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Dean, Faculty of Science, Engineering and Architecture

Laurentian University

Laurentian University serves over 9,600 students on its campus in Sudbury, Ontario, and is one of two bilingual universities in the province of Ontario. Laurentian has been in a phase of steady growth, realizing more than $150M in capital investments over the past five years. These include the McEwen School of Architecture, the award-winning Vale Living with Lakes Centre, a new student residence, the modernization of classrooms and labs, the completion of an Executive Learning Centre, an Indigenous Sharing and Learning Centre and a University Club. The University has also built a $30 million Research, Innovation and Engineering Building completed in 2018. Committed to its bilingual, tri-cultural mandate, Laurentian University offers an outstanding university experience in English and French with a comprehensive approach to Indigenous education.

Laurentian’s beautiful, forested campus is surrounded by fresh-water lakes, conservation lands and hundreds of kilometres of cross-country trails. Your commute can be life-changing: you might cycle, ski, snowshoe or kayak to work, and you can take a lunch break at Laurentian’s private beach. The university is situated in the geographic centre of Greater Sudbury, northern Ontario’s major urban centre (population 160,000). Laurentian University has close and productive ties to Science North, SNOLAB, Health Sciences North and two post-secondary partners, Collège Boréal and Cambrian College.

The Faculty of Science, Engineering and Architecture encompasses disciplines that rely on systematic observation and experimentation (biology, biochemistry, chemistry, forensics, physics, computer science, math, geology, environmental sciences) as well as applied disciplines that address the design and building of our institutions and cities, machines and technology (engineering, architecture). The Faculty of Science, Engineering and Architecture is one of Laurentian’s largest and disciplinarily diverse Faculties; possessing more than 125 faculty members, approximately 37 employees and over 2450 undergraduate and graduate students in both face to face and on-line learning environments. The Faculty offers innovative graduate programs including five PhD programs and continues to build and expand on its record of international research excellence.

The Faculty of Science, Engineering and Architecture is home to the highest number of research chairs on campus including a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair, two Tier 2 Canada Research Chairs, three Industrial Research Chairs and two University Research Chairs.

The Dean, Faculty of Science, Engineering and Architecture, contributes significantly to the Strategic Research Plan of the University, and promotes research excellence within the Faculty, and further identifies areas of focused research excellence within the faculty. In collaboration with the units, the Dean ensures ongoing academic planning to maintain strong undergraduate programs. Reporting to the VP, Academic and Provost, the Dean will foster strong relationships with staff, faculty members, Chairs and Directors and will work collaboratively with University-wide governance bodies, fellow Deans, senior administration, the Board of Governors, industrial partners, external advisory bodies, donors, the media and the community at large.

The ideal candidate will be a dynamic and creative leader with a strong research profile and a commitment to teaching excellence. The successful candidate will lead and engage the Faculty with both a visionary and administrative focus and will bring a passion for excellence in teaching, research, research-creation and innovation. The candidate will have a PhD or equivalent in one of the relevant disciplines, a proven record of leadership and extensive academic administrative experience with particular emphasis on issues of academic planning, accreditation, curriculum development, faculty development as well as an ability to promote both disciplinary and interdisciplinary teaching, research and research-creation. The candidate appreciates the importance of maintaining and developing nationally recognized quality francophone programming in the Faculty. The Dean will also have proven experience in governance, resource allocation and fundraising to support departmental, Faculty and institutional goals. The Dean will foster a culture of respect and collegiality, and requires excellent communication skills in both English and French as well as knowledge and/or experience working with Indigenous people or communities.

Laurentian University is an inclusive and welcoming community and encourages applications from members of equity-seeking communities including women, racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions. Laurentian University's bilingualism policy (Section 7.3.b) provides a provision regarding the language requirement for persons self-identifying as First Nations, Métis or Inuit. (https://laurentian.ca/bilingualism)

Laurentian University is committed to providing an inclusive and barrier free experience to applicants with accessibility needs. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage during the recruitment process. Please contact the Office of the Vice-President, Academic and Provost for more information.

All qualified persons are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

To comply with federal laws, the University is obliged to gather statistical information as to how many applicants for each job vacancy are Canadian citizens / permanent residents of Canada. Applicants need not identify their country of origin or citizenship; however, all applications must include one of the following statements: “I am a Canadian citizen / permanent resident of Canada”; OR, “I am not a Canadian citizen / permanent resident of Canada”. Applications that do not include this information will be deemed incomplete.

Should you want to learn more about this opportunity, please contact Serge Demers at (705) 675-1151 ext. 3398 or apply by sending a letter of introduction, a curriculum vitae, and three letters of reference to: vpap@laurentian.ca. Applications will be received commencing March 24, 2020 and will be accepted until a nominee is found.