Associate Vice-President Academic Planning

Sarah Blackstone

Dr. Sarah J. Blackstone 

Acting AVP Academic Planning

Note: Dr. Catherine Mateer (on leave)

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

Dr. Sarah J. Blackstone served as the Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts at UVic from 2007 until 2014 when she was appointed Acting Associate Vice President of Academic Planning.  Sarah received her BA in Theatre from the University of Wyoming, where she has been honoured as an Exemplary Alumnus; her MA in Technical Theatre from Kansas State University; and her Ph.D. in Theatre History from Northwestern University. She is a specialist in the history of 19th Century popular entertainment and has published two books on Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show. 

Dr. Blackstone has taught at the University of Central Arkansas; the University of Washington; Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, where she was selected as a University Faculty Woman of Distinction in recognition of her service as Chair of the Graduate Council and Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee; and at California State University, Chico where she served as Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts from 2001-2007.

As Acting Associate Vice President, Sarah is responsible for coordinating and supporting academic planning in the Faculties; planning and facilitating new academic programs and initiatives; ensuring continuing attention to the quality and excellence of academic programs; and overseeing the various accountability requirements related to academic programs.  She also plays a significant role in integrating academic planning with other areas, including research, capital and facilities, and student services.

  • 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.