Nova Scotia


Lead and inspire the transformational academic mission at one of Canada’s leading undergraduate universities

Provost and Vice-President Academic

Acadia University is one of the few undergraduate jewels in the Canadian post-secondary education landscape. For 180 years this extraordinary place, comprised of extraordinary students learning in extraordinary ways and taught by extraordinary professors, has touched both heads and hearts in equal measure. As a member of the Maple League of universities, Acadia is committed to the delivery of a high quality, 21st-century liberal education within a primarily residential, undergraduate learning community.

Founded in 1838, Acadia University is one of the oldest and most respected universities in Canada known for providing a premium, high engagement primarily undergraduate student experience. Located in Mi'kma'ki, the ancestral territory of the Mi’kmaq nation, Acadia is just a one-hour drive from Halifax, Nova Scotia, and is an integral part of the quintessential college town of Wolfville, overlooking the Annapolis Valley and the Bay of Fundy. With an enrollment of over 4,000, Acadia attracts students from every province and territory and more than 60 countries to take advantage of exceptional academic programs, a curriculum that encourages personal development, and collaborative learning experiences led by award-winning professors.

The Provost and Vice-President Academic is the chief academic officer and senior vice-president of the University, providing strategic direction and leadership for academic programs, student learning and support, academic planning, teaching and learning, academic labour relations, and (in collaboration with the Vice-President Finance and Administration) budget planning and resource allocation. Acadia is seeking an extraordinary individual to lead the academic mission of the University and to implement a new strategic plan built upon the incredible academic traditions of this unique university. Acadia’s new Provost and Vice-President Academic will join the senior leadership team and help deliver on this exciting and challenging opportunity.

Reporting to the President and Vice-Chancellor, and working with the Deans, the Vice-Provost Students, Recruitment and Enrolment Management, the Registrar, the University Librarian and other key members of the academic leadership team, the Provost will provide inspiring leadership in ensuring that Acadia maintains its strong commitment to providing a unique and transformational student learning experience to its undergraduate and graduate students. The Provost and Vice-President Academic is responsible for advancing academic excellence and ensuring the quality of Acadia’s academic programs, which differentiate Acadia and exemplify our strengths in liberal education, teaching innovation, experiential learning, and community engagement.

The ideal candidate will possess a doctoral degree or equivalent terminal degree, a level of scholarship and intellectual acumen that will inspire credibility both internally and externally, demonstrated accomplishments in leading change within a complex university administrative role, and will be an enthusiastic and dynamic communicator. The Provost and Vice-President Academic will also possess a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusivity. We are looking for someone who believes in the Acadia model of education, wants to play a leadership role in keeping this outstanding learning experience at the leading edge of higher education in Canada and globally, and wants to be part of this extraordinary community of scholars and learners.

If you have a passion for Acadia and the background we are seeking, we want to talk to you. Give us a call and let us tell you more about Acadia University and why you should be excited by this opportunity. You can reach Jackie Nguyen, Anna Stuart or Laura Godsoe at 902.424.1148 or, if you already know this is the right position for you, please apply online by clicking “Apply Now” on the button below.

Acadia University invites applications from all qualified individuals and values a diverse and inclusive workplace. The University is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from Aboriginal people, African Nova Scotians, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, women, and persons of any minority sexual orientation or gender identity. Candidates who identify as a member of one of the afore mentioned groups, and who wish to have the application considered as such, should complete and return the Employment Equity Voluntary Self-Identification Form that will be provided by KBRS upon application.

The university will provide support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant’s accessibility needs. If you require accommodation because of a disability or for any other reason during the interview process, please contact KBRS.


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