Faculty of Human, Social and Educational Development
Full-time, 4-year Term Appointment with potential for renewal
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) seeks a strong, innovative leader to guide and
support the Faculty of Human, Social and Educational Development in its research,
teaching and service activities. The Associate Dean will report directly to the Dean of
the Faculty and will assist with the administration, leadership and development of
domestic and international educational initiatives.
The Associate Dean will facilitate face-to-face, blended, and distance learning
programming, and assist in the design and delivery of professional development
programming for third party agencies and professions served by the Faculty. The
Associate Dean also will be responsible for representing the Faculty regionally,
provincially, nationally, and internationally.
The Associate Dean’s responsibilities will include oversight of enrolment and student
progress, student recruitment and retention, financial and administrative planning, and
facilitating accreditation, articulation and partnership arrangements.
The Faculty of Human, Social, and Educational Development has a strong focus on
interdisciplinary teaching and learning. Its programs focus strategically on learning that
will make a significant difference for individuals and their societies. The Faculty offers a
dynamic mix of programs in Education, Social Work and Human Service, English as a
Second Language, and University and Employment Preparation, with unique diploma
to degree laddering opportunities for students on regional campuses and though the
Open Learning Division. The Faculty offers a Master of Education Degree and is
developing a Master of Social Work Degree with a commitment to provide students
with the ability to provide service and leadership within regional, national, and global
contexts. Students look to faculty members to garner the knowledge and skills that will
help them become professional and academic leaders.
Thompson Rivers University is a uniquely comprehensive, student-focused institution
built on over 40 years of excellence in postsecondary education and training. Our
spectacular main campus is located in Kamloops (pop. 85,000), a prosperous city located
just a 4-hour drive from Vancouver in the heart of the southern BC interior. Kamloops
offers world class tourism and recreation, over 2,000 hours of sunshine annually, and
excellent cultural, social and economic opportunities. The university also operates
regional campuses in Williams Lake, Lillooet, 100 Mile House, Ashcroft and Cache
Creek, Barriere, and Clearwater.
Almost 13,000 students attend TRU’s programs each year, including nearly 1600
international students from more than 80 countries. Another 10,000 students register for
distance and online courses. TRU offers a broad range of program options, including
undergraduate and graduate university degrees, career diplomas and certificates, trades
training, and university preparation.
TRU’s Academic Plan has highlighted a commitment to Aboriginal peoples’ health and
education. TRU’s Academic plan is available at:
For more information about the Faculty, please consult this website:
Professional profile suitable for appointment as a tenured Senior Associate
Professor or Full Professor
Completed doctoral degree in a relevant discipline
Effective team building skills
Willingness to serve as a member of an administrative team
Experience in multi-modal delivery of educational programming (face-to-face,
blended, online, and distance learning)
Demonstrated appreciation for open educational practices
Record of excellence in teaching, scholarship and professional activity
Substantial track record in research and the scholarship of teaching
Record of successful graduate student supervision
Extensive record of service including significant administrative contributions, e.g.,
as a department chair or program coordinator
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
Strong commitment to collegiality and consensus building across organizational,
disciplinary, and program boundaries
Ability to handle situations that require diplomacy and confidentiality
Ability to make difficult decisions
Strong entrepreneurial and financial management skills including market research,
project management, and budgeting
Willingness to manage cost-recovery programs
Experience in curriculum, policy development and the academic approval process
Experience in managing in a unionized environment that includes employee
recruitment and selection, evaluation, conflict resolution, contract negotiation, and
the grievance process
COMMENCEMENT OF EMPLOYMENT: July 01, 2012, or as soon as the successful
candidate is available.
REVIEW DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: Applications will be reviewed commencing
June 07, 2012, and continue until the position is filled.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent
residents will be given priority. As part of its commitment to Employment Equity, TRU
encourages applications from qualified members of the four designated groups: women,
aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and visible minorities. Applicants are
invited to identify themselves if they belong to any of the four designated groups.
Please forward applications via e-mail to email@example.com, quoting the Competition #12-
515 in the subject line. Include a cover letter, current curriculum vitae, the names and
full contact information for three (3) referees, and copies of all graduate transcripts.
Only attachments in the following formats will be accepted:
Word (.doc, .docx), PDF, Text (.txt), Excel (.xls, .xlsx). Paper and/or faxed
applications will no longer be considered.
We wish to thank all applicants, however; only those under consideration will be