We acknowledge that the lands on which Memorial University’s campuses are situated are in the traditional territories of diverse Indigenous groups and we acknowledge with respect the diverse histories and cultures of the Beothuk, Mi’kmaq, Innu, and Inuit of this province.

Grenfell Campus (grenfell.mun.ca) is inviting applications for the position of Dean, School of Fine Arts. We are seeking an exceptional individual with a strong and multi-faceted knowledge base of the Fine Arts, as well as excellent leadership and administrative ability. The appointment is a five-year term from the date of commencement, as negotiated with the preferred candidate, and is subject to renewal. The review of applications will commence May 15, 2021 and will continue until a successful candidate is determined.

The position profile for this opportunity is available here.

Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador, has a population of more than 1,400 students; over 20% of the student body self-identifies as Indigenous, and 20% of Grenfell’s students are international students. The Campus emphasizes innovative approaches to teaching and learning, research and engagement. Experiential learning, impactful research and strong community relationships are the hallmarks of Grenfell’s profile. Our campus is located in Corner Brook, on Elmastukwek/Bay of Islands, in traditional Mi’kmaw territory within the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Grenfell Campus has gained a reputation for high-quality education in Fine Arts (Theatre and Visual Arts); humanities, science, and social science; professional programs; nursing (administered by the Western Regional School of Nursing); and for environmental programming and institutes. Grenfell offers 16 undergraduate and 3 graduate degrees, including BFA degrees in Theatre and Visual Arts, and an MFA in Visual Arts; Atlantic Canada’s first low-residency MFA program. Grenfell Campus is home to Memorial University’s School of Fine Arts, which offers the only university-credited Theatre and Visual Arts BFA programs in the province, and houses MUN’s university art gallery (Grenfell Art Gallery), and a black box theatre. The School of Fine Arts is an engine for culture and creative research in the province, enjoying a collaborative relationship with all of MUN’s campuses including the Labrador Institute, the Marine Institute, the St. John’s Campus, and the Bonne Bay Marine Station in Gros Morne National Park. The school also shares a close relationship with Memorial University’s Harlow Campus in England, where both Theatre and Visual Arts classes benefit from experiential learning opportunities.

Reporting directly to the Vice-President (Grenfell Campus), we are seeking a visionary and dynamic individual to raise the School’s profile, spark further program development, promote diversity and inclusivity, and lead the School in teaching, research, scholarship, service, and engagement. The candidate must be eligible for tenure at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor at the time of the appointment. The candidate will possess a customary terminal degree within their field with demonstrated ability in teaching, research and administration, and substantial leadership skills in communication and innovation. In exceptional cases an equivalent combination of professional experience, training, and education may be considered. Of paramount importance is the capacity to work collaboratively, to inspire and facilitate the success of faculty, staff, and students, to represent the school externally, and to lead the school in future operational and infrastructural growth.

Inquiries, nominations and applications should be sent electronically to: deansearch@grenfell.mun.ca

Jeff Keshen
Vice-President (Grenfell Campus)
P.O. Box 2000
Grenfell Campus, Memorial University Corner Brook, NL A2H 6P9

Applicants should include a letter of introduction, curriculum vitae and the names and contact information of three references. The review of applications will commence May 15, 2021 and will continue until a successful candidate is determined.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Memorial University is committed to employment equity and diversity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including: women; people of any sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression; Indigenous peoples; BIPOC; and people with disabilities. As part of Memorial University’s commitment to employment equity, all applicants are invited to identify themselves as a member of a target group(s) as appropriate. Applicants cannot be considered as a member of a target group(s) unless they complete an employment equity survey. If you do not receive a survey or have any questions, please contact equity@mun.ca.