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Dean of the Faculty of Humanities

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The University of Victoria (UVic) is consistently ranked as one of Canada’s leading research universities, demonstrating extraordinary depth of excellence across a wide array of graduate and undergraduate programs. The University’s 26,000 students, faculty and staff contribute to and benefit from the UVic Edge – the potent fusion of dynamic learning, and research with vital impact in an extraordinary academic environment. A welcoming and increasingly diverse community with a collegial leadership culture, UVic tackles issues that matter to people, places, and the planet. Its vibrant Pacific Rim location inspires new ways of thinking and action in a community rich with Indigenous and international perspectives, while its size and culture nurture personal connections on campus and beyond.

Dedicated to challenging the ordinary and reflecting on how our languages, cultures, technologies, and environments shape who we are, the Faculty of Humanities offers programs across 15 departments. The Faculty houses 1,900 undergraduate and 200 graduate students from across Canada and around the world. In all, there are more than 24,000 course registrants for humanities courses each year. There are more than 150 faculty members engaged in research, teaching and discovery, working in collaboration with sessional instructors, emeritus faculty, and professional support staff. Thriving on a culture of outstanding teaching, research and innovation, the Faculty moves beyond the commodification of learning as training, to embody the highest ideal that education elevates the human condition itself. The Faculty is committed to dynamic, collaborative, and creative intellectual openness. The next Dean will be a community builder who cultivates strengths within the context of a supportive and collegial environment where people thrive.

Reporting to the Vice-President Academic and Provost, the Dean is responsible for providing strategic and administrative leadership to the Faculty of Humanities as its chief academic and administrative officer. As a member of the senior leadership team, the Dean works in collaboration with the other Deans and academic leaders, senior administrators and staff, students, and faculty members to implement and advance the University’s objectives.

The Dean will have a broad and deep foundational knowledge of the humanities and be an engaged and proactive leader who champions humanist values and inquiry. Experience in the Canadian post-secondary sector is an asset. The successful candidate will have a strong academic track record, knowledge of program development and experience in academic leadership. The successful candidate will have exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to inspire innovation and collaboration and meet the evolving and diverse needs of students, faculty, and staff.

In accordance with the University’s Equity Plan and pursuant to Section 42 of the BC Human Rights Code, this position will be treated as a preferential hire. Indigenous Peoples, members of visible minorities, women and persons with disabilities who wish to qualify for preferential consideration must self-identify in their application.

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  • Position Profile
  • Should you be interested in learning more about this unique opportunity with the University of Victoria, please contact Carol Robinson at 1-604-998-4032 or forward your CV, a letter of introduction and the names and contact information for three references, in confidence, to

  • All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. We will respond to all who express interest.

GV0450 - Procedures for the Appointment and Reappointment of Deans

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Equity statement

The University of Victoria is committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity and inclusion in its living, learning and work environments. In pursuit of its values, UVic seeks members who work respectfully and constructively with differences and across levels of power. UVic actively encourages applications from members of groups experiencing barriers to equity. Read our full equity statement.

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