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Associate Dean, Master of Data Analytics

Position Job Title: Associate Dean, Master of Data Analytics

Location: Niagara Falls, Ontario

About the Master of Data Analytics program
This graduate program provides core training in the data science lifecycle, within Finance, business intelligence, technology and health care. There are three streams for students to specialize within; Marketing Analytics, Operations Analytics and General Analytics. Further information on this program can be found here.

About the Position
The Program of Master of Data Analytics invites applications for Associate Dean. The appointment will commence no later than Oct. 1, 2024.

As a member of the university’s Senior Academic Leadership team, the Associate Dean reports directly to the Vice-President, Academic (VPA) and provides advice and assistance to ensure high quality programs. The Associate Dean will also champion and contribute to the achievement of goals related to teaching, curriculum, scholarship, academic integrity and student success. The Associate Dean will assist in recruitment of full-time and sessional faculty teaching in their program and be responsible for work planning and evaluation of the faculty. Moreover, the Associate Dean will maintain a teaching load of 3 courses annually, while engaging in research and scholarly activity.

The successful candidate will have the following education and experience:

  • Extensive administrative leadership experience within post-secondary environments, with a focus on building teams while concentrating on excellence in the student experience
  • Competent in digital technology and knowledgeable of the field of data analytics – through the lenses of both academia and industry
  • PhD degree in a relevant discipline
  • Post-secondary teaching experience, with an inclusive learner-centered approach to teaching, willing to use, or to learn to use progressive information technology tools as aids to student learning.
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness at the post-secondary level and excellence in teaching diverse audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability and commitment to cultivating learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of students with diverse social identities and backgrounds.
  • Experience teaching in a multi-modal post-secondary education environment (minimum of 5 years teaching experience preferred).
  • Track record of research/scholarly achievement in a related field.
  • Professional experience in industry or business is an asset.

The successful candidate will demonstrate these competencies:

  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
  • Effective time management skills.
  • Adaptable, understands and demonstrates ability to adapt to new environments
  • Maintains flexibility and willingness to work outside regular business hours to meet organizational needs.

The Associate Dean is responsible for the following:

  • Leads the program, faculty and initiatives to effectively represent the program, the university, and the community.
  • Actively works to promote a culture that is inclusive, fair, open, respectful, tolerant of diverse views and protective of the collective good of the university.
  • Coaches and mentors faculty and staff. by providing guidance, support, and development opportunities. Ensures orientation to the program for newly appointed faculty.
  • Collaborates with the Centre for Teaching Excellence to ensure the effectiveness of department faculty in teaching, curriculum and program development, and pedagogical techniques.
  • Performs faculty recruitment and ensures recruitment processes are conducted in accordance with UNF Policies and relevant legislation.
  • Organizes and oversees the faculty peer reviews, peer observations, and performance assessment process in accordance with UNF Policies.
  • Oversees a fair and equitable allocation of faculty work such as teaching assignments, schedules, curriculum duties, and service responsibilities.Oversees the timely creation of program budget needs including faculty and staff planning, course schedules, and other program expenses.
  • Chairs the Program Advisory Committee.
  • Leads the internal self-study for Program Reviews in accordance with the Program Review Policy.
  • Approves course syllabi prior to each semester's start and ensures curricular integrity by ensuring that learning outcomes are assessed in a scaffolded fashion throughout the program.

What we offer

  • Competitive base salary
  • 4 weeks of vacation plus extensive paid time off, including annual birthday leave and volunteer days
  • Extended Health and Dental coverage, Emergency Medical Travel assistance
  • Employee Family Assistance Program (EFAP)
  • A generous annual Wellness Spending Account (WSA) and more!

Application Process

Interested candidates are invited to submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae (CV) including evidence of teaching experience and scholarly accomplishments, as well as the names of three references in one document to

The document must be submitted in electronic format (a single PDF document is preferred)

Note: file maximum of 5MB per attached upload.

Diversity, inclusion and equity
The University of Niagara Falls Canada (UNF) is strongly committed to equity, diversity, and inclusivity within its community and especially invites applications from all qualified candidates. Racialized persons / persons of color, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, 2SLGBTQI+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas are encouraged to apply.

We recognize that applicants may have had obligations outside of work that have negatively impacted their record of achievements (e.g., parental, elder care, and/or medical). You are not required to disclose these obligations in the hiring process. If you choose to do so, UNF will ensure that these obligations do not negatively impact the assessment of your qualifications for the position.

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

We will accommodate the needs of the applicants and the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) throughout all stages of the selection process, please advise to ensure your accessibility needs are accommodated through this process. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.

We appreciate all applications received; however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

We are situated on the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee, Hatiwendaronk and Anishinaabe peoples. We also acknowledge the many other First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples who call this region home.

We commit to building relationships based on respect, reciprocity, and reconciliation as we work, learn, and gather on this land. Furthermore, we acknowledge that the Niagara Region is situated on treaty land, and we stand with all Indigenous peoples, past and present, in promoting the wise stewardship of the lands on which we live.