Associate Vice-President Research

Reporting to the Vice-President Research (VPR), the Associate Vice-President Research (AVPR) is a full-time leadership role that works with the VPR and AVPRO to support the priorities and objectives of the University, including implementation of the Strategic Research Plan 2016-2021 (SRP). The AVPR has particular and strategic focus on international research partnerships. The AVPR also plays a significant role in overseeing eleven Senate- and Board -approved research centres and institutes.

Under the direction of the VPR, the AVPR works closely to resolve issues related to the research mission and to seek and respond to institutional opportunities, such as institutional level funding proposals and strategic partnerships with industry, government and community organizations. The AVPR has responsibility for developing and interpreting policy and procedures related to research and works closely with the AVPRO, Deans, Research Centre Directors, Associate Deans Research, the Office of the Vice-President Academic and Provost, and others to enhance the research environment at UVic.

Role and Responsibilities

Dr. Schmidtke had been appointed as acting AVPR with responsibility for supporting the implementation of the Strategic Research Plan and the refreshed International Plan as well as the oversight for UVic’s research centres. Dr. Schmidtke brings his international focus and record of excellence in international research to the role of AVPR, as well as his experience in leadership of the Centre for Global Studies.

A/AVPR Oliver Schmidtke
Dr. Schmidtke received his PhD from the European University Institute in Florence (1995) and joined the University of Victoria in 2000, first as a German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) scholar. In 2003 he was appointed as a regular faculty and UVic European Studies Scholar in the Departments of Political Science and History.

Currently Dr. Schmidtke is a professor in both departments and he also holds the European Union Jean Monnet Chair in European History and Politics.

Before joining the University of Victoria Dr. Schmidtke worked at Humboldt University in Berlin as an assistant professor (1995-98). Since then he has been a JF Kennedy Fellow at Harvard University (1998-99), a visiting scholar at Humboldt University Berlin (2002), a Fernand Braudel Senior Fellow at the European University Institute (2007), and a Marie Curie Fellow at Hamburg University (2011-12). From 2013 to 2016 he was the director of UVic’s Centre for Global Studies. 

Dr. Schmidtke’s research interests are in the fields of comparative European politics and contemporary history, European integration, migration and ethnic conflict, and the role of identities and collective memory in modern societies (for more details see: