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Ryerson's Faculty of Communication & Design

Jan 04, 2021
Associate Dean, Scholarly, Research & Creative Activities

FCAD, Dean's Office

Deadline to Apply: Thursday, January 7, 2021

Associate Dean, Scholarly, Research & Creative Activities

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Located in downtown Toronto, the largest and most culturally diverse city in Canada and on the  territory of the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee and the Wendat Peoples, the Faculty of Communication & Design [FCAD] at invites applications for the position of Associate Dean, Scholarly, Research & Creative Activities. The successful candidate will be appointed for a five year term commencing July 1, 2021. The successful candidate will receive a course release and an administrative stipend for the period of this appointment.

The processes related to the recruitment and selection of the successful candidate are governed by the Policy and Procedures Relating to Search Committees and Appointments in the Academic Administration (the “AAA Policy”). Once in this position, the Associate Dean, Scholarly, Research & Creative Activitiesshall be an “associate member” of the RFA in accordance with the . 

In recognition of the under-representation of racialized and Indigenous persons in academic administrative roles, the Faculty especially welcomes applications from racialized and Indigenous persons.

Under the direction of the Dean and in close collaboration with  other Associate Deans and staff within the Office of the Dean, the Associate Dean, SRC, will provide strategic leadership in the areas of:  

  • developing, promoting and fostering the vision and importance of SRC within the faculty, the University, and with strategic partners, nationally and internationally; 
  • supporting all Scholarly, Research and Creative work in the faculty; 
  • developing and implementing a strategy to enhance and support faculty research and creative activities, including that of the Research Chairs; This strategy will incorporate the development of an SRC-focused agenda that will help increase funding and a diverse range of projects. 
  • developing SRC initiatives; facilitating research and creative partnerships with cultural industries, industry partners, government, community groups and other universities; 
  • promoting the development of interdisciplinary SRC activities;
  • working with graduate program directors to provide opportunities for students;
  • liaising with the Vice-President, Research and Innovation and other appropriate stakeholders; 
  • advising and assisting the Dean and the Faculty's executive group with respect to the formulation and implementation of the Faculty's Academic Plan, as well as the Faculty's strategic SRC plan;   
  • chairing FCAD's SRC committee and providing leadership to other committees and staff as agreed to by the Dean; oversight over FCAD’s SRC Hub, The Catalyst. 
  • working in close relationship with FCAD's Director of Strategic Development and Marketing in promoting the various SRC accomplishments of the Faculty; collaborating with FCAD’s Directors of Finance and Administration and Operations to monitor existing practices, services and facilities in order to address the various curricular needs; 
  • engaging in curriculum support responsibilities by working in consultation with graduate program directors and the Associate Dean of Graduate Affairs, to provide assistance for graduate students in their SRC endeavours. 
  • exploring and challenging traditional notions of scholarly research; 
  • nurturing a culture of SRC, its activities and supporting the pursuit of excellence in all areas;
  • provide leadership and support to the various academic units in the Faculty and acting as a steward for new research-based and creative initiatives; and
  • demonstrating an understanding of, and fostering a commitment to, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) as it pertains to service, teaching, and research. 

The successful candidate will be a tenured faculty member in FCAD who holds a terminal degree and demonstrates excellence in teaching, SRC and service activities and will further present evidence of: 

  • a proven record of strong SRC output and of fostering SRC activities, including attracting funding;
  • a passion for Scholarly, Research and Creative work, an interest in innovative and unique approaches to SRC, and a demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity of work; 
  • creative, artistic and/or media-making experience;
  • experience with innovation, and a strong commitment to supporting a diverse array of research practices and output that represents the diversity of FCAD’s nine schools;
  • excellent negotiation skills to undertake discussions with potential funders and research partners;
  • experience mentoring faculty and students, especially those who identify as Black, Indigenous and/or racialized persons, and a deep understanding of the barriers that they face in SRC;
  • familiarity with pedagogical practices and operational issues in the Faculty of Communication & Design; 
  • superior organizational, leadership, collaborative and interpersonal skills and positive rapport with faculty and students; an ability to function effectively in a team-oriented environment, fostering productive relationships with pre-tenure faculty, tenured faculty, students and staff; 
  • an ability to work effectively with University policies, procedures and collective agreements to assume a perspective that is inclusive of the diverse areas within the Faculty; 
  • successful experience having advanced equity, diversity and inclusion in scholarly, research and creative activities, mentorship and teaching. 

Prior academic administrative experience and experience in curriculum design and implementation would be an asset.

How to Apply

Applications, including a cover letter,  a curriculum vitae, a statement of the candidate’s approach to equity, diversity and inclusion in SRC and the names and addresses of three referees must be submitted by January 7, 2021 via the (click on “Start Application Process” to begin). 

Indigenous candidates are welcome to contact Tracey King, Indigenous Human Resources Lead at t26king@ryerson.ca. 

Black-identified candidates who wish to learn more about working at Ryerson University are welcome to contact Shurla Charles-Forbes, Black Faculty & Staff Community Network at .  

For any confidential accommodation needs in order to participate in the recruitment and selection process and/or inquiries regarding accessing the Faculty Recruitment Portal, please contact Alanna Neshevich [], HR Advisor. 

Confidential inquiries can be forwarded to Kerri MacDonald [], Senior HR Partner. 

About FCAD

Ryerson's Faculty of Communication & Design is the Creative Innovation Hub at Ryerson and is a national leader for educational programs in media, applied communication, design, and the fine and performing arts. Nearly 6,000 students are enrolled in the Faculty's nine professional schools (Journalism, Image Arts, RTA School of Media, Performance, Fashion, Interior Design, Professional Communication, Graphic Communications Management, and Creative Industries). The Faculty is actively involved in graduate studies with Master’s programs in Film and Photography Preservation & Collections Management, Documentary Media, Fashion, Journalism, Media Production, and Professional Communication, as well as the joint York/Ryerson program in Communication and Culture.

Ryerson University welcomes 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, including First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, Black-identified persons, other racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.


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