Vice President Academic and Research

The Vice President Academic and Research (VPAR) office is responsible for academic oversight at The King's University. Reporting to the President and Senate of the university, the VPAR provides support for all administrative matters related to faculty, King's academic programs, and research.

In conjunction with other units, the VPAR liaises with the provincial Ministry of Advanced Education and assists with/oversees, new program development, academic program reviews, course changes and proposals, faculty appointments, research applications and funding, teaching awards, etc.

Research Support Fund

Research Support Fund helps Canadian post-secondary institutions with the hidden costs of research. By alleviating the financial burden of expenses, such as lighting and heating, the program ultimately helps researchers concentrate on cutting-edge discoveries and scholarship excellence. After all, it is easier to achieve a eureka moment when the lights are on.

Whether they are salaries for staff or students who provide research administration support, training costs for workplace health and safety, or the administrative costs associated with getting a patent for an invention, the hidden or indirect costs of research pose a financial challenge to Canadian institutions.

With this understanding of the real and unavoidable costs of research in mind, the Government of Canada introduced the Research Support Fund (formerly known as the Indirect Costs Program) in 2003 as part of the federal government’s strategy to make Canada one of the world’s top countries in research and development. This permanent program provides Canadian universities and colleges with an annual grant to help pay for a portion of their indirect costs of research. It currently has a budget of $369 million and serves 125 post secondary institutions across the country.

Whether the grant pays for the maintenance of libraries, laboratories or research networking spaces, or for the technical support required for an institution's website or library computer system, the overall goal of the Research Support Fund is to help ensure Canada's research institutions remain top-notch. 

The King's University is pleased to receive funds through the Research Support Fund to help defray the indirect costs of research at our institution. These funds make an important contribution to our research efforts. Click on the links below to see how these funds were used in 2018-19.

2018-19 Research Support Program
Research Support Fund Overview

Teaching Excellence Awards

The Teaching Excellence Awards seek to recognize outstanding achievement in the classroom by faculty members with full faculty status. The two categories—the Early Achievement in Teaching Excellence Award and the Career Achievement in Teaching Excellence Awardare presented in alternate years.

The Award for Early Achievement in Teaching Excellence will be awarded this year. This award is for faculty members with full faculty status who have no more than seven years of post-secondary teaching experience in total.

Who can nominate a faculty member?

Nominations for the teaching award can come from a student or group of students, staff members, or faculty members. A full description of the nomination process is available in the call for nominations memo. To complete a nomination, fill out the following documentation:

Teaching Award Nomination Form
Student/Alumnus Testimonial Form 
Faculty Sponsor Form
Nominee Self-Assessment Form

Nomination Deadline: January 31, 2020

All the documents required for the nominations need to be emailed by the deadline to Sarah Den Boer.

Vice President Academic and Research Staff

Bestman, Dr. Hank

Vice President Academic, Professor, Biology & Biochemistry P: 780-465-3500 Ext. 8047 F: 780-465-3534
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Den Boer, Sarah

Executive Associate to the Vice President Academic and Research P: 780-465-3500 Ext. 8354