Provost and Vice-President Academic

Canada (CA)
07 Oct 2016
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06 Nov 2016
Contract Type
Full Time

Provost and Vice-President Academic
Ryerson University

Following the appointment of its new President, Ryerson University is conducting an extensive search for the position of Provost and Vice-President Academic and invites nominations and applications for the position. The successful candidate will take office early in 2017 for a five-year, renewable term.

Located in downtown Toronto, Ryerson University is Canada's leader in innovative, career-oriented education and a university clearly on the move. With a mission to serve societal need, and a long-standing commitment to engaging its community, Ryerson is home to eight faculties/schools, including Canada’s largest school of continuing education. The University offers 53 undergraduate programs, 13 of which are unique in Canada, and 52 master’s and doctoral programs. Distinctly urban, culturally diverse and inclusive, the University has more than 43,000 students, including 2,500 master's and PhD students, nearly 3,000 faculty and staff, and more than 170,000 alumni worldwide. Guided by a bold Academic Plan, an ambitious research agenda, and a Master Plan to revitalize the campus and surrounding neighbourhood, Ryerson is a comprehensive university with a significant profile in higher education, and a strong reputation with national business, government, community, and industrial leaders. For more information, please visit

The Provost and Vice-President Academic is Ryerson’s chief academic officer, chief operating officer  and the principal advisor to the President on all academic affairs, providing leadership in academic policy and programming, strategic planning, and university budgeting. Fulfilling the Academic Plan’s priorities, the Provost will lead and support greater student engagement and success through exceptional experiences; increase the excellence, intensity and impact of Ryerson’s scholarly, research and creative activity; foster an innovation ecosystem; and expand community engagement and city building. The university-wide Provost’s team includes five vice-provosts and the deans and directors of Ryerson’s faculties, schools, and academic support services and facilities.

The successful candidate will be an accomplished scholar in both research and teaching, and an exemplary leader with a strong commitment to serving the needs of faculty and students and advancing Ryerson’s academic focus on innovation, entrepreneurship and community engagement. He/she will be an experienced senior academic administrator with a demonstrated ability to advance and transform university academic programs, goals and priorities. The Provost and Vice-President Academic will possess: an open and collegial style; outstanding management, communication and interpersonal skills; a creative approach to problem solving; the ability to inspire faculty and staff; a proven track record of promoting excellence, equity, diversity and inclusion; and the capacity to build and sustain positive working relationships with academic and other administrative units, as well as with Ryerson’s external community.

Ryerson University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. We welcome those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. All are encouraged to apply, including but not limited to women, racialized people, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ* persons. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply but applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

The search committee will begin considering potential candidates immediately and will continue until the position is successfully filled. Applications, including a letter of introduction, curriculum vitae, and the names of three references (who will not be contacted without the consent of the candidate) should be submitted electronically, in confidence, to:

Laverne Smith & Associates Inc.

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