Dean, Faculty of Engineering

Canada, North America
Jul 15, 2014
Executive Administration Jobs
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
The University of Alberta (U of A) invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean, Faculty of Engineering. The appointment, for an initial five-year term, begins July 1, 2015. Located in Edmonton, the University of Alberta is one of Canada’s top teaching and research universities, with an international reputation for excellence across the humanities, sciences, engineering, business, creative arts, and health sciences. Home to more than 39,000 students and 15,000 faculty and staff, the University has an annual budget of $1.7 billion and attracts nearly $450 million in external research funding. The U of A offers close to 400 rigorous undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs in 18 Faculties on five campuses – including one rural and one francophone campus – and has almost 250,000 alumni worldwide. The University of Alberta and its people remain dedicated to the promise made in 1908 by founding president Henry Marshall Tory that knowledge shall be used for “uplifting the whole people.” Engineering has been taught at U of A since the University’s founding. The Faculty today is home to 4200 undergraduate students, 1420 graduate students, and 210 faculty members. Housed within five departments – Biomedical Engineering; Civil and Environmental Engineering & the School of Mining and Petroleum Engineering; Chemical and Materials Engineering; Electrical and Computing Engineering; and Mechanical Engineering – the Faculty also hosts two world-class research institutes, and is an active partner in U of A’s National Institute for Nanotechnology. With $50 to $60 million in sponsored research funding annually, the Faculty boasts a Canada Excellence Research Chair, 14 Canada Research Chairs, and 17 NSERC Industrial Research Chairs. The Faculty of Engineering at the University of Alberta is recognized, nationally and internationally, for both the quality of its teaching and research, and for the impact its research has in the world. Reporting to the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) and a key member of the University’s leadership team, the new Dean will be the senior officer of the Faculty and will be responsible for all aspects of its operations, including budget and funds development. The Dean will sustain collegial and productive relationships within the Faculty, and across the University, and will encourage and promote academic excellence and research productivity across disciplines. He or she will maintain and enhance strong and productive partnerships with external constituencies, including federal and provincial governments, industry, other universities, and community groups. With the University of Alberta’s ambitious plan to raise its international profile, this is an opportunity to lead an already outstanding Faculty to the next level of excellence. The successful candidate must possess an earned doctorate, be qualified for appointment at the rank of full professor, and be eligible to be licensed as a professional engineer. A record of outstanding senior academic and administrative leadership is critical, as is a deep commitment to, and support of, excellence in research and teaching. The new Dean will also bring solid experience in fundraising and external relations. Finally, the Dean must be highly collegial and collaborative, with excellent communications skills, and the ability to engage and inspire the Engineering community at the University of Alberta. Consideration of candidates will begin in late summer 2014. Written nominations, applications, or expressions of interest may be submitted in confidence to Colleen Keenan or Jason Murray at All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Alberta hires on the basis of merit. We are committed to the principle of equity in employment. We welcome diversity and encourage applications from all qualified women and men, including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and Aboriginal persons.