McGill University is seeking an outstanding individual with demonstrated leadership, excellence in scholarship, and administrative abilities to become the next Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (FAES).
McGill University has established a global reputation for academic and research excellence across a wide-ranging number of disciplines that distinguishes it as Canada’s most international university and a leader in higher education. Information about McGill can be found at www.mcgill.ca. FAES is housed on McGill’s Macdonald Campus, located on a beautiful 650 hectare waterfront setting on the western tip of the Island of Montreal. The Macdonald Campus contains state-of-the-art facilities for teaching, training and research, an arboretum, working animal and seed farms, horticulture centre and greenhouses, and is connected to the downtown campus by public transit and a McGill-operated shuttle service.
FAES comprises the following academic units, all of which have both strong undergraduate and graduate programs: Agricultural Economics, Animal Science, Bioresource Engineering, Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry, Natural Resource Sciences, Plant Science, the School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition, and the Institute of Parasitology. In addition, the Dean of FAES presides over the multi-Faculty program housed in the McGill School of Environment. The Faculty has approximately 1400 undergraduates, 500 graduate students, over 100 tenured and tenure-track academic staff, as well as lecturers and other teaching staff, professionals, and administrative and support staff. The Faculty has strong research programs that are supported by national and provincial competitive funding programs. Further information about McGill’s Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences may be found at www.mcgill.ca/macdonald.
Reporting directly to the Provost, the Dean of FAES is expected to possess the expertise and vision to lead the Faculty in teaching, research and scholarship, and service. He/she will be an innovative thinker and excellent communicator and will be committed to interdisciplinary teaching and research and the success of all students, faculty and staff. Experience in building diverse and collaborative teams, relating to a range of partners including local communities and municipal, provincial and federal governments, and an interest in or experience with fundraising will be important assets. The new Dean must have, or be willing to develop, the skills to work in French as well as English.
McGill University is committed to equity in employment and diversity. It welcomes applications from indigenous peoples, visible minorities, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others who may contribute to further diversification. All qualified candidates will be considered; Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
The review of nominations, applications, and expressions of interest will begin immediately and will continue until the position is successfully filled. This appointment is for a five-year renewable term, and will take effect 1 July 2015 or as soon thereafter as possible. Applications and nominations should include a letter of introduction, curriculum vitae, and the names of three references (who will not be contacted without consent of the candidate) and be forwarded electronically in confidence, to:
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