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Chair, Department of Architectural Science

Toronto Metroplitan University
Toronto (Region), Ontario (CA)
Closing date
Apr 20, 2023

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Chair, Department of Architectural Science



Located in downtown Toronto, the largest and most culturally diverse city in Canada and on the  territory of the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee and the Wendat Peoples, the Department of Architectural Science in the Faculty of Engineering & Architectural Science at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University) invites applications for the position of Chair, Department of Architectural Science.




The Opportunity




Applications are invited for the position of Chair, Architectural Science  in the Faculty of Engineering & Architectural Science. The successful candidate shall be a tenured faculty member and if an external candidate is selected, they will join the Department at the rank of Associate or Full Professor. The appointment as Chair will be for a term of five years (subject to extension in the third year), commencing July 1, 2023, with the possibility of renewal for an additional three or five-year term. The successful candidate will remain a tenured faculty member and will revert to their home position as Associate or Full Professor, following the completion of their term(s) as Chair.




Building on this multidisciplinary program dedicated to pursuing integrated, more sustainable approaches to the design and development of the built environment, the Department seeks visionary leadership to help chart the next stage of its evolution. Reporting to the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science, the Chair will assume responsibility for the leadership of the Department (further details can be found in Article 26.1.E. of the Faculty Association Collective Agreement) in collaboration with faculty and staff. 


Key responsibilities include but are not limited to teaching; the development and delivery of the undergraduate and graduate curricula and programs; creating a fair, equitable, inclusive and supportive environment for student learning and engagement; supporting faculty involvement in scholarly, research and creative activity; stewardship of the human and financial resources of the Department; representing the Department in the University; and liaison with the profession and community. The Chair will facilitate a collegial, interactive environment nurturing the best qualities and achievements of all students, faculty and staff. Teaching is a requirement of the position.



Department of Architectural Science


Drawing on its polytechnic roots, the Department has developed a comprehensive assemblage of programs reflecting its holistic understanding of, and approach to, the study and teaching of architecture.  The undergraduate Bachelor of Architectural Science degree provides students with three years of an integrated common curriculum with the opportunity to select, in their fourth year of study, a concentration in Architecture, Building Science, or Project Management. Each concentration is further supported by graduate programs leading to a Master of Architecture degree, which is accredited by the CACB, a Master of Building Science degree, or a Master of Project Management in the Built Environment degree.  Ph.D. programs in Building Science and prospectively Architecture (to be announced in Fall 2023) are established as unique terminal degree opportunities in Canada.


A Co-op program, as well as a robust international exchange program with eight closely-knit partnerships, support the program's professional and global learning initiatives, and are open to undergraduate students following their third year of study.


The Department is invested in many extracurricular activities including design-build projects, a lecture series, and an in-house gallery for changing exhibitions of national and international teaching and research renown.


The Department is currently home to over 400 undergraduate students, some 100 graduate students, 26 full-time research and teaching faculty and 30 seasonal instructors.  The collegial environment is a well-balanced, diverse body of experienced and newly hired colleagues.



The successful candidate must hold a terminal degree  in one of the areas of the Department’s expertise, and already have tenure at their current institution. Possession of an advanced degree is preferred.  The candidate must present evidence of:


  •  Strong expertise in the discipline of Architecture Having a vision and possessing a record of excellence in proactive leadership and administration in education as well as in teaching, research, and creative activities Awareness of current developments in education and architectural practice in Ontario, Canada, and abroad .A commitment to upholding the values of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion as it pertains to service, teaching, and scholarly, research or creative activities





How to Apply


Applications and curriculum vitae must be submitted no later than 4:00 p.m., April 17, 2023 via the Faculty Recruitment Portal (click on “Start Application Process” to begin). The application must contain the following:


  • a letter of interest confirmation of tenure at your institution a curriculum vitae; and a brief statement of your vision of the architectural profession and how this would shape architectural education, research and administration





Internal applicants may also send their applications directly to:




Dr. Thomas Duever, PEng, FCIC, FCAE, Dean and Professor Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science Toronto Metropolitan University Email:







Any confidential inquiries about the opportunity can be directed to Dr. Thomas Duever, Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science at


Black identified candidates who wish to learn more about working at Toronto Metropolitan University are welcome to contact Shurla Charles-Forbes, Black Faculty & Staff Community Network at


Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about working at Toronto Metropolitan University are welcome to contact Tracey King, Miigis Kwe, the Indigenous Human Resources Lead and the Founding Co-Chair of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Community Group at



For any confidential accommodation needs in order to participate in the recruitment and selection process and/or inquiries regarding accessing the Faculty Recruitment Portal, please contact,




Equity at Toronto Metropolitan University


At the intersection of mind and action, Toronto Metropolitan is on a transformative path to become Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university. Integral to this path is the placement of equity, diversity and inclusion as fundamental to our institutional culture. Our current academic plan outlines each as core values and we work to embed them in all that we do.


Toronto Metropolitan University welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. In addition, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment in Canada, we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.


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