The School of Cities is a new, extra-departmental academic locus within the University of Toronto, bringing together scholars from across a wide range of disciplines to explore and address the challenges and potential of our rapidly urbanizing world. The School is building upon the University’s extraordinary community of hundreds of urbanists across its three campuses to create a rich, multidisciplinary hub for students and researchers.
A recognized urban scholar, you are highly regarded for your administrative leadership, adaptability, and track record of connecting and collaborating with multiple stakeholders. You will assume responsibility for the growth of a transdisciplinary and boundary-dissolving approach to research, education, and outreach. Collegial, visionary, and politic in equal measure, you will ensure that the School of Cities encourages academics across the University’s three campuses to engage with peers to realize the potential of collective exchange. Your ability to inspire meaningful collaborations within the University, together with public participation and powerful partnerships beyond the academy, will create a vibrant platform for understanding and serving the real needs of urban societies around the world.
You embody the ideals of scholarship, research, collaboration, and outreach, and are personally committed to principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion. You will foster an open and harmonious environment in which faculty, students, and practitioners will excel and the public will be heard. Your goal as Director will be to champion the creation of the world’s leading centre of research and applied scholarship dedicated to helping cities become places where all citizens thrive.
Fully committed to teaching and research as complementary facets of scholastic achievement, U of T consistently ranks among the top 25 universities in the world for research, teaching, and innovation. Alumni include many thousands of distinguished researchers, teachers, creative artists, prominent federal, provincial, and municipal politicians, global business leaders, and eminent philanthropists. The University is linked to the acclaimed clinical and research centres of its nine fully affiliated hospitals, and supports a vigorous program of commercialization through University of Toronto Entrepreneur-ship and its nine incubators and accelerators. President Meric Gertler has identified enhancing under-graduate 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.
The Director of the School of Cities will take office in 2020; consideration of candidates will begin immediately. Please direct confidential inquiries and/or applications to Project 190408 at www.caldwellpartners.com/
Work Address: Myhal Centre, Suite 853, 55 St. George Street, Toronto, ON M5S 0C9| Permanent Position | Language of Work: English | Requirements: relevant education and experience
Regularly named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers and one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers, 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. Please note that while all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, accommodation will be provided to individuals with disabilities throughout the recruitment process.