The Associate Vice President (AVP) shall be appointed by and reports to the Executive Vice President of SMU. The AVP is the chief operating officer in charge of graduate programs and shall have the following duties and responsibilities:

a) Overseeing the overall academic activities of the School of Graduate Studies in the conventional mode of learning;

b) Providing support to departments and faculties to promote excellence in teaching-learning and research;

c) Chairing key senate standing committees and graduate council meetings;

d) Giving support to and overseeing the activities of the Student Support Services Office;

e) Providing support to department chairs and/or faculty deans in implementing strategies and policies related to course and program development and teaching-learning and assessment issues;

f) Organizing and facilitating skills upgrading workshops and training for faculty and students;

g) Overseeing the standards of student admissions are met;

h) Promoting the continued development of the University’s strategic plan and goals;

i) Ensuring that the staff members are engaged in community services;

j) Overseeing the activities of all operational units reporting to the AVP;

k) Liaising and establishing contact with local and international institutions;

l) Facilitating the formulation and implementation of institutional plans at strategic, tactical and operational level; and

m) Performing all other duties as may be assigned by the Executive Vice President, the President or the Senate.