John Doerksen was appointed to the position of Vice Provost (Academic Programs) for a five-year term beginning September 1, 2008. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Saskatchewan, a Master of Music from the University of Alberta, and a PhD in Systematic Musicology from Western.
At the Don Wright Faculty of Music since 1995, John's areas of specialization in music theory include post-tonal music and computer applications in music analysis. He served as Associate Dean (Academic) in the Music Faculty (2001-08) and has served on many Faculty and University committees, including a period as Chair of the Senate Committee on University Planning (2004-06), a member of the Strategic Planning Task Force (2005-06), and a member of the ad hoc Committee to Review the Faculty of Graduate Studies (2007). He also served as Western's Academic Colleague at the Council of Ontario Universities.
The portfolio of the Vice Provost (Academic Programs) includes Teaching and Learning Services, the Student Development Centre, Student Information Services, and the Office of the Registrar. Programs and services within the portfolio focus on the student and help to fulfill Western's commitment to "The Best Student Experience." Staff in the portfolio combine creativity, evidence-based practice, and a culture of service to support student success, from application to graduation. Western is a destination of choice, and John works with academic leaders across campus on academic policy and development, undergraduate program review, and educational partnerships to further the University's educational mission.