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Susan Tighe
Provost & Vice-President (Academic)

About the Provost and Vice-President (Academic)

My name is Susan L. Tighe, McMaster’s Provost and Vice-President (Academic)—in this role, I strategically invest time and resources into initiatives that encourage student curiosity, faculty innovation, and service excellence. As both Chief Academic Officer and Chief Budgetary Officer, I oversee teaching and learning, faculty support, student life, and analysis, budget and planning. Throughout this portfolio, I’m committed to advancing equity, enhancing accessibility, and celebrating the diversity of our campus.

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Supporting Teaching & Learning at McMaster Information and Updates

As Chief Academic Officer, the Provost oversees all six Faculties, working with Deans, Associate Deans and instructors to challenge norms in the classroom and inspire students to build a better future.

Strategic Budget Planning Finance & Planning

As Chief Budgetary Officer, the Provost oversees the strategic allocation of the university’s budget towards operations that support the five priorities in McMaster’s Strategic Plan.

Task Force on Graduate Funding Stay Updated

Graduate student funding is an important and complicated issue. In February 2023, a task force of graduate students and Faculty representatives from across McMaster was approved by Graduate Council.

STEER/R Program Inclusive Excellence Initiatives

The Strategic Excellence and Equity in Recruitment and Retention (STEER/R) Program launched in November 2020 to advance the pursuit of inclusive excellence by making seed funding available for transformative initiatives that benefit equity-deserving groups at McMaster University.

Strategic Alignment Funds (SAFs) SAF Initiatives

The SAFs support excellence, innovation and renewal in all areas of the university through short-term projects with the intention that successful innovations will be funded permanently by different means.

Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) AI at Mac

This quickly evolving technology offers promising new avenues for enhancing pedagogical approaches and advancing research. News, events, resources and updates on generative AI at McMaster University.

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Governance & Accountability Learn More

Read the Provost’s Leadership Performance Goals, look through her expenses, and learn about her membership in academic committees and councils.

Current Priorities Learn More

The Provost is prioritizing advancing equity, diversity and inclusion; supporting student mental health; driving teaching innovation; and guiding our Return to McMaster.

Forms & reports Learn More

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External Reviews Learn More

Strategic reviews identify new opportunities for future growth and development and are an important means of promoting transparency across the university as it pursues excellence.