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Vice-Principal, Research and Innovation

University of Toronto Mississauga
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Date posted
Mar 4, 2024

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Vice-Principal, Research and Innovation
University of Toronto Mississauga

The University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) welcomes applications for the position as our next chief research officer: Vice-Principal, Research and Innovation (VPRI). Acting on delegated authority from the Vice-President and Principal, our VPRI is a dynamic, collaborative, and experienced leader who embeds a commitment to equity, belonging, and reciprocity in all that they do, and embraces the power of scholarship and entrepreneurship to advance knowledge and change the world for the better.

The Opportunity: U of T Mississauga
UTM is the second largest division of Canada's leading university, powered by the ingenuity of 16,500 undergraduate and graduate students and 1,250 faculty and staff. Together, with partners across U of T and alumni locally and in 180 countries around the world, our community pursues knowledge that reimagines what's possible and builds a future better than the present: one that's healthier, more sustainable, more beautiful, more just. We have the privilege to do it on the traditional lands of the Wendat, Seneca, and Treaty 13 territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, where we seek to answer calls for truth and reconciliation and to root all our work in the ground of reciprocal, right relations.

The next VPRI will join this community at an especially exciting time.

Through a 50-year journey, UTM has transformed from a small college into a comprehensive research powerhouse for Canada's top research-intensive university. The change stems from significant investment - especially in outstanding new faculty, best-in-class research facilities, and strong staff, including the Office of the Vice-Principal, Research and Innovation (OVPRI), which has more than doubled in size over the past three years alone. Our new VPRI has the opportunity to realize the full power of this investment and shape a strategic direction that extends the campus' commitment to inclusive research excellence. They will also have the opportunity to make a difference at the University of Toronto (U of T) as a whole, collaborating with colleagues to inform research plans, policies, and strategies that help scholarship, knowledge, and innovation flourish across the tri-campus.

To learn more about the dynamism and impact of research at UTM and U of T, please explore our most recent annual campus and tri-campus research reports. To see how our research mission connects to campus-wide priorities, please read UTM's Strategic Framework.

Candidate Profile
UTM seeks a Vice-Principal, Research and Innovation (VPRI) who is passionate, curious, and hard-working with a record of leadership in a complex research environment, deep knowledge of the current global research context, and credibility to work successfully at all levels of the university. They can see opportunities amid constraint, build consensus among competing priorities, and communicate with kindness and clarity. They must also represent UTM effectively as a strong advocate for its research impact with internal and external communities, and manage institutional resources - including internal funding programs and state-of-the-art core research facilities - with foresight and care.

Other essential characteristics include:
  • a track record of research excellence on a national and international scale, commensurate with appointment as an associate or full professor at U of T;
  • experience developing, promoting, and integrating interdisciplinary research initiatives;
  • sophisticated understanding of the relationships among research, entrepreneurship, and knowledge mobilization; and
  • practice connecting academic research with communities beyond the university.

    With exceptional organizational and interpersonal skills, and a commitment to building collaborations and solving problems, VPRI will excel as a research champion and connector: they will engage colleagues openly, galvanize support for research and innovation, and build reciprocal partnerships - including with government, community, industry, and other universities - that advance U of T's research mission.

    VPRI will also have deep understanding of the research and academic context in Ontario; the Canadian landscape for research, graduate studies, and internationalization; and the role of research-intensive universities in answering national calls for truth and reconciliation.

    How to Apply
    To apply, please submit a CV, covering letter, detailing how you fulfill the role description and personal specification, and a statement describing contributions to EDI (see Inclusive Excellence below), to Perrett Laver's Vacancies page quoting reference 7045.

    The deadline for applications is Sunday, April 7, 2024, at Midnight ET. For more information about the position, please contact Massarah Dawood at

    The location for this position is Mississauga, Ontario. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

    Inclusive Excellence
    At UTM, we are committed to fostering an environment of diversity and inclusion. With an enviably diverse student body, we especially welcome applications from candidates who identify as Indigenous, Black, or racially visible (persons of colour), and who have experience working with, teaching, or mentoring diverse students. In their application materials, candidates must demonstrate an ability to foster diversity on campus and in the curriculum or discipline, and show evidence of a commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion and to the promotion of a respectful and collegial environment.

    Candidates should submit a statement describing contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, which might cover topics such as but not limited to: teaching and research focuses on underrepresented communities; efforts undertaken to develop inclusive pedagogies, collaborations, and engagement with underrepresented communities; and mentoring of students from underrepresented groups.

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