Associate Vice-President Academic Planning


Dr. Susan Lewis

AVP Academic Planning

Phone: 250-853-3761
Fax: 250-721-7216
University of Victoria, PO Box 1700 STN CSC
Michael Williams Building (MWB), A261
Victoria BC V8W 2Y2 Canada

Dr. Susan Lewis is appointed as Associate Vice-President Academic Planning for the period from January 1, 2020 to June 30, 2025. In this role, she leads the development and redesign of academic programs, oversees reviews of existing programs as part of the university’s quality assurance reporting, creates domestic partnership agreements, and leads experiential learning through oversight of the Co-operative Education Program and Career Services and the Division of Learning, Teaching Support and Innovation. 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 the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. 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 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, 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
  • Member, President's Advisory Council
  • 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
  • Member, Integrated Planning
  • 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

The Office of the AVP Academic Planning offers planning services and support for academic operations of the university to further its vision: to be the Canadian research university that best integrates outstanding scholarship, engaged learning and real-life involvement to contribute to a better future for people and the planet.

UVic is committed to providing exceptional learning experiences for students. Reporting to the Vice-President Academic and Provost, the Associate Vice-President Academic Planning works to ensure the quality of current and future academic programs by:

  • Increasing experiential learning opportunities so that students are transformed by their time at UVic, and are equipped for personal success and to contribute effectively as alumni and global citizens
  • Overseeing all aspects of major emerging academic programs, from fit with the university and faculty strategic plans, pedagogical approaches, recruitment and marketing plans, and resource requirements through to advisory and administrative involvement once such programs are launched
  • Leading Quality Assurance through regular review of academic programs and accreditation
  • Leading the refresh of Enhanced Planning Tools, adopted for organizational forecasting and decision making for all units, faculties and departments
  • Developing strategic 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 provides institutional leadership of experiential learning and oversees the Division of Learning and Teaching Support and Innovation and the Co-operative Education Program and Career Services.