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Laverne Smith & Associates Inc.

Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science



Job Description

Queen’s University invites nominations, applications, and expressions of interest for the position of Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science with the appointment to be effective July 2017.


One of Canada’s leading universities, Queen’s has a long-standing reputation for academic excellence, impactful research, student experience and leadership, and engaged alumni. The ongoing 175th anniversary year has been marked by a Nobel prize, substantial funding for a state of the art Innovation and Wellness Center to be opened in 2018, and a CFREF grant. Queen’s University is located in the heart of historic Kingston, at the crossroads of Montreal, Toronto, and the nation’s capital, and within close proximity to the U.S. border. For additional information about Queen’s, please visit


The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science offers innovative undergraduate, graduate and doctoral education through its five discipline-based departments, including ten undergraduate engineering and applied sciences programs and collaborative multidisciplinary graduate degrees designed to meet today’s evolving needs. The Faculty’s close to 3,500 undergraduate and graduate students achieve academically and impact the world around them, within a collaborative atmosphere that has resulted in the highest graduation rate of any undergraduate engineering program in Canada. With 25 internally and externally funded research chairs and four interdisciplinary research centres, the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science contributes to Canadian engineering and scientific expertise through basic, applied and collaborative research that is nationally and internationally recognized. Additional information is available at


Reporting to the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic), the Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science will provide strategic direction, academic planning leadership and administrative oversight to achieve the highest possible standards in engineering and applied science education and research. Working in collaboration with the Associate Deans, and Heads of Departments, the Dean will lead and expand the boundaries of innovative and multi-disciplinary approaches to teaching and research, and will successfully manage the financial, administrative and human resources of the Faculty. Committed to the success and development of students, faculty and staff, the Dean will work collaboratively with academic, industry, alumni, and public sector partners to further enhance the stature and resources of the Faculty.


The Dean will have strong achievements in engineering research, teaching, scholarly activities and service, and demonstrated leadership capabilities in a collegial university setting. An open and collegial style, outstanding management, communication and interpersonal skills, and a creative approach to problem solving are required. Experience building diverse, inclusive and collaborative teams, relating to a range of internal and external partners, and an interest in or experience with fundraising will be important assets in this role. 


The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Queen’s is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, racialized persons/visible minorities, Indigenous peoples/Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ persons.



The Search Committee will begin consideration of candidates immediately and will continue until the position is successfully filled.  Applications, including curriculum vitae, a letter of introduction and the names of three references (who will not be contacted without consent of the applicant) should be submitted electronically, in confidence, to the University's executive search consultants:



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Laverne Smith & Associates
Posting Date: 16-Dec-2016Engineering Permanent, Full-Time Open 1 ASAP
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