Melissa Just is the Interim Provost and VP Academic at the University of Saskatchewan.

About the Role

Primary accountabilities include:

Leadership

Provides leadership to USask's College and Schools and  works in collaboration with our deans and executive directors to deliver on USask's academic strategy.

Reporting

Reports to Council.

Academic Planning and Budgeting

Responsible for developing an academic agenda that is connected to the financial decisions of the university and best supports the student experience in all colleges and schools.

Biography

Dr. Melissa Just (EdD, MLIS, BA) is serving as the interim provost and vice-president academic at the University of Saskatchewan (USask).

Dr. Just, who joined USask as dean of the University Library in February 2017, began working with current provost and vice-president academic Tony Vannelli on May 1, 2020, assuming full responsibility for the roles on June 30.

Melissa has 25 years of experience in university administration roles, and has demonstrated exceptional leadership during her three years at USask, realigning library resources to meet the ever-evolving needs of faculty and students in an academic area that changes quickly and constantly, while also leading the development of the library’s master plan.

Melissa brings a rich and varied background with extensive experience in academic and research libraries at a variety of major American universities. Prior to joining USask, she served as associate vice-president for information services, and director of New Brunswick Libraries, at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J.

She served as director of the Biomedical Library at the University of California San Diego from 2009 to 2012, and was the director of the Lee Graff Medical and Scientific Library in Duarte, Calif., from 2006 to 2009. Melissa filled a variety of library leadership roles at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles and at the University of California San Francisco from 1995 to 2006, and served as an adjunct faculty member in library instruction at USC from 2007 to 2009.

Melissa earned a Bachelor of Arts majoring in psychobiology at the University of California, Riverside in 1991, a Master of Library and Information Science at the University of Texas in 1994, and a Doctor of Education from the University of Southern California in 2007.

As dean of the University Library at USask, Melissa has been responsible for the strategic direction and general operations, ensuring its continued contribution to the university’s goals and its mission, vision, and values. The dean leads a team of 130 faculty and staff in all library locations, University Archives & Special Collections, and Student Learning Services.

Melissa serves on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN), which serves to connect researchers, students, and citizens with the world’s research outputs and Canadian documentary heritage.

Academic Administrators List

The Provost provides leadership to USask's College and Schools and works in collaboration with our deans and executive directors to deliver on USask's academic strategy.

Dean's Council

Deans' council discusses a variety of academic and administrative issues and shares information on many topics affecting the institution.

Searches and Reviews

The recruitment and review is guided by Search and Review Procedures for Senior Administrators approved by the board of governors. 

Appointments and Resignations

Senior Administrator Appointment and Resignation Guidelines are available for those reporting up to the Provost and Vice-President Academic.

Portfolio and Structure

In addition to all deans and executive directors, the following offices also report to the Office of the Provost and Vice-President Academic.

Vice-Provost Faculty Relations

The vice-provost, faculty relations provides leadership for faculty relations and support at the University of Saskatchewan.

To learn more, please visit the vice-provost faculty relations website.

Vice-Provost Teaching, Learning and Student Experience

The vice-provost provides inspirational and visionary leadership for academic innovation at the University of Saskatchewan. The Teaching, Learning and Student Experience (TLSE) portfolio has as its core purpose to lead, support and celebrate the student learning and development cycle.

To learn more, please visit the vice-provost teaching, learning and student experience website.

Vice-Provost Indigenous Engagement

The vice-provost, Indigenous engagement provides inspirational, transformational, and visionary leadership for the Indigenous academic portfolio at the University of Saskatchewan.

To learn more, please visit the vice-provost Indigenous Engagement website Indigenous.usask.ca

Institutional Planning and Assessment

Institutional Planning and Assessment is a process involving the drawing together of university-wide and unit-specific planning efforts, which permits strategic decision-making and provides a synoptic view of resources and commitments. Institutional Planning and Assessment acts as a focal point for institutional initiatives and resource allocation.

To learn more, please visit the Institutional Planning and Assessment website.

Org Chart

Contact

Contact Interim Provost and Vice-President Academic Melissa Just:

For meeting, speaking or general scheduling requests, and general information or questions please contact Danielle Pastushok.

Office team

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