Chair of Department of Civil Engineering
Ryerson University Department of Civil Engineering

Chair, Department of Civil Engineering (Internal Search)

FEAS, Civil Engineering

Posted: February 9, 2021

Deadline to Apply: Friday, March 5, 2021

Chair, Department of Civil Engineering

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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 Department of Civil Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering & Architectural Design at invites applications for the position of a Chair of the Department. This appointment will be for a term of three years, commencing July 1, 2021 with the possibility of renewal for up to two additional three-year terms. 

The duties and responsibilities of Department Chair are laid out in detail in article 26.1.e. of the . Reporting to the Dean, the Chair will provide exemplary academic and administrative leadership, including stewardship of human and financial resources, and will work collaboratively to provide leadership for curriculum and faculty development, research and scholarly activity, while promoting and coordinating the continued evolution of the Department. As a vision leader, the Chair will promote the expansion of seminal and applied research, establish strong university-industry relationships, support fundraising activities and facilitate a collegial, interactive, and effective learning environment that brings out the best in students, faculty and staff members.

The successful candidate shall be a dynamic academic leader and educator who is a tenured faculty member or shall be eligible for tenure upon appointment and must present evidence of the following: 

  • Ph.D. in Civil Engineering or related field; 
  • membership in the Professional Engineers, Ontario [PEO]
  • capacity to provide effective academic and administrative leadership; 
  • excellent record of scholarly or creative activities; 
  • a proven track record of teaching excellence; 
  • highly developed communication and organizational skills and an ability and willingness in being an ambassador in promoting the Department across the University and within industry;
  • demonstrated ability for strategic planning, as well as demonstrated commitment to an interdisciplinary approach in education; 
  • demonstrated commitment to upholding the values of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion as it pertains to service, teaching, and scholarly, research or creative activities; 
  • ability to mentor junior faculty; and 
  • an enthusiasm for learning and knowledge creation, and an ability to communicate effectively within and beyond the Department. 

This position falls under the jurisdiction of the Ryerson Faculty Association (RFA) ().

The RFA collective agreement can be viewed here and a summary of RFA benefits can be found.

Department of Civil Engineering

The Department is composed currently of 22 full-time faculty and 11 support staff.  Approximately 800 undergraduate students are currently pursuing accredited Bachelor of Engineering degrees, while more than 174 students are currently enrolled in Ph.D., M.A.Sc. and M.Eng. graduate programs.  Faculty members are engaged in a wide spectrum of teaching and research activities within the fields of Construction, Environmental, Geomatics, Geotechnical, Structural and Transportation Engineering.  Faculty members typically have research funding from NSERC, and in several cases these grants are supplemented by industrial sponsorships, grants from other agencies and research contracts with government and other institutions.  Several state-of-the-art laboratories supplement extensive teaching and research activities. Further information about the Department is available at . 

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted by 4:00 p.m., March 5, 2021, to Dr. Tom Duever [], Dean, . The application must contain (i) a letter of application, (ii) a curriculum vitae, (iii) a statement outlining a proposed three-year plan, including the applicant’s vision for the profession and the Department building upon the applicant's perceptions of the existing strengths of the Department and those characteristics required of a department of this size, with relevant academic programs, and (iv) a statement of the candidate’s philosophy and experience in supporting EDI.  

Equity at Ryerson 

At the intersection of mind and action, Ryerson is on a transformative path to become Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university. At Ryerson and within our Department, we firmly believe that equity, diversity and inclusion are integral to this path; our current 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, Black-identified persons, other racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+. 

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