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Dean, Faculty of Culture + Community

Emily Carr University of Art + Design
Canada (CA)
$122,471 to $163,294
Posted Date
Apr 19, 2023

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Emily Carr University of Art + Design invites applications for the position of Dean, Faculty of Culture + Community. 




Situated on unceded, traditional and ancestral xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) territories in Vancouver, Canada, Emily Carr University is a world-renowned learning and research community dedicated to the education of artists and designers. Encouraging experimentation at the intersection of art, design, media and technology, our learning community merges studio practice, research, and critical theory in an interdisciplinary and collaborative environment.  Alumni and faculty are internationally recognized as award-winning creators and thought leaders who have significant impact on both the cultural sector and economy. Emily Carr University engages students, industry, and society to continuously explore and think differently about creativity and how it shapes our world. Located in beautiful and culturally rich Vancouver, British Columbia, the University attracts more than 1900 students from 60 countries to our undergraduate and graduate programs.




The Dean of the Faculty of Culture + Community oversees and is responsible for the University’s Foundation Program, Critical Studies courses focused on the theory and histories of art, media, and design, the Critical and Cultural Practice major, and the Social Practice minor. These courses and programs aim to build social awareness and sustainability through creative practice, research, and communication. The Dean reports to the Vice-President, Academic + Provost and is responsible for the strategic direction and leadership of the respective Faculty at Emily Carr University, ensuring a balance of strategic vision, community leadership, academic integrity and accountability, and administrative leadership. The Dean develops and enhances a culture of collegiality and engagement, through consultation, collaboration, and leadership.








Strategic Planning




  1. Contributes leadership to overall University vision and strategy. Translates strategic vision into an operational reality. Continues to monitor and adapt vision in relation to empirical data.



Community Leadership




Empowers and mentor’s faculty to realize their potential as educators, practitioners and researchers. Fosters a positive spirit of collaboration through effective chairing of and participation in internal meetings and committees. Develops a positive and respectful culture that respects the diversity of our community, and embraces, encourages and supports the contributions from our Aboriginal, international, multilingual and cross-cultural students, faculty, and staff. Represents Emily Carr on external committees and establishes external relationships with institutional community partners. Builds strong relationships and healthy dialogues with students and staff. Develops and maintains open, collaborative communication between and within faculties. Removes barriers to and facilitates interdisciplinary and collaborative initiatives.  


Academic Integrity and Accountability




In collaboration with the Vice President, Academic + Provost provides advocacy and leadership for curricular reform, pedagogical reform, program review, and academic assessment. Develops, supervises, and ensures the development of policies and procedures relating to academic affairs, instruction and delivery of curriculum, faculty roles, and student experience. Oversees and maintains the University’s high academic standards, ensuring excellence in teaching, and student focused activities. Works collaboratively with other Deans and senior level administrators to enhance the alignment of graduate and undergraduate programs, and the alignment of credit and non-credit programs.  






Promotes and ensures strong attraction, retention, development, support and recognition of faculty members. Establishes and maintains a positive labor relations environment by working effectively with faculty members and Human Resources. Ensures accountability to Collective Agreement provisions and management objectives with respect to appointments, probation, tenure and promotion and other employment terms and conditions. Supervises staff supporting the Foundation program and other curriculum activities, in accordance to hiring, supervision, and evaluation procedures. Assists with preparing and monitoring the operational budgets for the University in consultation with the Vice President, Academic + Provost, Vice President, Finance and Administration, Executive Committee, and other departments and areas. Oversees budget for faculty. In consultation with the other Deans, participates in capital and equipment requests and space utilization decision-making process as well as timetable, course assignment and room allocation. Works closely with Student Services to ensure coordination on admissions, registration, transfer credit, course waivers, directed studies, and cooperative learning opportunities and other student-related activities. Works closely with other University departments to ensure effective support and cooperation between the academic, administrative and curriculum support areas. Prioritizes student involvement and feedback through ongoing consultation and collaboration with ECSU and the broader student body. Addresses and resolves complex student issues, including student grade appeals. Performs other work related to the pursuit of academic excellence at Emily Carr.  






Terminal Degree (Masters-level or PhD) in a relevant academic discipline with a background as a practicing artist, designer, or scholar, as well as evidence of successful post-secondary teaching and administrative experience. Sound experience in an interdisciplinary model of art, design, and media education delivery and in working effectively with student and curriculum support professionals. Distinguished leadership record in academic administration; a solid demonstration of management, leadership, and decision-making experience, as well as active community involvement.








A deep understanding of critical thinking and creative practices. A commitment to open communication and the ability to facilitate communication and collaboration among a diverse University community of artists, designers, media practitioners, and academics including students, faculty, and staff. Excellent interpersonal, conflict resolution, team building, and communication skills built on a commitment to fostering collegiality, consensus, and commitment to a common vision. Effective and sound decision-making and problem-solving skills. Strong and energetic organizational skills, and proven effectiveness in change leadership and people leadership. Capacity to promote excellence in all areas of art and design education in line with the mission and vision of the University.








The term of a Dean appointment is three to five years, subject to satisfactory performance, and is renewable upon conclusion of the term.




Interested candidates should submit a letter of application, including a statement of interest and qualifications, a curriculum vitae, and any supporting materials at  Posting open until filled. Application review will begin early May 2023.








Emily Carr University especially invites those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. In addition, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment in Canada, we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized. These include women, persons with diverse gender expressions and identities, persons of all sexual orientations, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and First Nations, Metis, Inuit and Indigenous persons. All qualified people are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those short-listed will be contacted.




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