Provost and Vice-President (Academic)

Ontario (CA)
06 Mar 2017
End of advertisement period
05 Apr 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Provost and Vice-President (Academic)
McMaster University
Location: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

McMaster’s Provost and Vice-President (Academic) has the opportunity to provide academic leadership and vision for one of the world’s top 100 universities. McMaster is conducting an extensive search for its next Provost and Vice-President (Academic) and invites expressions of interest, nominations, and applications for the position.

McMaster University is home to more than 30,000 students from 79 countries and 7,500 faculty and staff. The University is known for its distinct strengths as an internationally leading research institution and also for the integration of research into a dynamic and innovative teaching environment. Its six faculties and more than 62 research centres and institutes are dedicated to the advancement of human and societal health and well-being through the art and science of discovery. The McMaster Model, a student-centered, problem-based, interdisciplinary approach to learning, has been adopted by universities around the world.

Located at the western end of Lake Ontario, the beautiful and historic 300 acre campus nestled between the Niagara Escarpment, the Hamilton Conservation Authority and the Royal Botanical Gardens is within a short commute to Toronto.  The main campus is located minutes from downtown Hamilton, which has been ranked among the top cities in Canada for lifestyle, business and investment. McMaster also has four regional campuses in downtown Hamilton, Burlington, Kitchener-Waterloo, and Niagara. In addition to being a leading employer, the University is actively engaged in supporting and promoting a culturally diverse and welcoming community. For more information, please visit

Reporting directly to the President, the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) will provide vision and leadership for all of the University’s academic activities, including faculty recruitment, retention and promotion; attracting and retaining excellent students; enrolment management; graduate and undergraduate program development and assessment; student life; academic budget and space allocation; library resources; and strategic planning. The Provost will set academic strategy and priorities and will foster an environment that promotes equity and inclusion and allows creativity, research, community-engaged scholarship, and teaching excellence to flourish, and enables students and faculty to excel. The Provost also takes a leading role in maintaining and building the University’s national and international reputation. The appointment is for a renewable five-year term.

The successful candidate will be an accomplished researcher and educator and an exemplary leader with a strong commitment to meeting the needs of students and faculty, and a record of being actively engaged with both internal and external communities including McMaster’s 183,000 strong alumni family, and friends and supporters of the University. Professional requirements include a proven record of senior academic leadership success with experience in planning and budgeting, building collaborative teams, and promoting excellence, equity, diversity and inclusion. Candidates will possess the experience, organizational ability and vision to effectively and strategically lead a large, complex, multi-campus academic portfolio. This person will possess an open and collegial style, outstanding management, communication and interpersonal skills, a creative approach to problem solving, the capacity to build and sustain positive working relationships with academic and administrative units, and the ability to inspire a dedicated faculty and staff.

In keeping with its Statement on Building an Inclusive Community with a Shared Purpose, McMaster University strives to embody the values of Respect, Collaboration and Diversity, and has a strong commitment to diversity and employment equity. The successful candidate will be dedicated to building an inclusive community, one in which there is real, visible and meaningful representation, at all levels and in all constituencies on campus, of the diversity evident in the wider community. McMaster considers an inclusive community to be one in which all members feel safe and empowered, valued and respected for their contributions to the University’s mission and vision. All qualified candidates are strongly encouraged to apply, including women, persons with disabilities, First Nations, Metis and Inuit persons, members of racialized communities and LGBTIQ-identified persons.

To apply for this position, please submit your application and related materials to Michael Naufal and Jessa Chupik at and state the title of the position in the subject line of your e-mail.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those under consideration for the role will be contacted.

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