The Provost and Vice-President, Academic Affairs holds an important position within the University, which makes her the highest ranking officer after the President. Her portfolio encompasses all things academic, including programs and budgets, as well as everything that relates to university life for both students and professors.

Portrait of Jill Scott

“I believe very strongly in the mission of higher education. It’s an incredible privilege to work at uOttawa and to support young people who are taking that next step in their journey.”

Jill Scott

— Provost and Vice-President, Academic Affairs


 Among her numerous responsibilities, the Provostis in charge of accomplishing, in collaboration with the faculties' deans, the following functions:

  • set the University's broad academic directions;
  • develop and regularly evaluate programs;
  • recruit and retain professors;
  • establish student-recruitment strategies.

The faculties, their schools, departments and programs, and the library network are overseen by the Provost. The same applies to the academic units and services designed to help students make the most of their university experience or to guide professors in their academic pursuits.


Dr. Jill Scott (BA, University of Manitoba; MA, Carleton University; PhD, University of Toronto) was a full professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Culture at Queen’s University, where she also served as Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning) and Interim Associate Vice-Principal (International).

Throughout her career, Dr. Scott has held various academic and administrative positions. These include professor at the University of Toronto and Head of the Department of German as well as Associate Head and Undergraduate Chair of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Culture at Queen’s University.

Dr. Scott possesses considerable experience in the university sector, having led various institutional strategic planning initiatives, including those related to Truth and Reconciliation and to equity, diversity and inclusion in all of its forms.

She holds the position of Provost and Vice-President, Academic Affairs since September 1, 2019 for a five-year term.


The Office of the Provost and Vice-President, Academic Affairs’ team coordinates issues related to:planning, the academic experience, teaching, course and program evaluation, academic regulations including academic integrity, quality assurance, faculty awards and competitions, and much more. In collaboration with special advisors, the team works on a number of important strategic issues.

In addition to its core team, the Office of the Provost includes six administrative units, which are responsible for different portfolios:

Visit our Staff page  for a more detailed list of our employees, units, and services.