Dean of Divinity

Toronto (City), Ontario (CA)
10 Nov 2016
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10 Dec 2016
Contract Type
Full Time


Trinity College, a university in federation with the University of Toronto and a founding member of the Toronto School of Theology, invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the Faculty of Divinity.  The appointment is for a term of five years commencing 1 July 2017.

Trinity College is a small distinctive college at the heart of the University of Toronto.  The College has a longstanding reputation for academic excellence, offers an exceptional student experience and fosters a deep commitment to responsibility and leadership.  The student body is comprised of approximately 1800 undergraduate students, over a quarter of whom live in residence, enrolled in the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Arts and Science and approximately 140 graduate students in the Faculty of Divinity.

Founded by Bishop John Strachan in 1851, the Faculty of Divinity at Trinity College has led the way for more than a century and a half in providing an Anglican theological education in a university setting.  During that time, Trinity has graduated an outstanding group of Anglican priests, bishops, archbishops, as well as notable theologians, academics, and increasingly in more recent times, laypeople.   Trinity provides education in the liberal catholic tradition for Christian ministry, lay or ordained, both at the basic degree level (M.Div., M.T.S.) and at the advanced degree level (M.A., Th.M., Th.D., Ph.D., D.Min.).   The Faculty also offers training and education through its recently developed Orthodox School of Theology.  The Faculty seeks to adapt tradition in creative ways to connect with new intellectual, liturgical, spiritual and pastoral approaches, as well as evolving expressions of social justice and ecumenical co-operation, on a local, national and global scale.

The Dean will build upon the Faculty of Divinity’s longstanding leadership role in theological education, as well as the Faculty’s reputation for responsiveness to cultural change and the evolving needs of our interrelated global society.  Developing a strong vision for the future and ensuring the high standards necessary for all Faculty of Divinity academic programs within a rigorous academic environment of openness, diversity and dialogue are key priorities for the future. The Dean will be also be instrumental in the formation of individuals for Christian ministry.  The College especially seeks candidates who are ordained in the Anglican Church and who bring a record of academic excellence and leadership including an earned doctorate and the ability to supervise doctoral work.  The Dean will be expected to lead and to contribute fully and creatively to the Faculty’s own objectives, as well as to play a prominent leadership role in the College as a whole.

Trinity is a culturally diverse 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. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, although Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Applications and nominations should be emailed by December 15, 2016 to the Nominating Committee at .  Please include a covering letter, a curriculum vitae and the names, addresses and other contact information of three references.  Applications and nominations (which come with the approval of the nominee) will be received in confidence. 

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