Chair, Department of Architectural Science
Toronto Metropolitan University
Chair, Department of Architectural Science
FEAS, Architectural Science
Posted: March 18, 2023
Deadline to Apply: Thursday, June 15, 2023
Located in downtown Toronto, the largest and most culturally diverse city in Canada and on the territory of the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee and the Wendat Peoples, the Department of Architectural Science in the Faculty of Engineering & Architectural Science at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University) invites applications for the position of Chair, Department of Architectural Science, effective July 1, 2023.
The successful candidate shall be appointed at the rank of Associate or Full Professor. The appointment as Chair will be for a term of three to five years (subject to extension in the third year), starting as early as July 1, 2023 or an agreed upon date, with the possibility of renewal for an additional three or five-year term. The successful candidate will remain a tenured faculty member and will revert to their home position as Associate or Full Professor, following the completion of their term(s) as Chair.
Building on this multidisciplinary program dedicated to pursuing integrated, more sustainable approaches to the design and development of the built environment, the Department seeks visionary leadership to help chart the next stage of its evolution. Reporting to the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science, the Chair will assume responsibility for the leadership of the Department (further details can be found in Article 26.1.E. of the Faculty Association Collective Agreement) in collaboration with faculty and staff.
Key responsibilities include but are not limited to teaching; the development and delivery of the undergraduate and graduate curricula and programs; creating a fair, equitable, inclusive and supportive environment for student learning and engagement; supporting faculty involvement in scholarly, research and creative activity; stewardship of the human and financial resources of the Department; representing the Department in the University; and liaison with the profession and community. The Chair will facilitate a collegial, interactive environment nurturing the best qualities and achievements of all students, faculty and staff. Teaching is a requirement of the position.
The successful candidate must hold a terminal degree in one of the areas of the Department’s expertise and hold tenure elsewhere. Possession of an advanced degree is preferred. The candidate must present evidence of:
strong expertise in the discipline of Architecture;
a vision and a record of excellence in proactive leadership and administration in education as well as in teaching, research, and creative activities;
awareness of current developments in education and architectural practice in Ontario, Canada, and abroad;
a commitment to upholding the values of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion as it pertains to service, teaching, and scholarly, research or creative activities; and
a commitment to fostering collegial relationships.
This position falls under the jurisdiction of the Toronto Metropolitan Faculty Association (TFA) (www.rfanet.ca). The TFA collective agreement can be viewed here and a summary of TFA benefits can be found here.
About Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU)
Serving a highly diverse student population of over 45,000, with 100+ undergraduate and graduate programs built on the integration of theoretical and practical learning and distinguished by a professionally focussed curriculum with a strong emphasis on excellence in teaching, research and creative activities, TMU is a vibrant, urban university known for its culture of innovation, entrepreneurship, community engagement and city-building through its award-winning architecture.
About the Department of Architectural Science
Drawing on its polytechnic roots, the Department has developed a comprehensive assemblage of programs reflecting its holistic understanding of, and approach to, the study and teaching of architecture. The undergraduate Bachelor of Architectural Science degree provides students with three years of an integrated common curriculum with the opportunity to select, in their fourth year of study, a concentration in Architecture, Building Science, or Project Management. Each concentration is further supported by graduate programs leading to a Master of Architecture degree, which is accredited by the CACB, a Master of Building Science degree, or a Master of Project Management in the Built Environment degree. Ph.D. programs in Building Science and prospectively Architecture (to be announced in Fall 2023) are established as unique terminal degree opportunities in Canada.
A Co-op program, as well as a robust international exchange program with eight closely-knit partnerships, support the program's professional and global learning initiatives, and are open to undergraduate students following their third year of study.
The Department is invested in many extracurricular activities including design-build projects, a lecture series, and an in-house gallery for changing exhibitions of national and international teaching and research renown.
The Department is currently home to over 400 undergraduate students, some 100 graduate students, 26 full-time research and teaching faculty and 30 seasonal instructors. The collegial environment is a well-balanced, diverse body of experienced and newly hired colleagues.
Working at TMU
At the intersection of mind and action, Toronto Metropolitan University is on a transformative path to become Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university. At TMU and within our department/school, we firmly believe that equity, diversity and inclusion are integral to this path; our current academic plan outlines each as core values and we work to embed them in all that we do.
Dedicated to a people first culture, TMU is proud to have been selected as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers and a Greater Toronto’s Top Employer. We invite you to explore the range of benefits and supports available to faculty and their family, including access to our diverse faculty and staff networks.
Visit us on Twitter: @torontomet, @VPFAtorontomet and @TorontoMetHR, and our LinkedIn page.
TMU is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. To find out more about legal and policy obligations please visit the accessibility and Human Rights websites.
Toronto Metropolitan University welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. In addition, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment in Canada, we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, Black-identified persons, other racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.
How to Apply
Applicants must submit their application online via the Faculty Recruitment Portal [https://hr.cf.ryerson.ca/ams/faculty/] by clicking on “Start Application Process” to begin. Applications, consisting of the following, must be received by June 15, 2023:
a letter of application; [Please indicate in your letter of application whether at the time of this application, you hold tenure at your current institution].
a curriculum vitae;
a statement of research interests;
a brief statement of your vision of the architectural profession and how this would shape architectural education, research and administration; and
names and contact information of three individuals who may be contacted for references.
Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority, in accordance with Canadian immigration regulations. Candidates must therefore indicate in their application if they are a permanent resident or citizen of Canada.
Any confidential inquiries about the opportunity can be directed to Dr. Thomas Duever, Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about working at Toronto Metropolitan University are welcome to contact Tracey King, Miigis Kwe, the Indigenous Human Resources Lead and the Founding Co-Chair of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Community Group at email@example.com.
Candidates who belong to one or more of the equity-deserving groups recognized at TMU are welcome to connect with Ahmed Ahmed [firstname.lastname@example.org], Interim Executive Director, Office of the Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion.
For any confidential accommodation needs in order to participate in the recruitment and selection process and/or inquiries regarding accessing the Faculty Recruitment Portal, please contact email@example.com.