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University of the Fraser Valley
Dean, Faculty of Science

Located in the beautiful Fraser Valley just east of Vancouver, British Columbia, the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) is a fully accredited, public university that enrolls approximately 15,000 students per year. UFV has campuses and locations in Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Mission, and Hope, and a growing presence in Chandigarh, India.

UFV offers more than 100 programs, including two master’s degrees, 15 bachelor’s degrees, majors, minors, and extended minors in more than 30 subject areas, and more than a dozen trades and technology programs.

The Dean, Faculty of Science builds on UFV’s commitment to interdisciplinarity and inter-departmental and cross-faculty collaboration and to connecting the University with the community, learning with doing, and research with teaching.  The Dean is a champion for the faculty and the Institution and is responsible for advancing excellence in teaching and learning, research, scholarship and creative activities, and for the development, delivery and ongoing quality review of innovative programs and initiatives within the Faculty. The Dean identifies, initiates, and cultivates strategic relationships with internal peers and external partners and community in representing the interests and building the profile of the Faculty, the University and its programs. The Dean also works to advance Reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and to be a leader in supporting a diversity of learners in an inclusive environment, while building relationships within the community.

The successful candidate will bring proven leadership experience within a post-secondary environment and a strong track record in developing and successfully launching programming that is immersive, collaborative and attuned to the needs of a diverse student population. The ideal candidate will have outstanding relationship skills and an ability to achieve results in a highly complex, multi-partner environment. The Dean will have demonstrated being committed to Reconciliation and Indigenization and will be focused on outcomes that serve a broad mandate.  A strong level of collaboration with faculty and peers will be imperative to the candidate’s success in supporting endeavors that strengthen connections with learners, the Institution and the general community.

The University of the Fraser Valley respects and values diversity and is committed to ensuring an inclusive process and creating a candidate pool that reflects the diversity of Canadian society.  UFV works diligently to remove barriers to ensure fair consideration of all candidates regardless of race, colour, age, disability or sexual orientation.

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