Vice-President, Research

Canada (CA)
17 Mar 2017
End of advertisement period
16 Apr 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Vice-President, Research
Brock University 

Brock University, in Niagara, is conducting an extensive search for a Vice-President, Research to take office in the fall of 2017, and invites expressions of interest, applications, and nominations.

With a student population approaching 19,000, approximately 1,500 faculty and staff, and a network of close to 90,000 accomplished alumni, Brock University has forged a reputation as a modern and innovative comprehensive university. Brock has seven diverse Faculties offering a wide range of programs at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral level, and has one of Canada’s most diversified co-operative programs and a range of other experiential, service, and creative learning opportunities. Brock University is located within a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in the heart of Ontario’s Niagara region, an area known for viticulture, tourism, and natural beauty, and close to major Canadian and American cities. For further information about the University, please visit the website at 

The Vice-President, Research provides leadership and vision in shaping strategic research direction and is a member of the University’s senior administrative council and the chief research officer of the University. Supporting Brock’s robust expansion of graduate programs and research capacity, and continuing its transformation as a research-intensive university, this person will advocate, both internally and externally, for Brock on all matters of research, innovation, commercialization, and the application of knowledge. The Vice-President, Research leads Brock’s commitment of building a strong, sustained culture of leadership based on the foundational pillars of creativity, collegiality, accountability, ethics, and integrity.

The successful candidate will be an accomplished researcher, teacher, and leader who can advance research excellence throughout the University. A proven track record of developing and promoting multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary research initiatives, and of connecting and translating research impacts to the community is essential, as is an appreciation for the diversity and range of Brock’s research endeavours and scholarly, creative, and scientific disciplines. Candidates will possess outstanding judgement, management, communication, and interpersonal skills, and have the capacity to build and sustain positive working relationships with a wide variety of internal and external groups, including funding agencies, business, industry, and government.

Brock University is an equal opportunity employer committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes and work environment. Brock University is actively committed to diversity and the principles of employment equity and invites applications from all qualified candidates. Women, Indigenous peoples, members of visible minorities, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply and to voluntarily self-identify as a member of a designated group as part of their application. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.

Consideration of potential candidates will begin immediately and will continue until the role is successfully filled. Applications should include a letter of introduction, curriculum vitae, and the names of three references (who will not be contacted without consent of the candidate), and may be forwarded electronically, in confidence, to the University’s executive search consultants:

Laverne Smith & Associates Inc.