The University of Alberta and College of Natural and Applied Sciences invites applications for the appointment of Dean, Faculty of Engineering. The Faculty of Engineering prepares the next generation of engineers by giving our undergraduate and graduate students an unparalleled education with world-class instructors, hybrid learning environments, hands-on lab and field experience, and internship opportunities.
With research and teaching strengths ranging from energy and minerals to climate and the environment, to emerging and advanced technologies and beyond, the Faculty positions students and researchers to uncover the unknown and drive us toward solving the world’s greatest challenges and building a better future for society. The Faculty of Engineering offers 9 fully accredited undergraduate degrees and a wide range of graduate degrees. It includes a full spectrum of departments and schools including: Department of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, School of Mining and Petroleum Engineering, David and Joan Lynch School of Engineering Safety and Risk Management, and an Engineering Co-op Program.
Reporting to the Vice-Provost & College Dean of the College of Natural and Applied Sciences, the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering is responsible for the leadership and administration of all aspects of the operations of the Faculty, including budget and fund development. In addition to the role of senior officer of the Faculty, and a member of Deans’ Council, the Dean is a senior administrator of the University. The Dean fosters an environment in which world-leading research and excellence in teaching and engaged scholarship flourish. As the face of the Faculty of Engineering, the Dean is champion of curricular and pedagogical initiatives, research, and scholarship, professional training, global outreach, and recruitment of high-quality faculty and student talent. The Dean cultivates an environment in which students, faculty and staff thrive.
As Dean, you will have an earned Doctorate or equivalent in Engineering and qualifications commensurate with an appointment at the rank of Professor. In addition, you are a scholar who has maintained an active program in research and teaching within an academic environment. You will be a dynamic and visionary leader with a demonstrated track record of fostering a culture of collegiality and collaboration within a university environment for faculty, staff, and students. With an authentic and demonstrated commitment to, understanding of, and experience leading equity, diversity, and inclusion practices and Indigenous engagement, the successful candidate will drive change and inspire faculty, students, staff, and community partners. You must be licensed, or eligible to be licensed as a Professional Engineer in the Province of Alberta.
Home to over 44,000 students from 156 countries and 15,000 faculty and staff with over 300,000 alumni worldwide, the University of Alberta is a top-five Canadian university and most recently in the top 100 globally based on the Shanghai academic rankings of world universities. The University of Alberta is a leading teaching and research institution with a long history of excellence. Under the leadership of the University’s 14th President and Vice Chancellor, Bill Flanagan, the University of Alberta continues to move forward with purpose as one of the world’s most respected public universities, at its foundation lie talented people – students, faculty, and staff – who with their creativity, ingenuity and drive, join in advancing human knowledge and pursuing scientific discovery for the benefit of all. The University seeks to foster an inclusive culture in which people excel through exchange and collaboration, enriched by the diversity of individuals, groups, disciplines, perspectives, approaches, and questions that characterize its community.
While the university community can, and undoubtedly should, be proud of its substantial past achievements, the best way to respect the work of predecessors is to continue to build on it in the future, and the next 10 years of audacious goals for the university are outlined in the University of Alberta’s new strategic plan, SHAPE.
The University’s new operating model consists of a hybrid of centralized and decentralized services which promotes consistency, avoids duplication, and supports a one-university approach and service culture. Core to the model is the establishment of the University’s three new colleges: the College of Health Sciences, the College of Natural and Applied Sciences, and the College of Social Sciences and Humanities. The colleges leverage excellence within all departments and faculties to improve both academic and administrative performance as One University.
The College of Natural and Applied Sciences brings together the scientific expertise across faculties, enabling a new level of interdisciplinary research and innovative teaching practices. Home to some of the most comprehensive research infrastructure and teaching facilities in the world, our college is shaping the future through rigorous educational programs and cutting-edge research. The college includes 3 faculties (Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences, Engineering, and Science), more than 625 faculty members, and more than 17,000 undergraduate and graduate students.
The University of Alberta has engaged DHR Global to manage this search. To explore this exciting opportunity further, please contact or submit your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. This application portal will remain open until the position is filled.