Associate Vice-President & Dean, Faculty Of Graduate And Postgraduate Studies

 

Wilfrid Laurier University is seeking a strategic, innovative, collaborative and dynamic administrator to lead the Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral studies as the Faculty embarks on a journey of continued growth and transformation as a burgeoning comprehensive university with a strong reputation for high calibre research and scholarship.

As a leading Canadian university, Laurier specializes in arts and social sciences, business and economics, music, science, social work, education and theology. The university has over 20,000 students, campuses in Waterloo and Brantford, locations in Kitchener and Toronto, and a research office in Yellowknife; the main campuses are located on the shared traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishnaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples. Laurier has recently been given over 100 acres of land for campus development in Milton, on the west side of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).   Laurier is committed to partnerships and collaborations aligned with our academic priorities. Laurier’s research community consists of more than 500 researchers in eight disciplinary faculties forming a highly interactive and interdisciplinary academic community. The University supports more than 20 research centres and institutes that stimulate innovation, attract research funding, and enhance the status as a comprehensive university, with increased emphasis on scholarship, graduate programs, and graduate student access, while continuing its emphasis on thriving community and holistic undergraduate education and development of the whole person.

The Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies serves as a catalyst to promote a stimulating and effective learning environment for over 2,300 graduate students across eight faculties, the School of International Policy and Governance, and the Martin Luther University College. Laurier offers 35 masters and 13 doctoral degrees which are available through in-person, online and through hybrid delivery models. In addition, Martin Luther University College (a federated college of Laurier) currently offers four masters, a graduate diploma and one doctoral degree. Although many of these programs are long-standing, Laurier continues to bring an innovative and creative lens to invigorating graduate program offerings.  

The Associate Vice-President & Dean of the Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies will foster an intellectual and supportive environment where innovation, integrity, and excellence in the pursuit of new knowledge can be achieved. As the chief academic and administrative officer of the Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies (FGPS), the AVP & Dean is responsible for the overall management, governance, quality, planning, strategic development, and long-term vision of Laurier’s graduate programs. Supported by the Provost & Vice-President: Academic and line Deans, the AVP & Dean will champion, both internally and externally, Laurier’s graduate student research and scholarship and the academic quality and diversity of graduate programs, while also developing new initiatives to enhance graduate offerings and the experience of graduate students. Additionally, the AVP & Dean will work closely with the VP Research and the Office of Research Services to intensify research and scholarship at the University. They will also play a key role is championing the University’s overall commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and Indigenization through supporting diverse student groups, removing barriers and creating access to education for equity deserving students, and building and promoting an inclusive culture and a healthy environment for people from all backgrounds in which to work and study.    

As the ideal candidate for this position, you possess a doctoral degree, relevant leadership experience and financial acumen, and are appointable to the level of full professor at Laurier. You have an excellent record of academic, research, and scholarly contribution and achievement, as well as a strong understanding of the research and scholarly landscape in the post-secondary environment. You have successfully supervised post-doctoral researchers, graduate students and undergraduate students. You have experience supporting diverse forms of scholarship, research, external funding applications and creative activity across the range of research disciplines that exist within the University. With regard to graduate programming, you have experience developing and resourcing new programs at the graduate level and are skilled at advocating on behalf of a unit and its stakeholders to secure new opportunities for growth.  

As a leader, you are collegial, collaborative and diplomatic. You are a transparent, ethical and principled administrative leader with a strong analytical capabilities, insight, and judgement. You are able to adapt to and manage change effectively and in collaboration with other leaders as necessary.   You have a high level of integrity, energy and optimism coupled with the ability to make complex and difficult decisions and to implement effective action. You are committed to advancing principles of equity, diversity, inclusion, and Indigenization and strive to maintain an inclusive climate that reflects the University’s goals related to equity, diversity, inclusion, and reconciliation. You have a deep commitment to, and are supportive of, excellence in research, scholarship, teaching and learning and are energized by diverse ideas, thoughts and perspectives. You have a passion for and commitment to graduate student success, and for fostering and supporting student learning, research, scholarship, experience and development for all students.

If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Katherine Frank at kfrank@kbrs.ca or Beth McLennan at bmclennan@kbrs.ca. Completed applications can be submitted online by clicking "Apply Now" above.  

Wilfrid Laurier University and its campuses are located on the shared traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishnaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples. This land is part of the Dish with One Spoon Treaty between the Haudenosaunee and Anishnaabe peoples and symbolizes the agreement to share, protect our resources and not to engage in conflict. Brantford and Kitchener-Waterloo are located on the lands included in the Haldimand Proclamation of 1784, six miles on each side of the Grand River, from the head of the river to Lake Erie, as signed by the British and Six Nations following the American Revolution. In acknowledging these lands, Laurier approaches its Indigenization efforts in the spirit of the Two-Row Wampum in which Indigeneity can move forward side-by-side on our campuses, and is woven into the fabric of research, teaching and administration, in pursuit of partnership and creating a decolonized, inclusive, welcoming and just community.

Wilfrid Laurier University endeavors to fill positions with the best available candidates who have the appropriate combination of education, experience, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position while demonstrating Laurier's Employee Success Factors. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Wilfrid Laurier University is committed to equity and values diversity. We welcome applications from qualified individuals of all genders and sexual orientations, persons with disabilities, Indigenous persons and racialized persons.    

Candidates can request to complete an Applicant Equity Survey to identify if they belong with one or more of the federally designated groups (more broadly referred to at Laurier as equity seeking groups).   Members of the designated groups must self-identify to be considered for employment equity.   Further information on the equity policy can be found at: https://www.wlu.ca/about/governance/assets/resources/8.4-employment-equity.html.

Wilfrid Laurier University and KBRS will provide support in the recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant’s accessibility needs. If you require accommodation in order to participate as a candidate in the recruitment process, please contact accommodate@kbrs.ca or communicate your needs to the recruitment professional named in the job description.