Chair/Director Positions

Position Title / Rank: Director

College: College of Engineering & Physical Sciences

Department: School of Computer Science

Deadline: February 28, 2018, or until a suitable candidate is found
Please reference AD #17-73

Position Description:

The College of Engineering & Physical Sciences, University of Guelph, invites applications for the position of Director of the School of Computer Science. The Director is responsible for the effective, efficient, and collegial operation of the School. The appointment will be tenured at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor. The appointment as Director will be for a five-year term, with the possibility of renewal for another five years.

Background Information

The School of Computer Science currently consists of 23 full time faculty, 8 staff, 800 undergraduate and 50 graduate students. It offers two majors, Computer Science and Software Engineering, available with a Co-operative Education option. The MSc in Computer Science emphasizes both academic and applied research, while the PhD in Computational Sciences produces interdisciplinary scholars who are capable of tackling emerging problems in the sciences, social sciences, humanities, etc. Two additional faculty, experts in cybersecurity, will join the School within the next few months and oversee the design, development and deployment of a new course­ based MSc in Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics (to be launched in September 2019).


The successful candidate possesses a PhD (or equivalent). They are not expected to satisfy all the criteria below. Expectations are commensurate with faculty level.


The ideal candidate is a successful and collaborative leader with excellent communications skills; a leader with a vision that will set the stage for innovative research, learning, and teaching within the School. They have occupied leadership roles and chaired a variety of committees at the departmental, college and university levels. They have extensive experience in human and financial resource management, and they have shown their ability to engage faculty, staff and students in developing and implementing new initiatives.


The ideal candidate is an exceptional researcher in a field related to the School's programs and activities. They have built an internationally recognized, sustained research program funded by tri-council agencies or equally prestigious funding agencies. They have extensive supervision experience and an outstanding record of research, with recent research-based publications in top-tier venues.


The ideal candidate is an exceptional teacher, with a record of high-quality teaching based on formal teaching evaluations and teaching awards. They have in-depth experience as an educator, characterized by curricular innovation, as well as peer­reviewed contributions and achievements in pedagogy.


Interested applicants must send a cover letter summarizing qualifications and leadership approach, a vision statement for the School, a detailed CV, a research statement, a teaching dossier, and the names and contact information of at least three references by February 28, 2018, all in one PDF file and in that order (maximum size 10MB) to:

Dr. Mary Wells, Dean                                                              ·
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
University of Guelph
Summerlee Science Complex Room 1314
Guelph, ON
Or by email:

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

The University of Guelph acknowledges the Attawandaron people on whose traditional territory the University of Guelph resides and offer our respect to our Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and Métis neighbours as we strive to strengthen our relationships with them.

At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution.