The Vice-Principal Academic and the Academic Deans shall be the Academic Officers of the University and the Executive Officers of Senate. The Vice-Principal Academic will coordinate with the Academic Deans the academic programs and research activities of the University. The Academic Deans shall also report to the Principal and Vice-Chancellor for non-academic matters or regarding other functions or projects assigned by the Principal and Vice-Chancellor from time to time.
The Vice-Principal Academic is the senior Academic Officer of the University, and shall be responsible for the coordination, in conjunction with the Academic Deans, of the delivery of the academic programs and research activities of the University.
The Vice-Principal Academic shall maintain close ties with other universities in Quebec, the rest of Canada and internationally, with government and government agencies, and with other institutions on matters of an academic nature.
The Vice-Principal Academic advises the Board of Governors on matters related to the faculty, contract faculty and librarian collective agreements and is the University’s chief negotiator for such agreements.
The Vice-Principal Academic is also responsible for the on-going development of support services in teaching and research, the coordination of the administration’s participation in academic planning, and for academic evaluation activities with respect to faculty and to academic programs. He or she is also responsible for the implementation and supervision of academic policy and programs in Continuing Education.
The Vice-Principal Academic shall supervise research and the international exchange programs and shall represent the University externally.
The University Librarian shall be responsible to the Vice-Principal Academic for the conduct and operation of the University Library, and may be required by the Senate to report to it from time to time on those aspects of the Library which the Senate considers to be of academic interest.
Dr. Miles Turnbull, Vice-Principal Academic & Research
Dr. Turnbull arrived at Bishop’s University in January of 2014 after serving as Dean of Education at the University of Prince Edward Island for two years, where he was also Associate Dean and Coordinator of Graduate Studies. He joined the Faculty of Education at UPEI in 2002 as Associate Professor, after five years as Lecturer and then Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto (OISE). From 1992 to 1994, Dr. Turnbull taught French as a second language at Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific in Victoria, B.C.
Dr. Turnbull has a strong record of publication, including several books and a list of refereed articles. The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the Canadian Association of Second-language teachers have both provided funding for his research on second-language teaching and learning.
He holds an International Baccalaureate from the Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific, a B.A. in French from UPEI, an M.A. in Applied Linguistics: Teaching French Second Language from McMaster University and a Ph.D. in Second Language Education from the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.
Dr. Turnbull believes strongly in BU’s focus on students and teaching as the core of our mission. He has a special interest in the internationalization of university education, including not only exchange opportunities for students and faculty, but a focus on diversity. Dr. Turnbull is fluently bilingual. His work on French as a second language has enabled him to develop a sensibility for the challenges faced by minority communities.
As VP Academic & Research, Dr. Turnbull is committed to:
fostering an environment of academic excellence and innovation,
ensuring outstanding experiences for students,
integrating teaching, learning, research and civic engagement across the disciplines,
advancing inspired teaching in our classrooms,
advancing impactful research, scholarly and creative activities done by faculty and students,
championing equity and diversity across campus,
recruiting faculty of the highest standards,
supporting rewarding career development for faculty, librarians and academic leaders.