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Director, Interdisciplinary Centre for Health & Society (ICHS)

Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
Deadline: May 07, 2018  12:00:00 am

Director, Interdisciplinary Centre for Health & Society (ICHS)
University of Toronto Scarborough

Located in Canada’s largest city, the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) is home to a community of learners and scholars with a global outlook. One of three campuses of the University of Toronto, UTSC is known for its commitment to interdisciplinarity in teaching and research, its deep engagement with the community, and its exceptional work in experiential education and cooperative programming. UTSC cultivates the intellectual and personal growth of approximately 13,000 students, involving them in a community dedicated to the principles of mutual respect, inclusion, and social responsibility.

Home to a growing team of award-winning faculty and approximately 850 undergraduate students pursuing arts and science degrees, the Interdisciplinary Centre for Health & Society (ICHS) is committed to the critical study of health from a range of disciplinary perspectives. Established in 2017, ICHS boasts some of the most innovative health research and educational initiatives available to students interested in becoming the next generation of workers and scholars in the field. It is within this context that the University of Toronto Scarborough invites nominations and applications for the position of Director, Interdisciplinary Centre for Health & Society.

The new Director of ICHS—who will possess a PhD in a relevant discipline and be appointable at the rank of Associate Professor/Professor—will have the opportunity to capitalize on the momentum the Centre already enjoys, and to continue to build its stature and academic profile. Reporting to UTSC’s Vice-Principal Academic & Dean, the Director of ICHS is responsible for the overall direction of the Centre, for the mentoring of faculty, and for working collegially to imagine the future through new programs and directions. The Director will work effectively with a range of constituents, and will be well-networked, nationally and internationally, in the health arena. The successful candidate must have strong leadership skills, a clear understanding of (and appreciation for) health studies from a broad interdisciplinary perspective (from the clinical and biological health sciences, to social science and humanistic ways of knowing), experience managing budgets and teams, and a demonstrated ability to attract funding and build educational and research programs.

The University of Toronto is regularly named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers and one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers. Fully committed to teaching and research as complementary facets of scholastic achievement, the University of Toronto is consistently ranked among the top 25 universities in the world for teaching, research, and innovation, and also leads in disciplinary excellence with top ranked departments in fields ranging from neuroscience to geography to philosophy. In 2017, U of T was ranked 13th in the world for the employability of its graduates.  U of T alumni are major economic drivers, having founded 190,000 ventures across all major industries, generating hundreds of billions in annual revenues and employing millions of people globally. U of T graduates also include many thousands of distinguished researchers, teachers, creative artists, decision-makers, and persons of influence, including prominent federal, provincial, and municipal politicians, global business leaders, and eminent philanthropists. President Meric Gertler has identified enhancing undergraduate education, deepening international collaboration, and leveraging the University’s position in the Greater Toronto Area – one of the world’s most diverse urban regions – as the University’s top three strategic priorities.

Review of applications will begin after May 16, 2018, and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applications must include a letter of application and a curriculum vitae. The finalist(s) will be asked to present a research statement, a teaching dossier including a teaching statement and course evaluations, and references. Salary and rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Inquiries and/or applications, in confidence, should be directed to Jason Murray at

In accordance with the AODA, accommodation will be provided to individuals with disabilities throughout the recruitment process.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

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

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