McMaster University

McMaster University

Faculty of
Health Sciences

Associate Vice-President, Academic

Susan Denburg

The Executive Vice-Dean and Associate Vice-President, Academic (EVD/AVPA), is a senior academic administrator who assists the Dean and Vice-President, Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) with the academic and operational functions of the Faculty. This includes long-range planning, strategic decision making, and optimal resource allocation to best position the Faculty to deliver on its mission. As EVD/AVPA, Dr. Denburg's portfolio includes strategic planning for academic growth and renewal at the undergraduate and graduate levels. It also includes oversight of a number of programs and units whose work supports the Faculty's academic mission such as the Health Sciences Library, Computer Services, and the Office of Professionalism.

As a member of the senior leadership team, Dr. Denburg works to fulfill her mandate by engaging with senior health sciences leaders to ensure congruence among the educational, research and health service programs of the Faculty. This includes the launch and support of the Faculty's Indigenous Health Initiative. Dr. Denburg works closely with the new Vice-Dean, Faculty Affairs to oversee the coordinated support of faculty to develop and enhance the skills needed to fulfill their scholarly and professional responsibilities and aspirations. Related responsibilities include mentoring new and aspiring leaders as well as overseeing the operationalization of university policies related to professional behaviours, equity and diversity. In addition, Dr. Denburg represents the FHS in senior University decision-making venues such as the Provost's Council, the University Planning Committee and the Board of Governors Planning & Resource Committee.

A key responsibility of the EVP/AVPA role is to capitalize on emerging opportunities to further the academic mission. In addition to fostering strong internal partnerships and strategic growth, Dr. Denburg works to leverage the Faculty's strengths in health through collaboration. Participation in cross-Faculty collaborations is undertaken with the goal of identifying shared purpose and increasing university alignment. Through collaborative partnerships, both internal and external to the Faculty and University, and by championing a culture of interprofessionalism, excellence, continuous learning, inclusiveness and innovation, the EVD/AVPA is well-positioned to further the strategic goals and core values of the Faculty of Health Sciences and the University.


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