Maureen Mancuso is the interim provost and vice-president: academic at Wilfrid Laurier University. Mancuso served as Provost and VP Academic of the University of Guelph from 2003 to 2014, with responsibility for planning and budgeting, quality assurance, curriculum development and innovation, admissions and recruitment, student support services, faculty relations, and technology. She personally led significant initiatives at Guelph to reimagine the undergraduate learning experience, create and introduce institution-wide integrated planning and budgeting, and institute university-wide learning outcomes assessment. She had previously served as Associate VP Academic and Chair of the Department of Political Science.
As a Policy Fellow for the Council of Ontario Universities for the past four years she has worked closely with both government and post-secondary institutions on projects related to assessment, teaching and learning metrics, on-line learning, and educational productivity.
An expert in the study of corruption, scandal, legislative ethics, and American politics, Mancuso has authored four books, numerous articles, chapters, and conference presentations, and served as a consultant to federal and provincial governments on both educational and ethics issues. Her current research focuses on understanding and explaining changes over time in Canadians’ attitudes toward and distrust of public officials though a large scale national survey. She earned her doctorate at Nuffield College, Oxford, her MA at Carleton, and BA at McMaster. She has won several teaching awards, including a 3M fellowship, Canada’s highest recognition of teaching excellence.
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.
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.
Manager, Integrated Academic Financial Services
Director: Strategic Academic Initiatives
Manager, Academic Program Development and Review
Associate Director: Academic Resource Management and Planning
Maureen Mancuso, PhD
Interim Provost and Vice-President: Academic
Barrington Walker, PhD
Senior Advisor: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Dean, Faculty of Science
Dean, Faculty of Music
Micheál J. Kelly
Dean, Lazaridis School of Business and Economics
Dean, Faculty of Education
Interim Dean, Faculty of Liberal Arts
AVP and Dean, Faculty of Graduate and Post-Doctoral Studies
Dean, Faculty of Arts
Dean, Faculty of Human and Social Science
Dean, Faculty of Social Work
Associate Dean, School of International Policy and Governance
Laurier has a tradition of inviting noteworthy Canadian writers for an intensive one-week visiting writer residency.
Dave Bidini has been selected as this year's visiting writer.
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