Search committee and position profile established for new academic leadership role

May 20th, 2016

Jennifer Batten

Search committee and position profile established for new academic leadership role

Dr. Noreen Golfman, provost and vice-president (academic), has established a search committee and finalized a position profile for the new role of associate vice-president (academic), programs, complement planning and development.

The advertisement and position profile can be viewed here.

The position was announced in late 2015 as part of a plan to combine the roles of associate vice-president (academic), planning, priorities and programs, and associate vice-president (academic), faculty affairs into one new position.

The provost consulted with Deans Council and other academic administrators regarding the roles and responsibilities of the new position to ensure it would best meet the needs of units in the academic portfolio. The associate vice-president (academic) programs, complement planning and development will report 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).

Primary responsibilities of the role will include:

  • supporting the development of all educational programs, including curriculum, policy and program reviews, with special emphasis on seeking opportunities in new and emerging academic initiatives and programs;
  • advising on resource allocation, particularly those of faculty 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
  • providing leadership in all areas pertaining to the employment relationship, working environment, career development, and professional well-being of academic leaders, academic staff members and instructors, including, where applicable, the promotion and tenure process. 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.

The following individuals have agreed to be members of the search committee.

Elected members:

  • Dr. Martin Mulligan, Faculty of Science
  • Professor Janice Parsons, School of Social Work
  • Glen Rowsell, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Professor Donna Walsh, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Appointed members:

  • Dr. Travor Brown, Faculty of Business Administration  - Chair
  • Dr. Alice Gaudine, School of Nursing
  • Mr. Ian McKinnon, Faculty Relations
  • Dr. Kelly Vodden, Grenfell Campus

Dr. Sean Cadigan will remain in the role of acting associate vice-president (academic), faculty affairs until a permanent candidate is recruited for the new position.

The search committee is inviting expressions of interest (with C.V.) by Friday, June 3, 2016. Expressions of interest can be emailed to Mary Haynes at or delivered to the following address:

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

Note that this is an internal search; candidates must hold, or qualify for, a full-time academic appointment at Memorial.


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