Dean, Faculty of Education

Alberta (CA)
21 Sep 2016
End of advertisement period
21 Oct 2016
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Full Time

University of Alberta
Dean, Faculty of Education

The University of Alberta (U of A) invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean, Faculty of Education.  The appointment, for an initial five-year term, begins July 1, 2017.

Established in 1942, the U of A’s Faculty of Education is proud to claim the title of Canada’s first Faculty of Education, and is the largest in the country (with 150 faculty and staff, 2800 undergraduates, and over 800 graduate students).  The Faculty is consistently ranked among the top four in Canada, offering a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs to fit the needs of prospective students and the demands of a rapidly evolving educational environment. U of A’s Faculty of Education is home to award-winning teachers, internationally recognized researchers, educational innovators, and community leaders. It promotes the view that to be a professional educator is to continue to question, to reflect, to seek knowledge, and to be open to change.

There are five units housed within the Faculty – Educational Policy Studies; Educational Psychology; Elementary Education; Secondary Education; and the School of Library and Information Studies. The Faculty’s interdisciplinary research environment is enhanced by the presence of eight world-class research institutes and centres.

The Dean of Education will be responsible for all aspects of the Faculty’s operations, including budget and fund development. The Dean will be an educational leader who embraces the Faculty's commitment to attract and educate a diverse faculty and student body that is, in turn, responsive to the heterogeneous needs of Alberta and Canada’s evolving education systems.

The successful candidate must possess an earned doctorate, and have a record of outstanding senior academic and administrative leadership in education or a related field. They must bring a deep commitment to, and support of, excellence in research, teaching, and practice. Finally, the Dean must be highly collegial and collaborative, have excellent communications skills, and be able to inspire the education community, both within the U of A and throughout the province.

Located in Edmonton, the University of Alberta is one of Canada’s top teaching and research universities, with an international reputation for excellence. Home to more than 39,000 students from 147 countries, the University attracts nearly $450 million in external research funding.

Consideration of candidates will begin in late fall 2016.  Written nominations, applications, or expressions of interest may be submitted in confidence to Jane Griffith at .

This position is in accordance with University terms and conditions, and remuneration will be commensurate with qualifications and experience, and will be competitive with public research-intensive post-secondary institutions. Components of compensation will include base salary, a comprehensive benefits package (which can be viewed at, and additional negotiated benefits applicable to the position.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Alberta hires on the basis of merit. The University is committed to the principle of equity in employment. It welcomes diversity and encourage applications from all qualified women and men, including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and Aboriginal persons.