Executive Dean, UC Engineering
Amo Matua | Executive Dean
Te Kaupeka Pūhanga | Faculty of Engineering
- University of Canterbury (UC) senior leadership opportunity.
- Champion the University’s future vision for Engineering.
Applications are invited for the role of Amo Matua | Executive Dean, Te Kaupeka Pūhanga | Faculty of Engineering, a position that is part of the Ohu Whakahaere | Senior Leadership Team reporting to the Tumu Whakarae | Vice Chancellor. The role of Executive Dean is to champion the University’s future vision for the Faculty in alignment with the UC Strategy, through leadership that is participatory and inclusive.
UC is the first university in New Zealand to receive a five-star rating from QS Stars. A typical five-star university is generally world class in a broad range of areas, enjoys a high reputation, and has cutting-edge facilities and a renowned research and teaching faculty. UC has received a five-star rating for Engineering and Technology, Research, Teaching, Infrastructure and Internationalisation.
Relevant Te Kaupeka Pūhanga | Faculty of Engineering degrees are accredited by Engineering New Zealand, formerly known as the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand, and therefore recognised as meeting the academic requirements for professional engineers. Engineering New Zealand is a signatory to the Washington Accord, making an engineering degree from UC an internationally recognised qualification. The Faculty includes the Departments of Chemical and Process Engineering, Computer Science and Software Engineering, Civil and Natural Resource Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Forestry, and Mathematics and Statistics, the School of Product Design, and three Research Centres (the Human Interface Technology Lab, Electrical Power Engineering Centre, and Wireless Research Centre).
The role comes with overall responsibility for the vision and strategic direction for Engineering at UC. The Amo Matua | Executive Dean, UC Engineering will be an academic and proven leader with the mana to grow and support a culture that maximises the diverse capabilities and strengths of its staff and students. The appointee will ensure the enablement and advancement of educational, research, scholarly and public engagement activities through initiatives that support success, relevancy, and sustainability.
We are seeking a highly motivated strategic leader with an outstanding academic reputation in a relevant discipline area of engineering and strong bicultural and intercultural capability. With significant experience of innovation and change leadership, you will be known for your ability to think critically and respond creatively in a challenging and dynamic environment. You will have led and developed new research and funding opportunities, including working with the wider profession. Your strong relationship-building skills combined with your strengths in strategic academic programme development will further ensure your success in this role.
The successful candidate will be appointed to the Executive Dean role for a term of five years. Following that five-year term, the staff member will transition into a continuing academic position at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor. Academic rank will be assessed at the appointment stage.
Based in Ōtautahi Christchurch, the ethos of Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury is based around whānaungatanga – we value people and their differences, manaakitanga – we extend care and empower others, and tiakitanga – we will enhance and nurture our resources.
UC has an international reputation for academic excellence in both teaching and research. Its first (undergraduate) degrees and higher (postgraduate) programmes aim to foster intellectual independence, critical thinking, professional excellence and bicultural competence and confidence in every field. Committed to accessible higher education, service to community and the encouragement of talent without barriers of distance, wealth, class, gender or ethnicity, the University explicitly aims to produce graduates and support staff who are engaged with their communities, empowered to act for good, and determined to make a difference in the world.
APPLICATIONS must include:
- a cover letter
- a curriculum vitae which includes a list of relevant research publications;
- details of three referees; and
- a short written statement outlining your ‘Vision for UC Engineering aligned with UC’s Strategy’.
Entry to New Zealand from all countries remains strictly controlled to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. You may only apply for this role if you have the right to work in New Zealand. For information about New Zealand work or residence visas, please visit www.immigration.govt.nz
This role may require that you are, and remain, fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including any additional doses or boosters that become available, during your employment with the University of Canterbury.
APPLICATIONS CLOSE: Sunday, 23 January 2022
FURTHER ENQUIRIES: Helen Cox or David Hollander on 04 550 8000