The office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) is the gathering point for all matters academic including enrolment management; program development and assessment; faculty recruitment, retention and promotion; student life; budget and space allocation; and strategic planning. As well as McMaster's six faculties, the following units report to the Provost and Vice-President (Academic):
Associate Vice-President (Academic) — Peter M. Smith
The Associate Vice-President (Academic) is responsible for developing and coordinating policies and practices with respect to undergraduate education and enrolment management. The Associate Vice-President (Academic) plays a key role in a wide range of academic matters related to undergraduate studies, including those that cross Faculty boundaries and/or involve other educational institutions. Other responsibilities include being Chair of: Undergraduate Council, a Committee of Senate that is responsible for curriculum, admissions, awards and general academic regulations of the University; University Student Fees Committee; Enrolment Management Team and Associate Deans Group.
Other units that report through this position to the Office of the Provost are: Office of the Registrar; Arts & Science Program; Centre for Leadership and Learning; Centre for Continuing Education; Indigenous Studies; Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition; and Office of Academic Integrity.
Associate Vice-President & Dean (Graduate Studies) —Allison B. Sekuler
The Dean of Graduate Studies provides the leadership and support for all graduate programs and is responsible for maintaining and improving the standards and policies of graduate scholarship within the University. Responsibilities include chairing the Graduate Council and acting as its voice in Senate, organizing doctoral dissertation defenses and selecting external examiners, and ensuring the integrity and efficient operation of the graduate registry including admissions and graduate student academic records.
Other responsibilities include representing the University at the Ontario Council on Graduate Studies (OCGS), as well as in other external organizations as required. The Dean of Graduate Studies serves on the appointments and promotions committees in each Faculty, as well as on the Senate Committee on Appointments.
Associate Vice-President (Student Affairs) & Dean of Students — Phil Wood
The AVP Student Affairs and the Dean of Students is responsible for providing vision, leadership and successful management of several diverse student affairs programs and services. This portfolio consists of the first year transition program, personal and academic counseling, career counseling and employment services, residence life, service learning, health services and programs, athletics and recreation, accessibility services, community relations, judicial affairs and student affairs planning and evaluation. The Dean of Students works collaboratively with all of the University stakeholders to create learning opportunities for students that facilitate active engagement and maximize effective learning.
The role of Special Advisor to the Provost deals with academic issues related to faculty members.
Acting University Librarian —Vivian Lewis
Vivian Lewis is the Acting University Librarian
The University Librarian is responsible for managing all operations of the McMaster University Library and is a member of the Senior Management Team of the University. The McMaster University Library is comprised of three libraries including the Mills Library (Social Sciences/Humanities), the Innis Library (Business) and the Thode Library (Science/Engineering). The University Library also includes the William Ready Division of Archives and Special Collections. The combined collections of the libraries total more than 2 million books, 20,000 print and electronic journal titles, and an additional 30,000 e-resources. The library includes significant special collections as well. McMaster University Library is a member of OCUL (Ontario Council of University Libraries), CARL (Canadian Association of Research Libraries) and of ARL (Association of Research Libraries) and participates in a number of consortial projects including CRKN (Canadian Research Knowledge Network) and COAHL (Consortium of Ontario Academic Health Libraries) for digital content. McMaster Library is one of only 15 research libraries in Canada that is a member of CARL(Canadian Association of Research Libraries) and of ARL (Association of Research Libraries). The budget is more than $15 million annually. Staffing currently stands at more than 110 full time employees.
Milé Komlen is the Director of Human Rights and Equity Services.
Human Rights and Equity Services (HRES) wants to make McMaster a university community where all students, staff and faculty can learn, work and live in equality and respect. To this end, HRES actively promotes an environment free from sexism, racism, heterosexism, discrimination against people with disabilities and all other forms of harassment and discrimination. In addition, our office receives enquires and complaints concerning any form of harassment or discrimination and attempts confidential resolution. Human Rights & Equity Services ensures that the Sexual Harassment Policy and the Anti-Discrimination Policy are administered efficiently, effectively and fairly.
Carol Podedworny is McMaster University’s Director and Curator of the Museum of Art
Reporting to the V.P. Academic, McMaster University, and as a member of the management team, the Director and Curator, McMaster Museum of Art (MMA) is responsible for the overall operations of the Museum and for the creative management of this unit within the mandate and policies approved by McMaster University. The Director and Curator is the administrative and artistic director of the museum. To this end the Director and Curator oversees the administrative, artistic, fiscal, and staff management responsibilities of the museum on a day-to-day and on-going basis. The Museum presents a changing roster of permanent collection, in-house produced and borrowed exhibitions and ancillary events. The Museum’s active participation in the Canadian arts community is marked by its exhibition and publication projects. The research intensive aspects of its principle mandate to collect, exhibit and interpret works of art, enable the Museum to participate in the lively dialogue on art in this country.
John Kearney is McMaster's Chief Information Officer.
The Chief Information Officer is accountable to the Provost and VP Academic and to the VP Administration for strategy, implementation, policy advice and guidance on all matters related to technology at McMaster. This includes priority setting, investment management, process improvement, application implementation, enterprise networks and infrastructure, telecommunications, security, service, standards, and support.
Barb Campbell is Executive Director for the Office of the Provost. She is responsible for supporting all aspects of the work of the Provost and Associate Vice-President (Academic) and oversees the operation of the Office of the Provost. These responsibilities include: providing decision support; informing and advising members of senior management; drafting university policies; financial and strategic planning. She also provides financial and budget planning information and advice for all areas reporting to the Provost and consults with Faculties regarding decisions of the Budget and other committees. The Executive Director works closely with the Manager, Faculty Appointments to ensure that academic appointments are done in accordance with all legislative and contractual agreements. The Executive Director also manages the Undergraduate Program Review process and a variety of special projects. She is a consultant to the Finance Committee, University Planning Committee, Budget Committee and University Student Fees Committee.
The Office of Institutional Research and Analysis
The Office of Institutional Research and Analysis provides leadership, advice and support for planning, policy formation and informed decision making activities. To support the strategic goals of McMaster, Institutional Research and Analysis:
Provides accurate, timely, and high quality data to various academic and administrative offices at McMaster and to external agencies
Liaises with government and external agencies
Supports and advises senior administration through the provision of effective analyses and insights based on a thorough understanding of McMaster and its external environment
Leads and supports key planning activities of McMaster