Dean, Faculty of Arts & Science

University of Toronto
Toronto (City), Ontario (CA)
December 11 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

The University of Toronto (U of T) invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean, Faculty of Arts & Science.

The Faculty of Arts & Science is one of the most comprehensive and diverse academic divisions in North America, with the vast majority of its programs ranked among the top 20 in the world in QS World University Rankings. The Faculty is unique for bringing humanities, sciences, and social sciences under one umbrella, and is renowned for its many centres and institutes focused on innovative interdisciplinary and collaborative scholarship. With more than 25,000 undergraduate and 4,000 graduate students from 140 countries, 1,000 faculty members, and a breadth of degree programs and experiential learning opportunities, Arts & Science is the largest division at the University of Toronto and a critical component of the University’s overall success. The Faculty is a research powerhouse with 56 Canada Research Chairs, and many faculty and students receiving prestigious awards and honours. Over 250,000 alumni are proud graduates of the Faculty, including Canadian Prime Ministers, Nobel Laureates and Peace Prize Recipients, Supreme Court Justices, Canadian literary luminaries, Juno Award Winners and critically-acclaimed filmmakers. For more information, visit

The University is seeking a new leader to guide the Faculty through the next phase of its evolution. Reporting to the Vice-President and Provost, the Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Science will be a distinguished academic and researcher appointable at the rank of Full Professor, who will have a broad understanding of, and appreciation for, the range of scholarship within the Faculty. Among other responsibilities, the Dean will effectively manage resources, encourage world-leading research and interdisciplinary collaboration, nurture mutually beneficial relationships with internal and external stakeholders, and promote scholarly excellence and pedagogical innovation.  The Dean will further U of T’s mission to prepare students for a lifetime of success and fulfillment by advancing the University’s commitment to re-inventing undergraduate education in a research-intensive context, including developing a range of new curricular and co-curricular options and learning opportunities.  The Dean will also provide visionary and innovative leadership, encourage collegiality and collaboration, and empower the highly productive and committed group of faculty, staff, and students that can be found in the Faculty. The successful candidate will have a proven track record of consultative and decisive leadership, be an excellent communicator and motivator and a champion for matters of diversity, inclusivity, and accessibility, and be distinguished by their unassailable integrity and character.

Fully committed to teaching and research as complementary facets of scholastic achievement, U of T is consistently ranked among the top 25 universities in the world for teaching, research, and innovation, and also leads in disciplinary excellence with top ranked departments in fields ranging from neuroscience to geography to philosophy. U of T was recently ranked 12th in the world for the employability of its graduates.  U of T alumni are major economic drivers, having founded 190,000 ventures across all major industries, generating hundreds of billions in annual revenues and employing millions of people globally. U of T graduates also include many thousands of distinguished researchers, teachers, creative artists, decision-makers, and persons of influence, including prominent federal, provincial, and municipal politicians, global business leaders, and eminent philanthropists. President Meric Gertler has identified enhancing undergraduate education, deepening international collaboration, and leveraging the University’s position in the Greater Toronto Area – one of the world’s most diverse urban regions – as the University’s top three strategic priorities.

Regularly named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers and one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers, the University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, but applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In accordance with the AODA, accommodation will be provided to individuals with disabilities throughout the recruitment process.

The new Dean, Faculty of Arts & Science takes office July 1, 2019 or as mutually agreed, with consideration of candidates for the role beginning December 2018. Inquiries and/or applications, in confidence, should be directed to Gerri Woodford or Jason Murray at

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