university-wide understanding of enrolment goals and the needs of diverse student populations;
  • monitor academic planning and review processes mandated by Senate;
  • develop and monitoring inter-campus arrangements and agreements involving academic planning and programming;
  • develop and monitor external academic partnerships;
  • recognize that strong programs of externally funded research are especially important to the success of graduate program enrolment, the AVPA will work closely with the AVP (Research) and Dean of Graduate Studies to ensure integration of strategic plans for teaching and research.

Complement Planning and Resource Allocation

  • collaboration with the Deans in establishing and maintaining an academic staff/instructor complement plan for the academic envelope that advances university programs and strategic objectives;
  • leadership in developing career and professional development supports for all academic leaders, academic staff members and instructors, especially those that facilitate collegial program development and delivery;
  • leadership in establishing collective bargaining objectives that will support the strategic complement and faculty development plans of the university;
  • in recognition that research is vital to the success of university educational programs, the AVPA will work closely with the AVP (Research) and the Dean of Graduate Studies to ensure that advice on resource allocations promotes educational and research success.

Faculty Development (including recruitment and retention)

  • overseeing processes related to the recruitment, appointment, promotion and tenure, and leave for academic leaders, staff and instructors;
  • such oversight will include developing and implementing supports for instructional and research development, and for ensuring an equitable distribution of workload assignments across individual academic staff members, instructors, and units.

At this time, it is anticipated that over the course of the year the majority of the incumbent’s time will be spent on these three principal areas defined here and divided approximately equally among them. A portion of the incumbent’s time will be spent in contributing to leadership at the university level, e.g., participation in Associate Vice-Presidents’ (Academic) Council and Deans’ Council, advising Vice-Presidents’ Council in the faculty affairs area, and facilitating specific planning initiatives from time to time.

The Candidate Qualifications

The Search Committee recognizes that no one individual will possess all the following qualifications, capacities and qualities in equal measure; nevertheless, the Committee has developed this set of characteristics as one that will be sought in candidates for the position of Associate Vice-President (Academic) Programs, Complement Planning, and Academic Development.

Background, Knowledge and Skills

The candidate should have a PhD or equivalent degree and experience in academic administration. The candidate should possess leadership skills and an ability to handle difficult situations. S/he should possess good interpersonal skills, be a strong communicator, and an efficient multi-tasker.

The Search Process and the Appointment

The search committee is inviting expressions of interest with c.v. by Friday, June 3, 2016.

Please send to:

Mary Haynes
Assistant to the Provost
Provost’s Office
Room A3047
Arts and Administration Building

Memorial is actively committed to diversity and to the principles of Employment Equity, and invites applications from all qualified and eligible candidates. Women, Aboriginal peoples, members of visible minorities, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.


Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic)

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000