Dean - School of Education

Bishop's University

Location: Quebec
Date posted: 2013-01-15

Our client, Bishop's University, is a primarily undergraduate, residential institution with a strong tradition of liberal education, a deep commitment to effective instruction, a growing research culture and a collegial style of institutional governance. Located in the beautiful Eastern Townships of Québec, Bishop's currently enrols about 2,400 students, mostly at the undergraduate level, from across Canada and around the world. With small class sizes, an intimate riverside campus, and a faculty of dedicated teachers, it scores among the highest in Canada for student engagement and quality of educational experience.

Bishop's School of Education enrols nearly 300 students and employs eleven full-time faculty, offering combined BA/BEd and BSc/BEd programs leading to Québec certification, as well as an active and growing MEd program.

More information on Bishop's University and the School of Education is available at

Bishop's is currently conducting a search for an experienced, innovative and engaged scholar to act as



The School of Education has grown significantly over the last decade, with many new faculty members being hired. Among the challenges you will face as Dean will be to ensure that the School's high standards and reputation are sustained and advanced, to champion and further foster the growing research culture of the School and to continue to develop the academic programs within Education, including its growing graduate program.


Reporting to the Vice-Principal Academic, you will be responsible for supervising and supporting the academic programs and research activities of the School of Education, as well as the professional development of its faculty. As a senior academic officer, you will also participate, with other academic officers, in the setting and achievement of institutional priorities and goals and the coordination of the academic programs and research activities of the University.

Ideal Profile

You are a devoted educator who demonstrates a commitment to the values of equity and social justice and a familiarity with contemporary debates in education. You also possess a wide acquaintance with the administration of academic programs and with program development at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, a collaborative and collegial style of leadership, an ability to work within the Québec educational milieu, and a strong background in research. Ability to communicate in both official languages is a requirement of the position.

Key Experience and Competencies

  • An earned terminal degree in an educational discipline, with an exemplary record of academic leadership; demonstrated excellence in the development and administration of academic programs with a strong background in research;
  • Successful administrative experience and commitment to undergraduate education with the capacity to demonstrate a leadership style based on collaboration and inclusion;
  • Ability to work effectively within a collegial system of governance, recognizing the roles and responsibilities of Bishop University's faculty, students, Board of Governors and Senate in academic and institutional governance;
  • An understanding of the range of academic disciplines within the University and an ability to support and further foster the engagement of the School's faculty and students with the larger institution;
  • A genuine interest in students and a willingness to become personally and visibly involved in the campus community;
  • An understanding of the issues surrounding faculty recruitment, retention and development in an increasingly competitive environment;
  • The ability to work effectively in a unionized environment and to deal with human resources issues;
  • Familiarity with the competency-based nature of Québec teacher education and the ability to represent the School on external bodies in both official languages;
  • Commitment to the values of the School, based on equity, social justice and sustainability, and on the inclusion of alternative perspectives on educational approaches;
  • A high standard of personal integrity and a commitment to academic freedom and informed discussion that encourages diversity and allows for the expression of divergent opinions;
  • Ability to build and maintain strong, lasting partnerships, and effectively represent the University's interests to external stakeholders including governments, community groups, school boards across the province, alumni and the philanthropic community;
  • Demonstrated strategic abilities and excellent communication skills.

If you believe you have the profile we are seeking, please forward your résumé with a letter explaining your interest by completing the "Registration Form" ( ). All information received will be treated in the strictest confidence. Appointment is scheduled for July 1, 2013 or as soon thereafter as possible. The search committee will begin examining candidacies in March 2013.

All qualified candidates are urged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Bishop's University is committed to employment equity and welcomes applications from qualified women and men, Aboriginal persons, and persons of a visible minority.


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