Associate Vice-President, Research, Engagement, and Grad Studies

Vancouver, British Columbia (CA)
12 Feb 2018
End of advertisement period
14 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

University of the Fraser Valley
Associate Vice-President, Research, Engagement, and Grad Studies

The University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) invites nominations and applications for the position of Associate Vice-President, Research, Engagement, and Graduate Studies.  The appointment, for an initial five-year term, begins September 1, 2018.  

Situated within the traditional territory of the Stó:lō First Nation, UFV is a dynamic and innovative multi-campus university with six campuses and centres in the Fraser Valley, as well as a growing campus in Chandigarh, India. A one-hour drive from Vancouver, UFV enjoys a setting characterized by spectacular mountains, a warm west coast climate and welcoming communities. 

UFV is nationally recognized for its commitment to teaching excellence, community relevance, and Indigenization, and it puts student learning at the centre of all it does. With over 100 programs, from graduate and undergraduate arts, science, and professional degrees, to trades and technical education, university preparation, and continuing education, UFV is the school of choice for over 15,000 students.  More information about the University is available at

Reporting to the Provost and Vice-President, Academic, the Associate Vice-President, Research, Engagement, and Graduate Studies will lead in achieving the research, scholarship and graduate studies related goals of the University’s strategic and education plans, (, as well as the strategic research plan. These plans include in their goals, ensuring that UFV offers the best undergraduate education in Canada, provides leadership for the development of the Fraser Valley, prioritizes learning everywhere, and collaborates across boundaries to integrate experiential learning.

Supervising an office with several staff, the AVP is responsible for the administration of graduate programs for the university, and for working with the Provost to support and advance research, scholarship and creative activities, with an emphasis on community-engaged and applied research, while overseeing the generation of revenue through grants and contracts.

The AVP is also a member of various senior administrative committees, including the Senior Academic Leadership Team and the Provost’s Council on Student Success. 

The ideal candidate will have a doctorate in an appropriate field or discipline, coupled with a solid research profile and the ability to build interdisciplinary bridges and research partnerships internally and externally. They will bring a record of consultative leadership, and a passion for research and student learning. Strong skills in strategic planning, budgeting, community engagement, and criteria-driven review and planning processes are essential.

Consideration of candidates will begin February 2018, and will continue until the position is filled. Nominations, applications, or expressions of interest should be directed, in confidence, to Gerri Woodford or Laura Brannan at All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
UFV is committed to the principle of equity in employment.