Provost and Vice-President (Academic)

Steven Dew, PhD, PEng. | Provost and Vice-President (Academic)

Following the unanimous recommendation of the Advisory Review Committee, the Board of Governors approved the renewal of Dr. Steven Dew for a second five-year term as Provost and Vice-President (Academic) effective July 1, 2020.

In his first term as provost, Steve played an instrumental role in envisioning and creating the university’s strategic plan, For the Public Good. He has since advanced many of the plan’s strategic objectives in collaboration with members of the senior team, including establishing the U of A’s first signature areas of teaching and research; developing and launching both the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity Strategic Plan and the International Strategic Plan; and appointing the U of A’s first Vice-Provost (Indigenous Programming and Research). His leadership was likewise essential to the development of the U of A’s budget model, and to our efforts to eliminate the structural deficit in the university’s operating budget.

During his first term, Steve oversaw the university’s response to some of the most dramatic changes in government policy in the institution’s history, helping us to navigate a new labour relations environment, significant changes to tuition and fees, and the ongoing introduction of a performance-based provincial funding model. Against this backdrop, he has focused on building a culture of trust and collaboration, working closely with deans and other portfolios to advance the institution’s goals. He also led successful searches for 12 new deans during this period.

In his second term, Steve will continue to lead significant change to the U of A’s academic portfolio, particularly as we reimagine our academic structure in light of the province’s upcoming post-secondary education system review and ongoing changes to the funding model for post-secondary education. Working closely with deans and government, he will advocate for the University of Alberta’s fundamental role in rebuilding and diversifying our province’s economy, addressing the enrolment surge already working through Alberta’s K-12 system, and navigating other challenges that may lie ahead.

Steve’s dedication and commitment to the U of A are beyond question. He brings the highest standard of integrity to everything he does to advance the mission of the University of Alberta, and to bolster the wellbeing and prosperity of our city and province.

Steve has held a faculty position at the U of A since 1992 in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His research is in the field of nanotechnology. "