Quality programs to enhance the university experience.

Vice-provost, academic affairs, Aline Germain-Rutherford giving a talk.

“By ensuring the relevance and high quality of our academic programs, we will prepare our students to meet the major challenges of the 21st century society.”

Aline Germain-Rutherford

— Vice-Provost, Academic Affairs


The Vice-Provost, Academic Affairs is responsible for all matters pertaining to teaching and learning activities at the University. This includes ensuring the highest quality programs and courses, as well as providing rich and inspiring experiential learning opportunities for both the student community and faculty. Academic integrity and academic regulations are also her responsibility. 

She oversees a number of academic affairs initiatives, including program revitalization, pedagogical innovation and the role of technology in teaching and learning. She sits on several committees related to these issues and is responsible for services such as the Quality Assurance Office, the Teaching and Learning Support Service (TLSS) and the French Immersion Program.


Aline Germain-Rutherford (PhD, La Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris III) has taught and held leadership positions at several universities including Trent University as Head of the Department of Modern Languages and Literature, and Middlebury College in Vermont, where she held the joint positions of Associate Vice President for Language Schools and Graduate Programs, and Chief Academic Officer (CAO) for the Middlebury Interative Languages (MIL) joint venture. Since 2008 she has also been a member of a team of researchers at the European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML) of the Council of Europe. 

At the University of Ottawa, Professor Germain-Rutherford was Director of the Center for University Teaching (CUT), Director of the Canadian Centre for Studies and Research in Bilingualism and Language Planning (CCERBAL), Associate Vice-President in charge of the Teaching and Learning Support Service (TLSS), before being appointed Vice-provost for Academic Affairs in 2018 for a 5-year term. She is also a full professor in the Faculty of Education. Aline Germain-Rutherford is a recipient of the 3M National Teaching Fellow Award, which recognizes teaching excellence and leadership in higher education.

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