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Posting number 2018.008
Position Associate Dean, Faculty of Professional Studies
Department Faculty of Professional Studies
Contract type 100% full-time, 5 year excluded appointment
Start date August 1, 2018
Salary scale Appropriate placement on the Excluded Salary Scale
Closing date March 23, 2018

About UFV

The University of the Fraser Valley is nationally recognized for its commitment to teaching excellence, community relevance, and Indigenization. With over 100 programs, from graduate and undergraduate arts, science, and professional degrees, to trades and technical education, university preparation, and continuing education UFV is the school of choice for over 15,000 students.

Posting details

UFV is a regional teaching and learning focused institution with a stated mandate to provide the best undergraduate education in Canada; to be a leader in the social, cultural, economic and environmentally-responsible development of the lower Fraser Valley; and to be entrepreneurial, innovative, and accountable. The population of the Fraser Valley is demographically diverse in terms of age groups, cultural background, and ethnicity.

UFV strives to be a place of learning that recognizes, respects, and includes indigenous ways of knowing.  Our Fraser Valley locations are in the traditional territory of the Stó:lō peoples.

About the Position

The Faculty of Professional Studies (FPS) is comprised of seven professional program areas; two Schools and five Departments including the School of Business, School of Social Work & Human Services, Department of Adult Education, Department of Computer Information Systems, Teacher Education Department, Library & Information Technology Department and the Department of Child, Youth and Family Studies. In FPS, we strive for creative, innovative and collaborative leadership directed toward UFV’s strategic vision with student and community success at its heart. We are committed to the process of indigenization of the university. 

FPS invites applications for the position of Associate Dean, subject to budgetary approval. The date of appointment is August 1, 2018 and is open to all UFV Type ‘B’ (i.e., permanent) faculty members.


Under the direction of the Dean, the Associate Dean will assist FPS in the attainment of UFV's Strategic, Education and Strategic Enrolment Management Plans. As a member of Deans’ Caucus, Deans’ Council and the Provost’s Council on Student Success, the Associate Dean will contribute to senior administrative decisions.

The position of Associate Dean in FPS will be focused on supporting faculty to become excellent teachers, academic citizens and scholars while ensuring FPS is engaged with our goals of Indigenization and internationalization. The role can be defined within three key areas: faculty development and mentorship, Indigenization and international development.

To ensure compliance with the Collective Agreement and University policies and procedures related to faculty qualifications and duties, the Associate Dean will administer periodic review of all faculty expertise and performance with respect to teaching, scholarship and service, as well as professional development opportunities to meet these needs.

Working in collaboration with the Dean and UFV International, the Associate Dean will facilitate partnerships with international partner institutions, including exchange opportunities for faculty, staff, and students.

The FPS is committed to responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions’ (TRC) Calls to Action on Education and adhering to the principles of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).  The Associate Dean, working together with the FPS Faculty Council subcommittee on Indigenization, will further this work in liaising with the UFV Office of the Senior Advisor on Indigenous Affairs, with community partners, and in developing/facilitating learning opportunities for faculty, staff and students in FPS to foster a greater understanding of cultural diversity and Indigenization.


Preference will be given to candidates with a terminal degree. The successful candidate will be able to provide evidence of:

  • A terminal degree from a recognized institution. PhD preferred but ABD will be considered;
  • A minimum of three years of successful administrative experience at the post-secondary level;
  • A high level of personal and professional integrity, a strong sense of ethics, and respect for privacy and confidentiality;
  • An ability to establish priorities and achieve objectives;
  • Experience in handling conflict effectively;
  • An ability to work in a fast-paced environment with tight deadlines;
  • Collaborative leadership;
  • Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication and the ability to lead group discussions;
  • Demonstrated experience in assessment and evaluation;
  • Analytical reasoning skills for analysis of data and information for the purposes of making sound decisions;
  • Knowledge of, and experience with, academic governance;
  • Experience in developing/facilitating professional development;
  • Knowledge of indigenous ways of knowing and being as reflected in one’s practice;
  • Thorough understanding of internationalization in post-secondary education;
  • Knowledge of the Collective Agreement and, preferably, experience with labour relations;
  • Distinguished achievement in the discipline and/or scholarship on teaching practice; and
  • Substantial leadership contributions in service.

How to apply

Applications should be submitted by March 23, 2018, along with curriculum vitae, referring to Posting #2018.008 to:


Email application to:

Human Resources
University of the Fraser Valley
33844 King Road, Abbotsford, BC, Canada V2S 7M8
Phone: (604) 854-4554
Fax: (604) 854-1538

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Please note:

  • We thank all applicants for considering UFV for employment.
  • Incomplete applications will not be processed.
  • In order to be environmentally and fiscally responsible, only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews.
  • Short-listed candidates may undergo a criminal record check and/or a verification of their education credentials, as required.
  • Shortlisted applicants for staff positions will be required to provide copies of their most recent evaluation summary.

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

UFV is committed to the principle of equity in employment.

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