The Academic Vice-President and Provost is the chief academic officer of the University and the principal advisor to the President on all academic affairs, serving as highest ranking officer reporting to the President. The Academic Vice-President promotes the academic mission of the University by championing excellence and innovation in teaching, scholarship and service to the community, facilitated by effective strategic academic planning and budgeting. She works closely with other Vice-Presidents to attract and retain excellent students, and to promote the premier student experience that St Francis Xavier University is known for.
The Academic Vice-President is responsible for academic standards and the recruitment, retention and development of faculty. Other responsibilities include program development and assessment, implementation of academic policies and procedures, and oversight of academic personnel including faculty, academic support professionals, and administrative employees.
The Deans of the four Faculties – Arts, Business, Education and Science, the Associate Vice President Research and Graduate Studies, Registrar, University Librarian, Institutional Research Analyst, and the Directors of Service Learning and Continuing Education report to the Academic Vice-President and Provost.
The 300 faculty members within the University’s four faculties and 30 departments and schools provide educational programs for over 4000 students. Academic programming includes 34 undergraduate degree disciplines, 8 master’s degrees, and 1 doctoral program. Numerous honours, advanced major and minor programs, unique curricular options like the Humanities Colloquium, growing distance learning offerings, extensive Service Learning opportunities, and a diverse study abroad program complement the regular curriculum. The new McKenna Centre for Leadership and Coady International Institute support non-credit learning opportunities in leadership, international development, extension and social justice.
In 2013-14, St. FX will be identifying and prioritizing it academic and academic-support programs through the Presidential Task Force: Sustaining the Academic Priorities of StFX 2013-2018.