Roles and responsibilities of the vice-president academic

Reporting to the president, and a key member of the executive leadership team, the vice-president academic (Fredericton) is the chief academic officer for the Fredericton campus, and provides leadership in attaining academic excellence across all of its faculties and schools.

The VPA works closely with academic and administrative colleagues, and maintains overall responsibility for the planning, development, and implementation of UNB’s academic plan for the Fredericton campus. The VPA maintains a close relationship with the vice-president (Saint John) to ensure that the university as a whole is delivering on its mission, on serving its students, and on the goals of the broader academic plan.

On the Fredericton campus, the VPA’s responsibility for academics, space, budgets, and personnel include 11 faculties, the College of Extended Learning, libraries, the Registrar’s Office, and Student Services. Chairing the deans’ council, the VPA works with faculty deans to promote excellence and integrity in teaching and learning, research, and university service and foster a climate that encourages faculty, staff, and students to identify and pursue innovation in these activities. The VPA also works closely with the vice-president (research) on matters that advance the university’s research goals, as well as the School of Graduate Studies.

The VPA oversees regular evaluation of Fredericton’s academic programs with a view to maintaining excellence while encouraging improvements, innovations, and interdisciplinary and cross-campus collaboration; also, the VPA recommends all initial academic appointments and makes recommendations for re-appointment, tenure, and promotion for tenure-track faculty for the Fredericton campus.

With other university administrators, and in particular the vice-president of the Saint John campus, the VPA collaborates to set strategic enrolment management goals, enhance student services, increase internationalization activities, and further program development.

The position also has a public role to play on behalf of UNB. As such, the VPA maintains a high profile in the research community, and understands the crucial role that research plays in the development and advancement of knowledge; communicates the value of research, and the importance of research funding.

The VPA’s offices are located in Sir Howard Douglas Hall, main floor.