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Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

Memorial University
St. John's, Newfoundland & Labrador
Salary is commensurate with experience
Date posted
Mar 5, 2024

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

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We acknowledge that the lands on which Memorial University’s campuses are situated are in the traditional territories of diverse Indigenous groups, and we acknowledge with respect the diverse histories and cultures of the Beothuk, Mi’kmaq, Innu, and Inuit of this province. 

The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Memorial University is among Canada’s best engineering programs, with vibrant and competitive research and significant engagement with industry and the engineering profession. Engineering at Memorial is one of the few schools in Canada where the mandatory co-op model is integrated into the undergraduate curriculum. The dynamic Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science has continued to grow to a diverse student population of over 2,200 students (up to 1,300 undergraduates and over 900 graduate students) as well as a dedicated team of 73 staff and 80 faculty members. The Faculty has six accredited undergraduate programs (in civil, computer, electrical, mechanical, ocean and naval architectural, and process engineering) as well as a new mechatronics engineering program which launched in Fall 2023. The Faculty has 1,000 co-op work term placements per year, 20 graduate programs and over $10 million per year in annual research funding.

The Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science is the academic and administrative leader of a dynamic Faculty at Memorial University. Reporting to the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) and serving as a senior member of Memorial’s leadership team, the Dean is responsible for fostering excellence in teaching, research, service, undergraduate and graduate education and for leading fundraising, advancement and community engagement. The Dean is also responsible for managing human, financial and physical infrastructure resources. Across all these endeavors, the Dean will ensure creative and effective allocation of resources in support of the Faculty’s priorities. As the Faculty’s foremost ambassador, the Dean will define a clear strategic direction and work collaboratively to advance the Faculty’s goals and ensure continued success as one of Memorial University's outstanding professional schools. The Dean will champion the growth of the Faculty’s research enterprise and support high-quality, innovative academic programs that continue to meet Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) accreditation principles while building and maintaining an equitable and inclusive culture. Fostering collaborative relationships with diverse stakeholders and growing industry and international partnerships will enable the Dean to be attuned to emerging technology, trends and initiatives to position the Faculty for innovation and success. 

The ideal candidate for Dean will possess a doctorate/PhD and have qualifications commensurate with an appointment at the rank of Professor. They will demonstrate/bring:
• An academic record of teaching, research and service.
• A successful record of academic administration, including management of human, financial and physical infrastructure resources with external funding successes.
• The ability to develop and execute strategic directions through a visionary, collaborative and transparent leadership style.
• Excellent communication skills and a record of building strong relationships with government, industry, donors, alumni and other local, national and international partners.
• A commitment to student engagement and success, and the importance of excellence and innovation in teaching, research and scholarship in a professional school.
• Demonstrated success and commitment to incorporating equity, diversity, inclusion, antiracism (EDI-AR) and Indigenization principles in leadership, teaching, and/or scholarship; with experience promoting an inclusive and accessible culture for students, staff and faculty members.
• Registration or registration eligibility with Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador (PEGNL).

Memorial University is home to more than 18,000 students and 3,800 faculty and staff from 127 countries who learn, teach, research, create and engage. As the only university in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Memorial has five campuses throughout the province and one in England, with a special obligation to provide teaching, learning and research opportunities that are locally relevant and internationally significant. From classics to advanced technology, Memorial offers more than 300 certificate, diploma, undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate program options. A global network of more than 100,000 accomplished alumni throughout the world strengthens Memorial’s capacity and reputation for leadership in research, teaching and public engagement. 

Consideration of candidates will begin in April/May 2024 and continue until the position is filled. To submit your application including your letter of interest and CV, please visit The appointment is for five years (renewable upon review) and is to take effect on a mutually agreed date. Please reach out to or Senior Consultant, Senior Leadership Recruitment at if you have any questions.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. Memorial University is committed to employment equity, diversity, inclusion and anti-racism, and encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including: women; people of any sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression; Indigenous Peoples; visible minorities and racialized people; and people with disabilities. All applicants are invited to identify themselves as a member of an equity-deserving group(s) as appropriate. Applicants cannot be considered as a member of an equity-deserving group(s) unless they complete an employment equity survey. Memorial is committed to providing an inclusive learning and work environment. If there is anything we can do to ensure your full participation during the application process please contact directly and we will work with you to make appropriate arrangements.

Memorial University respects the privacy and confidentiality of the personal information provided to us in the application process. All personal information is collected under the authority of the Memorial University Act (RSNL 1990 c M-7) for the purpose of identifying and recruiting candidates, assessing applicant qualifications, and maintaining records pertaining to the administration of employment with Memorial University.


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