Associate Vice-President Academic Planning

Sarah Blackstone

Dr. Nancy Wright

AVP Academic Planning

Phone: 250-721-7012
Fax: 250-721-7216
Email: apasst@uvic.ca
University of Victoria, PO Box 1700 STN CSC
Administrative Services Building (ASB), A259
Victoria BC V8W 2Y2 Canada

Nancy Wright was appointed as the associate vice-president academic planning for a five year term beginning July 1, 2016.  Dr. Wright holds a BA and MA from York University, and MPhil and PhD from Yale University. As an interdisciplinary scholar of literature, law, and history, she has more than 25 years’ teaching, research and administrative experience in Canada, Australia, and the United States. She has held Visiting Professorships at the University of Western Ontario and the University of Florida. She was also the recipient of a research fellowship in the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society here at the University of Victoria. In academic leadership, she held the positions of Head of School, Deputy Dean, and Acting Dean at the University of Western Sydney, and Executive Dean of Arts at the University of Queensland, before moving back to Canada to take up a position as Dean of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at the University of Windsor.


  • Ex officio member of the Deans' Council
  • Ex officio member (non-voting) of the Senate
  • Designated chair of the Senate Committee on Planning
  • Ex-officio member of the Senate Committee on Libraries
  • Ex-officio member of the Senate Committee on Continuing Studies
  • President's appointment to the Senate Committee on Academic Standards
  • Ex-officio member of the Senate Committee on Learning and Teaching
  • Member of BC Council on Admissions and Transfer
  • Member, Educational Equity Committee
  • Member, Student Systems Steering Committee
  • Member, Information Systems Steering Committee
  • Island Medical Program member
  • Member, Distributed Program Planning Committee
  • Member, Interuniversity Planning Committee
  • Member of Campus Planning Committee, Ex-officio
  • Chair, Math Working Group
  • Senate Committee on Awards (president's nominee)
  • Member, Health Education and Research Council
  • Member, School of Public Health & Social Policy Advisory Committee
  • Member, President's Advisory Council
  • Member, Centre on Aging Education Committee
  • Chair, Course Experience Survey Advisory Committee
  • Member, Learning and Teaching Centre Advisory Council
  • Co-Chair, Academic and Student Services Committee
  • Co-Chair, Academic Steering Committee Meeting – CanAssist
  • Member, Classroom Infrastructure Committee
  • Chair, Timely Declaration of Majors Committee
  • Chair, Timetable and Course Scheduling Committee
  • Co-Chair, Indigenous Academic Advisory Council
  • Member, Integrated Planning
  • Member, Enhanced Planning
  • Chair, Learning Outcomes
  • Chair, Learning Spaces Initiative
  • Member, Student Mental Health Strategy
  • Member, Tuition Fee Committee
  • Member, CES Long-Term Planning Committee
  • Member, Council of Centre Directors
  • Member, JCURA Advisory Committee
  • Member, Risk Management Steering Committee
  • Member, Priority and Governance Review Council

UVic is committed to providing exceptional learning experiences for students. Reporting to the VP academic and provost, the AVP academic planning works to ensure the quality of current and future academic programs by:

  • coordinating all aspects of major emerging academic programs, from fit with the university and faculty strategic plans, pedagogical approaches, recruitment and marketing plans, and resources requirements through to advisory and administrative involvement once such programs are launched
  • overseeing academic issues related to major emerging research initiatives (e.g., appointments)
  • overseeing comprehensive reviews of current academic programs
  • liaising with external institutions involved in major emerging academic initiatives such as Vancouver Island Health Authority, Queen Alexandra Foundation and Ministry of Health
  • coordinating UVic’s role in partnerships with other post-secondary institutions, external institutions, and governments related to planning and supporting academic program quality, sustainability and development
  • overseeing UVic’s role in the Island Medical Program, a distributed program of the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine

The AVP academic planning oversees the Office of Institutional Analysis, the Office of Co-operative Education and Career Services, and the Learning and Teaching Centre.