Dr. Noreen Golfman, Provost and Vice-President (Academic)
Dr. Noreen Golfman is provost and vice-president (academic) of Memorial University. An experienced academic and administrator in senior leadership roles in higher education, she is the university’s chief academic officer 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.
As provost, Dr. Golfman oversees pan-university initiatives to ensure that decisions align with Memorial’s mission and strategic priorities; sets goals that are integrated across academic and administrative units; and ensures university planning and budgets align with academic priorities.
Dr. Golfman served as dean of the School 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 and transformed its approach to graduate enrolment management. During her time as dean of the unit, the number of graduate students doubled and continues to grow today.
Dr. Golfman is a professor of English and holds a PhD from the University of Western Ontario. She served two terms as president of the Canadian Federation of Social Sciences and Humanities, a national education advocacy group, and she is past president of both the Canadian Association of Graduate Studies and the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools.
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 and performer for CBC radio and television.
Provost/vice-president (academic) portfolio description
The provost and vice-president (academic) (VP(A)) 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. The role is responsible for fostering a positive learning and working environment for faculty and students, and leads recruitment, promotion, tenure and recognition processes to attract and retain top-quality faculty.
Primary responsibilities include:
- overseeing pan-university initiatives and ensuring that decisions align with Memorial’s mission and strategic priorities;
- setting goals that are integrated across academic and administrative units; and
- ensuring university planning and budgets align with academic priorities.
The provost and VP(A) is a member of the Board of Regents and chair of the Vice-Presidents Council (VPC). The role reports to the president and vice-chancellor and works in close collaboration with the other four vice-presidents, deans, directors and other members of the senior management team of the university. The provost and VP(A) also oversees the portfolios of the deputy provost and associate vice-president (academic), undergraduate studies; the associate vice-president (academic), faculty relations; and the associate vice-president (academic), planning, priorities and programming.