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Reporting to Simon Fraser University's (SFU) vice-president, research and innovation (VPRI), the associate vice-president research (AVPR) is a full-time leadership role that supports the priorities and objectives of the VPRI, including the implementation of SFU's Strategic Research Plan.

On this page:

  1. Competition
  2. Candidate Profile and Role Description
  3. Search Committee
  4. Community Consultation



The competition for SFU's Next AVPR was open from December 20, 2023 - January 20, 2024. Interviews were scheduled for February 12, 13 and 14, 2024.

For more information about the position please see the candidate profile and role description below.


Candidate Profile and Role Description

The AVPR provides leadership for research activities across the university, seeks and responds to opportunities (e.g. institutional funding proposals) and exercises strategic oversight of central aspects of research operations, research institutes, and research policies. The AVPR plays a significant role in ensuring that SFU’s research supports continue to meet the needs of its researchers.

Full position description and candidate profile: 
The Opportunity: Associate Vice-President Research Open to SFU Internal Applicants (.pdf - 100kb)

Search Committee

Under academic policy GP29, Dugan O’Neil, VPRI, has formed a committee for the appointment of the next AVPR.

Search Committee Members

President or vice-president (or designate) Chair

Dugan O’Neil
Vice-president, research and innovation

Two deans (one of whom must be a faculty dean) Selected by the deans Angie Brooks-Wilson
Dean, Faculty of Science

Mary O'Brien
Dean, Graduate Studies
Two Faculty members Elected by the Faculty members jointly

Steeve Mongrain
Associate dean, research and international (ECON)


Carolyn Sparrey
Associate professor (MSE)

President of the Faculty Association (or designate)   Kumari Beck
President, SFUFA
One of: the president of the SFSS, the co-ordinating & external relations officer of the Graduate Student Society, or their designate As jointly agreed upon by the Societies Mohamad Assari
One member of the Support Staff Elected by and from the Support Staff of the units reporting within the AVPR portfolio Diane Hanano
Up to three additional members Selected by the VP to mitigate under-representation from the equity-designated groups and/or to provide better representation of the portfolio. These individuals may be members of any part of the university community except for the senior administration Mark Jordan
Associate dean, Library


Search Committee Meeting Schedule

Meeting 1 Friday, November 17, 2023 10:00 p.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Open Forum

Monday, November 27, 2023

See below for details

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Meeting 2 Wednesday, December 13, 2023 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Meeting 3 Monday, February 5, 2024 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Monday, February 12, 2024 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m
Tuesday, February 13, 2024 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 14, 2024 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m
Candidate Recommendations Tuesday, February 27, 2024 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.


Community Consultation

The community consultation period has now closed, thank you to all who provided feedback on the AVPR role. If you have questions about the AVPR role or executive search process, please email

Last updated: April 3, 2024