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Department Head, Civil Engineering, Schulich School of Engineering

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Job ID: 14626

Updated: March 31, 2018

Location: Main Campus

Position Description

The University of Calgary’s Schulich School of Engineering invites applications for an appointment with tenure at the rank of Professor to serve as the Department Head, Civil Engineering. This is a key leadership position within the Schulich School of Engineering (SSE). The Department Head appointment is a five-year term, renewable and subject to review.

The Schulich School of Engineering (SSE) is a leader in engineering education and research innovation. We draw on our combined strengths in teaching and research to offer students rich and diverse learning experiences, and create a dynamic research environment that encourages high-caliber research. Located in Calgary, the energy and engineering capital of Canada, the Schulich School of Engineering has close ties to the community and key industry partnerships that provide extensive opportunities for research and student engagement.

The Civil Engineering Department is home to some of the most creative and interdisciplinary civil engineering researchers in Canada. In addition to traditional areas, researchers of the Department of Civil Engineering at Schulich conduct leading-edge, multidisciplinary research in the areas of environmental engineering, biomedical engineering and project management.

The Schulich School of Engineering is searching for an outstanding and proven leader and engineer to assume the role of Head of the Department of Civil Engineering. We are seeking a candidate who has achieved excellence in their career, and has the potential to be a strong and effective leader. The successful candidate must successfully strengthen the Department in the context of the University’s Eyes High strategic direction and the Faculty’s Strategic Plan Energizing Engineering Education, while interacting with industry, government, and the broader community on a regular and sustained basis to promote the Department.  It is required that the Department Head will have earned a PhD degree in a related discipline and either is registered as a Professional Engineer or is eligible to be registered as a Professional Engineer.

The successful candidate will be considered relative to our Faculty Council’s “Appointment, Authority, and Responsibility of Department Heads” document, which states:

“The position of Head should be held by someone who has the personal respect of students and colleagues, who is a teacher and scholar, but who is willing to assume for a time special responsibility for the harmonious and effective functioning of the University at the department level. In departments which prepare students for professional careers (e.g. in the Schulich School of Engineering), the Head should also have earned the regard of non-academic colleagues. During the period of appointment, a Head is expected to put the interests of the department ahead of one’s own research interest.

The Head should be appointed for devotion to education and research, for intellectual, professional and administrative abilities, and for qualities of leadership.”

Candidates will also be considered relative to the following key attributes:

  • Leadership: Ability and commitment to lead, guide and work within complex environments.
  • Vision:   Ability to define and pursue appropriate new directions, not simply to maintain the status-quo.
  • Integrity: Ability to lead others through effective and transparent decision-making to facilitate trust among all stakeholders consistently and equitably.
  • Fairness: Provide fair and balanced treatment across the Department.
  • Communication: Highly effective at communicating and engaging with all faculty, administrative staff, technical staff, graduate and undergraduate students, post-doctoral fellows and community partners.
  • Scholarship: Recognize and emphasize the continued pursuit of scholarly excellence within the Department.
  • Advocacy: Effective advocate for the Department’s people and resources.
  • Connection: Foster strong internal and external department relationships, and ability to build and strengthen a positive team environment.

The Schulich School of Engineering vision identifies three priority areas: research that makes a difference, committing to student success, and fostering diversity as described in our Strategic Plan.  

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit an application online via the 'Apply Now' link and are advised that the application process allows for only four attachments. Your four application attachments should be organized to containing the following (which may require you to merge documents, such as publications):

  •   Curriculum vitae
  •   Statement of leadership approach (not to exceed one page)
  •   Statement of how you will support research excellence (not to exceed one page)
  • Statement of how you would champion Student Success and positive experiences (not to exceed one page)
  • Statement on how as a Department Head you will support leadership and equity, diversity and inclusion (not to exceed one page)
  • Name and contact information of at least three referees

Applications will be accepted until March 30, 2018.

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

Additional Information

To learn more about academic opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Academic Careers website. For more information about the Schulich School of Engineering visit Careers in the Schulich School of Engineering.

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit
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