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The University of Saskatchewan values diversity, and Indigenous engagement is a strategic priority.

Dean, Agriculture and Bioresources

Requisition: req4916

Open Date: 8/27/2019 

At the heart of Saskatoon, on Treaty 6 territory and the homeland of the Métis, is the University of Saskatchewan. With annual research revenue of almost $200-million, the University of Saskatchewan is one of the top research-intensive, medical doctoral universities in Canada, and is home to research and teaching of global recognition. Learning and discovery are enhanced by outstanding facilities, including the Canadian Light Source synchrotron, VIDO-InterVac, the Global Institute for Food Security, the Global Institute for Water Security and the Sylvia Fedoruk Centre for Nuclear Innovation. USask is home to more than 25,000 students from around the world including more than 2,900 self-declared Indigenous students who work alongside 7,000 distinguished faculty and staff. The University has a Strategic Plan: ‘The University the World Needs’ that is based on three strong commitments and 12 goals. It is a forward-thinking, strategic document that guides the institution’s aspirations for 2018-2025. Visit

At the College of Agriculture and Bioresources, students are taught and mentored by a dedicated team of world-class teacher-scholars.  They attend classes in one of the most modern and extensive teaching and research facilities for agricultural science in the world.  There are approximately 1300 undergraduate students in degree and certificate programs, 270 graduate students engaged in research-based post-graduate study at the masters and doctoral levels across a broad array of both basic and applied research, and a faculty complement of 90. The College encompasses five departments (Agricultural and Resource Economics, Animal and Poultry Science, Food and Bioproduct Sciences, Plant Sciences, and Soil Science) and multiple specialized centres and facilities. Graduates of the College’s programs leave with excellent scientific training and a foundation of marketable career skills. The College benefits from strong university partnerships and collaborations that include the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, the College of Engineering, the School of Environment and Sustainability, the Toxicology Centre and the Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence.  The College also enjoys strong support and engagement with government agencies and local, regional and national industry groups.  For more information about the College of Agriculture and Bioresources, visit

The next Dean of the College of Agriculture and Bioresources will continue to develop and implement a vision for the college and ensure the academic quality and integrity of the college through collaborative leadership. Major responsibilities include: advocating and promoting best practices in research, teaching, outreach and engagement; promoting positive relations internally and externally; attracting financial resources; and identifying and pursuing opportunities to support and enhance the long-term growth of the College and its research centres. The new dean will have a relevant advanced degree, outstanding leadership experience in an academic environment, and a strong record of scholarly activity in a relevant field. Demonstrated experience in developing a vision and leading people to achieve exemplary performance and outcomes is essential.

The Consideration of candidates will begin late September and continue until the position is filled, with the new Dean to take office at a mutually agreed date. To ensure consideration, written nominations, applications, or expressions of interest should be directed in confidence, to Gerri Woodford or Laura Brannan at

The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. The university must, however, comply with federal immigration requirements. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.