Dean, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work

Toronto, Ontario (CA)
28 Nov 2018
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28 Dec 2018
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Dean, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work

University of Toronto

The University of Toronto is conducting an extensive search for Dean of the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, to take office by July 1, 2019, and invites expressions of interest, applications, and nominations. This is an exciting opportunity to lead a Faculty renowned internationally for excellence in education, scholarship and research, and for championing society’s most vulnerable.

Dedicated to transforming lives, communities, and the world, the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work ranks first among schools of social work in Canada and fifth in North America for its citations and research impact. As Canada’s first school of social work, the Faculty is distinguished by its focus on its research infrastructure, evidence-based practice, and inter-professional education. Its graduate and doctoral programs are offered to more than 450 students within a collaborative environment that includes partnerships with more than 400 community agencies. More than 100 researchers, teaching faculty, and field instructors conduct relevant and accessible research, influence practice and policy, and equip the Faculty’s graduates with the knowledge, skills, and dedication to make a critical contribution, on a local and global scale, to the future of human well-being.

Reporting to the Vice-President and Provost, the Dean of the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work is a member of the senior leadership of the University of Toronto, and provides visionary strategic direction, academic planning leadership, and administrative oversight. As the chief academic and administrative officer, the new Dean will lead the Faculty to further excellence in teaching and research, and work collaboratively with internal and external partners to continue to raise its achievements, reputation, and resources.

The successful candidate will be an accomplished scholar and administrator who has demonstrated excellence in graduate education, transformative accomplishments in research, and a firm commitment to the practice and values of social work, and to the evolution of its field nationally and internationally. With proven academic leadership experience and a record of building strong teams and engaging with the community, the new Dean will possess an open and collegial style, a creative approach to problem solving, and outstanding management, communication, and interpersonal skills.

The Search Committee will begin considering potential candidates immediately and will continue until the positions are successfully filled. Applications should include a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, and the names of three references (who will not be contacted without consent of the applicant), and may be submitted in confidence, electronically, to the University’s executive search consultants Laverne Smith & Associates Inc. at

The University of Toronto is consistently ranked among the top 25 universities in the world for innovation, teaching, and research impact. In 2017, U of T was ranked 13th in the world for graduate employability, and U of T’s alumni include distinguished researchers, teachers, decision-makers, prominent politicians, global business leaders, and eminent philanthropists. The University supports a renowned commercialization program through a network of entrepreneurial accelerators, and is located in Toronto, one of the most diverse, vibrant, and inviting cities in the world. U of T is also recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers and one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. In accordance with the AODA, accommodation will be provided to individuals with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, but applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.