Provost's Biography

Janice Deakin, Provost & Vice-President (Academic)

Janice DeakinJanice Deakin is Western University's Provost & Vice-President (Academic). She joined Western on August 1, 2010, and has been re-appointed to a second five-year term ending July 1, 2020.

Western's Provost & Vice-President (Academic) portfolio includes senior executive oversight of 12 Faculties/Schools, Faculty Relations, Registrar's Office, Institutional Planning & Budgeting, University library system, Information Technology Services, and the McIntosh Gallery.

Prior to her current role, Janice was Associate Vice-Principal (Academic) and Dean of Graduate Studies at Queen's University, where she had held various academic and administrative appointments since 1986.

As one of Canada’s foremost researchers in evaluating the determinants of expert performance in sports including figure skating, martial arts, basketball and volleyball, Janice has published extensively within her field and has provided technical reports to such agencies as the Department of National Defence, NATO and Sport Canada.

She has served as president of the Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology, president of the Canadian Council of University Physical Education and Kinesiology Administrators, Vice-Chair of the Ontario Council of Graduate Schools, and was a member of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities joint task force on graduate expansion through the Reaching Higher initiative.

Provost Deakin holds three undergraduate degrees from Queen’s in psychology, physical education and education. She earned her Master of Science degree at McMaster University and her doctorate in kinesiology at the University of Waterloo. In 2014, she was named by the Women’s Executive Network among Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women.