Dean, Faculty of Arts

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McGill University invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean, Faculty of Arts.

The Faculty of Arts is one of the largest faculties at McGill, with eight institutes and schools, 15 departments, over 300 faculty members and more than 9000 students from over 100 different countries. The Faculty is home to a dynamic and diverse professoriate - with 43 elected to the Royal Society of Canada - recognized for their innovative scholarship in the humanities, social sciences, public policy, information sciences, social work, and religious studies. The Faculty of Arts offers an intellectually stimulating environment where students are encouraged to explore the rich diversity of human endeavour and creative expression through a broad range of interdisciplinary programming spanning the breadth of humanities and social sciences. The Faculty of Arts plays an integral role in university life at McGill, and is a community dedicated to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusivity, and addressing the most pressing social, economic, and environmental issues of our time. For more information, please visit www.mcgill.ca/arts.

Reporting to the Provost and Vice-Principal Academic, the Dean will be an established and recognized scholar appointable at the rank of Full Professor who will bring vision and creativity in advancing world-leading research, promoting pedagogical and scholarly excellence, enhancing the student experience, managing resources, and nurturing mutually beneficial relationships with internal stakeholders and the wider community.  The Dean will have a broad understanding of, and appreciation for, the range of disciplines found within the Faculty of Arts, as well as  a proven track record of advancing Indigeneity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives. The successful candidate will provide inspiring and accessible leadership, foster intellectual curiosity, encourage collegiality and collaboration, and empower faculty, staff, and students. They will be an effective advocate for the Arts, an excellent communicator, with the proficiency to work in, or willingness to develop the skills to work in both English and French, and will be a person of unassailable integrity and character. 

The new Dean of the Faculty of Arts will take office on July 1, 2022 or as mutually agreed. Consideration of candidates will commence in Winter 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Inquiries and/or applications, in confidence, should be directed to Michael Williams or Krutika Hotwani at mcgillarts@odgersberndtson.com.

Founded in 1821, McGill University has established a strong reputation for being a leader in higher education globally, distinguished by the excellence of its faculty, the dedication of its staff, the talent and quality of its students, the contributions of its 275,000 alumni, and its exceptional record in both teaching and research. McGill is the top medical-doctoral university and the most internationally diverse research-intensive university in Canada, with over 32% of students from more than 150 countries. The University is home to 39,000 students and 6,700 employees spanning 11 faculties, 13 professional schools and over 400 programs of study. McGill’s exceptional faculty - which has historically included five Nobel Prize winners - are recognized for their scientific and technological breakthroughs and for examining the social, environmental, ethical and policy impacts of business practices, technology, science, and medicine; 174 are Canada Research Chairs and 201 are active Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada. McGill offers faculty, staff, and students a cohesive university-wide environment of academic excellence that is second to none, where the community is stimulated to push the boundaries of knowledge creation in every field imaginable. For more information about McGill, please visit www.mcgill.ca.

McGill University is committed to equity and diversity within its community and values academic rigour and excellence. We welcome and encourage applications from racialized persons/visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities.

At McGill, research that reflects diverse intellectual traditions, methodologies, and modes of dissemination and translation is valued and encouraged. Candidates are invited to demonstrate their research impact both within and across academic disciplines and in other sectors, such as government, communities, or industry.

McGill further recognizes and fairly considers the impact of leaves (e.g., family care or health-related) that may contribute to career interruptions or slowdowns. Candidates are encouraged to signal any leave that affected productivity, or that may have had an effect on their career path. This information will be considered to ensure the equitable assessment of the candidate’s record.

McGill implements an employment equity program and encourages members of designated equity groups to self-identify. It further seeks to ensure the equitable treatment and full inclusion of persons with disabilities by striving for the implementation of universal design principles transversally, across all facets of the University community, and through accommodation policies and procedures. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application process may contact, in confidence, this email or phone at 514-398-2477.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.