The Provost and Vice-President Academic is the senior academic, planning, and budget officer at the University of Saskatchewan. Reporting to the President, the Provost plays an integral role in the setting and achievement of the Strategic Directions and academic priorities of the University and the development and implementation of a multi-year budget framework that supports the University’s priorities; is responsible for the overall supervision of the academic program concerning teaching, research, and service and the development of academic policy; and holds the primary responsibility for developing and implementing the institutional-level planning initiatives that are essential to the strategic positioning of the University of Saskatchewan. S/he acts with full authority of the President for all internal matters affecting the University.
The Provost and Vice-President Academic provides leadership within the University community, revitalizing the academic core by defining academic priorities and implementing them, revitalizing faculty and student body by guarding academic standards and freedom, and serving as an advocate of academic integrity in communications with government, the public, and the Board of Governors.
The Provost and Vice-President Academic oversees the administration of academic programs within the collegial processes, actively encouraging excellence in teaching, scholarship, and research. The Vice-President is responsible for the overall academic policies on campus and is a leader in maintaining criteria and mechanisms for periodic reviews of academic programs, annual performance reviews of Deans, and the supervision of colleges. As Chair of Deans’ Council, the Provost and Vice-President Academic leads an effective management vehicle for academic and administrative decision-making, functioning within the collegial process.
The Provost and Vice-President Academic is accountable for the development of successful outcomes with respect to the objectives of the University’s Integrated Plan through the 13 colleges and schools, as well as the offices of the Vice-Provost, the Associate Vice-Presidents of Information and Communications Technology and Student and Enrolment Services , and the office of Institutional Planning and Assessment. Major responsibilities include devising and implementing the University’s planning processes, ensuring strategic and operational plans are in place for colleges and reporting units, monitoring and supporting best practices, monitoring performance, and promoting positive relations internally (particularly through strong relationships and partnerships with academic units and students) and externally (various levels of government and the community).