Director, School of Urban Regional Planning
FCS, Urban & Regional Plann.
Posted: November 22, 2021
Deadline to Apply: Friday, January 28, 2022
Located in downtown Toronto, the largest and most culturally diverse city in
Canada and on the territory of the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee and the
Wendat Peoples, the The School of Urban and Regional Planning in the Faculty
of Community Services FCS at Ryerson University invites applications for
the position of Director of the School of Urban and Regional Planning at
Ryerson University with the successful candidate to be appointed for a term of
five years (subject to extension in year 3), commencing July 1, 2022, with
the possibility of renewal for an additional three- or five-year term.
This position falls under the jurisdiction of the Ryerson Faculty Association
(RFA) (www. rfanet.ca). The RFA collective agreement can be viewed here and
a summary of RFA benefits can be found here.
The duties and responsibilities of Department Director are laid out in detail
in article 26.1.E. of the Ryerson Faculty Association Collective Agreement.
Reporting to the Dean, the Director will provide exemplary academic and
administrative leadership, including stewardship of human and financial
resources, and will work collaboratively to provide leadership for curriculum,
program development, professional accreditation, community engagement, and
faculty development, research and scholarly activity, while promoting and
coordinating the continued evolution of the school. The new Director will be a
visionary leader who can take the school to the next level of achievement,
consistent with the academic plan of the Faculty and the University.
The Director will champion the School's mission in city-building and
sustainable community development and will promote and support the school's
ongoing efforts related to equity and anti-Systemic Racism and Discrimination
Working Group. The Director is responsible for providing academic and
administrative leadership in respect of, but not limited to, teaching; the
development and delivery of undergraduate and graduate curricula and programs;
creating a fair, equitable, inclusive and supportive environment for student
learning and engagement: supporting faculty involvement in scholarly, research
and creative activities; representing the School in the University; and
liaison with the planning profession and communities. The Director is required
to administer the affairs of the School after appropriate consultation with
its members, striving to ensure collegiality and collegial decision-making.
They will also be responsible for overseeing the implementation of University
equity, diversity and inclusion priorities and initiatives within the
The successful candidate must have a degree in planning and a Ph.D. in
planning or a related field, or a combination of academic and professional
qualifications that are equivalent and shall be a tenured faculty member at
Ryerson University or be eligible for tenure upon appointment. The candidate
must hold the registered professional planner designation (RPP) or
equivalent or be in the process of obtaining the designation and must
demonstrate the following:
an established reputation in the professional community;
an excellent record of scholarly research and/or influential practice;
teaching experience in one of the core curriculum;
capacity to provide effective academic and administrative leadership
an ability to support the development of scholarship;
a deep commitment to excellent communication with students and respect for
student experience that is central to the University's mission.
a commitment to upholding the values of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion as
it pertains to service, teaching, and scholarly, research or creative
activities as well as a willingness to uphold these values as Director, in
fostering an inclusive work environment;
an active and productive scholarly record; and
demonstrated commitment to mentoring junior faculty.
Preference will be given to a candidate with relevant experience in teaching
including in a studio setting, research and academic administration.
The School of Urban and Regional Planning, consisting of approximately 450
undergraduate and 70 graduate students, prides itself both on the quality of
its teaching and the breadth and excellence of its research. The School offers
a four-year undergraduate planning degree, a two-year Post-
Baccalaureate/Diploma planning degree and a Master of Planning degree in Urban
Development, all of which are professionally accredited by the Planning
Institutes of Canada. The School is a significant contributor to planning
education in Canada and is particularly well known for the quality of its
applied approach to planning education, especially studio-based teaching, and
its excellent students. We have a large, loyal and engaged alumni network, and
recently celebrated our 50th anniversary.
Additional information about the School of Urban and Regional Planning at
Ryerson University can be found here: www. ryerson.ca/surp.
How to apply
Applications are asked to apply by sending in their cover letter and CV to
Karen Shamoon at: firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for applications is
Friday January 28, 2022 at 5:00 PM. The Faculty of Community Services is
committed to full accessibility. Please contact Karen Shamoon if you have any
questions about accessibility and/or accommodation with respect to applying
for this position.
Any confidential inquiries can be directed to the Dean of the Faculty of
Community Services, Dr. Kiaras Gharabaghi at: email@example.com.
Equity at Ryerson University
At the intersection of mind and action, Ryerson is on a transformative path to
become Canada's leading comprehensive innovation university. At Ryerson, we
firmly believe that equity, diversity and inclusion are integral to this path;
our current academic plan outlines each as core values and we work to embed
them in all that we do.
Ryerson University welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to
upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to
expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. In addition, to
correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment in Canada, we encourage
applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged
and marginalized, including First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous
peoples of North America, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and
those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.
As an employer, we are working towards a people first culture and are proud to
have been selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers and a Greater
Toronto's Top Employer for both 2015 and 2016. To learn more about our work
environment, colleagues, leaders, students and innovative educational
environment, visit www. ryerson.ca, check out @RyersonU, @RyersonVPFA,
@RyersonHR and @RyersonEDI on Twitter, and visit our LinkedIn company page.
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