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Academic leaders

Orientation and development

The University of Victoria recognizes the critical contributions of academic leaders in moving forward the university’s mission and strategic priorities. We are grateful for those who agree to serve in this capacity and endeavour to provide support, guidance and resources that will equip leaders to lead knowledgeably and well.


New Academic Leaders Orientation (NALO)

We are pleased to invite you to join us for our orientation events, as outlined in the attached New Academic Leader Orientation Program of Events. Registration links for subsequent orientation sessions can be accessed within the NALO Program. 

These events will help ensure you are prepared, as a new leader, to take on your role at UVic with clarity about expectations for leaders and the support and resources available to you.

Academic Leaders' Development Program
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Academic Leaders Initiative (ALI)

The Office of the Vice-President Academic and Provost (VPAC), with partners across the university, offer workshops, seminars, asynchronous online courses and guides, as well as retreats and networking opportunities, all focused on key strands of UVic leadership development.

All these training opportunities are conveniently housed in the comprehensive Academic Leadership Initiative (ALI) catalogue.

ALI Learning Pathways
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ALI Learning Pathways

To help navigate the ALI Catalogue, we have provided suggested Learning Pathways to meet learners where they are. Pathways include; Administrative Support, Emerging Leaders, New Academic Leaders (further divided into New Chairs/Directors and Dean pathways) and Extending Academic Leadership. Feel free to share this document with those you think can benefit from this program.

Cost-shared external leadership training program

Would you like to pursue management and leadership training through off-campus programs, to supplement the workshops and seminars offered for academic leaders on campus? 

A variety of external programs have been identified that offer intensive and highly specialized curricula and an opportunity to make useful contacts with those in similar positions in other institutions. A limited number of cost-shared subsidies are provided by VPAC each year for academic administrators who wish to attend such programs.

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Academic Leaders' roles and responsibilities

As a Dean/University Librarian/Head, your responsibilities are set out in your employment contract, which also references the Terms & Conditions of Employment of Deans”, and the “Statement of Policy Regarding Deans of Faculties and Divisions” (GV0660). You are also expected to engage in work related to general leadership of the University, as might be assigned or agreed to from time to time. Annually, the VPAC will assess your performance, in relation to the criteria in those policies, in relation to your progress against your defined goals for that academic year, and in relation to the Academic Leader competencies. It is imperative that the deans work as a team, to provide leadership to the whole of the University and so a Dean’s ability to be a team player is weighed heavily.

Statement of Policy Regarding Deans of Faculties and Divisions GV0660

As an Associate Dean/Associate University Librarian, your duties are defined by your Dean/University Librarian. The policy in relation to your appointment is “Policy of the Vice-President Academic and Provost Regarding Terms and Conditions of Appointment of Associate Deans” (Pages 41-47).  Since you are excluded from the bargaining unit, your performance is assessed annually by your Dean/University Librarian, using the “excluded faculty” process. The assessment is done in the spring in relation to that academic year.

Associate Deans Terms and Conditions of Appointment

As a Chair/Director, your duties are defined by the article referencing Chairs and Directors and by other provisions in the collective agreement. You are also expected to engage in work as directed by your dean. As a member of the bargaining unit, your performance is assessed bi-annually by your dean, under the evaluation provisions in the Salary article of the Collective Agreement.

Collective Agreement Resources

The Collective Agreement Resource Document (CARD) is a living version of the Faculty and Librarian Collective Agreement that will include inserted context to provide more detail on various articles. Inserted information may include links to existing templates or guides, links to training material or online courses, connections with other policies or laws, or accepted interpretations.

CARD is housed in the Faculty Relations Administrator's Portal and requires a NetLink ID to access. 

Understanding the CA

The Collective Agreement for Academic Leaders

For new academic leaders, the Collective Agreement can be overwhelming. This document outlines which articles of the CA you should get to know well and which ones you should have some familiarity with. 

Faculty and Librarian Recruitment

Before initiating a search, review the Guide to Faculty & Librarian Recruitment. Here you will find a comprehensive guide to recruitment for the Chair of the Hiring Committee and anyone else who is assisting with the recruitment process.

The Guide to Faculty & Librarian Recruitment, along with other recruitment resources, is housed in the Faculty Relations Administrator's Portal and requires a NetLink ID to access. 

Limited and Preferential Hiring

Hiring at UVic is governed by various collective agreements, each of which has its own procedures and requirements. Preferential and limited hiring is possible under all of these agreements; however, hiring managers or hiring committees should seek union approval before proceeding since use of this policy restricts the pool of applicants, and thus are an exception to typical collective agreement hiring processes. All uses of the policy require approval of the vice-president associated with your unit.

For more information, resources and policies on Limited and Preferential Hiring of faculty/librarian positions, visit Equity and Human Rights website below. 

Salary evaluation and performance management

An important part of an academic leaders role is engaging with the salary evaluation and performance management processes for their units. Different leaders have varying roles in these processes. 

Resources and supporting training material for leaders is housed in the Faculty Relations Administrator's Portal and requires a NetLink ID to access. 

Employee Management Support

Academic leaders are often also responsible for managing or supervising non-academic employees and are key to their performance and development within the organization. At UVic we recognize in these times of continuous change, leaders are facilitators of learning and communication with employees as they adapt business operations and services to new conditions. For non-academic employee relations, each department has an assigned HR consultant (HRC), who works closely with the HR associate and specialty units, to provide generalist HR Consulting services.

Select the button below to access more information and resources about managing non-academic employees. 

Resource planning and budget

The chair/director is responsible for leading the overall development and advancement of the academic program and managing its delivery, which includes developing staffing plans, managing the budget and financial operations of the department, allocating academic resources within the department and working to develop the necessary resources from internal and external sources.

The administrative officer and/or senior secretary may assist the chair/director with financial tasks by monitoring FAST accounts, preparing budget updates, and performing other financial tasks under the supervision of the chair/director.

The Budget Office forecasts, manages, and develops the university's operating budget, and also provides information and advice to deans, chairs/directors and departments for making informed decisions on the management of their funds.

AVP Academic Resource Planning

The Financial Services department is responsible for managing the university's accounting policies, procedures and financial reporting.

Financial Services

The Purchasing Department provides centrally administered purchasing services with responsibility to acquire products, services, construction and business solutions. Skilled staff are available to assist requisitioners in all aspects of the supply chain including specification development, market research, sourcing, evaluations, recommendation for award, supplier quality and performance, contract management, supplier payments and relations, asset disposal and general supply management requirements.

UVic Purchasing Services

External Relations

Responsibility of the chair/director

It is the duty of the chair/director to advance the interests of the department in accordance with the goals of the university in the wider university community through:

  • services on committees
  • participation in formal and informal consultations and projects
  • liaison with a wide range of units, including both academic and administrative
  • providing advice to the dean of the faculty and to the dean of the faculty of graduate studies
  • supporting connections with external organizations appropriate to the discipline

The Division of External Relations oversees and promotes the university's relations through alumni services, community relations, ceremonies and events, communications, development, government relations and marketing.

UVic Communications + Marketing provides central communications support services to campus units, on behalf of the university as a whole. They are responsible for our relationship with local, regional and national media, and ensuring that the institutional perspective is communicated effectively on issues of concern to its range of target audiences.

Community and Government Relations promotes the relevance of UVic's research and teaching to various levels of government in order to gain support and funding for base budgets, major projects, research activities and other priorities.