Dean, Dalla Lana School of Public Health

Toronto (Region), Ontario (CA)
03 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
03 May 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Dean, Dalla Lana School of Public Health

The University of Toronto invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean, Dalla Lana School of Public Health (DLSPH). 

The Dalla Lana School of Public Health is the largest school of public health in Canada, and is ranked by Shanghai Rankings as one of the top 5 schools of public health in the world. The scope and breadth of the School’s programming provides unparalleled opportunities for scholars, learners, decision-makers, practitioners, and communities to work together on initiatives that span the full range of critical issues in public health and health systems. Dalla Lana has collaborations with a number of health institutes and associations, including the Toronto Academic Health Science Network (TAHSN), Public Health Ontario, and Toronto Public Health; six disciplinary-based divisions that serve as home units for faculty; three additional major trans-disciplinary academic units, including the Institute for Global Health Equity and Innovation (IGHEI), the Joint Centre for Bioethics (JCB), and the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health (WBIIH); and, a range of other interdisciplinary centres that focus on areas such as public health policy, HIV, tobacco control, qualitative methods, health economics, and health equity. The School holds Indigenous reconciliation as a foundation to public health training, teaching, and research. Approximately 1,000 graduate students are enrolled in doctoral and master’s programs, and more than 70 faculty members (six of whom hold Canada Research Chairs) hold appointments in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. 

Reporting to the Vice-President and Provost, the Dean of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health will be a distinguished academic and researcher appointable at the rank of Full Professor, who will have a broad understanding of, and appreciation for, the range of scholarship found within the School. Among other responsibilities, the Dean will effectively manage resources throughout the unit, advance world-leading public health and health system research, promote pedagogical and scholarly excellence, and nurture mutually beneficial relationships with internal and external stakeholders. The Dean will also provide visionary and innovative leadership, encourage collegiality and collaboration, and empower the highly productive and committed group of faculty, staff, and students that can be found in the School. The successful candidate will have a proven track record of consultative but decisive leadership, be an excellent communicator and motivator, and be a person of unassailable integrity and character.

Fully committed to teaching and research as complementary facets of scholastic achievement, U of T is consistently ranked among the top 25 universities in the world for teaching, research, and innovation, and also leads in disciplinary excellence with top ranked departments in fields ranging from neuroscience to geography to philosophy. In 2017, U of T was ranked 13th in the world for the employability of its graduates.  U of T alumni are major economic drivers, having founded 190,000 ventures across all major industries, generating hundreds of billions in annual revenues and employing millions of people globally. U of T graduates also include many thousands of distinguished researchers, teachers, creative artists, decision-makers, and persons of influence, including prominent federal, provincial, and municipal politicians, global business leaders, and eminent philanthropists. President Meric Gertler has identified enhancing undergraduate education, deepening international collaboration, and leveraging the University’s position in the Greater Toronto Area – one of the world’s most diverse urban regions – as the University’s top three strategic priorities.

Regularly named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers and one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers, the University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its 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. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, but applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In accordance with the AODA, accommodation will be provided to individuals with disabilities throughout the recruitment process.

The new Dean, Dalla Lana School of Public Health takes office July 1, 2018 or as mutually agreed, with consideration of candidates beginning April 2018. Inquiries and/or applications, in confidence, should be directed to Gerri Woodford or Jason Murray at