Call for Nominations – Associate Vice-President, Research

From: Leah Cowen, Vice-President, Research & Innovation, and Strategic Initiatives
Date: January 27, 2022
Re: Call for Nominations – Associate Vice-President, Research

The Division of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation, invites nominations of individuals to be considered as Associate Vice-President, Research. Interested individuals may self-nominate.

This role is critical to the University’s research mission – the mobilization of our campuses around further increasing our research supports and funding and ensuring that the excellence of our scholars is recognized. This is a fantastic role with tremendous potential to advance our culture of inclusive excellence and impact. There is an opportunity for new leadership as a result of my appointment as Vice-President, Research and Innovation, and Strategic Initiatives.

The Associate Vice-President will work closely with the Research Advisory Board, the Advisory Board for the Centre for Research Innovation & Support (CRIS), and divisional leadership to enhance our supports for scholars to increase the quality, impact, and resourcing of their work. The incumbent will also work closely with the Vice-President & Provost and the Vice-President, International on initiatives that intersect these portfolios. 

The Associate Vice-President, Research will pursue ever-increasing excellence in, and resourcing of, research for all of our faculty members, especially via foundational tri-council programs, including both single-researcher and team grants. They will champion and foster the work of our faculty in garnering prestigious scholarly honours and awards. They will work closely with Divisions to develop quantitative research strategic plans, including actions to achieve Divisional goals. Working with CRIS, they will develop University-wide mutual mentoring opportunities for single and team research, convening workshops in which faculty members can share best practices, as well as offering workshops to raise further the quality, resourcing and impact of our research. They will also support the development of a university research infrastructure roadmap, and coordinate a community of practice for divisional research administrative staff to enable research excellence and impact.

I invite nominations of individuals to be considered as Associate Vice-President and encourage nominations of those who reflect the diversity of our community. Nominations are welcome by email to Renee Brost, Chief Administrative Officer ( by February 25, 2022. Communications will be received in confidence.