Dr. Florentine Strzelczyk, Provost and Vice-President (Academic)

Dr. Florentine Strzelczyk is provost and vice-president (academic) of Memorial University. She is the university’s chief academic officer with overall responsibility for all academic matters; and chief operating officer, ensuring that university planning and budgets align with academic priorities.

A scholar of German and European literature, culture and film, Dr. Strzelczyk was born and raised in Germany. She holds an MA from Georg August Universität Göttingen, Germany, and a PhD in German literature, culture, and film from UBC.

Prior to coming to Memorial, Dr. Strzelczyk served as deputy provost at the University of Calgary. She held increasingly senior positions during her time at the University of Calgary over a 25 year period, including full professor; department head of Germanic, Slavic and East Asian Studies (which evolved into Linguistics, Languages and Cultures); and vice-dean, Faculty of Arts. She has led internal restructuring, strategic planning, internationalization and Indigenous initiatives during her time in academic leadership positions. 

Her scholarly work in film and cultural studies has been concerned with the ripples the past creates in the present, focusing on contested concepts such as “home” and “nation,” the legacies of the Third Reich, and the European fascination with Indigenous peoples. Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the German Academic Exchange Service and recognized by a Killam Award and fellowships, her research has resulted in interdisciplinary book publications and journal articles 

As provost and VPA at Memorial University, Dr. Strzelczyk oversees pan-university initiatives to ensure that decisions align with Memorial’s mission and strategic priorities; sets goals that are integrated across all academic and administrative units; and aligns university planning and budgets with academic priorities. The provost and vice-president (academic) (VPA) holds overall responsibility for all academic matters, including the development and delivery of programs to more than 19,000 undergraduate and graduate students across a wide range of disciplines. The Provost and VPA 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 VPA 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 VPA 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.