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Associate Dean - Research and Graduate Studies (Internal Position)


College of Business and Economics


April 1, 2016

Position Description:

The College of Business and Economics of the University of Guelph invites applications for the position of Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies (ADR&G). This position carries with it a full-time, tenured academic appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor. The appointment as Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Programs is typically for a five-year term, renewable for a second term of up to five years.

The University of Guelph has achieved prominence in Canada and around the world as a research-intensive and learner-centred university. Approximately 21,000 undergraduate and 2,100 graduate students attend the University of Guelph to pursue one of 13 undergraduate and 19 graduate degree programs housed within its seven colleges. With approximately 860 full-time faculty and 2,000 full-time staff, Guelph’s annual operating budget is about $500 million.

Created in 2006, the College of Business and Economics (CBE) provides a high-quality research, learning and social environment that encourages reflection, curiosity and global awareness, and promotes comprehensive understanding of both traditional and emerging themes in management, economics and related areas. Comprising four primary academic units – Economics and Finance; Management; Marketing and Consumer Studies, and the School of Hospitality, Food and Tourism Management – CBE offers a range of well-respected undergraduate and graduate programs in management and economics, including an MBA, MA and MSc, a longstanding and highly successful PhD in Economics and a relatively new PhD in Management. Further information is available at www.uoguelph.ca/business/.

Reporting to the Dean, College of Business and Economics, the Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies (ADR&G) will provide strategic leadership and operational oversight and engagement in three key areas: research, graduate programs, and liaison and advocacy. More specifically, within the area of research, the incumbent will provide strategic leadership in continuously raising the College’s research profile both within and outside the University, strengthening our culture, growing resources and the scholarly activity of faculty and students, ensuring the broad-based dissemination of scholarly output, and demonstrating the relevance and impact of our collective work.

With respect to graduate programs, the ADR&G will provide strategic leadership for ensuring innovation, growth and quality assurance in CBE’s research-focused graduate programs, as well as for improvements in internal structures and processes concerning coordination, marketing and promotion, the student experience, and prospective applicant support.

With respect to liaison and advocacy, the ADR&G will serve as the external face of the College of Business and Economics with respect to research and research-focused graduate programs. He or she will contribute to the reputation and effectiveness of the College through the establishment of effective relationships both within and beyond the University of Guelph, representing the college on key internal committees and engaging with external organizations that reflect the strategic priorities of the College, including alumni groups, academic associations, government groups, firms and industry associations, funders, etc.

Ideal candidates for this position will be dynamic, innovative, engaged academics with an earned doctorate and an excellent scholarly and professional record in research (including the demonstrated ability to acquire research grants from traditional and non-traditional sources), graduate programs (including effective graduate student supervision and curriculum development) in one or more areas of interest to the College. They should also have a high regard for both quantitative and qualitative research methods and multiple forms of scholarship (discovery, integration, application, teaching & learning). A commitment to fostering “research with impact” through knowledge creation, translation and transfer, and to excellence and growth in graduate education is essential.

Candidates should also be aware of the broader shifts occurring in PSE and have the demonstrated ability to anticipate further change (opportunities and challenges), taking such into account in strategic planning, quality assurance and advocacy initiatives. They will also have demonstrated inspiring and trustworthy leadership, outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, an open and collegial style, and the ability to effectively champion and advocate for the College and the social sciences in general. The ADR&G will also have the ability to resolve conflict, bringing a creative approach to opportunity generation and problem solving, the ability to inspire and support others, and the capacity to build and sustain positive relationships with all constituents. Experience with the press, with fundraising and engaging with industry will be considered a definite asset.

Applicants must submit on or before April 1, 2016. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2016. Application packages should include a letter of introduction, curriculum vitae and the names of three references (who will not be contacted without the consent of the candidate). Applications should be submitted electronically, in confidence, to:

Julia Christensen Hughes, Dean
College of Business and Economics
University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario
N1H 2W1
c/o Louise McIntyre, Assistant to the Dean

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian and permanent residents will be given priority

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.

The University of Guelph resides on the ancestral lands of the Attawandaron people and the treaty lands and territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit and we offer our respect to our Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and M├ętis 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.

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