Provost and Vice-President (Academic)
Teri Balser joined the University of Calgary as provost and vice-president (academic) on April 1, 2021.
Dr. Balser is a former Interim President and Provost & Vice-President Academic at Dalhousie University. Prior to joining Dalhousie, she was the Dean of Teaching and Learning for the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Curtin University, after having been Dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Florida.
A graduate of Dartmouth College, in Biology and Earth Sciences, she received a Ph.D. in soil microbiology from the University of California at Berkeley, and completed postdoctoral research in ecosystem ecology at Stanford University.
She has been honored as an NSF Early Career Award winner, has been made a Fellow of the Soil Science Society of America, and was a John Curtin Distinguished Professor for her work as an environmental scientist.
In addition to her international recognition as an accomplished research scholar, Professor Balser is recognized as a master teacher, and has received numerous accolades for her educational accomplishments, including a USDA National Excellence in College and University Teaching Award in 2009 and recognition as the 2010 U.S. Professor of the Year for Doctoral and Research Universities (Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching). She was also one of three finalists for the 2016 Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching, the largest teaching prize in the English-speaking world.
Dr. Balser is widely known in higher education as a collaborative and consultative leader – an advocate for equity, diversity and inclusion, and a change agent and leader in STEM. She is a co-founder of the Society for Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER), an inaugural National Vision and Change Fellow for the Partnership for Undergraduate Life Sciences Education (PULSE), and was a Fulbright-Nehru Distinguished Chair to India in 2015 to help build capacity at the national level for pedagogically advanced and responsive STEM education. In 2018 she was named a Principal Fellow of the U.K. Higher Education Academy. She has long been an active advocate, speaker, and workshop facilitator in teaching, research, and leadership.