Special Advisor to the Provost 

The special advisor leads the implementation of the Academic Model, online education strategy development and other academic priorities. The special advisor coordinates the academic program council and degree authorization pathways, driving initiatives that promote excellence in teaching and ensure the academic model and framework support our programs and our students.

As a member of the senior academic leadership team, the special advisor is critical in strategic planning in support of the Office of the Provost, initiating action and ensuring that the accountabilities of those reporting to the provost are achieved. 

Dr. Barb Gustafson

Dr. Barb Gustafson



Barb Gustafson received her Ph.D. in Education Administration from the University of Saskatchewan with a focus on vocational education. Gustafson has worked at Sask Polytech since 2003 as an instructor, director of Learner Pathways and most recently acting special advisor to the provost. Gustafson’s board and community involvements include: USask Senate member for District 11 (1999-2002 and 2019-2022), Prince Albert city councillor (2003-2006); Prince Albert Credit Union Board member (1996- 2006); Clarence Campeau Development Fund (Metis Development Corp.) board member (2007-2016); founding president of the Prince Albert and Area Community Foundation (1999-2016); and more than 30 years with the CFUW.