For 40 years, Redeemer University has stood out across Canada for its commitment to a Christian undergraduate liberal arts and sciences education that develops the whole person. Rooted in a Reformed Biblical worldview, and including a diverse community representing over 50 Christian denominations, Redeemer seeks to answer the fundamental questions about where we fit into God’s story while it prepares students to engage in society’s biggest challenges. A rigorous academic program with an interdisciplinary core is supported by a vibrant community characterized by caring discipleship. The result is an enriching and transformational educational experience integrating faith, learning and service.
Redeemer offers 34 majors and streams that lead to either a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Kinesiology or Bachelor of Business Administration degree. Redeemer currently serves nearly 1,100 students and its faculty are engaged in teaching, service to the community, and research, some of which is supported in part by the Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), and other funding agencies and donors.
A privately funded and publicly chartered institution, Redeemer offers excellent Christ-centred undergraduate teaching, strong investments in research, rich student-faculty interaction, and unique opportunities for experiential and holistic learning. As a member of Universities Canada, Redeemer produces graduates who are accepted into graduate programs across the continent and beyond. In recent national surveys, Redeemer students have ranked the school as one of the top universities in Canada for overall student satisfaction, especially for providing a nurturing and challenging academic environment along with its warm on-campus community.
Located on a beautiful 86-acre campus in Hamilton, Ontario, Redeemer operates under a charter from the Government of Ontario and is a member of Universities Canada (UC), the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU), and the Canadian Council of Christian Charities (CCCC).
Reporting to the President, serving as Vice Chair of the Senate and as a member of the President’s Council, the Vice President, Academic, (hereafter VPA) is the Chief Academic Officer and serves as the chief executive officer as delegated by the President in his/her absence. The VPA works closely with the President in executing Redeemer’s mission and will bring a comprehensive vision for university learning, research, and campus life where faith, living, and learning are vitally connected.
The VPA is responsible for the overall development of the faculty, research, teaching, curriculum and program development, learning services, the library, external accreditation and quality assurance, government relations relating to Redeemer’s academic authorities as outlined in provincial legislation, external academic partnerships and collaboration, and all other programs and services directly related to the academic mission of the university. The VPA also works closely with the President to ensure alignment and cohesion between the academic mission and the administrative and external engagement support areas of the university.
1. Overall leadership of the faculty in all areas, including:
Recruitment, hiring, development of faculty, including oversight of and responsibility for academic promotion, all in support of the mission
Research and creative activity, teaching and learning
Development and oversight of academic leadership team (including academic deans and associate deans), Faculty Council, and the operations of the University Senate
Reviewing academic administrative structures and making changes where needed. This includes consultation with faculty and relevant committees
2. Leadership of the Curriculum
Responsible for program changes and new program development, oversight of core program, measurement and continuous improvement
Oversight of career preparation, planning and placement, and experiential learning
Innovation and redemptive entrepreneurship programming and services
Program enrolment and enrolment planning in consultation with the faculty
3. Accreditation and quality assurance:
Responsible for periodic organizational review and institutional accreditation (e.g., PEQAB), Professional organization accreditations and certifications
Cyclical program review and new program development, including new degree programs at the Bachelor’s and Master’s levels and the development of relevant, missionally aligned non-degree programs
Works with the Registrar to maintain accurate student records and processes
4. Government Relations:
Provincial government with respect to legislation and degree-granting authority
MCU with respect to international students, accreditation pathways
MoE with respect to Teacher Education program
Federal government with respect to Tri-Council funding and related matters
Works with the Library Director to ensure the library is operating efficiently and effectively serving the needs of the students and faculty
Ensures that the library is engaged in accurately measuring resource usage and projecting future needs
6. Academic Student Services:
Oversight of Registrar’s Office, Learning Services, including Academic Success and Accessible Learning
7. Academic Partnerships and Collaboration:
Builds partnerships for the purposes of academic program engagement and enhancement
Builds relationships with businesses, not-for-profit organizations, local government, and relationships with other post-secondary institutions
8. Serves as Chief Executive Officer as delegated by the president, in his/her absence
Preferred Skills and Attributes:
Must have significant experience in academic administration, preferably at the Dean level or above
Must understand and be able to effectively articulate the reformed Christian worldview
External relations. There will be some fundraising that the VPA is expected to participate in.
Strategic communication. There will be times when the VPA will be speaking on behalf of the institution in mission-critical, tense, and/or politically or personally sensitive situations.
Understanding of Redeemer University (mission, values, and Reformed Christian identity)
Redeemer University is a dynamic undergraduate university recognized for providing quality undergraduate education in the fine arts, humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, business, and education, with a demonstrated commitment to fostering a spiritually vibrant and caring community of learning. The scholarship, teaching, and creative activity of our faculty, combined with small class sizes and low student-faculty ratios, creates an engaging academic environment. We are located on a beautiful and environmentally friendly campus on the edge of Hamilton, Ontario, minutes from Lake Ontario and an hour from downtown Toronto.