Tuesday, February 04, 2014

JOB: Director for the School of Kinesiology - The University of British Columbia


Director, School of Kinesiology
Faculty of Education
The University of British Columbia

The Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia invites applications for the position of Director, School of Kinesiology (KIN). The School of Kinesiology is a leading academic unit in Canada focused on interdisciplinary approaches to sport, physical activity and health across the lifespan, and is committed to excellence in scholarship, teaching, community engagement, and professional leadership.

The School of Kinesiology is situated in the Faculty of Education and is a member of the College of Health Disciplines. The School is committed to encouraging collaborative, interdisciplinary research and teaching among its members as well as with other university and community groups. The School has internationally recognized scholars investigating physical activity and health through diverse approaches ranging from cellular to societal levels of analysis. In addition, the School offers a Bachelors of Kinesiology degree with specializations in Kinesiology and Health Science, Physical and Health Education, and Interdisciplinary Studies. The graduate program includes M.A., M.Sc., Masters of Kinesiology (non-thesis), and Ph.D. degrees. The School is growing with program enrolments exceeding 1,100 undergraduate and over 100 graduate students. Additional information related to the School of Kinesiology is available at http://kin.educ.ubc.ca/.

The University of British Columbia is located in beautiful Vancouver, a multicultural, multilingual city ranked as one of the world’s best places to live. The university is recognized internationally as a leading research institution and, recently, was ranked as #1 in Canada in the social sciences and humanities by the Higher Education Strategy Associates. The Faculty of Education shares this commitment to research excellence and provides a comprehensive set of programmatic offerings at the baccalaureate, magisterial and doctoral levels. Academic units include the School of Kinesiology, the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy, the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education, the Department of Educational Studies, and the Department of Language and Literacy Education. The Faculty is a leader in Indigenous Education and offers additional cross-Faculty initiatives in early childhood education, educational technology and interdisciplinary studies. For further details about the Faculty and its research, please visit the website at www.educ.ubc.ca.

We are currently seeking applications from individuals with an international reputation and a distinguished record of academic accomplishments consistent with an appointment as Professor at UBC, in one or more of the Schools’ programmatic areas and related fields. Reporting to the Dean of the Faculty of Education, the Director will provide innovative administrative, intellectual, social, and academic leadership of the School, as well as continue to advance its programs and activities. Applicants should have proven leadership skills, a strong commitment to excellence to student learning; the ability to support and motivate research and learning activities; have excellent interpersonal skills; demonstrate evidence of successful administrative experience including implementation of strategic priorities and budgeting.

The Directorship appointment is for a period of up to five years, with the potential for renewal. It is anticipated that the successful candidate will have met UBC’s criteria and be recommended for a separate academic appointment at the rank of Professor with tenure. The appointment is expected to start July 1, 2015, or a date agreed upon by the University and the successful applicant, and subject to final budgetary approval. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. While applications will be received until the position is filled, interested parties are encouraged to submit by April 17th, 2014 to ensure optimal consideration. Interested individuals should send their letter of application, including statements of their vision, leadership and administrative experience, a curriculum vitae, a statement on learning enhancement, and three letters of reference to:

Dr. Blye Frank, Dean
Faculty of Education
University of British Columbia
2125 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4.
Tel: 604-822-5757 | Fax: 604-822-6501 | e-mail:
(Electronic submissions are welcome. Please indicate in subject heading: Directorship-School of Kinesiology)

For more information, please visit the School of Kinesiology at http://kin.educ.ubc.ca/.

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