College Dean & Vice Provost: College of Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Alberta

Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Home to over 40,000 students from 156 countries and 15,000 faculty and staff with over 300,000 alumni worldwide, the University of Alberta (U of A) is a top-five Canadian university and most recently in the top 100 globally based on the Shanghai academic rankings of world universities. The U of A is a leading teaching and research institution with a long history of excellence. Under the leadership of the University’s 14th President and Vice Chancellor, Bill Flanagan, the University of Alberta continues to move forward with signature distinction as one of the world’s most respected public universities, at its foundation lie talented people – students, faculty, and staff – who with their creativity, ingenuity and drive, join in advancing human knowledge and pursuing scientific discovery for the benefit of all. The University seeks to foster an inclusive culture in which people excel through exchange and collaboration, enriched by the diversity of individuals, groups, disciplines, perspectives, approaches, and questions that characterize its community.

The University of Alberta has embarked on a period of major transformation, building on its long history of leadership in the province and in Canada's post-secondary sector. With fundamental systemic reform, we set a bold new direction for the university of tomorrow.

The university’s new operating model consists of a hybrid of  centralized and decentralized services which promotes consistency, avoids duplication, and supports a one-university approach and service culture. Core to the model is the establishment of the university’s three new colleges: the College of Health Sciences, the College of Natural and Applied Sciences, and the College of Social Sciences and Humanities. The colleges leverage excellence within all departments and faculties to improve both academic and administrative performance as One University.

The College of Social Sciences and Humanities combines strengths in arts, business, education and law to expand the boundaries of knowledge and understanding of ourselves and our society and to lead research and teaching that fosters a creative, equitable, inclusive, just and democratic society, with opportunity and well-being for all. The college includes 4 faculties (Alberta School of Business, Arts, Education, and Law), more than 510 faculty members, and more than 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

The University of Alberta now invites applications for the appointment of a College Dean and Vice-Provost, College of Natural and Applied Sciences. Reporting to the Provost and Vice-President (Academic), the College Dean and Vice-Provost is responsible for leadership of the College, leading the development of a collective vision and strategic directions for the College as well as fostering interdisciplinary scholarship and academic programming within the College, across Colleges, and the University. The College Dean and Vice-Provost is accountable for the academic mission and academic performance of the College and its Faculties. The College Dean and Vice-Provost, in consultation with the Provost and the College Council of Deans, cultivates a respectful and inclusive environment in which College and University-level collaborations and innovation thrives.

The College Dean and Vice-Provost, you will have an earned Doctorate or equivalent in a relevant field and qualifications commensurate with an appointment with tenure at the rank of Professor. In addition, you are a distinguished scholar who has maintained an active program of scholarly enquiry while holding a senior-level administrative position within an academic environment. You will be a dynamic and visionary leader with a demonstrated track record of fostering a culture of collegiality and collaboration within a university environment for faculty, staff, and students. With an authentic and demonstrated commitment to, understanding of, and experience leading equity, diversity, and inclusion practices and Indigenous engagement, the successful candidate will drive change and inspire faculty, students, staff, and community partners.

To explore this exciting opportunity further, please contact our Boyden Calgary office at 403-410-6700 or submit your resume via the blue "Apply" button by visiting the Boyden Canada Opportunities website at

This is a global search that is an open competition where the committee will consider both internal and external candidates. The application portal will remain open until the position is filled.

To assist the University in complying with mandatory reporting requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (R203(3) (e)), please include the first digit of your Canadian Social Insurance Number in your application. If you do not have a Canadian Social Insurance Number, please indicate this in your application.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientations or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.