Dean, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)

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Aug 26, 2020
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The University of Toronto (U of T) invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE).

The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) is Canada’s only all-graduate institute of teaching, learning, and research, recognized as a leader in graduate education, initial and continuing teacher education, and research in education and human development. With approximately 100,000 alumni worldwide, over 3,000 students, 7,500 continuing education registrants annually, four academic departments and 19 research centres and institutes, OISE is among the University of Toronto’s largest graduate divisions, and is one of the largest and most research-intensive faculties of education in North America. OISE offers an intellectually rich and supportive environment guided by the highest standards of scholarship and a commitment to equity, diversity, and social justice. OISE is an integral part of the tri-campus University of Toronto, Canada’s most dynamic and comprehensive institution of higher learning. For more information, visit:

Reporting to the Vice-President and Provost, the Dean will be a distinguished academic appointable at the rank of Full Professor, who will have a broad understanding of, and appreciation for, the range of scholarship found within OISE. Among other responsibilities, the Dean will effectively manage resources, advance world-leading research, promote pedagogical and scholarly excellence, and nurture mutually beneficial relationships with internal and external stakeholders. The Dean will bring significant leadership experience that demonstrates their commitment to Indigeneity, diversity, and inclusion, and will have a proven track record of addressing systemic, structural, and historical disadvantage in research and pedagogy, as well as employment and admissions. They will also provide visionary and innovative leadership, encouraging collegiality and collaboration, and empowering faculty, staff, and students. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability to balance consultation with sound decision-making, be an excellent communicator and motivator, and be a person of unassailable integrity and character.

The new Dean of OISE will take office on July 1, 2021 or as mutually agreed. Consideration of candidates will commence in early September 2020 and continue until the position is filled. Inquiries and/or applications, in confidence, should be directed to Gerri Woodford or Krutika Hotwani at

Fully committed to teaching, research, and student wellbeing as complementary facets of scholastic achievement, U of T is consistently ranked among the top 20 universities in the world for research, teaching, and innovation, and among the world’s top 10 public institutions. The University encompasses 18 Faculties and Schools, more than 100 departments, and 170 research centres and institutes. Its teaching programs are delivered on the historic St. George campus in the heart of Toronto, on campuses in Mississauga and Scarborough, and in nine fully affiliated teaching hospitals. With approximately 22,000 faculty and staff, some 93,000 students, and an annual operating budget approaching $3 billion, the University contributes $15.7 billion to the Canadian economy each year. Alumni include many thousands of distinguished researchers, teachers, creative artists, prominent federal, provincial, and municipal politicians, global business leaders, and eminent philanthropists. The University has identified enhancing undergraduate education, deepening international collaboration, and leveraging the University’s position in the Greater Toronto Area – one of the world’s most diverse urban regions – as the University’s top three strategic priorities.

Regularly named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers and one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers, the University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, but applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In accordance with the AODA, accommodation will be provided to individuals with disabilities throughout the recruitment process.

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