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Dr. Andrew Webster

Dr. Andrew Webster


After living and working for more than two decades in Australia, Dr. Andrew Webster has returned to his native Eastern Townships and been installed as the Vice-Principal Academic and Research at Bishop’s since August 2022.

Most recently he served as the Dean of Academic Operations for the College of Arts, Business, Law and Social Sciences at Murdoch University in Perth, Australia. Before that, he occupied the posts of Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Deputy Dean of the School of Business and Governance, Dean of the Murdoch University International Study Centre Dubai, and Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) in the School of Arts at the same institution.

As an historian of the politics, diplomacy and international relations of modern Europe, his research focuses on the period between the two world wars and the linked themes of international disarmament and the rise and fall of the League of Nations. He obtained a PhD in History from the University of Cambridge in 2001 and holds a master’s from the same institution, and a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University.


As per the Bishop’s University Statutes, the responsibilities of the Vice-Principal Academic & Research are as follow:

  • 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.

The Team

Maria Alekou

Maria Alekou
Administrative Assistant to the Vice-Principal Academic and Research