Dean, Graduate Studies and Research

Royal Roads University is located on the traditional lands of the Lekwungen-speaking Peoples, the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations. This land has been part of the fabric of the life of Indigenous communities long before Hatley Castle was built, and it will be long into the future. It is with gratitude that we now learn and work here, where the past, present and future of Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, faculty and staff come together. Located in one of Canada’s most beautiful National Historic Sites, RRU is just minutes from downtown Victoria, British Columbia and is surrounded by old growth forest and awe-inspiring ocean and mountain views. RRU is a special-purpose university that delivers high-quality applied and professional programs. Established by the provincial government in 1995 through the Royal Roads University Act, RRU was created with a unique mandate and governance structure to respond to the labour market needs of British Columbia. RRU has over 34,000 alumni in 92 countries. With a reputation for innovation, RRU is a leader in the delivery of blended learning programs, which combine intensive residency experiences with online course work.

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Dean, Graduate Studies and Research

Division Department

Royal Roads University -> Office of the Vice-President, Academic & Provost -> Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research

Recruitment Type

Regular Full Time


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Job Description

Royal Roads University was established in 1995 as a public, applied research university, and for more than 25 years, Royal Roads has delivered programs that call on students to transform themselves – and the world around them.  At Royal Roads, full-time students, working professionals and lifelong learners find opportunities and skills to create positive change in their careers and communities, and on the global stage.  We pioneered the blended learning model in Canada—a unique contribution to the post-secondary landscape that allows our students to learn at their convenience while staying connected to their communities. Our progressive model of applied education and practice meets students where they are, delivering on-line and in-person certificate and diploma programs along with professional graduate and undergraduate degree programs, and two applied research doctorates.  Royal Roads University is a member of the Research Universities Council of BC (RUCBC), and in 2017, Ashoka University named Royal Roads a Changemaker Campus, one of more than 40 dynamic global universities and colleges committed to social innovation at their own schools and beyond. We are proud of the vital role we play in shaping tomorrow’s leaders and in finding new ways to meet our world’s increasingly complex challenges, and our students and alumni consistently describe our programs as life-changing experiences.  

We are currently seeking a collaborative, innovative and strategic leader to serve as the inaugural Dean of Graduate Studies and Research.  This is an exciting opportunity to establish and lead a new Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.

The Dean of Graduate Studies and Research is responsible for the overall administrative leadership and support of graduate studies and research, promoting interdisciplinary collaboration across the University and ensuring that excellent support structures are in place for graduate studies and research University wide.

As a member of the core Academic Leadership Team, the Dean, Graduate Studies and Research represents the University’s graduate studies and research internally and externally, with particular emphasis on the master’s thesis and doctoral dissertation processes, and on the importance and value of research both at the faculty and student levels. The Dean, Graduate Studies and Research is expected to articulate the vision and mission of the University to both internal and external constituencies to enhance the reputation of the University. The Dean, Graduate Studies and Research inspires the RRU community to engage in research and in various innovation initiatives and to value the opportunity to participate and contribute to their development. 

Key responsibilities include:

  • Providing vision, leadership and management to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research
  • Advocating for graduate education and ensuring graduate programming aligns with RRU’s academic, research and institutional priorities
  • Contributing to the evaluation of graduate programs for quality assurance purposes Advocating for research, research quality, knowledge mobilization, research outcomes and impact at both faculty and student levels
  • Developing, implementing and overseeing the University’s Strategic Research Plan, changemaking initiatives (including the University’s Ashoka Changemaker Campus designation), and the expansion of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals focused initiatives
  • Advocating for and advancing EDI initiatives as related to the research enterprise (e.g., CRC program; equity targets for CRC; EDI Action Plan)
  • Managing the overall budget of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research
  • Representing graduate studies and research at RRU both provincially and nationally

This appointment is for an initial five-year term, with an opportunity for renewal.

Job Requirements

  • Doctoral degree and a minimum of 10 years of experience in senior academic administrative leadership in a post-secondary environment, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Demonstrated record of scholarly activity, as well as evidence of, and commitment to excellence in teaching, mentoring, and supervision; a champion of interdisciplinary, experiential, participatory and innovative approaches to learning, teaching and research
  • Proven ability to contribute at the strategic and the operational levels for organizational growth and development
  • Demonstrated expertise in current principles and procedures of higher education planning, institutional effectiveness and continuous improvement
  • Advanced knowledge of graduate studies and research policy and ability to exercise sound judgement in creating, interpreting and implementing policy
  • Demonstrated leadership ability, mentorship and change-management skills
  • Excellent organizational, analytical reasoning and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and intercultural communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively and work collaboratively with a wide variety of stakeholders, internally and externally
  • Ability to manage diverse teams and to model RRU’s values, ensuring care for the physical and mental health and well-being of team members, and ensuring each member of the team feels valued, and is able to bring their whole self to the organization and participate as fully as possible in the success of RRU

If you have questions about this position, please contact Please see the attachment for detailed Role Profile.

Review of applications will begin June 3, 2024. 

Additional Information

This is a regular, full-time position working 37.5 hours per week. This position has been evaluated at EM-B with a salary range of $181,558 (minimum) to $213,598 (midpoint) to $245,637 (maximum) per annum. Employment offers will normally be made between the minimum and midpoint of the range and are determined by knowledge, experience and internal equity. The University is pleased to offer a comprehensive benefit package. Royal Roads University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our faculty and staff including, but not limited to, women, visible minorities, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity.

While Royal Roads University values all applications we receive, only those candidates shortlisted for further consideration will be contacted. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. However, you will need to be legally eligible to work in Canada for the duration of the employment contract. If you require any form of accommodation throughout the recruitment process, please contact us directly at attention: Lorisha Bühler or 250-391-2600 extension 4408 so we can offer you individualized assistance and ensure equity in our recruitment and hiring process. ALL COMPETITIONS WILL CLOSE AT 10.00 P.M. ON THE DATE OF CLOSING

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