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Provost and Vice-President, Academic

NOSM University (NOSM U) is pleased to announce the creation of its inaugural position of Provost and Vice-President, Academic [hereinafter referred to as the “Provost”]. Reporting directly to the President, Vice-Chancellor, Dean and CEO, the Provost will serve as the Chief Academic Officer of the University and is responsible for institutional planning and academic administration of all education aspects involving students, academic and members of governance committees, academic programs and the Senate.

The Provost and Vice-President, Academic leads the conceptualization, development, implementation, and continuous improvement of academic programs and services.  The Provost is responsible for the NOSM U academic plan, it’s strategic direction, oversight of all accreditation, Institutional Quality Assurance Processes (IQAP) framework and Continuous Quality Improvements.  The Provost will have oversight of all Associate Deans in Undergraduate Medical Education (UME), Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME), Health Sciences Program (HSP), Continuing Education and Professional Development (CEPD), and others, as well as the process for the development of new programs in NOSM U including Health Sciences with the exception of graduate students which fall under the Vice Dean Research, Innovation and International Relations

The successful applicant will be someone with an earned doctorate (PhD) from an accredited institution of higher education and/or an MD in good standing with the provincial regulatory college and credentialing colleges (College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) or other provincial regulatory authority, College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC), a minimum of ten (10) years’ experience with full-time post-secondary teaching and administrative experience at the department head level or above in an institution of higher education, expertise in developing/implementing processes and plans for institutional effectiveness, and an understanding of the governance and administrative processes used in publicly supported higher education institutions including familiarity with and commitment to the principle of practice of University collegial governance. Experience in a leadership role at a medical school, in the College of Family Physicians of Canada, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and Medical Council of Canada or equivalent institution and an understanding of Postsecondary Education Quality Assessment Board (PEQAB) and Institutional Quality Assurance Process (IQAP) frameworks in Ontario is required. The ability to communicate effectively and to establish and maintain effective professional relationships with others, as well as the ability to represent the University in community and professional off-campus settings and to work in a culturally diverse environment is also required.

As a young institution, NOSM U is Canada’s first and only independent Medical University with a commitment to social accountability and an award-winning medical education reputation. NOSM U is aspirational and ready to become a university of choice. The Inaugural Provost will be a vital player in building NOSM U’s reputation for academic excellence and student experience. The Provost will report to an experienced visionary President who is playing a ground-breaking role in Canadian higher education, leveraging NOSM U’s flexible, accessible delivery model, experiential learning, and distributed programs that maximize innovative signature learning outcomes and student success. These are exciting times – a chance to open doors wide by combining academic rigour, a student-centred environment, market innovations, and responsiveness to industry, to Northern Ontario and have immense influence in rural, remote first nations and francophone health.

You are eligible to be appointed as a professor at NOSM University and will have a record of successful academic administrative leadership in the public university system, attracted to the opportunity to develop a university that combines academic excellence with entrepreneurial insight, flexibility, and true accessibility for students. You may be a clinician with a focus on medical education and academic leadership. You are eager to learn about or have knowledge of the health inequities in Northern Ontario. You are a champion of equity, diversity, inclusion, justice, and reconciliation, and a builder of robust teams and relationships that will strengthen NOSM U’s standing, offerings, and accreditations, creating transformational impact at all levels. Always purposeful, you will use your strategic acumen, pragmatism, and collaborative approach to align effective structures, processes, and culture with NOSM U’s exciting strategic priorities laid out in our Strategic Plan THE NOSM U Challenge 2025.

This is an important and exciting opportunity to help shape the academic vision for Canada’s first and only independent Medical University.

For further information please see the more extensive job description.

Candidates shall submit the following for consideration:

  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Links to, or if not available online, selected reprints
  • Letter of interest (maximum 10 pages)
  • The names and contact information of 3 referees; letters of reference will be solicited for short-listed candidates.

Appointment begins January 1, 2023 (negotiable).

Location: Sudbury or Thunder Bay

Remuneration is competitive and will be based on qualifications and experience.

This is a new full-time (1.0 FTE) executive leadership position based in Sudbury or Thunder Bay.  This is a five-year term, renewable upon successful review of performance.

Review of applications will begin September 30, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.  Further information about NOSM University is available at

Contact Information:

Should you want more information about this opportunity, please contact:

Dr. Sarita Verma
President, Vice Chancellor, Dean and CEO

Interested candidates are invited to submit a resume along with verification of academic accomplishments quoting the competition number # 2022-1639-TC to:

NOSM University
Attention: Human Resources
935 Ramsey Lake Road, Sudbury, Ontario P3E 2C6
Fax: (705) 671-3880

NOSM University offers accommodation for applicants with disabilities throughout its recruitment processes. If you require accommodation during the recruitment process, or require an accessible version this posting, please contact Human Resources via email at

NOSM University invites applications from all qualified individuals. NOSM University is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, visible minorities, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity.

NOSM University needs to gather information about applicants’ status as either Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens.  Applications need not identify their country of origin or current citizenship; however, all applications must include one of the following statements:

“Yes, I am a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.”

“Yes, I am not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada but I am legally eligible to work in Canada.”

“No, I am not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada or otherwise legally eligible to work in Canada.”

While all responses are appreciated and will be handled with the strictest confidence, only those being considered for interviews will be acknowledged.