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University of Guelph (Canada) Hiring Dean of College of Arts

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    Tori Lawson

    The University of Guelph invites applications, nominations and expressions of interest for the position of Dean, College of Arts with the appointment to be effective August 2017 or as soon thereafter as possible.

    The University of Guelph has achieved prominence in Canada and around the world for its commitment to student learning and innovative research. It is dedicated to cultivating the essentials of our quality of life – food, water, environment, animal and human health, community, commerce, culture, and learning. The University community shares a profound sense of social responsibility, an obligation to address global issues and a concern for international development. Approximately 24,000 undergraduate and graduate students attend the University of Guelph, with additional students located in campuses around the province of Ontario. Further information about the University may be found at

    The College of Arts offers a wide range of opportunities for learning, growth, and personal development, as well as a solid training in the fundamental knowledge skills needed for the modern world. More than 2,300 students are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees through its academic units of English and Theatre Studies, Fine Art and Music, Languages and Literatures, Philosophy, and History. Committed to high quality teaching and diverse and multidisciplinary research, the College’s 110 faculty members are the recipients of numerous recognitions and awards.

    Reporting to the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) and a member of Guelph’s senior administration, the Dean, College of Arts will provide strategic direction, academic planning leadership and administrative oversight to achieve the highest possible standards in teaching, research, creative activity, and service. Working collaboratively with a variety of internal and external partners to further enhance the reputation of the College, the Dean will lead in promoting innovative and multi-disciplinary approaches to teaching and research, and in increasing funding support.

    The successful candidate will be an accomplished academic and advocate for the arts and humanities with a record of building strong teams and relationships, fostering academic innovation, managing resources, and promoting multi-disciplinary initiatives. Extensive academic leadership experience will enable the new Dean to relate to a range of internal and external partners and promote excellence, equity, diversity and inclusion among faculty, staff and students. The Dean, College of Arts will possess an open and collegial style, outstanding management, communication and interpersonal skills, a creative approach to problem solving, a strong commitment to academic excellence in research, creative activity and teaching, and experience or an interest in fundraising.

    The University of Guelph is committed to equity in its policies, practices, and programs, supports diversity in its teaching, learning and work environments, and ensures that applications for members of underrepresented groups are seriously considered under its equity policy. All qualified individuals who would contribute to the further diversification of the University community are encouraged to apply.

    The search committee will begin consideration of candidates immediately and will continue until the role is successfully filled. Applications should include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae and the names of three references (who will not be contacted without the consent of the candidate), and be submitted electronically, in confidence, to:
    Laverne Smith & Associates Inc.

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