Dean, School of Community and Health Studies - Centennial College

  • Phelpsgroup
  • Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Mar 12, 2018
Full time Other

Job Description


Dean, School of Community and Health Studies

An opportunity to support Centennial College’s mission of learning, teaching and research, as dean of a complex school comprised of six departments, two child care centres, multiple student ‘living labs’ and two public clinics.

Centennial College prepares people to excel in the careers they want and the ever-changing world they face. This is our promise to students and we practice it every day. How is this accomplished? Through exemplary teaching, leadership and innovative programming that emphasizes new skills and blurs the line between work and learning. Centennial students graduate as global citizens aware of social justice and equity issues, capable of contributing anywhere in the world.

The School of Community and Health Studies (SCHS) is a large school with two large, distinctive divisions: Community Studies, comprised of the Community Services and Child & Family Studies departments; and Health Studies, comprised of the Health & Wellness, Nursing, Joint & Collaborative Health, and Emergency Management & Public Safety departments. Each division is complex, with a wide range of programs (certificate, diploma, advanced diploma and bachelor’s degrees) preparing graduates for a broad array of professions and careers.

As the new Dean, School of Community and Health Studies, you will contribute significantly to the academic well-being and growth of the College while providing academic and administrative leadership, supervision, support and direction to chairs, faculty, other academic managers, administrative and support staff across the School. You will be accountable for planning, organizing, staffing and managing the School’s academic operations, including the content, delivery and regular review of post-secondary and non post-secondary full-time and part-time, ancillary and international courses and programs. In addition, you will be in charge of the School’s ancillary operations, including the Emergency Management and Public Safety Institute, two child care centres and two public clinics (Massage Therapy and Esthetics).

An accomplished academic leader, you will support and advance the School’s vision of achieving excellence in teaching and learning within a caring, inclusive environment, by leading the creation of new learning pathways that are flexible, innovative and reflective of industry needs, including a broad range of program offerings. Your focus will be on achieving high levels of staff and learner engagement, influence, recognition and satisfaction, as well as advancing online and hybrid learning, Internationalization and Indigenization of program curricula, and research and scholarship, including the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). It will be your role to ensure that course and program standards conform to external accreditation and licensing requirements, and are responsive and relevant to the needs of the students and the community at large and consistent with the College’s strategic directions.

Centennial will count on you, as Dean of SCHS, to enhance the School’s extensive field and clinical placement networks and involvement with provincial and/or national accrediting and regulatory bodies, active professional affiliations and organizations representing the private and public sectors, and achieve excellent results in accreditation and program approval reviews. As a Centennial ambassador who models the College’s commitment to global citizenship, equity and inclusion, and the senior-most administrator in the School, you will be accountable for the academic quality and integrity of all health, nursing, child and family studies, emergency management and public safety, and community services programs offered at Centennial.

You are a big picture and strategic thinker who demonstrates stewardship in maintaining stability across the School and moving forward business plans. Your objective, as you supervise the development, delivery and review of programs, will be to ensure that course offerings meet the needs of Centennial’s diverse domestic and international learners, across all learning delivery modes. Working collaboratively in a unionized environment to promote the highest standards of academic quality and student success, you will provide vision, leadership and support to the School to meet the complex needs of students, balance budgets, meet enrollment and retention targets, and ensure overall success.  

You are a recognized senior leader with 9 or more years of progressively increasing responsibilities in the educational sector or a health-related industry, well supported by a master’s degree (or equivalent) in a related discipline such as Health, Adult Education or Educational Administration, and knowledge of the education and health and community services sectors and equity issues. With a proven ability to set and achieve priorities and work within budgets, you are adept at managing in a dynamic fiscal environment, and at supporting program and business strategies through financially sound business plans.

As the new Dean of the School of Community and Health Studies, you will call upon the expertise and insights you’ve gained through professional experience in a highly complex educational environment that involved working collaboratively with government, unions and the community. Equally important, you will bring to the table your strong understanding of the implications of serving a diverse, multilingual student population, your dedication to lifelong learning, and your professional commitment to students with a broad spectrum of needs in their pursuit of academic achievement and success.

To be considered for this highly complex academic leadership role, please forward your resume in PDF form to Phelpsgroup at by April 9, 2018.

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Phone: 416-364-6229

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