Associate Vice-President Faculty Relations and Academic Administration


Mary Anne Waldron, Q.C.

Phone: 250-721-7114
Fax: 250-721-7216
University of Victoria, PO Box 1700 STN CSC
Administrative Services Building (ASB), A263
Victoria BC V8W 2Y2 Canada

Administrative and professional experience

Professor Mary Anne Waldron, Q.C., is a Professor of Law at the University of Victoria. Having joined the Faculty of Law in 1976, she has held various administrative posts, including Associate Dean and Acting Dean of her Faculty, Associate Vice-President Legal Affairs, served as Associate Dean and as Acting Dean of the Faculty and from 2001 - 2009 as Associate Vice-President Legal Affairs for the University. From 2010, she was a visiting fellow at the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society at the University of Victoria and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2004.

Professor Waldron has twice been the recipient of the Terry Wuester Master Teaching Award in the Faculty of Law. She primarily teaches commercial law and has published numerous articles and a book on the topic of the regulation of interest charges in Canada. Her current research relates to questions of freedom of conscience and religion and her most recent book: Free to Believe: Rethinking Freedom of Conscience and Religion in Canada, published by the University of Toronto Press (2013) was awarded the Canadian Law and Society Association for 2013.

As Associate Vice-President Faculty Relations and Academic Administration, Professor Waldron is responsible, under the direction of the Vice-President Academic and Provost, for the administration and negotiation of the collective agreement for faculty and librarians. She is the author of numerous articles on commercial law subjects, particularly in the area of regulating interest in lending transactions. She is also the author of the Law of Interest in Canada, and a co-author (with Professor S.M. Waddams and others) of Cases and Materials on Contracts (5th ed.).

  • Member, Deans' Council
  • Member, President's Advisory Council
  • Member, Integrated Planning
  • Member, Cross Institutional Efficiency Project Steering Committee
  • Member, Privacy Steering Committee
  • Member, Employment Equity Advisory Group
  • Member, Joint Committee on the Administration of the Framework Agreement (JCAA)

VPAC is dedicated to recruiting and retaining a diverse group of exceptionally talented faculty and supporting them in ways that allow them to achieve their highest potential. In this position, reporting to the VP academic and provost, the AVP faculty relations and academic administration is responsible for all faculty relations matters at UVic including:

  • recruitment and retention issues
  • the negotiation, interpretation and administration of the faculty Collective Agreement
  • drafting new university policies and procedures and advice interpreting existing policies related to faculty

Working closely with the director, faculty renewal and academic leadership initiatives, and the adviser to the provost on equity and diversity, this portfolio includes support and training of academic administrators.

As a practicing lawyer, the AVP faculty relations and academic administration provides legal advice to deans, chairs, directors and senior administrators on matters related to faculty, students, and academic policies, procedures and regulations.