Dean, Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering

The University of Toronto (U of T) invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean, Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering.

The Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering is one of the world’s preeminent engineering schools and number one in Canada. It has created a thriving community of innovation and entrepreneurship, with more than 50,000 alumni across the country and around the world. The Faculty is home to 5,300 undergraduate and 2,415 graduate students, 260 faculty members, 400+ industrial research partners, and has relationships with over 300 Professional Experience Year Co-op employers. Engineering’s outreach to and engagement with the greater community are cornerstones of the Faculty’s success, and the Faculty is proud to have the highest percentage of women in first year of any Engineering school in Canada at 40.2%. The Faculty’s outstanding achievements in research and engineering education are strengthened by its open environment, where diverse perspectives are embraced, and unconventional ideas are encouraged. In 2017-18, the Faculty attracted $74.4M in research funding and $26.5M in philanthropic support. It also launched a new era in education and research with the opening of the Myhal Centre—a multi-million-dollar facility aimed at transforming the way engineers collaborate, innovate, learn and create. This is an exciting time for the Faculty, with its dedication to academic excellence and impactful research in a number of areas, including data analytics and artificial intelligence. Engineering’s reach and visibility are truly global, its community is diverse and inclusive, and its student experience is unparalleled. For more information, visit

The University is seeking a new leader to guide the Faculty through the next phase of its evolution.

Reporting to the Vice-President and Provost, the Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering will be a distinguished academic and researcher appointable at the rank of Full Professor, who will have a broad understanding of, and appreciation for, the range of scholarship within the Faculty. Among other responsibilities, the Dean will effectively manage resources, encourage world-leading research and interdisciplinary collaboration, nurture mutually beneficial relationships with internal and external stakeholders, and promote scholarly excellence and pedagogical innovation.  The Dean will further U of T’s mission to prepare students for a lifetime of success and fulfillment by advancing the University’s commitment to re-inventing undergraduate education in a research-intensive context, including developing a range of new curricular and co-curricular options and learning opportunities.   The Dean will also provide visionary and innovative leadership, encourage collegiality and collaboration, and empower the highly productive and committed group of faculty, staff, and students that can be found in the Faculty. The successful candidate will have a proven track record of consultative and decisive leadership, be an excellent communicator and motivator and a champion for matters of diversity, inclusivity, and accessibility, and be a person of unassailable integrity and character.

Fully committed to teaching and research as complementary facets of scholastic achievement, U of T is consistently ranked among the top 25 universities in the world for teaching, research, and innovation, and also leads in disciplinary excellence with top ranked departments in fields ranging from neuroscience to geography to philosophy. U of T was recently ranked 12th in the world for the employability of its graduates.  U of T alumni are major economic drivers, having founded 190,000 ventures across all major industries, generating hundreds of billions in annual revenues and employing millions of people globally. U of T graduates also include many thousands of distinguished researchers, teachers, creative artists, decision-makers, and persons of influence, including prominent federal, provincial, and municipal politicians, global business leaders, and eminent philanthropists. President Meric Gertler has identified enhancing undergraduate education, deepening international collaboration, and leveraging the University’s position in the Greater Toronto Area – one of the world’s most diverse urban regions – as the University’s top three strategic priorities.

Regularly named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers and one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers, the University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, but applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In accordance with the AODA, accommodation will be provided to individuals with disabilities throughout the recruitment process.

The new Dean, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering takes office July 1, 2019 or as mutually agreed, with consideration of candidates for the role beginning December 2018. Inquiries and/or applications, in confidence, should be directed to Gerri Woodford or Jason Murray at