Faculty Positions

Position Title / Rank: Associate Dean Research and Graduate Studies

College: College of Biological Science

Department: Dean's Office

Date Posted:November 26, 2018

Deadline: 9:00am on January 14, 2019
Please reference AD #18-69

Position Description:

The College of Biological Science invites applications from within the University for the position of Associate Dean, Research & Graduate Studies. This is a term-limited position of 5 years in the first instance, and renewable for one further 5-year term. The starting date is July 1, 2019.

With the assistance of the college research manager, the ADR provides leadership to the college's three departments, the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario, and the Centre for Biodiversity Genomics. Together these units have an annual research income of approximately $17M derived from >50 granting and contracting agencies and programs. The ADR provides leadership for the college's 11 masters and PhD programs, including the intercollegiate graduate program in Bioinformatics. The ADR also coordinates the college’s participation in six additional interdepartmental/intercollegiate programs or collaborative programs. The college has approximately 375 graduate students at any one time. CBS runs a central applications office for all graduate applications. This office is a direct report to the ADR.

The ADR is a key advisor to the Dean, a prominent member of the college's senior leadership, and a representative of the college to a variety of offices in the broader university. The successful candidate will be a tenured associate or full professor within the University, will have demonstrated success in research funding and collaboration and will be committed to educational excellence in the fields reflecting the academic interests of the College. They will provide leadership, and work for the success of the College using an effective and consultative management style and uphold the College’s high standards for excellence. They will have a record of effective involvement in service and decision-making within the University. Effective organizational and staff management skills are important qualities. The ADR will work closely with the Dean and Department Chairs in advancing strategic priorities of the College and University.

Position Profile

While the committee recognizes that it is unlikely that candidates considering this position will have all of the aptitudes indicated below, the successful candidate will be able to demonstrate many of these.

Qualities & Experiences

  • Have a strong research record, including an established, successful, graduate training program and external recognition.
  • Be an educator with a strong commitment to pedagogy and curricular excellence.
  • Have a collegial, consultative approach, but also be capable of making difficult decisions, including times when right decisions do not align with personal preferences.
  • Maintain a high standard of professionalism in personal interactions, and instill, by example, an expectation of high standards in colleagues.
  • Have had significant experience and involvement in service, particularly in leadership roles, within the University.
  • Activities

  • Advocate for the College's research strengths to various local, provincial, national and international research bodies.
  • Advocate for the College's research aspirations within the broader context of the University, notably by making positive contributions at the Research Services Council, the Graduate Studies Council, and the Advanced Analysis Centre Advisory Board.
  • Advocate for the recruitment, evaluation, and promotion of members of equity-seeking groups within the College.
  • Advocate for, and provide mentorship to, staff, faculty, and students, as appropriate.
  • Skills

  • Be able to manage budgets and allocate resources effectively.
  • Have the interests and abilities to develop external research partnerships (with e.g. NGOs, universities, industry, government, etc.).
  • Have the vision and ability to shape and support the college's strategic plan.
  • Have a broad understanding and appreciation of the diversity of research within the college.
  • Have the ability to prioritize and also respond to acute situations in a timely manner and mediate conflicting interests.
  • Have excellent time management skills and be highly organized and diligent.
  • Have the ability to delegate, motivate and provide opportunities for others.
  • Application Process

    Applications should include a detailed curriculum vitae, a statement of your views on the College’s research and graduate education strengths and challenges (up to 2 pages), and a cover letter indicating how the applicant meets some or all of the criteria in the position profile (up to 2 pages). Applications should be submitted electronically by 9am Monday, January 14, 2019 to:

    Jonathan Newman, Dean
    College of Biological Science
    University of Guelph
    Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1
    Email: jonathan.newman@uoguelph.ca

    While the position is open to any tenured faculty member in the university, an applicant from outside the college who is successful in the application process, will have to secure from their college Dean and the Provost, budgetary release of their position to be transferred to CBS.

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

    The University recognizes that applicants may have had obligations outside of work that have negatively impacted their record of achievements (e.g., parental, elder care, and/or medical). You are not required to disclose these obligations in the hiring process. If you choose to do so, the University will ensure that these obligations do not negatively impact the assessment of your qualifications for the position.

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