Wilfrid Laurier University is a leading Canadian university that excels at educating with purpose. Its holistic approach to learning integrates innovative programming with hands-on experience outside the classroom. Laurier has been ranked #1 in student satisfaction for four consecutive years (Maclean’s University Rankings: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017), thanks in no small part to its unique community-centered culture. Through its community of researchers, leaders and educators, Laurier has built a reputation as a world-class institution known for its academic excellence and global impact. In acknowledgement of its exemplary workplace policies and programs, and its commitment to sustainability and lifelong learning, Laurier was named one of the Waterloo Area’s Top Employers in 2019.
The university has 20,000 students, campuses in Waterloo and Brantford, locations in Kitchener and Toronto, and a research office in Yellowknife. Laurier specializes in arts and social sciences, business and economics, music, science, social work, education and theology. The university is committed to partnerships and collaborations aligned with its academic priorities. Laurier’s research community consists of more than 500 researchers in nine faculties, forming a highly interactive and interdisciplinary academic community. The university supports more than 20 research centres and institutes that stimulate innovation, attract research funding, and enhance the experience of faculty, students, postdoctoral fellows and visiting scholars.
The University seeks a dynamic leader to join our community of teaching and learning. Reporting jointly to the Provost and Vice-President Academic, and to the Vice-President, Student Affairs, the Vice Provost, Teaching and Learning provides senior leadership and support to the University’s pursuit of excellence in teaching and learning. Promoting the integration of research-based teaching pedagogy, student learning, student success and student development best practices, the Vice Provost, Teaching and Learning collaborates with academic and professional colleagues to further the mission of the University. The Vice Provost, Teaching and Learning will develop the approach, lead implementation of programs and action steps, and plan for meaningful assessment of programs against their goals.
The Vice Provost, Teaching and Learning should be an innovative and inclusive leader with an openness to new teaching and learning approaches and having the competencies to lead institutional change. In addition, they have the expertise and ability to inspire new ways of thinking about, and engaging in, contemporary high-impact approaches to teaching, learning, and student success. The ideal candidate will be a proven academic leader with a student focus and achievements in the areas of teaching and learning. As a relationship builder with a collaborative leadership style, the ideal candidate will also be able to effectively engage with multiple and diverse community members and recognize the importance of addressing challenging issues inside and beyond the classroom. Excellent communication skills are essential, as is a passion for working with faculty, students, and staff on teaching excellence and student success in a multi-campus environment. The Vice Provost, Teaching and Learning will also hold a tenured faculty position. Candidates must have a terminal degree and a record of teaching, scholarship and service that support appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor at Laurier.