Dean, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences University of Waterloo Canada

Dean, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences

The University of Waterloo invites applications, nominations, and expressions of interest for the position of Dean, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences (AHS), with the appointment to be effective July 1, 2019. This is an exciting opportunity to lead an innovative and interdisciplinary Faculty whose research and teaching enhances all aspects of quality of life for individuals, communities, and populations. The University of Waterloo — Canada’s top innovation university — is home to advanced research and teaching in science and engineering, mathematics, health, environment, arts, and social sciences.

Waterloo has spawned thousands of commercial and social enterprises, is home to the world's largest post-secondary co-operative education program, and boasts a uniquely entrepreneurial culture that encourages experimentation and risk-taking. The result is an outstanding learning and research experience for more than 36,000 undergraduate and graduate students in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. For more information please visit

The vision of the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences is to be a global leader in protecting and promoting individual and community health and well-being, preventing illness and injury, and optimizing abilities across the life course for all. Its three academic units (Kinesiology, School of Public Health and Health Systems, and Recreation and Leisure Studies) are home to approximately 600 full- and part-time graduate and 2,400 undergraduate students.

With funding across all three Tri-Agencies, AHS houses collaborative, ground-breaking research groups including the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging, the Propel Centre for Population Health Impact, the Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders, and the Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program. AHS offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees and professional programs, in addition to online degrees and collaborative PhD programs, and has more than 12,600 accomplished alumni.

Further information about the Faculty can be found at: Reporting to the Vice-President, Academic & Provost and participating as a member of Waterloo’s senior administration, the Dean of the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences provides visionary strategic direction, academic planning leadership, and administrative oversight to further the Faculty’s teaching and research initiatives. Committed to the success and development of students, faculty, and staff, the new Dean will successfully manage the Faculty’s human, physical, financial, and administrative resources. Working collaboratively with academic, community, alumni, and both private and public sector partners, the new Dean will continue to raise the impact, resources, and reputation of the Faculty.

The successful candidate will be an accomplished leader and academic with strong achievements in teaching, innovative research, and external relations. With proven academic leadership experience and a record of building strong teams, the new Dean will possess an open and collegial style, a creative approach to problem solving, outstanding management, communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to identify and generate new sources of funding. The new Dean will be able to promote excellence, equity, diversity, and inclusion amongst all faculty, staff, and students, while relating successfully to a range of internal and external partners.

The University of Waterloo respects, appreciates and encourages diversity and is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals including women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority in the recruitment process.

The nominating committee will begin consideration of candidates immediately and will continue until the role is filled. Applications should include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names of three references (who will not be contacted without the consent of the candidate), and be submitted electronically, in confidence, to: Laverne Smith & Associates Inc.

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