Trinity Western University invites applications for the position of Dean of the School of the Arts, Media + Culture (SAMC). The Dean of SAMC will be a dynamic and transformational servant leader of outstanding Christian character who is an effective ambassador of the mission, vision, and values of Trinity Western University. As a member of the Deans’ Council, the Dean of the SAMC serves as a senior academic leader of the University and advisor to the Provost, and will responsibly represent and implement the academic and administrative policies and decisions of the University internally and externally. The Dean of SAMC will demonstrate wise, strategic, and collaborative management of the artistic, pedagogical, and scholarly gifts of the faculty and students. The Dean of SAMC provides visionary leadership in alignment with the vision and strategic direction of the University and builds effective external relationships that advance the interests of the University. Possessing emotional and cultural intelligence, entrepreneurial ambition, financial and managerial acumen, and theological insight, the Dean is able to work in a highly collaborative manner that values diversity in people and ideas. Capable of managing the day-to-day operations of SAMC with a view to ensuring thriving programs, s/he possesses the commitment, personal characteristics, insights, and abilities of an effective administrative and organizational leader. The Dean of SAMC must be capable of fostering an academic culture and program mix that deliver market-relevant, high-quality, student-focused learning experiences. The Dean will oversee the work of chairs, directors, and/or Assistant or Associate Deans as well as staff in SAMC and provide effective mentoring of faculty in their professional development, the craft of teaching, the integration of faith and learning, and the advancement of scholarly pursuits, including being a national leader in Christian scholarship in the fields represented in SAMC.
In this context, the successful candidate will:
Unreservedly adhere to and positively defend the University’s Statement of Faith and Community Covenant(available here);
Demonstrate how his/her Christian faith affects leadership, teaching and scholarship for the disciplines in the School;
Provide a transformational model of leadership in setting and implementing academic goals and managing to institutional and board policies;
Be able to develop a compelling vision and strategies to implement new and existing programs in response to market demand;
Exemplify servant leadership with a spirit of humility;
Demonstrate a high level of cultural and emotional intelligence;
Effectively represent the academic administration and institutional matters to the faculty and serve as an advocate for faculty to the academic administration;
Demonstrate a commitment to academic freedom in a faith-affirming academic environment;
Possess the ability to think critically, encourage new ideas, provide strategic direction, and sustain a flourishing teaching and scholarly culture;
Demonstrate a collegial style of leadership with departments and faculty members under his/her jurisdiction; and
Serve as an effective spokesperson for the University in academic, community and church circles.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES AND PRIORITIES:
1. Academic Leadership
The primary responsibility of the Dean will be to provide academic leadership in the School of the Arts, Media + Culture. The Dean will:
Think, work, and act institutionally by prioritizing the achievement of the University’s mission, core values, and vision through a commitment to market-relevant, high-quality, student-focused learning experiences;
Provide visionary and innovative leadership that is responsive to changing market demands;
Lead and leverage the gifts and abilities of SAMC’s faculty in the course of seeking to fulfill SAMC’s strategic plan;
Honour and mentor SAMC faculty’s ability to integrate faith and learning in all aspects of the School’s operations;
Lead and develop academic programs of excellence that revitalize and cultivate Christian imagination and advance Christian scholarship within the disciplines represented in SAMC;
Seek opportunities to advance themes that are important to the University such as Indigenizing the curriculum, developing a global and culturally inclusive perspective, and encouraging interdisciplinary collaborations;
Promote, monitor, evaluate, and provide support for the work of the faculty with respect to teaching, scholarship and research, and service to the University community;
Establish effective relationships with external bodies (e.g., peer Dean associations);
Work collaboratively with offices across the University;
Monitor the academic programs in SAMC relative to the academic and financial metrics established by the Office of the Provost;
Initiate and implement new programs/courses and modes of delivery in SAMC that have market demand, in collaboration with department chairs, the Office of the Provost, the University Senate, and the University President, as appropriate;
Represent SAMC on Dean’s Council, and on other committees, as appropriate;
Represent SAMC’s interests within the broader context of the University’s priorities and the University’s policies, goals, and priorities to SAMC; and
Demonstrate academic expertise in an area encompassed by SAMC by teaching a prescribed number of courses as approved by the Provost.
2. People Management
The Dean will enable all faculty and staff in SAMC to exercise their duties effectively. The Dean will:
Give leadership in the recruitment of faculty and staff who are strongly aligned with the mission and values of the University;
Supervise, evaluate, and mentor all faculty in their teaching roles; assisting and inspiring them to improve their teaching skills;
Encourage faculty in their scholarly and professional development, as well as in the success in attaining financial support for their scholarly pursuits;
Provide and prepare annual professional development reviews/reports for each faculty member and annual performance reviews of staff;
Review and assess, for the appropriate committees, all faculty applying for tenure, promotion, sabbatical leaves, and research funding within SAMC;
Meet regularly with and provide supervision to academic leaders within SAMC and work with academic support staff in a spirit of warm interpersonal relations; and
Regularly develop and manage a workforce plan for SAMC by collaborating with the Office of the Provost when recruiting and/or appointing all full- and part-time faculty and staff.
3. General Administration
The Dean will provide effective and efficient administration of all matters pertaining to the operation of the academic departments in SAMC. The Dean will:
Effectively articulate and support University standards and policies, both orally and in writing;
Administer all academic, operational, and human resource management policies;
Prepare and manage operating, capital, salary, and revenue budgets for SAMC;
Give general oversight to the usage and development of specialized departmental facilities, including studio, practice, and performance space;
Evaluate course viability (student demand and enrolment), Student Experience of Teaching and Learning reports, and grade distribution reports, and, when required, take corrective action;
Assist the department chairs in each semester’s course scheduling activities;
Direct departmental and program reviews as determined by the Provost; and
Handle student appeals pertaining to grades, dropping courses, changes in final examination schedules, exemption forms for graduation requirements, student discipline regarding academic dishonesty, and student complaints about faculty and staff as it relates to competence.
IDEAL CANDIDATE PROFILE:
A dynamic and proactive servant leader of outstanding Christian character, the Dean is an important member of TWU’s leadership team, contributing to the strategic planning and achievement of the University’s shared objectives. Those objectives include sustaining the transformational TWU educational experience that is built on high-quality teaching and learning; supporting faculty scholarship and research; offering innovative undergraduate programs; attracting outstanding students and faculty; and broadening and deepening community engagement.
Experience and Qualifications
Terminal degree in a SAMC related discipline;
Academic administrative leadership experience (at least five years);
Achieved Associate Professor faculty position, with demonstrated excellence in scholarship, teaching/learning, and service that is consistent with the mission of TWU;
Leadership in faith integration demonstrated within one’s discipline;
Proven commitment to the principles of servant and transformational leadership;
Ability to develop effective working relationships that facilitate
collaboration, trustworthiness, and integrity;
Cultural competence, including demonstrated skills in creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace;
Ability to assess and innovate, to look at the present and prepare in advance for the future;
Ability to exercise business acumen and effective stewardship of resources and budgets;
Superior written and oral communication skills;
Strong problem-solving capacity and exercise of good judgement;
Ability to engage multiple stakeholders to accomplish strategic initiatives; and
A firm commitment to TWU’s Mission and Vision, Core Values, Statement of Faith, and Community Covenant;
Duties and responsibilities that do not constitute a major change may be added, deleted, or changed at any time at the discretion of the supervisor either orally or in writing.
Reports to the Provost.
Provides supervision to all SAMC full- and part-time faculty and staff.
For more information on this position, please see the Executive Brief attached on the job application website. In addition, more information about Trinity Western’s School of Arts, Media + Culture can be found here.
Trinity Western University is Canada’s premier Christian University of the arts, sciences, and professions. Recognized for quality, TWU is consistently ranked among the top two universities in Canada for Educational Experience by the National Survey of Student Engagement; holds four Canada Research Chairs; wins National Championships in U Sports; and emphasizes experiential learning to prepare graduates to make a global impact. TWU has been developing leaders of character and competence for more than 50 years. Interested candidates are asked to carefully review the TWU Mission Statement (available here), Statement of Faith and Community Covenant (available here). Successful candidates must be willing to support these statements during their employment at TWU.
All prospective candidates are required to submit the following as part of their online application:
a cover letter;
a curriculum vitae;
verification of doctoral (or terminal) degree;
signed Statement of Faith and Community Covenant; and
a document (no more than two pages) which describes how you anticipate your Christian faith would influence your teaching, scholarship and leading others in your faculty as a Dean at Trinity Western University.
Please complete the online application available here; only complete applications will be considered. Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found.
Trinity Western University encourages applications from all eligible candidates who are able to commit to the university’s mission, values, and Christian identity as articulated in its Statement of Faith and Community Covenant. We are committed to an ethic of inclusion and to the equal treatment of all persons without discrimination in accordance with human rights law. We particularly invite applications from indigenous people, women, persons with disabilities, and visible minorities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations during the application process should contact Isabel Lopez (Isabel.Lopez@twu.ca) in the Human Resources Department.
Trinity Western University is located on the traditional and ancestral territory of the Sto:lo people.
Established in 1962, Trinity Western University (TWU) is a fully accredited institution and a member of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada since 1984. Trinity Western offers 42 undergraduate and 19 graduate degree programs. More importantly, lives are changed at TWU through its whole-person, Christ-centred approach to education. With a wide array of programs, TWU equips leaders of character and competence to make a positive impact in the lives of others.