Associate Vice-President Academic Planning


Dr. Susan Lewis

Acting AVP Academic Planning

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

Dr. Susan Lewis was appointed as Acting Associate Vice-President Academic Planning for the period of July 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019. In this acting role, Susan will ensure continuity of many important initiatives currently underway and provide leadership of the portfolio.

Susan holds a PhD in Musicology from Princeton University, and a Master of Fine Arts (Princeton), Master of Music (University of Arizona), and Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees from Queen’s University. Her international experience includes studies at the University of Glasgow and University of Edinburgh, and active research and global partnership networks that span North America, Asia and Europe. Prior to her appointment she was Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts and Director of the School of Music at the University of Victoria, where she also has an appointment as Professor of Musicology.

Susan has fostered and practiced innovative teaching and research, with a distinguished record in course design and delivery, experiential and research-inspired learning, mentorship, and publication in the field of musicology. She has published three sole-authored books and one co-authored book on European and global music from 1500-1750 with the support of a Standard Research Grant and Insight Grant from SSHRC.

Dr. Lewis has a distinguished record of achievement as a researcher, teacher and administrator. She has a successful track record of advocacy, leadership, and support with a strong emphasis on student success, teaching excellence, research and creative activity, experiential learning, and research-inspired teaching. Dr. Lewis has extensive experience serving on executive boards for a number of regional, national, and international organizations that support higher education, research and technology and scholarship, including the American Musicological Society and the Canadian Association of Fine Arts Deans.

  • 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.