Provost and Vice-President Academic Hired at VIU

Dr. Carol Stuart is the Provost and Vice-President, Academic at Vancouver Island University.

February 7, 2020 - 12:15pm

Key academic leadership role with University awarded to Dr. Carol Stuart 

Vancouver Island University (VIU) is pleased to announce Dr. Carol Stuart has accepted the role of Provost and Vice-President Academic. Dr. Stuart will provide leadership and direction to the academy, ensuring VIU continues to achieve excellence in teaching, learning, scholarship, and service.

Dr. Stuart will work with Indigenous communities to support, enhance and develop relevant initiatives across the curriculum, as well as continue existing partnerships with communities. Further, her work will support institutional initiatives that foster Indigenous education, leadership, and opportunity; strengthen and advance research and scholarship at the University, and build partnerships with communities and industry partners to enhance social and economic development in the region.

“I am committed to furthering the work of the Academic Plan which will guide VIU into the next phase of our development as a unique regional university. The vision expressed in that plan: to inspire local communities and the people of coastal BC through our commitment to excellence in learning, student success, respectful discourse, Indigenous ways of knowing and personal well-being, sets the direction for our future work,” she adds.

She brings to VIU an extensive background in human services, with particular interest in the concerns and challenges of young people and Indigenous peoples; and has maintained an active research agenda focused on applied, community-engaged research which enhances service quality and the personal, relational approach to change. Stuart has authored two books, as well as many peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. Dr. Stuart will use her expertise to promote the development of scholarly activity with a very unique approach to teaching and research.

 “I am looking forward to working to advance VIU’s Indigenous mandate and explore the potential education has to change the lives of disadvantaged young people.” Stuart says. 

Dr. Stuart has dedicated her career to working in higher education, having been with VIU since 2011 as Dean of the Faculty of Health and Human Services before taking on the role of Associate Vice-President, Academic. Previously, she held academic appointments at MacEwan University, the University of Victoria and at Ryerson University.

She holds degrees from Queen’s University (B.P.H.E. Physical and Health Education and B.A. Psychology); the University of Alberta (M.Ed. Counselling Psychology); and the University of Victoria (Ph.D. in Psychological Foundations).  

When not working Dr. Stuart can be found on the water paddling, or in the forest camping or running the trails.

Dr. Stuart has been in the Interim position since July 1, 2018 and is pleased to be confirmed in the role as of February 15, 2020.




Debra Jacklin, Recruitment and Retention Manager, Vancouver Island University

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