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Head of College, Graduate College

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Job ID: 18444

Updated: April 8, 2020

Location: Main Campus

Position Description

The Graduate College at the University of Calgary invites applications for a 0.5 FTE, five-year position as Head of College

The Graduate College is a community of Graduate Scholars (Graduate Students, degree-holding professional students, post-doctoral researchers and medical residents) and Senior Scholars (drawn from University faculty and Calgary community leaders). Centered around communities of post-graduate students, brought together to form a multidisciplinary community of scholars, the Graduate College has the potential to transform the educational experience of its members, contribute to the broader intellectual life of the University and build links out into the local community. The Head of College would work together with this group to connect, enrich, and energize the many communities that it serves. The Graduate College’s 60+ Scholars are drawn from every Faculty on campus, with both resident scholars (those living in Crowsnest Hall) and non-resident scholars participating equally in programs and activities.  

In the past, Graduate College programs have targeted College, University and broader Calgary communities. Events have included College Dinners, Speaker/Panel events, documentary screenings, professional development, and many other activities each year. The Head of College will work together with College Scholars to lead and act as a catalyst behind the creation of learning experiences and broader community engagement through the development of new programs and activities. 

The Head of College provides leadership to its Senior and Graduate Scholar communities, supervision of the College staff, as well as, oversight on College programming, admissions, and recruitment. The Head will be expected to liaise with relevant University Units (e.g., Faculty of Graduate Studies, Office of the Provost, Office of the Vice-President (Research), University Development Office Community and/or Government Relations, Residence Services). Moreover, the Head will engage publicly with the University and broader communities to raise the overall profile of the Graduate College. Finally, the Head will operate the External Advisory Committee of the Graduate College.

The Head should have interest and experience in interdisciplinary research, graduate and/or professional student education, and community outreach. This is a 0.5 FTE position in the form of a 50% secondment to the Graduate College. The Head of the College reports to the Vice-Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies as the Chair of the Graduate College Oversight Committee. 

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit an application online via the 'Apply Now' link. Your application attachments should be organized to contain the following:  

  • Statement of interest
  • Curriculum Vitae

Consideration of candidates will begin on June 21, 2019.

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. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

Additional Information

To view a listing of all available academic opportunities and to find out more about what the University of Calgary has to offer, please visit our Academic Careers website.

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit

About Calgary, Alberta

Calgary is one of the world's cleanest cities and has been named one of the world's most livable cities for years. Calgary is a city of leaders - in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from a growing number of world-class dining and cultural events and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour's drive from the majestic Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America.  


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