Dean, Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Provost & VP Academic Admin

Competition No.  -    A103149233
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

The University of Alberta and College of Health Sciences invites applications for the appointment of Dean, Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Serving as Alberta's sole pharmacy school since 1914, the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has held consistent rankings among the top three institutions in Canada, top 50 globally, and top 15 for global research (QS rankings by subject – citations per paper).

The faculty is home to 550 undergraduates, 50 graduate students, and a community of 5,279 living alumni. With 65 faculty and staff, 487 preceptors based in 66 communities, and significant collaboration across the university, the faculty works to support the profession through a focus on excellence in teaching and research across all aspects of pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences. The Faculty offers the following programs to students: Entry to Practice Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD), PharmD for Practicing Pharmacists, Master of Business Administration and Doctor or Pharmacy (Combined Degrees), MSc and PhD, and a Certificate to Canadian Pharmacy Practice.

Reporting to the Vice-Provost and College Dean, College of Health Sciences, the Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences will work with a team of two Associate Deans and is responsible for the leadership and administration of all aspects of the operations of the Faculty, including budget and fund development. In addition to the role of senior officer of the Faculty, and a member of Deans’ Council, the Dean is a senior administrator of the University. The Dean fosters an environment in which world-leading research and excellence in teaching and engaged scholarship flourish. As the face of the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, the Dean is champion of curricular initiatives, research, and scholarship, professional training, global outreach, and recruitment of high-quality faculty and student talent. The Dean cultivates an environment in which students, faculty and staff thrive.

As Dean, you will have an earned Doctorate or equivalent in a relevant field and qualifications commensurate with an appointment at the rank of Professor. It would be an asset to be a licensed pharmacist. In addition, you are a distinguished scholar who has maintained an active program of scholarly enquiry while holding a senior-level administrative position within an academic environment. You will be a dynamic and visionary leader with a demonstrated track record of fostering a culture of collegiality and collaboration within a university environment for faculty, staff, and students. With an authentic and demonstrated commitment to, understanding of, and experience leading equity, diversity, and inclusion practices and Indigenous engagement, the successful candidate will drive change and inspire faculty, students, staff, and community partners.

Home to over 40,000 students from 156 countries and 15,000 faculty and staff with over 300,000 alumni worldwide, the University of Alberta (U of A) is a top-five Canadian university and most recently in the top 100 globally based on the Shanghai academic rankings of world universities. The U of A is a leading teaching and research institution with a long history of excellence. Under the leadership of the University’s 14th President and Vice Chancellor, Bill Flanagan, the University of Alberta continues to move forward with signature distinction as one of the world’s most respected public universities, at its foundation lie talented people – students, faculty, and staff – who with their creativity, ingenuity and drive, join in advancing human knowledge and pursuing scientific discovery for the benefit of all. The University seeks to foster an inclusive culture in which people excel through exchange and collaboration, enriched by the diversity of individuals, groups, disciplines, perspectives, approaches, and questions that characterize its community.

The university’s new operating model consists of a hybrid of centralized and decentralized services which promotes consistency, avoids duplication, and supports a one-university approach and service culture. Core to the model is the establishment of the university’s three new colleges: the College of Health Sciences, the College of Natural and Applied Sciences, and the College of Social Sciences and Humanities. The colleges leverage excellence within all departments and faculties to improve both academic and administrative performance as One University.

The College of Health Sciences brings together the combined strength of all our health sciences faculties and schools, enabling a new level of interdisciplinary health science research and teaching that advances the full spectrum of human health and wellness in individuals and communities around the world. The college includes 6 faculties (Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation, Medicine and Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Public Health, and Rehabilitation Medicine), more than 770 faculty members, and more than 7,200 undergraduate and graduate students. 

The University has engaged DHR Global to manage this search. To explore this exciting opportunity further, please contact the DHR Calgary Office at 403-410-6700 or submit your resume to This application portal will remain open until the position is filled.

This is a global search that is an open competition where the committee will consider both internal and external candidates. The application portal will remain open until the position is filled.

This position is a full-time, continuing appointment and offers a comprehensive benefits package found at Faculty & Staff Benefits and an annual salary of 250,000 to 340,000. Salary will be commensurate with experience. We thank all candidates for their interest; only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

To assist the University in complying with mandatory reporting requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (R203(3) (e)), please include the first digit of your Canadian Social Insurance Number in your application. If you do not have a Canadian Social Insurance Number, please indicate this in your application.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientations or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.