Meet the Provost

Dr. Airini - Provost and VP Academic

Professor Airini began her term as the provost and vice-president Academic at USask on February 1, 2021.

Dr. Airini works with academic leadership within our complex and globally engaged research institution to support our commitment to being the university the world needs.

A highly accomplished education researcher, educator and administrator, Dr. Airini’s research explores how education can help build a more equitable society for all. Her award-winning research and development initiatives in Canada and internationally have directly shaped universities and 21st-century education systems to close achievement gaps at school and post-secondary levels.

Roles and Responsibilities

Key accountabilities include the following:

Senior academic, planning and budget officer at USask responsible for developing an academic agenda that is connected to the financial decisions of the university and best supports the student experience in all colleges and schools.

Senior Administrator Appointment and Resignation Guidelines are available for those reporting up to the provost and vice-president academic.

Sustainability Faculty Fellowship

In early March, the Provost’s office launched the Sustainability Faculty Fellowship initiative as a key part of the education strand of the sustainability strategy.

The University Plan 2025 calls for us to be The University the World Needs and one that sets the standard in learning. We are called to be a university whose graduates have the drive, the curiosity, and the humility to work with others in addressing the greatest challenges and opportunities the world faces. Through nakaatayihtaamoowin, we understand sustainability to mean protecting and honouring the wellness of all humanity and creation by taking care of the relationship with which we’ve been entrusted — with the land, with the air and water, with our students, colleagues, and neighbours — guided by mindfulness, respect, and reverence. The USask Sustainability Strategy builds on our University Plan 2025, outlining key goals related to teaching and learning. This fellowship program is a significant initiative that will move us towards these goals. 


The role provides institution-level leadership to a wide range of senior administrative positions across the university, including members of the President’s Executive Committee, deans and executive directors of 17 colleges and schools, and heads of other major senior administrative units. The provost and vice-president academic also provides leadership to a diverse academic community of department heads, faculty members, and professional and administrative staff across the university.

For each meeting of university council, the provost provides both a written report and a verbal report. Provost Reports to Council can be found in monthly agendas and highlights of the provost's verbal reports can be found in Council meeting minutes

Provost's Team

The office of the Provost and Vice-President Academic provides leadership to USask's Colleges and Schools.

The Office of the Provost and Vice-President Academic portfolio is diverse, impacting all areas of the university. From supporting faculty and students to administering key governance initiatives, here's you will find our team and some of the work we do for the university community. 

The Office of the Provost and Vice-President academic provides leadership for the university’s academic strategy, budgetary and planning processes. The role also includes overseeing academic programs and support functions, faculty matters, enrollment, tuition and sustainability.

Deans and Executive Directors
Works in collaboration with the provost to deliver on USask's academic strategy.

Faculty Relations
Provides leadership for faculty relations and support at USask.

Teaching, Learning and Student Experience
Provides leadership in creating student experiences that develop future learners, professionals and leaders.

Provides leadership for USask Health Sciences educational programming and research.

Indigenous Engagement
Provides transformational leadership for fostering meaningful relationships with Indigenous communities and promoting Indigenous knowledges and scholarship.

Strategic Priorities
Leads the strategic priorities project that contributes to advancing our university’s teaching and research priorities and aspirations.

Institutional Planning and Assessment
Provides university-wide and unit-specific planning efforts and that can be used as a focal point for institutional initiatives and resource allocation.

Strategic Plans

The provost's portfolio has developed supporting plans that provide direction to achieving the ambitions, commitments and goals of the University Plan 2025

Supporting Plans


USask Provost and VP Academic
Office of the Provsot and Vice-President Academic
Peter MacKinnon Building, Room 212

107 Administration Place
Saskatoon SK S7N 5A2

General Requests

For meeting, speaking or general scheduling requests, and general information or questions please contact Kim Yausie.

Provost Appearance and Event Requests

If you would like Provost Airini to appear and/or speak at an event, please submit the required request form. Please note that requests for speaking engagements must be made at least four weeks in advance of an event.