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Dean, Schulich School of Engineering

Job ID: 29996
Location: Main Campus
Updated September 21, 2023

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We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta.
The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Districts 5 and 6.

Position Description

Dean, Schulich School of Engineering
University of Calgary

2500 University Dr. NW
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4

The University of Calgary’s trajectory reflects audacious growth and entrepreneurial spirit. Our students, postdocs, faculty, staff and community have built a bold university in less than 60 years. Based in one of Canada’s youngest, most diverse and enterprising cities, on the traditional territory of the peoples of Treaty 7 and Region 3 of the Métis Nation of Alberta, UCalgary is a global intellectual hub with a mission to power positive change through innovative teaching and learning, cutting-edge exploration, and community linkage.

The University encompasses 5 campuses, 14 faculties, over 36,000 students, 5,000 faculty and staff, and a $1.6 billion consolidated budget. To learn more about the University of Calgary, visit our recently released strategic plan, “Ahead of Tomorrow”:

The Schulich School of Engineering is a leader in engineering education and research innovation, with over 200 faculty members, 4,000 undergraduate students and 2,200 graduate students. The School’s strategic plan – Schulich Momentum – lays out a vision for a School that is recognized for enhancing its global research impact and driving innovation, for expanding access to and inclusivity in engineering, for its contributions towards Truth and Reconciliation, and for enriching student success and experience. The School is well known for its research strengths in Sustainability, Energy, Solutions for Health, Digital, Advanced Materials and Manufacturing, as well as its cornerstone of excellence in Engineering Education.

Based in the award winning $174-million Canadian Natural Resources Limited Engineering Complex, opened in 2016, the School offers students and faculty departments in Biomedical, Chemical & Petroleum, Civil, Electrical & Software, Geomatics, and Mechanical & Manufacturing. Ranked among the top 7 engineering schools in Canada, Schulich draws on its combined strengths to offer students rich and diverse learning experiences and a dynamic research environment.

With the current Dean completing his second term, the University is now seeking a successor for the Schulich School of Engineering. Reporting to the Provost and Vice-President (Academic), the Dean will be a strategic leader, a passionate advocate for engineering, and an accomplished researcher and academic. The Dean is responsible for fostering a culture that stresses inclusion, transparency and vision. The Dean leads the Faculty in securing support for research, scholarship, and infrastructure. The Dean plays a key role in fostering a faculty-wide culture that supports and strengthens the theory and practice of interdisciplinarity, excellence in research, teaching with innovative curricula, and fostering a reciprocally supportive relationship with community. The Dean will establish and foster international partnerships and lead in developing, implementing and evaluating research and educational ventures. The Dean also ensures that the School is effectively represented regarding University planning and management processes.

The successful candidate will hold a PhD in a related discipline and qualifications commensurate with an appointment with tenure at the rank of full professor in the School of Engineering. They are expected to be or become eligible for registration as a professional engineer with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA). A recognized scholar in an engineering related discipline, ideal candidates will have experience in a senior role as an academic leader including a Dean or higher, an Associate Dean, a Chair of a department or as a Director of an Institute or Centre. A track record in external funding successes and the ability to build strong relationships with industry, government, alumni, and other local, national and international partners is essential. The successful candidate will provide leadership in creating space for people who hold diverse perspectives and will actively lead local implementation of university strategies including Indigenous Engagement (ii' taapoh'to'p), Sustainability, Global Engagement, Mental Health, as well as an emerging EDIA strategy.

The appointment as Dean, Schulich School of Engineering is for a five-year period with the possibility of renewal. The successful candidate will be offered an academic position “With Tenure” at the rank of Professor.

Consistently ranked as one of the world’s most liveable cities, and one of Canada’s most diverse and youngest cities, Calgary is home to world-class attractions, sporting amenities and public infrastructure that supports a healthy lifestyle, making it a great place to raise a family. Situated where the Canadian prairies reach the sunny foothills of Canada’s majestic Rocky Mountains, Calgary is a major urban centre surrounded by an area of profound beauty with an unspoiled, resource-rich natural environment.

The University of Calgary’s comprehensive benefits and pension program is designed to promote a productive level of health and well-being to staff members. In Alberta, decanal salaries are provincially regulated with the total compensation maximum set by the reform of Agencies, Boards, and Commissions (Post-Secondary Institutions) Compensation Regulation. In alignment with this regulation the salary range for this position is $210,000 - $330,000. To learn about our comprehensive benefits package for this Calgary-based, English-speaking position, please visit

As an equitable and inclusive employer, the University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. In particular, we encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible/racialized minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply. To ensure a fair and equitable assessment, we offer accommodation at any stage during the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Questions regarding [diversity] EDI at UCalgary can be sent to the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion ([email protected]) and requests for accommodations can be sent to Human Resources ([email protected]). We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.Calgary.

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

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