Job Posting - Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science
Job Posting - Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science

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Linda Embury
embury@uleth.ca
Human Resources
December 4, 2012

 
University of Lethbridge - Dean, Faculty of Arts & Science

A comprehensive university, founded on the principles of liberal education, the University of Lethbridge (U of L) emphasizes inspiring teaching, a personalized and interactive learning environment, and student engagement in learning, creative activities, and research. The University offers undergraduate and graduate programs in education, fine arts, health sciences, humanities, management, nursing, sciences and social sciences, and confers degrees at the bachelor, master's and doctoral levels. U of L also enjoys a strong relationship with FNMI peoples, and offers many programs that are relevant and accessible to them. With a vibrant main campus in Lethbridge, Alberta, and campuses in Edmonton and Calgary, the University offers courses to close to 8,500 students.


Named the 2012 Research University of the Year (undergraduate category) by Research Infosource, the U of L is a major contributor to Alberta's knowledge-based economy, and is widely recognized for its research excellence in areas as diverse as behavioural neuroscience, global population and economy, and water sustainability.


U of L's Deans report to the Provost and Vice-President (Academic), and are responsible for the academic and administrative leadership of their Faculties. Ideal candidates will be proven leaders, talented administrators, excellent scholars, and individuals with a track record of working collaboratively and collegially with faculty, staff, and students. Equally important will be an aptitude for, and skill set in, reaching out to the broader community, and forming strong and productive partnerships that will help advance the Faculties.


The largest Faculty at the University of Lethbridge (with over 4500 undergraduate, and 250 graduate students, and 210 tenure-track faculty), Arts & Sciences is home to disciplines within the humanities, sciences and social sciences. The Faculty provides a foundation for all U of L degree programs. Rooted in a philosophy of liberal education, the Faculty is committed to providing a broad range of knowledge, in addition to the tools and skills required for a variety of professions. Through the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts and Science, combined degree programs, and pre-Professional Transfer programs, students can access more than fifty areas of study.


The position is open to all qualified applicants, although preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. The University is an inclusive and equitable campus, encouraging applications from qualified women and men, including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities and Aboriginal persons.


Inquiries and / or applications may be sent to Colleen Keenan at lethartssci@odgersberndtson.ca. The search committee will begin consideration of candidates in early January 2013, with the Dean to take office in the summer of 2013.

CANDIDATE BRIEF

For the position of

Dean, Faculty of Arts & Science


For additional information, please contact:
Colleen Keenan, Partner
colleen.keenan@odgersberndtson.ca


Please note: In addition to the information contained in this brief, further detail is available via the following links/websites.

About the University of Lethbridge:
http://www.uleth.ca/about

About the University of Lethbridge:
www.uleth.ca

Current strategic priorities for the University:
http://www.uleth.ca/strategic-plan/


About the Faculty of Arts and Science:
http://www.uleth.ca/artsci/


About Lethbridge, Alberta:
http://www.lethbridge.ca/default.aspx
http://www.visitlethbridge.com/


THE UNIVERSITY

A comprehensive university, founded on the principles of liberal education, the University of Lethbridge (U of L) emphasizes inspiring teaching, a personalized and interactive learning environment, and student engagement in learning, creative activities and teaching. The University offers undergraduate and graduate programs in education, fine arts, health sciences, humanities, management, nursing, sciences and social sciences, and confers degrees at the bachelor, master's and doctoral levels.

Named the 2012 Research University of the Year (undergraduate category) by Research Infosource, the U of L is a major contributor to Alberta's knowledge-based economy, and is widely recognized for its research excellence in areas as diverse as behavioural neuroscience, global population and economy, and water sustainability.

Partnerships are of particular importance to the University - the U of L collaborates with other institutions to deliver seamless learning opportunities. In the interest of intellectual pursuit, partnerships are also developed with community groups in order to provide innovative programs in existing and emerging disciplines. This includes unique partnerships with First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples to develop programs that are relevant and accessible to them.

The University of Lethbridge also serves students on campuses in Edmonton and Calgary. The U of L strives to make university-level education available to all Albertans, including those living outside major urban centres and those who have traditionally not sought university education.

The U of L focuses on meeting the educational needs of its students by emphasizing teaching and research excellence, information literacy, interaction with professors, effective academic advising and wide variety of recreational and extracurricular opportunities. Facilities and services such as the library, the art gallery, theatres, performance space, residences and sports and recreational facilities enrich the student experience while respecting environmental sustainability.

The Faculty of Arts and Science

The Faculty of Arts and Science is the largest faculty at The University of Lethbridge, housing disciplines within the Humanities, Sciences, and Social Sciences. With over 250 faculty, and 4750 students (250 of whom are graduate students), the Faculty provides a foundation for all University of Lethbridge degree programs.

As a liberal education-based institution, the U of L gives its students the opportunity to study in areas of interest regardless of whether courses in these areas are part of their majors, thus creating individualized degree programs that tailor degrees to students' specific interests.

The Faculty of Arts & Science offers a multitude of degree options tailored to specific areas of interest across three academic disciplines. In addition to traditional degrees, many Departments offer specialised programs or participate in delivery of multi-disciplinary programs and majors. This wide offering gives students the opportunity to study in the area(s) of their choice. For more about the Programs and Degrees offered through the Faculty of Arts & Science see http://www.uleth.ca/artsci/node/2818.

Priorities, Challenges, and Opportunities for the new Dean

This position represents an opportunity to lead an already-thriving Faculty of Arts & Science to a new level of excellence, relevance, and differentiation. The University of Lethbridge's Faculty of Arts & Science is characterized by the following:

- its emphasis on student engagement and learning, supported by programs such as Co-operative Education & Internship, as well as the opportunities afforded by Applied or Independent Studies;

- an emphasis upon growth and expansion - while undergraduate enrollment is at an all-time high, graduate education is continuing to grow at a significant rate;

- its excellent ranking in, and output of, meaningful research;

- its ability to balance academic excellence with genuine collegiality, both internally and with other Faculties;

- its renewed commitment from dedicated faculty and staff, as they continue to refine and reconfigure curriculum and student services within the Faculty, with the goal of continually improving upon the educational opportunities available to all its students;

- its investment, in the coming years, in a new Science Building on campus - a key expansion that will make available new, state-of-the-art spaces for all areas of operations, and will keep the Faculty abreast of scientific innovations in research and education; in addition, significant renovation is planned for University Hall, which houses major Arts & Science programs and departments.

At the same time as the Faculty continues to grow and evolve, it is faced with a number of challenges that the new Dean will need to address.

The size and complexity of the Faculty, and the diversity of disciplines that live within it, calls for a Dean who can bring a critical and strategic eye to assessing its current structure, and who can engage all stakeholders in a meaningful conversation about how best to organize the Faculty to best serve its students, faculty, and staff. The Faculty finds itself in an interesting place - after years of rapid growth and increased complexity. It will be critical for the new Dean to be able to build on the strong fundamentals while, at the same time, serve as an agent of change and a catalyst for moving the Faculty forward in concert with the U of L's strategic plan.

In addition to growth within the Faculty, the University as a whole has expanded significantly over the last decade. The new Dean will be called upon to play a role - both within the Faculty, and in the University more widely - as U of L evolves its administrative structures and systems to meet the challenges of this growth.

The significant (and continuing) increase in the number of graduate students also poses both opportunities and challenges for the new Dean. Managing graduate student enrolment, the teaching/research balance for faculty, and the need for students to have meaningful research opportunities, will be priorities for the Dean.

Funding, as in all post-secondary institutions, remains a key issue and will be an ongoing focus for the Dean. The arrival of new degree-granting institutions in the province poses challenges on the funding and enrolment fronts, and the new Dean will need to be strategic, outward looking, and innovative in finding ways to forge partnerships, and to distinguish and differentiate the University of Lethbridge's Faculty of Arts & Science.

The Role

Reporting to the Vice-President Academic and Provost, and an important member of the senior leadership team of the University, the Dean is the academic and administrative leader of the Faculty of Arts & Science. Arts & Science is a Faculty that will embrace change and innovation and, indeed, is looking for new ways to work and new structures that will be more effective and efficient. With a collegial and collaborative approach, there is enormous opportunity for the new Dean to take the Faculty forward in exciting directions.

More specifically, the Dean:

Institutional Leadership and Management

- Provides proactive, visionary leadership to the Faculty, and fosters a positive environment for students, faculty, and staff.
- Leads academic planning processes for the Faculty, initiating discussion and defining priorities through collegial decision-making processes.
- Represents and, with a collegial approach, advocates for the Faculty both internally within the University, and externally; this includes actively promoting external collaborations.

Academic Leadership

- Continues the promotion of excellence, integrity, and creativity in teaching and research.
- Develops and enhances relationships with federal and provincial granting agencies, as well as other funding sources.
- Works with faculty and staff to manage the growth of graduate programming, and ensures that the systems and supports are in place to allow for quality graduate student experience.
- Ensures that the structures are in place to enable faculty to perform at their very best level.
- Works with faculty, staff, and students to build strategic recruitment and retention plans for students.

Student, Faculty, and Staff Relations

- Promotes a positive and supportive environment for students' life-long academic and experiential learning.
- Plans and prioritizes needs for the Faculty, and establishes strategies to enhance its ability to compete in recruitment of high-calibre faculty and staff.
- Makes recommendations for initial appointment, serves on the Faculty committee responsible for re-appointment, tenure and promotion of faculty members, oversees professional development of staff, and works toward increasing student, faculty, and staff representation from under-represented groups.

Management and Administration

- Leads the effective management of the operating budget, ensuring appropriate academic, physical, and fiscal support.
- Empowers leadership within the Faculty, delegating appropriately, and providing the resources and autonomy to allow Department Chairs to effectively lead their departments.
- Oversees administrative faculty and staff, encouraging a sense of collegiality, in their administrative activities.

Relations Within and Outside the University

- Builds effective relationships, promotes and advocates for the Faculty to a broad spectrum of constituents, including other U of L Deans and the University's senior administration.
- Leads and promotes fund-raising activities for the Faculty, and encourages others within the Faculty to also play a role in bringing new sources of revenue into Arts & Science.
- Plays a key role in developing research contracts, exchanges and collaborative initiatives with local, provincial, national and international industry and government entities.
- Advocates externally for the Faculty - with government, funding agencies, and partners - ensuring that it is differentiated amongst its competitors, and well-recognized for its unique strengths and values.

Candidate Qualifications

The University of Lethbridge is seeking an experienced, visionary leader who will enhance the Faculty's commitment to excellence and innovation in education, research, and service. While the search committee recognizes that no one individual will possess all of these qualifications in equal measure, the following are seen to be particularly important:

Essential Qualifications

- A strong record of scholarly achievements that will allow for appointment at the rank of Full Professor.
- A strong teaching record, and a demonstrated appreciation of the role of excellent teaching.
- An understanding of the academic and applied aspects of research, including funding and grants, the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration, and the relationships of research to teaching and service.
- Broad knowledge of the post-secondary landscape and the challenges universities are facing, and will face, over the coming years.
- The ability to promote and support Arts & Science in general, and the knowledge to speak articulately, persuasively, and supportively about the wide range of disciplines found within the Faculty.

Experience and Skills

- Significant administrative experience, including a track record of developing and rallying teams around a compelling vision, involvement in strategic planning and implementation, and deep experience in successfully managing human, financial, and physical infrastructure resources.
- Outstanding leadership skills, including the ability to effectively delegate, to empower teams and leaders within the Faculty, and to build accountability throughout the Faculty ranks.
- A consultative and collegial style, with excellent communications abilities (including being a strong and effective listener).
- A track record of having led significant change in a Department or Faculty - including managing growth in student enrolment, graduate student programming, and curricular change.
- Experience in, and an aptitude and enthusiasm for, seeking and securing external sources of funds. This includes a deep commitment to advancement broadly - working with alumni, community leaders, and other partners to advance the Faculty specifically, and the University as a whole.
- An appreciation for issues around faculty and student recruitment and retention in an increasingly competitive environment.
- A demonstrated passion for an Arts & Science education, and the ability to respond to the needs of an active and diverse student population.

Interpersonal and Personal Characteristics

- A flexible style of leadership, with the ability to be persuasive in dealing with diverse constituents, and to create a sense of common purpose that transcends individual interests, but also the willingness and strength to make the tough decisions when they must be made.
- The courage to be innovative; a deep and real commitment to openness, transparency, and fairness; and excellent relationship-building skills.
- A commitment to equity and diversity in hiring, student recruitment, and educational programming.

Application Information

The position is open to all qualified applicants, although preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. The University is an inclusive and equitable campus, encouraging applications from qualified women and men, including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities and Aboriginal persons.

Applications and inquiries may be sent to Colleen Keenan at lethartssci@odgersberndtson.ca

Consideration of candidates will begin in January 2013, with the new Dean taking office in the summer of 2013.

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Thank you for considering this important opportunity. This document is intended to provide the reader with information and is not a contractual document. Some of the material therefore may be subject to change. Please feel free to contact us should you have any questions.











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