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Vice-Provost, Teaching and Learning

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Job ID: 11937

Updated: December 11, 2017

Location: Main Campus

Position Overview

The University of Calgary is searching for a Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning).

Energizing Eyes High

The University of Calgary is one of Canada’s top comprehensive research intensive post-secondary learning institutions, with over 34,000 students in 14 faculties, and over 1,800 academic staff, and 3,300 non-academic staff across five campuses. The University of Calgary is ranked one of the world’s top 200 univiersities.

The University of Calgary continually strives to optimize and grow its resources.  With a consolidated budget of more than $1.4 billion, which includes an annual operating budget of just over $745 million and research revenues of over $380 million, the University of Calgary is among Calgary's largest employers and contributes nearly $8 billion annually to Alberta’s economy.  A dynamic, young  university, we have raised our global profile, enhanced the quality of undergraduate and graduate education, promoted innovation and excellence in scholarly activity, and provided significant returns to the community and economy both locally and beyond.

The University of Calgary recently finalized the ‘energizing’ of its transformative Eyes High strategy, which launched in 2011. The energized Eyes High 2017 to 2022 launched in the 50th Anniversary year of the University of Calgary will continue to provide the platform from which the university leverages its momentum and aspirations. 2017 will also see the launch of an Indigenous Strategy. The University is committed to creating a rich, vibrant and culturally competent campus – one that welcomes and supports all learners.

Enriching the quality and breadth of learning

The University of Calgary has fostered a learning environment enriched by research and pedagogical excellence where administration, students, and academic staff collaboratively create effective learning communities and experiences. This commitment is supported through a $1 million teaching and learning grants program, a robust list of teaching awards, and a vibrant network of Associate Deans of Teaching and Learning from every Faculty, and is informed by strategic initiatives in mental health, internationalization, indigenization, and sustainability.

The recently completed $40M Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning is home to an outstanding team of educational developers, instructional technologists, and SoTL scholars. This leading-edge facility is one of the most technology-rich spaces on campus, serving as world leading incubator to promote advances in teaching and learning. The Taylor Institute also houses the College of Discovery, Creativity, and Innovation, which engages undergraduate students in high-impact, interdisciplinary learning that explores some of the world’s most complex problems,  challenges, and opportunities.

The University of Calgary is in the process transforming into a living laboratory for developing and applying innovations in postsecondary teaching; graduate, undergraduate, and faculty learning; and cutting-edge learning spaces and technologies. Following an academic stragetic plan that identifies activities, goals and resources to support teaching development, research on teaching and learning, facility/classroom improvement, a highly connected network of Faculty and University-level leaders in teaching and learning, and focused attention on student experience and engagement combine to propel University of Calgary to a world leading institution in the area of teaching and learning excellence.

A Strategic Leader, Champion and Advocate

Reporting to the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) and interfacing as a collaborative member of the Provost Team, the Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning) will play a critical strategic role in visioning and advancing the institution’s teaching and learning goals. The successful candidate will engage with Faculty Deans, Associate Deans, Department Heads, academic staff, and students to champion the design and creation of initiatives where all members of the University of Calgary community are supported in achieving excellence in teaching, learning, and engagement. 

The Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning) will be a passionate and outstanding teacher and a visionary leader with a proven record of leading in the creation of nimble, responsive, networked, educational systems and associated processes. They will have the ability to lead high quality teaching and learning environments that intergrate and use research and evidence to inform high impact teaching practice. They understand the rapidly changing higher education landscape and the need to be responsive to the needs of highly connected world. Their leadership will be visionary, bold, inspiring and impactful.  They will be highly accomplished at both inspiring and managing change, with demonstrated abilities to engage and motivate staff and stakeholders.

Key Accountabilities

The Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning) will:
•advocate for the importance of teaching excellence on our campuses;
•envision and promote structural and systemic change to accommodate educational innovation;
•ensure that campus-wide efforts to enhance teaching and learning environments are evidence-based, strategic, coordinated and resourced;
•be a campus-wide, national and international visionary for teaching innovation;
•lead the ongoing creation and development of transparent, coordinated, and accessible structures to support teaching that support highly impactful learning experiences for students;
•ensure that structures and procedures around program development, approval and implementation, and evaluation are streamlined, coordinated, and monitored;
•prioritize the developing of strong working relationships with the Provost Team, senior administration, Deans, Associate Deans, Department Heads, faculty, staff and student leaders;
•is committed to participating in and at times leading fundraising and alumni engagement processes and activities related to teaching excellence; and
•ensure that teaching and learning initiatives are inclusive, accessible to all, and are active in reducing barriers to success.

Candidate Profile

The Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning) will have:
•an earned doctorate;
•an academic record for appointment at  Full Professor or Teaching Professor;
•experience leading the development and implementation of a transformative institutional strategic vision;
•significant experience leading impactful pedagogical innovation;
•demonstrated commitment to using evidence-based approaches to guide innovations in higher education teaching and learning;
•demonstrated experience effectively managing alignment of strategic goals/activities to budget and human resource processes; and
•demonstrated ability to lead people and processes.

Personal Characteristics

The Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning):
•is an outstanding teacher;
•is committed to teaching and learning excellence;
•demonstrates through actions the core values shared by the university community: curiosity; support; collaboration; communication; sustainability; globalization; balance; and excellence; 
•exudes confidence, energy and optimism;
•is committed to developing consensus across diverse communities;
•is able to recognize and productively manage resistance and/or challenges to transformational change;
•is collaborative, respectful, strategic, intuitive, inspirational, and decisive;
•is skilled and comfortable working within diverse social and cultural environments;
•is skilled and comfortable working in and across internal and external governance systems;
•demonstrates commitment to high quality education and devoted to improving the student experience through excellence in teaching;
•is strong and clear communicator with the ability to influence and inspire;
•is an advocate for inclusive pedagogy and reducing barriers to student success; and
•is a courageous risk taker who is prepared to challenge the status quo in the service of teaching excellence

The University of Calgary welcomes diversity and encourages applications from all qualified peoples, including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and indigenous persons.

To explore this exciting opportunity further, please send your CV and Letter of Interest in confidence to, or contact:

Tim Hamilton, Partner
Phone: 403-410-6700


Kenny Gregor, Senior Associate
Phone: 403-410-6700

The University of Calgary’s comprehensive benefits and pension program is designed to promote a productive level of health and well-being to staff members through coverage for health, dental, life insurance, income protection for disability, and retirement income planning. The salary range for this position is $160,000 to $230,000 and will be negotiated based on the candidate’s skills and experience. To learn about our comprehensive benefits package please visit

The University of Calgary believes that a respectful workplace, equal opportunity and building a diverse workforce contribute to the richness of the environment for teaching, learning and research, and provide faculty, staff, students and the public with a university that reflects the society it serves. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to become one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. Ranked as the top young university in Canada and North America, the University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit

About Calgary, Alberta

Ranked the 5th most livable city in the world, Calgary is one of the world's cleanest cities and one of the best cities in Canada to raise a family. Calgary is a city of leaders - in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from a growing number of world-class dining and cultural events and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour's drive from the majestic Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America. 




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