Dean - Faculty of Arts

Canada (CA)
25 Sep 2017
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25 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Full Time


For 47 years Thompson Rivers University has taken pride in providing an excellent education to students with a variety of backgrounds and perspectives who are at various stages of their learning journey. TRU is a comprehensive, learner-centred, environmentally responsible institution that serves its regional, national, and international learners and their communities through high quality and flexible education, training, research and scholarship. From traditional academics to trades, from certificates to graduate degrees, TRU offers over 140 on-campus programs and 60 Open Learning programs to choose from. More than 27,000 students study on campuses in Kamloops and Williams Lake, or in distance or online courses and programs through Open Learning. Research, creation and innovation thrive in TRU’s open, flexible learning environment.

The Faculty of Arts has a strong reputation for teaching informed by scholarship and actively promoting undergraduate student research. With over 110 full-time and sessional faculty across 7 departments and programs, the Faculty is diverse in its scope and range of program offerings that range from certificates and diplomas through to undergraduate degrees. Skills developed in the classroom, in the field or in the community, at home or abroad, prepare students for future success in the workplace, in graduate studies, or studying within a professional school.

As the Faculty’s chief academic and administrative officer, the Dean is responsible to the Provost and Vice-President Academic for providing dynamic and visionary leadership in the articulation and implementation of the Faculty’s evolving strategic plan for professional and career development, education, scholarship and outreach in alignment with TRU’s mission, vision, and strategic priorities. As an accomplished teacher, researcher or practitioner, the Dean will possess an open, transparent, and collegial style of leadership, with the ability to collaborate with colleagues to plan the Faculty’s future, as well as champion the value of Arts programs within TRU and beyond. 

The successful candidate for this key leadership position will have an outstanding academic record, a strong and deep appreciation for research, teaching and service and demonstrated experience as an inspirational leader, communicator and mentor. A PhD, or equivalent, in a related discipline and a strong understanding of the intellectual diversity across the spectrum of disciplines within the Faculty is essential.

Thompson Rivers University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff, our faculty and its scholarship including, but not limited to, women, visible minorities, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, only applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be considered.

This is an exciting and challenging opportunity to serve in a leadership role at one of Canada’s most innovative universities. To apply or learn more, please contact either Khaleeda Jamal or Cameron Geldart at 604.926.0005 or forward your application package (current CV, a letter of introduction and a list of three references) in confidence to