Located in beautiful Charlottetown, PEI, the University of Prince Edward Island enjoys a prominent position as the Province’s only university and as a centre for intellectual, social, cultural, and economic activity. Established in 1969, UPEI’s four faculties (arts, education, science, and veterinary medicine) and three schools (business, graduate studies, and nursing) offer a wide range of programs and degrees to more than 4500 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students from around the world. Home to five Canada Research Chairs, a Canada Excellence Research Chair in Aquatic Epidemiology, and six 3M Teaching Fellows, UPEI is one of Atlantic Canada’s finest universities, and a significant contributor to the region. The University has seen dramatic and exciting growth over the last several years. With over 450 graduate students, UPEI is one of the fastest growing graduate programs in the Maritimes. A thriving and diverse community, it has increased by almost 200%, the number of international students since 2011. Two exciting new schools (both located within the Faculty of Science) have opened in the past year – the School of Sustainable Design Engineering (with a brand new flagship facility) and the School of Mathematical and Computational Sciences. The UPEI community is energized by the University’s growth – both in people and programs – and excited about the future.
The Vice-President, Academic and Research provides academic leadership and overall direction for the academic affairs of UPEI, and is responsible for driving innovation and academic excellence across UPEI’s faculties and schools. They will provide leadership to promoting outstanding research and scholarly work, encouraging new ideas for enquiry, and fostering collaborative and interdisciplinary work amongst scholars and students. The Vice-President is also responsible for nurturing and growing UPEI’s relationships with the funding councils, and with other industry and government partners. The ideal candidate will have an outstanding record of scholarship, a sound track record in academic administration, and a history of encouraging, mentoring, and developing excellence in others. They will be highly strategic, have exceptional interpersonal skills, and a collegial and collaborative approach to working with others. Candidates must be eligible for appointment at the rank of Full Professor.