Acting Vice-Provost


Dr. Susan Lewis

Phone: 250-721-6143
University of Victoria, PO Box 1700 STN CSC
Michael Williams Building (MWB)
Victoria BC V8W 2Y2 Canada

Dr. Susan Lewis is appointed as Acting Vice-Provost for the period of October 15, 2020 to August 31, 2021. In this role, she will continue to support the Provost and VPAC in realizing the university’s academic goals in the Strategic Framework and in other institutional plans including the Employment Equity Plan, the Indigenous Plan, the International Plan, and the Strategic Research Plan.

Following this post, Susan will resume her position as Associate Vice-President Academic Planning (January 1, 2020 to June 30, 2025). Susan has a successful track record of academic leadership and excellence in research and creative practices, strategic and academic planning, experiential and work-integrated learning, research-enriched teaching, quality assurance and program innovation. Since last spring, she has focused her efforts on learning continuity and our campus-wide response to COVID-19. 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. She has studied at the University of Glasgow and University of Edinburgh, and maintains active research and global partnership networks that span North America, Asia and Europe. Her past leadership roles include 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’s research engages questions of cultural transfer and exchange in the fields of higher education and music, music history and cultural studies, digital bibliography and music reference and arts and technology. In addition to over fifty public lectures and addresses, 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. Susan has fostered and practiced innovative teaching, with a distinguished record in course design and delivery, experiential and research-inspired learning, graduate student training and mentorship. She 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.

  • Member, President's Advisory Council
  • Member, Integrated Planning Committee
  • Ex officio member of the Deans' Council
  • Guest member of the University Senate
  • Chair, VPAC COVID-19 Advisory Group
  • COVID-19 leadership
  • EDI initiatives (in liaison with EQHR)
  • IACE reporting
  • Planning Tools leadership
  • VPAC International liaison to SA-International (as needed)
  • Chair: Faculty of Social Sciences and Faculty of Graduate Studies Decanal Searches
  • Interdisciplinary program repatriation and resourcing plan
  • Distinguished Women’s Scholars Series

Download the Acting Vice-Provost's goals for 2020/21 (PDF)