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Dean and Vice-Provost (Graduate Studies)

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Job ID: 19476

Updated: February 10, 2020

Location: Main Campus

Position Description

Dean and Vice-Provost (Graduate Studies)
2500 University Drive, NW
Calgary Alberta T2N 1N4

The University of Calgary (UCalgary) is one of Canada’s top comprehensive research universities, with over 6,500 graduate students and 28,000 undergraduate students in 14 faculties, over 1,800 academic staff, and over 3,200 non-academic staff across five campuses. 

The Faculty of Graduate Studies fosters excellence, creativity, and innovation in graduate education and research at the University of Calgary.  It provides leadership and support to our diverse community of graduate students in over 55 programs.  As part of a vibrant and growing research-intensive institution, we are committed to recruiting and training the next generation of scholars, practitioners and professionals for a wide range of careers, and encouraging the dissemination of research and innovation across local and global communities. 

Reporting to the Provost and Vice-President (Academic), we invite you as Dean and Vice-Provost (Graduate Studies) to drive an institutional priority that further enhances the University’s graduate education portfolio.  You will collaborate with a dedicated team to build on best-in-class successes already achieved at the University of Calgary. Working across the University’s academic and administrative portfolios, you will lead the identification and implementation of the next wave of innovative approaches of advanced post-secondary education.  

As Dean and Vice-Provost, you will solidify the University of Calgary’s reputation as a global hub of innovation. You will assure that our graduate students advance the University’s research mission while ensuring that graduate supervision is professional, ethical and productive.  You will advance our passionate graduate learning community as a centre of excellence for embedding strong communication and leadership skills development alongside core subject learning. You will challenge our students’ self-perceptions of their own capabilities in technological, socially innovative and entrepreneurial thinking.  

As the ideal candidate, you will have a PhD or equivalent professional qualification and academic qualifications commensurate with an appointment with Tenure at the rank of Professor.  You have demonstrated excellence through your post-secondary academic leadership over a minimum of 5 years from previous positions that may include roles such as Associate Dean, Department Head or Institute Director.  Your established organizational and administrative ability includes extensive graduate supervision, financial and budgeting skills, community engagement and proven fund development experience, with a track record of securing funding from funding bodies or donors.  You are an exceptional listener, communicator and collaborator with the proven capacity to advocate, influence and inspire in a wide variety of settings and across a diverse demographic of stakeholders.  You are student-centered and passionate about graduate student success. 

Our graduate students embody the institution’s dynamism, vibrancy and entrepreneurial spirit as they pursue their personal, educational and professional goals. You will harness their inspiration as you redefine what is possible in graduate education.  

Consistently rated by the United Nations as the world’s best country to live in, Canada is the world’s second largest country by total area and is one of the most ethnically diverse and multicultural nations. The 10th largest advanced economy in the world, relying upon its abundant natural resources and sophisticated international trade networks, Canada ranks among the highest in international measurements of government transparency, civil liberties, quality of life, economic freedom, and education. 

The University of Calgary’s comprehensive benefits and pension program is designed to promote a productive level of health and well-being to staff members through coverage for health, dental, life insurance, income protection for disability, and retirement income planning. The salary range for this position is $142,000 - $230,000 per annum and will be negotiated based on the candidate’s skills and experience. 

To learn about our comprehensive benefits package for this Calgary-based, English speaking position, please visit

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

To explore this opportunity further, please send your CV and Letter of Interest in confidence to [email protected].


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About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit

About Calgary, Alberta

Calgary is one of the world's cleanest cities and has been named one of the world's most livable cities for years. Calgary is a city of leaders - in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from a growing number of world-class dining and cultural events and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour's drive from the majestic Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America.  


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