Associate Dean, Health Sciences and Director School of Nursing

Internationally renowned for its innovation in nursing education and research, McMaster University’s School of Nursing is seeking a leader who will continue to build on a stellar reputation for developing and enhancing capacity for education and research across the globe while delivering high-quality, responsive, and student-centred education and research programs at home.  The School of Nursing is one of Canada's most research-intensive schools of nursing in Canada. The School has a core commitment to innovative community outreach and partnerships and is an active partner in the Faculty of Health Sciences Indigenous Health Initiative.

McMaster University is one of four Canadian universities consistently ranked among the Top 100 by the major global ranking systems. Its research intensity is twice the national average. McMaster University’s Faculty of Health Sciences is unique in Canada as the pioneer in problem-based learning. It fosters exceptional interdisciplinary collaboration by combining health professional education in medicine, nursing, rehabilitation sciences, physician assistant and midwifery with health-related undergraduate and graduate educational offerings in a single Faculty. Its members hold over $133 million in research funding, placing McMaster’s Faculty of Health Sciences third overall in national research rankings and driving McMaster’s ranking as Canada’s most research-intensive, medical-doctoral university.

As Associate Dean and Director, reporting to the Dean and Vice-President, Faculty of Health Sciences, you will work alongside your team and colleagues, providing academic and administrative oversight to the School's educational, research, financial, and clinical activities. You will also be Director of the McMaster-Mohawk-Conestoga Nursing Consortium. In your capacity as Associate Dean, you are a key member of the Faculty Executive Council, which oversees faculty-wide issues.

As the ideal candidate, you are a respected and internationally recognized scholar, strategic leader and academic administrator who demonstrates great vision, champions change and innovation, develops people, and fosters a cohesive and enthusiastic community of faculty, staff, and students. You have a PhD in nursing or a related discipline, a record of excellence in academic and clinical leadership, and are eligible for licensing as a Registered Nurse in the Province of Ontario.   

McMaster is located in Hamilton, a vibrant city of 500,000, nestled against the picturesque Niagara escarpment on the western edge of Lake Ontario. A relaxed, culturally diverse atmosphere with excellent public schools make Hamilton an attractive place for families. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy the excellent local hiking, climbing and mountain biking. For more information, visit and

Applications will be accepted immediately, and will continue until the new Associate Dean and Director is appointed. The ideal start date for this position is July 1, 2018.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, to comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obliged to gather information about applicants’ status as either Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens. Applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenship; however, all applications must include one of the following statements:  Yes, I am a citizen or permanent resident of Canada or No, I am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

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We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those under consideration for the role will be contacted.

McMaster University is located on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Mississauga Nations and, within the lands protected by the “Dish With One Spoon” wampum agreement. In keeping with its Statement on Building an Inclusive Community with a Shared Purpose, McMaster University strives to embody the values of respect, collaboration and diversity, and has a strong commitment to employment equity. The diversity of our workforce is at the core of our innovation and creativity and strengthens our research and teaching excellence. The University seeks qualified candidates who share our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. While all qualified candidates are invited to apply, we particularly welcome applications from women, persons with disabilities, First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, members of visible minorities, and LGBTQ+ persons.  Job applicants requiring accommodation to participate in the hiring process should contact Boyden at to communicate accommodation needs.