Leading, supporting and celebrating the student learning and development cycle.


Students are at the centre of our work and we seek and achieve diversity in our people, our academic programs, our ways of knowing and working, and our services.

The role enhances the work of the provost and vice-president, academic in the areas of teaching, learning and student experience:

  • We champion and promote the success of our students by recognizing the mind, body and life aspects of wellness and by acknowledging the unique desires, pursuits, and pathways of our learners. We strive to offer consistent, creative and sustainable services that are responsive to current students and anticipate the needs of future students.
  • We create environments that empower and challenge staff to offer the highest levels of expertise and service with compassion, integrity and professionalism and to recognize the value of their many contributions.
  • We encourage and support our academic instructors in the continuous development of enhanced teaching practices leading to deep and meaningful learning experiences.
  • We shape and carry out the vision, mission, values, and strategic commitments of the university and connect with communities to seek guidance and to follow mutual goals.
With a focus on building trust, collaboration and connection, we work with students, colleges, academic instructors, staff and communities, big and small, to realize our passion and purpose.

Learning, Teaching and the Student Experience Plan


This plan articulates how the university will create teaching, learning and student experiences that develop our future learners, professionals and leaders.


The Teaching, Learning and Student Experience (TLSE) portfolio covers a tremendous range of activities and functions involving teaching, learning and students at all levels of study.

The units that make up the TLSE portfolio, include:


The vice-provost of teaching, learning and student experience reports to the provost and vice-president, academic.


Jerome Cranston (he/him), Ph.D. (University of Manitoba), M.Ed. (University of Lethbridge), B.Ed. & B.Sc. (University of Alberta) is grateful to be a life-partner, father, brother and uncle. Dr. Cranston is a race-conscious scholar-educator who focuses his energy and time on uncovering the overt and covert ways that racialized ideologies, structures, and institutions create and maintain racial inequality and injustice with a goal of collectively finding solutions that can lead to greater equity, racial justice, and build healthier communities. He is a much sought-after presenter, consultant and educator on the topics of systemic racism and social inequity. Over his career, he has served on a number of diversity, equity and inclusion, and human rights advisory committees and working groups. Most recently, Dr. Cranston was the project lead and architect of the equity and racial justice learning program developed in partnership with the Canadian School Boards Association.