Associate Dean, Master of Arts

Location: Niagara Falls, ON

Reports To: Provost & Vice-President, Academic


The University of Niagara Falls Canada (UNF), Ontario’s newest university set to open its doors in 2024, will be offering a host of distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to prepare graduates to be leaders in a digital world through a host of innovative undergraduate and graduate programs and research. Our programs are designed to promote a digital mindset characterized by digital fluency – a combination of technical proficiency, literacy, ethics and communication – and by a growth mindset that is future-focused, collaborative, change-oriented and disposed toward continuous learning. The University of Niagara Falls Canada is a subsidiary of GUS Canada and part of the Global University Systems (GUS) network. GUS is one of the largest education groups in the world; offering accredited bachelor's, master's, medical and law degree programs, vocational and professional qualifications, and language courses to approximately 100,000 students globally. GUS Canada has successfully introduced many innovative post-secondary institutions to communities across the country over the past decade, including University Canada West (Vancouver), the Canadian College of Technology and Business (Vancouver), the Toronto School of Management (Toronto), the Trebas Institute (Toronto and Montreal), and The Language Gallery (Vancouver and Toronto).

Primary Purpose

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.

Specific Responsibilities


• Maintains a teaching load of 3 courses annually.

• Engages in research and scholarly activity.


• Receives and responds to student concerns or complaints regarding faculty, grades, misconduct etc. in accordance with relevant UNF policies.

• Coordinates and participates in student events in collaboration with Student Services (such as welcome events, industry speakers, and other events that ensure a high sense of student’s sense of belonging and engagement).

• Coordinates the administration of course evaluations each term in line with the Student Evaluation of Instruction Policy.

• Collaborates with the Student Recruitment department and participates in and supports the student recruitment process.

Management & Department culture

• Effectively represents the program, the University, and the community.

• Ensures transparency of process for program decisions, and that decisions are made and implemented in accordance with relevant and applicable timelines.

• 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.

• Ensures opportunities for discussion and open communication and feedback with respect to events and issues affecting the program and/or academic unit (e.g., through regular (at minimum monthly) department meetings, social events, or regular meetings with individual faculty).

• Takes an active role, and encourages participation of members of the Department, in the activities, functions, and events of the Department and the University.

• Coaches and mentors faculty and staff. by providing guidance, support, and development opportunities.

• Works with the Centre for Teaching Excellence to ensure the effectiveness of department faculty in teaching, curriculum and program development, and pedagogical techniques.

Department Management

• 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.

• Ensures orientation to the program for newly appointed faculty.

• Works with faculty members to develop their annual plans for scholarly activities in accordance with the Scholarly Activity for Faculty Policy.

• Recommends funding and benefits for department faculty such as professional development, travel support, student workers, equipment, and other benefits in a fair and open manner.

• Oversees a fair and equitable allocation of faculty work such as teaching assignments, schedules, curriculum duties, and service responsibilities.

• Plans annual department workloads based on the strategic enrollment plan. Creates and submits course rotation plan to ensure that students can complete their program within the normal period of degree program.

• Communicate important dates for faculty set by the Academic Office – add/drop dates, last day to withdraw etc.

• Prepares and submits to monthly reports, annual reports, assessment reports, etc. as requested by the Executive and contributes to reports prepared for the Ministry.

• 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, ensuring inclusion of faculty, staff, students and Program Advisory Committee (PAC) input.

• Coordinates and participates in program and curriculum development in line with the Program and Curriculum Development Policy.

• Allocates curriculum review and development duties to Faculty members.

• Approves course syllabi prior to each semester start.

• Ensures curricular integrity by ensuring that leaning outcomes are assessed in a scaffolded fashion throughout the program.

Position Requirements

Minimum requirements:

• PhD degree in a relevant discipline.

• Willing to use, or to learn to use, information technology tools as aids to student learning.

• Evidence of teaching effectiveness at the post-secondary level.

• Demonstrated ability and commitment to cultivating learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of students with diverse social identities and backgrounds.

Preferred requirements:

• Experience teaching in a multi-modal post-secondary education environment. (minimum of 5 years teaching experience preferred).

• Experience teaching in an environment with diverse students.

• Track record of scholarly activity in the field.


• Professional experience in industry or business an asset.

• Excellence in teaching to diverse audiences.

• Learner centered approach to teaching.

• Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.

• Effective time management skills

Condition(s) of Employment:

o Must be legally entitled to work in Canada.

Diversity and Inclusivity Statement

University of Niagara Falls, Canada (UNF) is strongly committed to equity, diversity, and inclusivity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of color, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

University of Niagara Falls, Canada recognizes 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.

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