Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Sheridan College

March 4, 2019
Oakville, Brampton and Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
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Founded in 1967, Sheridan College is one of Ontario’s leading polytechnic institutions with approximately 23,000 full-time and 18,500 part-time and continuing studies students, and three Greater Toronto Area campuses – located in Oakville, Brampton and Mississauga. Since attaining degree-granting status in 2003, Sheridan has grown its portfolio to 25 degree programs, with plans to further develop in this area.

In this exciting period of growth and evolution, Sheridan is seeking a seasoned and strategic academic leader to lead its Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences as Dean. Sheridan’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is home to a diverse and innovative cluster of programs as well as cross-college offerings in Communication, Degree Breadth and General Education.  Programs include the Honours Bachelor of Creative Writing and Publishing degree, General Arts and Science diploma and certificate, Pre-Health Pathway as well as Certificates in ESL and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Curricular offerings cover a wide range of disciplines and subject areas in Humanities and Creativity, Social and Life Sciences and Communication and Literary Studies.

Reporting to the Provost & Vice President Academic, the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences provides strategic and operational leadership, balancing and aligning the vision and strategic objectives of the College with those of the Faculty. The Dean is responsible for advancing excellence in teaching, learning and applied research and for the development, delivery and ongoing quality review of innovative programs and initiatives within the Faculty. Fostering a positive, inclusive and respectful environment, the Dean develops and empowers a team of faculty, support staff and administrators to ensure continuous improvement and evolution of a range of programs and services that meet the needs of students. The Dean identifies, initiates and cultivates strategic relationships with internal peers and external constituencies (e.g. government agencies, professional societies, industry and other educational institutions) to represent the interests and build the profile and reputation of Sheridan, the Faculty, and its programs.

The ideal candidate will possess a Ph.D. in a related discipline and be a seasoned administrator and academic leader with a record of excellence in teaching. As an approachable, collegial leader with strong relationship-building skills and the ability to foster an environment of collaboration, consultation and respect, the next Dean will be able to develop internal talent and inspire, motivate, and support faculty from a diversity of academic disciplines and enable them to develop and achieve their goals. With a deep commitment to excellence in teaching, innovation and applied research, as well as an appreciation of the inherent value of Humanities and Social Science education, the ideal candidate will be able to synthesize information and construct and operationalize a clear, compelling strategy to support the vision of the Faculty and offer an excellent educational experience to its students.

Sheridan welcomes diversity in the workplace and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including visible minorities, Indigenous People, and persons with disabilities. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), Sheridan is committed to accommodating applicants with disabilities throughout the hiring process.

If you’re interested in this opportunity, contact Anna Stuart or Robert Fleming at (902) 425-2148, or submit your application online at: The deadline to apply is March 15, 2019.