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St. Mark’s College, an affiliated college of the University of British Columbia (UBC), and Corpus Christi College are conducting an extensive international search for a Principal and President, to take office July 2022, and invite expressions of interest, applications and nominations.

Located on the Vancouver campus of UBC, St. Mark’s College and Corpus Christi College form a vibrant centre for undergraduate and graduate Catholic higher education at UBC and in British Columbia, committed to preparing students to integrate and synthesize faith and reason to serve humanity better. The two Colleges are set to formally combine by 2023, subject to an amendment in the College charter that is granted by the legislature of the Province of British Columbia. Thereafter, the roles of Principal and President are to be formally merged.

St. Mark’s College, the Catholic theological college at UBC, offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology and Culture and a range of graduate and continuing education experiential programs to teachers, administrators, health workers and other professionals, including master’s degrees, certificates and diplomas in Catholic Educational Leadership, Pastoral Studies, Religious Education and Theological Studies. In addition to its academic programs, the institution provides the theological formation for those studying for the permanent diaconate in the Archdiocese of Vancouver; and its Centre for Christian Engagement creates a culture of encounter and dialogue to address challenges in the life of faith. The College affords a dynamic pastoral presence and faith development opportunities for students, faculty and staff who work and study on the university campus. For further information, please visit

As a private, not-for-profit Catholic liberal arts college, Corpus Christi College pursues its mission through its two-year university transfer programs in arts, business, and science, which provide an Associate of Arts degree and allow students to transfer into university degree studies at St. Mark’s College, at UBC and across North America. The College strives to provide for curricular and pedagogical excellence so that graduates will be prepared to take on the intellectual, professional and social challenges of our times. For further information, please visit

The Principal and President is the chief executive officer of both St. Mark’s College and Corpus Christi College, and is responsible to the Executive Boards for strategic direction and the entire academic and administrative operation of St. Mark’s College and Corpus Christi College. The Principal and President provides leadership and works co-operatively with the Executive Boards, UBC’s Senate, the Archdiocese of Vancouver, Deans, faculty, staff, students and all members of the community located on the university campus to advance the mission and spirit of the Colleges and to raise their profiles locally, provincially, nationally and internationally.

Candidates must have a thorough grasp of contemporary issues in post-secondary and Catholic higher education, including familiarity with the Catholic liberal arts tradition. S/he should possess a collegial working style, experience or interest in advancement, and the ability to represent and promote the interests of St. Mark’s College and Corpus Christi College effectively with both internal and external constituencies. The successful candidate will be a visionary and strategic academic with demonstrated administrative experience in higher education, outstanding organizational and interpersonal skills, a commitment to teaching, the leadership ability to guide the affairs of both institutions, and a commitment to enhancing their respective missions.

Given that St. Mark’s College and Corpus Christi College are Catholic institutions of higher education, the Principal and President is entrusted to ensure that the missions of both institutions are in harmony with the Ordinances issued by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops to implement Ex Corde Ecclesiae with respect to Catholic universities and colleges in Canada.

St. Mark’s College and Corpus Christi College hire on the basis of merit, are committed to employment equity, and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

The search committee will begin considering potential candidates immediately. Applications should include a letter of introduction, curriculum vitae, and the names of three referees (who will not be contacted without the consent of the candidate) and be forwarded on or before September 15, 2021 electronically in confidence to:

[email protected]

Bruno De Vita, QC
Chair of the Boards

St. Mark’s College
5935 Iona Drive Vancouver, BC
V6T 1J7

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Summer Institute

Ready to be inspired and kickstart your own learning? Take advantage of the St. Mark’s Summer Institute, where you will attend virtual classes in real-time over a three-week period and then have many weeks left in which to finish coursework at your own pace. New and returning students have the option of completing a Catholic Core course, an elective course, or both.

Courses run Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from July 5-23, 2021. Students have until late August to complete their coursework.

The Summer Institute offers all who are interested - including those who work in education, parish ministry, healthcare, and other professions - the opportunity to engage deeply in reflection and discussion and earn course credits, in a more intensive format than the usual three-month term.

SCRI 505: Introduction to Scripture (Fr. Nick Meisl)
Morning class, 8:30am - 12:00pm
Courses run weekdays from July 4-15, 2021.

Discover a basic introduction to Scripture for students without previous background in Scripture. This course covers both the Old and New Testaments in their own contexts, thematic parallels between them, and gives attention to how the Catholic intellectual tradition engages these textual traditions.

Afternoon class (Elective course) – More details to come


Spotlight on student experience

"Deciding to take the Catholic Core Courses at St. Mark’s College, particularly during Covid-19, has been one of the smartest decisions of my life. At first, I felt some trepidation as I last undertook an academic course 9 years ago; however, the entire experience has been so positive and enlightening, I am delighted I did and would definitely encourage others to undertake them as well.

The learning environment is very collegial and supportive; in our classes, our contributions were always valued, not only by the professors, but also by our classmates. It is a wonderful way of learning from each other and forming new relationships. My teaching ministry will definitely be informed by my study at SMC: I am actually looking forward to sharing what I have learned with my students and colleagues. My faith life and appreciation of the liturgy has benefitted, too, from these studies on Scripture and Theology and the readings we have done in class; my choice of bedtime reading material now isn’t novels but the Bible and Apostolic Exhortations! Every Christian Education teacher should take the Catholic Core at St. Mark's College - it’s a great place to learn and grow in your faith!"

- Ann Marie McGrath, Educator
Summer Institute 2020[/letter]

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Is it required that I come to Vancouver for the Summer Institute courses?

No. Attending classes virtually is always an option we offer to students who live outside of Metro Vancouver.
This year, due to COVID-19, all students will be taking their Summer classes virtually through live online courses.

Synchronous, asynchronous, online, virtual, Zoom. So many new terms - how will my classes be offered?

Many people hear “online class” and think of a series of pre-recorded lectures and online interaction with no real-time interaction with a human. That’s not how our courses are offered.

Your classes will be virtual. The live online courses taking place in a digital classroom with real-time instruction and opportunities for face-to-face interaction with your professor and classmates.

Classes run on weekdays for three weeks in July on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. There will be a daily live lecture and class time. There may be required readings before each class and most other coursework is completed after classes end. You will have until late August to complete papers and other coursework.

Throughout the course you will be interacting with your professor and fellow classmates.

How do I access my online courses?

St. Mark’s College uses an online learning platform through UBC called Canvas. After you have registered for the course, you will be contacted by the Registrar's Office with instructions for accessing your course materials. If you have questions, please contact Chisom Onwuli at [email protected].

Will I be able to talk to my instructor and classmates?

Yes. The course design and video software allows for two-way interaction. You will be able (even encouraged) to interact with your professor and classmates and engage in discussions.

What is the cost of taking a Summer Institute course?

The Summer Institute courses are full 3-credit courses. The tuition cost can be found on the Tuition and Fees webpage.

As many of our students previously paid tuition in person, there are also special instructions on how to pay tuition during COVID-19.

How do I get the readings and books for my courses?

The list of required textbooks can be found through the online textbook list.

Readings may be shared directly by your professor or accessed through the libraries of St. Mark’s College and UBC.

Do I qualify for admission?

We have admission categories to accommodate various backgrounds including those with no previous post-secondary education, or those who wish to take classes as “auditing students” without going through the full application process. Visit our Admission Requirements webpage for more information.

If you’d like to speak to someone about starting your studies with St. Mark’s College, email [email protected].

More Questions?

Contact Dr. Lynda Robitaille
Email: [email protected]

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