The Vice-Provost, Faculty Relations provides leadership for faculty relations and support at the University of Saskatchewan. The vice-provost works in partnership with the provost and other members of the university's leadership to support strategic directions and ensure successful completion of the integrated plan.
Service as a member of the Provost's Committee on Integrated Planning (PCIP) is a particularly important role played by the vice-provost. The role enhances the work of the provost and vice-president academic and his office in the areas important to:
- retention and career development for faculty
- collegial relations including faculty and administrative appointments
- support of negotiations with the Faculty Association as well as management and support for the smooth functioning of collegial processes
Vice Provost, Faculty Relations
Ken Wilson, Vice-Provost, Faculty Relations
Ken Wilson is the Vice-Provost, Faculty Relations, and assumed the position January 1, 2020. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Saskatchewan. He received a BSc in Biochemistry in 1993 from the University of Waterloo, an MSc in Plant Biochemistry in 1996 from the University of Waterloo, and a PhD in Plant Metabolism in 2001 from the University of Western Ontario. After two years as a post-doctoral fellow and research associate in Molecular Biology at the University of Geneva, he joined the faculty of the Department of Biology, College of Arts and Science, at the University of Saskatchewan in 2004, serving as Department Head from 2015-2019.
Dr. Wilson’s research program focuses on plant stress physiology, specifically how plant cells maintain cellular energy balance under suboptimal growth conditions. Using green algae as a model system his team examines the assembly of photosynthetic complexes and the role of reactive oxygen species as signaling molecules. Long-term applications of his work relate to the efficiency of crop plants in meeting food and bioenergy needs in the face of a changing environment.
He is also interested in the scholarship of teaching and learning. A collaborative project with the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching Effectiveness and researchers from the College of Education at the University of Saskatchewan examines the role of advice in student achievement. He takes a keen interest in enhancing the learning experience of students, most notably first-year biology students, which led to his receiving of the College of Arts and Science Teaching Excellence Award (Division of Science) and the Provost’s Award for Outstanding Teaching in the College of Arts and Science, both in 2010. He has a strong interest in mentorship and enjoys working with others to assist them in achieving their goals.
Jim Germida, Vice-Provost, Faculty Relations (on leave)
Jim Germida is Vice-Provost, Faculty Relations and professor of soil science at the University of Saskatchewan. He received his undergraduate training at the University of Maryland and did his graduate work at the Pennsylvania State University where he obtained his Ph.D. in Microbiology in 1980. In 1981, he joined the faculty of the College of Agriculture at the University of Saskatchewan. A soil microbiologist well known for his studies on the biodiversity and community dynamics of microorganisms in contaminated and agroecosystems, he is author of over 110 refereed journal articles and book chapters, and has given many invited presentations at national and international conferences in these areas.
Jim served as head of the Department of Soil Science from 1997 to 2004, and as acting vice-provost in 2004-2005; he was appointed to a five-year term as vice-provost in July 2005 and reappointed to a five-year term in July 2010.
He has been the co-editor of the Canadian Journal of Microbiology since 1993 and continues as a member of the Editorial Boards of Soil Biology and Biochemistry, Arid Land Research and Management, and Journal of Phytoremediation. He was president of the Canadian Society of Microbiologists in 2001, and is a member of the Council of Science and Technology Advisors and the Scientific and Technology Advisory Board to Environmental Canada.
For more information please contact the Office of the Vice-Provost, Faculty Relations.