Vice President, Academic & Provost

Established in 1925, Emily Carr University is a leading academic institution that has a strong legacy of cultural, artistic and technological innovation. Encouraging research and experimentation at the intersection of art, design, media and technology, Emily Carr’s learning community merges studio practice, research and critical theory in an interdisciplinary and collaborative environment. Alumni and faculty are internationally recognized as award-winning creators and thought leaders who have significant impact on both the cultural sector and economy. Emily Carr engages students, industry and society to continuously explore and think differently about creativity and how it shapes our world. Situated in Vancouver, Canada, a unique urban location with close proximity to nature, Emily Carr has a strong presence in the city’s vibrant cultural scene. A history of artist-run centres, an emerging start up community, and a deep commitment to environmental justice all act to bolster and set the foundation for leading-edge design and art research.

A unique academic leadership opportunity exists in Canada’s preeminent art and design university. The Vice-President, Academic + Provost plays a key role as a leader of excellence in trans-disciplinary, inclusive and socially engaged art and design education and research. This role is critical in supporting Emily Carr University’s commitments to sustainability, diversity, decolonization and Indigenization, and to ensuring continued vitality and excellence in academic programming and research. The Vice-President is pivotal in guiding the university through its strategic plan and vision of enhancing its world-class status.

Reporting to the President, the successful candidate will provide academic leadership with a wide range of responsibilities. These include providing educational leadership and management to all academic areas, including the Ian Gillespie Faculty of Design and Dynamic Media, the Audain Faculty of Art, the Faculty of Culture and Community, and the Jake Kerr Faculty of Graduate Studies, as well as Continuing Studies, the Libby Leshgold Gallery and the university library. They will also work with Student Services, ensuring excellence at all levels of operation. The Vice-President leads academic strategic planning, policy development, curriculum delivery and regular curriculum review initiatives according to the policies governing the institution. This position is also responsible for representing the university and promoting its interests and development to external bodies and the wider community.

Emily Carr University is seeking a candidate who is a visionary thinker with a passion for art, design, media studies and creative industries. The incumbent will bring strength of character and a proven collaborative style to the university, with a proven record of leadership in a post-secondary environment. The ideal candidate is one who embraces change and innovation with a focus on student outcomes, and who has a strong record of teaching and research/creative practice. They will be recognized for the personal attributes noted above along with impeccable and appropriate academic credentials and administrative depth allowing the Vice-President to advance the goals of the institution.

Bring your creativity, innovation and leadership to Canada’s top-ranked university of art and design. If this is the next step in your professional career, please visit our website and submit your application to Shelina Esmail and Jennifer Madden at

Emily Carr University of Art + Design respects and values diversity and is committed to ensuring an inclusive process.  We are committed to creating a candidate pool that reflects the diversity of Canadian society. We are taking steps to remove barriers to ensure fair consideration of all candidates regardless of race, colour, creed, national origin, age, sex, marital status, disability or sexual orientation.