Vice-President Academic and Provost

Dr. Elizabeth Croft (she/her)

Elizabeth Croft

Phone: 250-721-7013
Fax: 250-721-7216

University of Victoria
PO Box 1700 STN CSC
Michael Williams Building A265
Victoria BC V8W 2Y2 Canada

Dr. Elizabeth Croft is a visionary and forward-thinking leader with a track record of building inclusive, collegial and collaborative partnerships. On July 1, 2022, she began her five-year term as Vice-President Academic and Provost at UVic.

Dr. Croft holds a BASc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia, an MASc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, and a PhD from the University of Toronto. Dr. Croft is recognized internationally as an expert in the field of human-robot interaction.

Before joining UVic, Dr. Croft was Dean of Engineering at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Prior to that, she was a tenured full professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of British Columbia. With the Faculty of Applied Science, she served as Senior Associate Dean, Associate Dean, Education and Professional Development, and as Associate Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. In each of her senior leadership positions, her action-oriented approach has delivered results in areas of importance to our university, including innovative academic programming, reconciliation and decolonization, transformational student experience, and equity, diversity and inclusion.

For five years, Dr. Croft was the NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering, for BC and the Yukon. In this role, she delivered policies and outcomes to increase the participation of women and other equity deserving groups in engineering, with significant and measured success. Her outstanding contributions have earned Professor Croft considerable recognition, including the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Alan Blizzard Award, WXN’s Top 100 most powerful women in Canada award, and the Engineers and Geoscientists BC RA McLachlan Award.

Download Elizabeth Croft's CV (2022)

  • Member, Executive Council
  • Chair, Deans' Council
  • Chair, Integrated Planning Committee
  • Chair, Enrolment Management Working Group
  • Chair, REACH Award (Harry Hickman and Gilian Sherwin teaching awards)
  • Co-Chair, Priority and Governance Review Council
  • Co-Chair, Campus Planning Committee
  • Co-Chair, Negotiation Coordination Committee
  • Member, Senate
  • Member, President's Leadership Council
  • Member, Senate Committee on Agenda and Governance
  • Member, Joint Senate Board Retreat Committee
  • Member, Senate Committee on Planning
  • Member, Senate Committee on University Budget

Reporting to the president and vice-chancellor, the vice-president academic and provost is the senior vice-president. When the president is absent or unable to act, the vice-president academic and provost is acting president. The vice-president academic and provost has overall responsibility for all of the activities of the Office of the VP Academic and Provost (VPAC).

The heads of academic units report to and through the vice-president academic and provost; the reporting relationships are outlined in our organizational chart. Through the board of governors, the vice-president academic and provost has responsibility for faculty appointments, faculty salary awards and faculty development. Through the director, she also has responsibility for the operation of the Learning and Teaching Centre. The adviser on information technology and the adviser on women report to the vice-president academic and provost. All human resource matters related to UVic faculty are the provost's responsibility, including approval of all forms of leave.