JOB – Dean, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University

Applications and nominations are invited for the position of Deaof the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University. The appointment is for a five-year term, commencing July 1, 2012. Founded in 1959, York University offers a world-class, modern, interdisciplinary academic experience in Toronto, Canada’s most multicultural city. York is at the centre of innovation, with a thriving community of almost 60,000 faculty, staff and students who challenge the ordinary and deliver the unexpected. The University has 10 faculties, offering over 5,000 courses and degrees at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels. York is Canada’s third-largest university, with over 240,000 alumni, an operating budget of $890 million and over 280 international partnerships. More information is available at

The Faculty of Environmental Studies (FES), established in 1968, redefines the conceptual and theoretical boundaries of environmental studies. FES is committed to social and environmental justice and equity, to collaborative approaches, and to fostering interdisciplinary exploration through the intersection of the humanities, social sciences, arts and natural sciences. The Faculty provides unsurpassed opportunities for teaching, learning, and research on a range of theoretical and applied environmental issues. It offers students the flexibility to pursue their individual learning objectives, as well as opportunities for joint study with other Faculties. FES currently has a full-time faculty complement of approximately 40 and a student population of almost 1300, pursuing undergraduate (BES) and graduate (MES and PhD) programs. The Faculty engages in significant outreach and partnership activities locally and internationally. Additional information about FES is available at

The Dean is the chief academic and administrative officer of the Faculty, and leads the Faculty in its teaching, research and service missions, as well as directing its budget, general administration and future development. She or he is an important member of York’s senior leadership team, contributing to the future directions of the University. The successful candidate will bring a strong record of academic and administrative experience and leadership to this position.

The search committee will begin reviewing applications in January and will continue until the position is successfully filled. Please respond electronically, in confidence, with a letter of introduction and a curriculum vitae that includes the names of three references (who will not be contacted without the consent of the applicant) to the University’s consultant:

Laverne Smith & Associates Inc.
1 Yonge Street, Suite 1801
Toronto, Ontario M5E 1W7