Provost and Vice-President, Academic

Located in the vibrant, prosperous, ocean city of Halifax, with campuses in Truro, Nova Scotia and Saint John, New Brunswick, Dalhousie University is the leading research university in Atlantic Canada. Founded in 1818 on the traditional territory of the Mi’kmaq First Nations people, Dalhousie is also one of Canada’s oldest and most prestigious universities, attracting more than 18,800 students annually from around the world. The University blends transformative academic programs in thirteen diverse Faculties with a strong commitment to academic excellence, diversity and inclusion, and service to our communities.

Reporting directly to the President, the Provost and Vice-President, Academic (VPA) will provide visionary 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 and VPA will set academic strategy and priorities and will foster an environment that promotes equity, diversity, and inclusion and enables students, staff, and faculty to excel. The Provost and VPA 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.

Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The University encourages applications for the Provost and VPA position from Aboriginal people, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community.

You are a respected colleague and collaborative team leader who displays great vision, excellence, and credibility in university administration, research, and education. Highly strategic and driven, you understand the commitment and dedication required to meet the needs of students, faculty and staff and work collaboratively and actively to engage with both internal and external communities to ensure the University’s goals and objectives are being met successfully. As an academic administrator, you have proven success in planning and budgeting, building and promoting excellence, equity, diversity, and inclusion. You have the management experience, organizational ability, and vision to effectively and strategically lead a large, complex, multi-campus academic portfolio. You have 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 dedicated faculty and staff.

For further information about this position, please contact Michael Naufal and Jessa Chupik at The committee will begin reviewing applications in mid-May and continue until the position is filled. 

A complete application will include a self-identification questionnaire, which is available at

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