Dean Of Education



Recognized as Western Canada’s first university, the University of Manitoba is a place where students come to learn and be inspired.  The University of Manitoba is located in the city of Winnipeg and on the traditional territories of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation. The University is honoured to have been chosen to host and partner with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation and is committed to Indigenous achievement and to making Manitoba a global centre of excellence for Indigenous education, research, languages, and cultures.

Winnipeg is the colourful, vibrant, and exciting capital of the multicultural province of Manitoba, with an electrifying cultural life. Home of the biggest fringe festival in the country, the first and only Human Rights museum in the world, a grandiose art gallery, and the Qaumajuq, an innovative new museum, home of the largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art in the world, this prairie capital is embellished with delightful local cafés and shops and is adorned by the majestic encounter of the Assiniboine and Red Rivers.    

The University of Manitoba is the province’s only medical-doctoral institution and is a member of the U15 group of research-intensive universities in Canada. The university offers a robust and diverse suite of over 100 graduate programs taught by award-winning professors, and in partnerships with over 40 research centres and institutes. The University generates more than $2.4 billion in annual economic activity and attracts approximately  $200 million dollars annually in sponsored research income. The university’s culturally diverse community is home to 29,000+ undergraduate and graduate students, of which 22% are international students representing over 115 countries.

The Faculty of Education at the University of Manitoba is internationally recognized as a leader in education for its contributions to teaching, research, scholarship, and service. The Faculty strives to provide students, faculty, staff, and community with diverse learning experiences that support their professional growth and well-being. It provides a space for critical dialogue, inquiry, innovative teaching and research, and a community for educators to learn across their lifespan in K-12, adult education contexts, and beyond. Hosting two departments, the Educational Administration, Foundations & Psychology (EAFP) department and the department of Curriculum, Teaching & Learning (CTL), the Faculty of Education is the home of 45 progressive scholars and 22 supporting staff, whose teaching and research represent a wide range of fields. The faculty offers a broad portfolio of programs including undergraduate and graduate degrees and a post-baccalaureate diploma. It is the only institution in Manitoba to offer a PhD program in education and it supports a diverse community of learners with around 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students.  

The Dean of the Faculty of Education is part of the University’s senior leadership team and reports to the Provost and Vice-President (Academic).   The Dean will be an innovative and inspiring educational leader with the vision and skills to advance the goals and strategic plan of the faculty and to build on its strengths.   The Dean must be committed to creating an exceptional, inclusive, and relevant student, faculty, and staff experience. Furthermore, the Dean will be passionate about preparing future educators, supporting faculty’s teaching, research, and service responsibilities. The Dean will also be proactive and intentional in furthering the Faculty of Education’s responsibilities toward Indigenous education, achievement, and engagement and promoting Indigenous student, faculty, and staff success.   The Dean will effectively contribute to advancing and enhancing the Faculty’s programs and partnerships, its vision for the future, and its profile as a leader in educational research, teaching, and scholarship at the University, in the province, as well as nationally and internationally.     

The ideal candidate shall hold a PhD or an EdD in an education-related discipline and be eligible for an appointment to the tenured senior ranks at the University.  They will have a distinguished record of successful academic, teaching, administrative, and leadership experience, preferably in a unionized environment, as well as a remarkable research record and record of external funding. As an administrator, the ideal candidate will have demonstrated success in leading a collaborative and collegial culture, as well as in effectively mentoring and supporting research, teaching, and service in and with diverse communities. The Dean will also possess the skills to listen, learn, and lead with integrity and will be able to build trust and rapport with students, faculty, support staff, and university leadership, as well as with government and professional partners. The candidate should be able to articulate, enact, and show evidence of their commitments to equity, diversity, and inclusion, and of their work to realize anti-racist, anti-oppressive, and decolonizing education in programs, plans, and policy. The ideal candidate will have deep understanding of teacher education, professional education, and graduate education programs. Knowledge of K-12 education in Manitoba and Canada including the opportunities and challenges of teaching and/or administration in the Manitoba education context would be valuable. Experiences in leading innovative programmatic developments and strategic planning processes would be viewed as an asset.

If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Katherine Frank at or Beth McLennan at, or submit your application online by clicking "Apply Now" above.  Candidates shall provide an application package (curriculum vitae and statement of the candidate's vision for the unit demonstrating strong leadership abilities and their commitment to Indigenous engagement, achievement, and to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action as well as to the advancement of equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism).

The University of Manitoba is committed to the principles of equity, diversity, & inclusion and to promoting opportunities in hiring, promotion, and tenure (where applicable) for systemically marginalized groups who have been excluded from full participation at the University and the larger community including Indigenous Peoples, women, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as 2SLGBTQIA+ (Two Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, questioning, intersex, asexual, and other diverse sexual identities). All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.  

The University of Manitoba 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 or communicate your needs to the recruitment professional named above.