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About the Provost and Vice-President: Academic

Robert GordonRobert Gordon, a leading authority on environmental issues, joined Laurier as vice-president: research in November 2015. He was appointed as provost and vice-president: academic in July 2018.

In this role, Gordon is responsible for implementing the academic and institutional priorities including advancing academic excellence, expanding experiential learning, enhancing diversity and providing leadership on the university budget and resource allocation. Gordon works closely with the president and vice-chancellor on university-wide strategic planning and executing the university's Strategic Mandate Agreement with the province. He also holds a faculty appointment in Laurier’s Department of Geography and Environmental Studies.

Prior to joining Laurier, Gordon was dean of the Ontario Agricultural College at the University of Guelph, the largest agriculture and food faculty in Canada. He previously held a Canada Research Chair in Environmental Resource Management at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College (now Dalhousie University). Gordon earned a bachelor’s and a master's degree in engineering from McGill University and a PhD in land resource science from the University of Guelph. He is the recipient of many awards, including the Nova Scotia Premier's Award of Excellence.

About the Office

The provost and vice-president: academic is the chief academic officer of the university and provides strategic direction and leadership for academic programs and shared services, academic planning, budget planning and resource allocation, and academic labour relations.

The provost and vice-president: academic is responsible for advancing academic excellence and ensuring the quality of Laurier’s academic programs, which differentiate Laurier and exemplify Laurier’s strengths in experiential learning, pedagogical innovation and community engagement. 

Key Areas of Responsibility

  • Provide strategic leadership within the university. Laurier has two campuses in Waterloo and Brantford, locations in Kitchener and Toronto, and an office in China. Laurier is currently exploring a Milton campus.
  • Lead the academic mission and programs. Laurier is well underway in executing the current Strategic Academic Plan (2015-2020), which is organized around three pillars: advancing academic excellence, expanding experiential learning and enhancing diversity.
  • Plan, manage and steward the university's resources. Following broad consultation, endorsement by Senate and approval by the Board of Governors, the university has adopted a budget model based on responsibility centre management (RCM) principles. Under this model, budget decision-making is distributed to academic and administrative units to ensure they are responsible and accountable for budgeting and financial performance. Revenue is attributed and costs managed at the faculty level.

The portfolio is broad in scope and includes nine faculties, the university library, the Office of the Vice-President: Academic (academic strategy, academic quality assurance and budgeting) and several administrative functions which provide key academic support services.

Reporting Structure

Office of the Provost and Vice-President Academic Staff and Administrators

Robert Gordon
Provost and Vice-President: Academic
519.884.0710 x2859

Heather Bouillon
Associate Director: Academic Resource Management and Planning
519.884.0710 x4883

Christine Dale
Manager, Integrated Academic Financial Services
519.884.0710 x3727

John Fraser
Director: Strategic Academic Initiatives
519.884.0711 x2913

Sally Heath
Manager, Academic Program Development and Review
519.884.0710 x4017

Kathy Keihl
Executive Assistant
519.884.0710 x2859

Erica Goss
Academic Projects and Review Coordinator
519.884.0710 x3971

Academic Units

Ken Maly
Dean, Faculty of Science

Glen Carruthers
Dean, Faculty of Music

Micheál J. Kelly
Dean, Lazaridis School of Business and Economics

Colleen Willard-Holt
Dean, Faculty of Education

Heidi Northwood
Dean, Faculty of Liberal Arts

Douglas Deutschman
Dean, Faculty of Graduate and Post-Doctoral Studies

Richard Nemesvari
Dean, Faculty of Arts

Gohar Ashoughian
University Librarian

Lauren Eisler
Dean, Faculty of Human and Social Science

Dawn Buzza
Dean, Faculty of Social Work

Allistair Edgar
Associate Dean, School of International Policy and Governance

Academic Support Units

Contact Us:

Office of the Provost and Vice-President, Academic

T: 519.884.0710 x2859


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