Dr. Mark Abrahams, Provost and Vice-President (Academic) Pro Tempore
Dr. Mark Abrahams is provost and vice-president (academic) pro tempore of Memorial University. He is the university’s chief academic officer with overall responsibility for all academic matters.
As provost, Dr. Abrahams 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. Abrahams is a professor in the Departments of Biology and Ocean Sciences and has been the dean of Science since 2008.
He is an experienced researcher, educator and university administrator, and has served as Memorial University's vice-president (research) pro tempore and as associate vice-president (research) pro tempore from January 2017 to September 2018.
Dr. Abrahams has played leadership roles in major strategic initiatives at Memorial University. His leadership played a key role in advancing plans for Memorial’s new Core Science Facility on the St. John’s campus. He has been engaged with project since its inception, contributing to the development of the rationale for the project and working with the building’s architects on the design. He continues to serve on the Board of Regents subcommittee that oversees the project, and co-chairs the committee that is coordinating the purchase of equipment and the move into the building.
He also facilitated bringing researchers together from across Memorial to develop the proposal for the Ocean Frontier Institute, and worked with Dalhousie University on the development of a joint proposal that resulted in a commitment of $94M in federal funding plus an additional $133M in partner support. He is currently a member of the Ocean Frontier Institute executive committee.
Dr. Abrahams also led the establishment of the Department of Ocean Sciences, the first new academic department within the Faculty of Science since the Department of Computer Science.
He holds a B.Sc. (honours) in zoology from the University of Western Ontario, a M.Sc. in biology from Queen’s University and a PhD in biology from Simon Fraser University.
Prior to joining Memorial University in 2008, he spent 18 years as a faculty member at the University of Manitoba
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, the deans, directors and other members of the senior admiration team of the university. The provost and VP(A) also oversees the portfolios of the associate vice-president (academic) students; the associate vice-president (academic); the associate vice-president (academic) graduate studies; and the associate vice-president, teaching and learning.