Dean, Lassonde School of Engineering

Toronto (CA)
16 Nov 2017
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16 Dec 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Appointment of Dean, Lassonde School of Engineering – York University

The Lassonde School of Engineering has enjoyed incredible growth and success since its formation five years ago and is poised to continue to thrive in the years ahead. Our founding belief is that the complex challenges and boundless opportunities of our time transcend traditional divides, and the world needs a different kind of engineer and new approaches to research to address these challenges. Lassonde was created to be the home of the Renaissance Engineer: a place where students are free to explore their passions and gain different perspectives from the world around them. Our students, faculty and staff think in big systems, design with people in mind, and embrace innovative approaches to knowledge creation.

We are looking for a new Dean who will continue to raise the Lassonde School of Engineering’s profile, and articulate and extend the School’s vision. Reporting to the Vice-President Academic & Provost, the Dean is the School’s chief academic and administrative officer and leads its academic activities as well as the budget, general administration and future development of the School. In addition to being the face of Lassonde internally and externally, the Dean is a member of York’s senior leadership team and plays an important role in shaping the future course of the wider university.

The next Dean will have an engineering background and a track record of academic achievement, administrative accomplishment, and dedication to the student experience. They will possess the ambassadorial skills necessary to grow the profile of the young School as well as the management skills and financial acumen required to ensure we run in an efficient and sustainable way. Crucially, they will be a forward looking and broad thinking leader with a vision for the critical role engineers can play in an ever changing-society. This appointment, which is renewable, is for five years and is expected to commence July 1, 2018 or as mutually agreed. 

York University is known for new ways of thinking that drive teaching and research excellence. The values which define our community – our diversity and inclusivity, our progressiveness and our commitment to excellence, social justice and sustainability – make York the model for the connected university in the 21st-century global knowledge economy. We are a global university with a commitment to cross-disciplinary programming, innovative course design and diverse experiential education opportunities. Over 52,000 students across 11 cutting-edge Faculties benefit from a high-quality education in a research-intensive environment. 

York University is an Affirmative Action (AA) employer and strongly values diversity, including gender and sexual diversity, within its community. The Affirmative Action Program, which applies to Aboriginal people, visible minorities, people with disabilities, and women, can be found at or by calling the AA office at 416-736-5713. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents and others legally entitled to work in Canada for York University will be given priority. 

Applicants wishing to self-identify can do so by downloading, completing and submitting the forms found at: Please select the "Affirmative Action" tab under which forms pertaining to Citizenship and AA can be found.

York University is partnering with the executive search firm Perrett Laver on this search process. Further information, including details of how to apply, can be downloaded at quoting reference 3188. For informal inquiries, please contact An Li Xu at  or +1 604 558 5148.

The deadline for applications is 6pm EST on Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018.