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22 Dec 2016

Executive Management Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences

Vancouver Island UniversityNanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

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Job Description

The Organization: Vancouver Island University

Known as a centre of excellence for teaching, applied research, and learning, Vancouver Island University (VIU) is renowned for producing quality graduates in high demand by employers across the country and around the world. With roots that date back to 1936 when Nanaimo’s first vocational training school opened its doors, VIU shares a rich history and connection with its communities. It is this history and commitment to people that has provided VIU with a solid foundation on which it continues to grow.

The Opportunity: Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences

Reporting to the Provost and Vice-President, Academic, the Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences leads a team that prides itself on the excellent reputation of its graduates. The Faculty consists of the Departments of Anthropology, Community Planning, Criminology, Geography, Global Studies (co-managed with International Education), Liberal Studies, Philosophy and Religious Studies, Political Studies, Psychology and Sociology, all of which—with the exception of Community Planning—offer a BA Major and Minor. In addition, Criminology offers a two-year undergraduate diploma, Geography offers an advanced diploma and a master’s degree in Geographic Information Systems Applications (ADGISA and MGISA), and Community Planning offers a Master of Community Planning (MCP). Further credentials are available through interdisciplinary collaboration within the Faculty and with Science and Technology. Psychology offers a Major and Minor, and Geography a B.Sc. Minor and a Geoscience B.Sc. Major.

The Faculty currently has 78 faculty, four staff, and an annual budget approaching $5,000,000. In addition to teaching, faculty engage in a wide variety of scholarly pursuits and contribute to university service and community engagement. Many departments offer field trips, field schools, internships, and other experiential learning opportunities, and some are involved in contract training and national and international collaborations.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications and experience:

  • A PHD in a relevant discipline;
  • A distinguished record of teaching and scholarship or creative work;
  • A demonstrated record of successful and collegial academic leadership experience at the level of department chair or above, or equivalent;
  • Demonstrated experience and cross-cultural competencies teaching and/or working with Indigenous and international students and communities;
  • Success in developing, implementing and sustaining innovative policies and programs that foster excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service in higher education;
  • An understanding for and appreciation of the breadth of disciplines within the Faculty, as well as the potential for cross-disciplinary activities;
  • Demonstrated commitment to the academic needs and concerns of students;
  • An entrepreneurial ability to manage external relationships;
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, and consensus-building skills;
  • An understanding of the process of academic planning, capacity for collaborative and strategic problem solving, with an inclusive and timely approach to the management of the Faculty’s affairs;
  • A commitment to diversity and equality in employment and education; and
  • Ideally, experience working with Indigenous communities.


The complete opportunity profile can be viewed at:

Contact: Robin Noftall or Greg Longster

Davies Park Executive Search

#880 – 609 Granville Street

Vancouver, BC V7Y 1G5

Phone: (604) 688-8422


Job Categories: Full-time. Job Types: Executive Management.

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