Associate Vice-President (Academic)

Update 3

May 3, 2022 

The Reappointment Committee concluded its work and made a recommendation to the Interim Provost. For more information, please consult the Appointments and Renewals webpage here.

Update 2

May 3, 2022 

The Associate Vice-President (Academic) has provided a summary of accomplishments and a statement of her vision for the unit for the next five years.  Click here to view.

Please send your confidential comments to Angela Leader, Executive Assistant to the Provost at no later than 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday May 10, 2022.  All input received will be collated, anonymized, and provided to the Reappointment Committee for their review; please note, this feedback is not subject to release under the Local Authority Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (LA FOIP).

Update 1

May 3, 2022

Dr. Nilgün Önder's term as Associate Vice-President (Academic) is scheduled to end on June 30, 2023.

University policy governing out-of-scope academic administrative appointments (EMP-010-030) calls for a review in the penultimate (4th) year of appointment, provided both parties agree to consider a second term. Here is the relevant passage from that policy:

During the penultimate year of an out-of-scope individual’s term, the Supervising Authority and the individual will meet. If the two agree that a subsequent term should be considered, the Supervising Authority will initiate the renewal process.

The Supervising Authority will establish a Reappointment Committee which is advisory to the Supervising Authority. The Supervising Authority shall ensure that the committee has appropriate representation from the University community and other appropriate stakeholders. The composition of the committee shall be made public prior to the first meeting of the committee.

The individual will be invited to prepare a summary of accomplishments during the current term, a brief statement describing (in the content of the University’s Strategic Plan) a vision for the unit over the next five years and current curriculum vitae. The accomplishments and vision will be publicly available and all of the documents will be available to the committee.

The deliberations of the committee are strictly confidential. The committee will seek input from those who have worked closely with the individual. Having considered the input received and having met with the individual, the committee will advise the Supervising Authority regarding reappointment.

The Supervising Authority will consider the advice of the committee and will make a recommendation to the Appointing Authority.

As Interim Provost, I serve as Supervisory Authority for the Reappointment Committee in its consideration of the Associate Vice-President (Academic). The President is the Appointing Authority. I have talked with Dr. Önder, and we have agreed to consider a second term based on a successful renewal consultation with faculty and staff, as well as the wider University community.

Membership of the Reappointment Committee is as follows:

Chair Dr. david Gregory Provost & Vice-President (Academic)
Senior Leadership Team (SLT) Representative Art Exner Associate Vice-President, Information Services
Dean's Council Representative Dr. Doug Farenick Dean, Faculty of Science
Associate Deans Academic (ADA) Representative Dr. Saqib Khan

Associate Dean, Faculty Relations & Development; Faculty of Business Administration

Federated College Representative Dr. Tom Phenix Dean, Campion College
Centre for Continuing Education (CCE) Representative Dr. Christie Schultz Director, Centre for Continuing Education
Council Committee on Academic Mission (CCAM) Representative Christina Winter Copyright and Scholarly Communications Librarian

 The committee will be supported by Angela Leader, Executive Assistant to the Provost and Vice-President (Academic).

Timeline for review

  • April 18
    • Reappointment Committee assembled
  • May 3
    • Documents received from Candidate
    • CV/Vision/Summary of Accomplishments provided to the Reappointment Committee
    • Vision/Summary of Accomplishments posted to public website
    • Call for feedback from campus community
  • May 10
  • May 11
    • Committee receives confidential/anonymous feedback from the Provost’s Executive Assistant
  • May 12 & 25
    • Committee meets to discuss input and provide recommendation to Supervising Authority
  • May 30-June 3
    • Recommendation made to the Appointing Authority
  • June 6-10
    • Announcement of outcome

I look forward to working with faculty, staff, and students in this process. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.


david Gregory, PhD
Reappointment Committee Chair
Interim Provost and Vice-President (Academic)