Dean, Faculty of Science

Carleton University

Ready for a New Challenge?
Carleton University invites applications, nominations and expressions of interest for the position of Dean, Faculty of Science, with the appointment to be effective July 1, 2022. This is an exciting opportunity to lead a Faculty that prides itself on being a discovery and innovation leader. Carleton’s Faculty of Science is committed to student success and encourages a culture of innovation, entrepreneurship and creativity. The Faculty of Science is actively developing new programs and initiatives as part of its ongoing commitment to increasing the awareness and appreciation of science in society and to build connections between the fields of science and policy.

Located in Ottawa, Carleton University is a dynamic research and teaching institution with a tradition of leading change. Its internationally recognized faculty, staff and researchers provide over 30,000 full- and part-time students from every province in Canada and more than 100 countries around the world with academic opportunities in numerous academic programs. Additional information about the university and its Strategic Integrated Plan is available at

About Carleton’s Faculty of Science
The Faculty of Science offers more than 50 areas of discovery-based learning at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels and encompasses 11 departments, institutes and schools. Research-intensive, diverse and collegial, the Faculty of Science is committed to encouraging a culture of innovation, entrepreneurship and creativity. This active community is comprised of almost 6,500 students (including more than 600 graduate students), 206 faculty and 108 staff. The Faculty of Science is committed to maintaining a strong faculty and staff complement. More than 35% of the faculty were hired in the last 10 years and student enrolment has nearly doubled.

The Faculty of Science has generated more than $85 million in research funding over the last five years. Faculty members are engaged in exciting fundamental and applied research that ranges from depression treatments to data science to dark matter, and collaborate with federal government research laboratories, museums, libraries, and high-technology industries in the Ottawa area, nationally and internationally. Researchers in physics are leading efforts on large-scale projects to search for dark matter at SNOLAB and to upgrade detectors at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Geneva. These initiatives are funded by the CFI innovation fund and the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF). A 34,500 square foot addition to the Life Sciences Research Building is home for the new Institute for Advanced Research and Innovation in Smart Environments (ARISE), which fosters interdisciplinary research with all five of Carleton’s Faculties.

Carleton recently boosted its innovation outreach by becoming a founding academic partner in Hub350, a new state-of-the-art global technology centre in Canada’s largest tech park in Kanata North. This fall, the university also launched the Innovation Hub, a cross-Faculty venture to foster creativity and entrepreneurship and encourage students to collaborate on multidisciplinary solutions to societal challenges. Additional information about the Faculty of Science is available at

About the Position
Reporting to the Provost and Vice-President (Academic), the Dean of the Faculty of Science is a member of Carleton’s senior administration who provides visionary leadership, strategic direction and administrative oversight. The new Dean will lead the Faculty of Science to promote excellence in teaching and research and advance academic innovation and cross-disciplinary initiatives.

The successful candidate will be an accomplished researcher with demonstrated success in post-secondary education and administration. The new Dean will be able to promote excellence, equity, diversity and inclusion amongst all faculty, staff and students, while maintaining and enhancing collaborative ties with a range of internal and external partners. Having proven academic leadership experience and a record of building strong teams and promoting interdisciplinary activities, the new Dean will possess an open and collegial style, a creative approach to problem solving, the ability to identify new sources of funding, and outstanding management, communication and interpersonal skills.

Carleton University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our University including, but not limited to, women; visible minorities; First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples; persons with disabilities; and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expressions. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. Applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

The search committee will begin consideration of candidates immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications should include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae and the names of three references (who will not be contacted without the consent of the candidate) and be submitted electronically, in confidence, to:

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