Director of the School of Computer Science University of Guelph Canada

Position: Director of the School of Computer Science

College: College of Engineering & Physical Sciences

Deadline: February 28, 2018, or until a suitable candidate is found


Position Description

The College of Engineering & Physical Sciences, University of Guelph, invites applications for the position of Director of the School of Computer Science. The Director is responsible for the effective, efficient, and collegial operation of the School. The appointment will be tenured at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor. The appointment as Director will be for a five-year term, with the possibility of renewal for another five years. The start date is no later than September 1, 2017.


Background Information

The School of Computer Science currently consists of 23 full time faculty, 8 staff, 800 undergraduate and 50 graduate students. It offers two majors, Computer Science and Software Engineering, available with a Co-operative Education option. The MSc in Computer Science emphasizes both academic and applied research, while the PhD in Computational Sciences produces interdisciplinary scholars who are capable of tackling emerging problems in the sciences, social sciences, humanities, etc. Two additional faculty, experts in cybersecurity, will join the School within the next few months and oversee the design, development and deployment of a new course­ based MSc in Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics (to be launched in September 2019).



The successful candidate possesses a PhD (or equivalent). They are not expected to satisfy all the criteria below. Expectations are commensurate with faculty level.



The ideal candidate is a successful and collaborative leader with excellent communications skills; a leader with a vision that will set the stage for innovative research, learning, and teaching within the School. They have occupied leadership roles and chaired a variety of committees at the departmental, college and university levels. They have extensive experience in human and financial resource management, and they have shown their ability to engage faculty, staff and students in developing and implementing new initiatives.



The ideal candidate is an exceptional researcher in a field related to the School's programs and activities. They have built an internationally recognized, sustained research program funded by tri-council agencies or equally prestigious funding agencies. They have extensive supervision experience and an outstanding record of research, with recent research-based publications in top-tier venues.



The ideal candidate is an exceptional teacher, with a record of high-quality teaching based on formal teaching evaluations and teaching awards. They have in-depth experience as an educator, characterized by curricular innovation, as well as peer­reviewed contributions and achievements in pedagogy.



Interested applicants must send a cover letter summarizing qualifications and leadership approach, a vision statement for the School, a detailed CV, a research statement, a teaching dossier, and the names and contact information of at least three references by February 28, 2018, all in one PDF file and in that order (maximum size 10MB) to:

Dr. Mary Wells, Dean                                                             ·

College of Engineering & Physical Sciences

University of Guelph

Summerlee Science Complex Room 1314

Guelph, ON


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All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. 


The University of Guelph acknowledge the Attawandaron people on whose traditional territory the University of Guelph resides and offer our respect to our Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and Métis neighbours as we strive to strengthen our relationships with them. 


At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion ( is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution.


The College of Engineering & Physical Sciences (CEPS) provides high quality research, learning· and a social environment that encourages and promotes comprehensive understanding of both traditional and emerging themes in physical science, engineering and computer science. Comprising of five primary academic units-Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics & Statistics and Physics-CEPS offers a range of well­ respected undergraduate and graduate programs.


Today, the College is home to approximately 3100 undergraduate and 370 graduate students and are served by CEPS to pursue one of 4 undergraduate and 4 graduate degree programs housed within the college, with 136 full-time faculty and 80 full-time staff. The College also teaches 16% of all students at U of G. The research funds awarded to the College in the 2015/2016 fiscal year were $17.3 million.



When you are building an academic career, you want to be part of an educational institution that values both your unique expertise and your personal aspirations. Many scholars and researchers have found those qualities at the University of Guelph in addition to high­ quality and diverse programs, exceptional faculty colleagues, talented students, and the academic reputation that make Guelph one of the top comprehensive universities in Canada.


Located in southwestern Ontario about an hour's drive from Toronto, Guelph is a university with long traditions and ambitious goals. We are leaders in advancing healthy animal and human systems, environmental sustainability, biodiversity, and food and water quality. Few institutions in the world have such a deep understanding of the life sciences or how commerce and culture have impacted our concept of life.


Guelph also has a reputation for excellence in teaching and is the only Canadian University designated as a national centre for advancing supplemental instruction. In the annual University Report Card survey, which appears in the Globe and Mail, students routinely give Guelph "straight A's" for overall quality. of the· educational experience and for student services.


All of this makes for a dynamic and exciting academic and learning environment at the University of Guelph.

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