Welcome to SFU's Office of the Vice-President, Academic and Provost

It is a genuine honour to lead this office as SFU's Vice-President, Academic and Provost. It is a privilege to work with an exceptional team dedicated to supporting SFU's faculty, staff, students, and communities; our University community is made up of leaders engaging in teaching, scholarship and outreach. Their innovation and collective efforts  position SFU as a leader amongst modern universities of tomorrow and push the boundaries of knowledge, address contemporary issues, and prepare our students for life.  

Our office is tasked with overall oversight, coordination and smooth operations of SFU’s academic programming delivered on our SFU campuses in Burnaby, Surrey and Vancouver as well as in the communities. 

Our responsibilities include academic planning and budgeting, quality assurance, student recruitment, retention and support, and faculty relations.

I invite you to learn more about us by exploring this site, as well as those of the faculties and their academic units. Perhaps one day I will have a chance to meet you in person to learn how you plan to or already engage with SFU. I also encourage you to get in touch if you have ideas about how we can improve our web presence to better share information and engage with you.  

Peter Keller, PhD
Vice President Academic and Provost

About Peter Keller

Peter Keller joined SFU on September 1, 2016 to commence a 5 year appointment as Vice-President, Academic and Provost. 

Prior to this appointment Peter was Dean of Social Sciences at the University of Victoria from 2004 to 2014, and previously held numerous other professional administrative and leadership responsibilities including President of the Canadian Cartographic Association, Board Member of the Council of the Canadian Institute of Geomatics, and Chair of Canada’s National Committee to the International Cartographic Association.. 

Peter’s area of scholarship is in the geographic information sciences.  He specializes in theoretical and applied research capturing and then quantitatively and qualitatively analysing and communicating information about land and its communities in aid of better decision making and a healthier world. He obtained his MA and PhD from the University of Western Ontario in 1985. He completed undergraduate studies in Geography at Trinity College Dublin in 1980, after moving to Ireland from Germany as a teenager. 

More information about Peter's scholarship, teaching and administrative experiences are available by accessing his Curriculum Vitae.