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College/Unit:  College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Job Title:        Associate Dean – Policy and Programming Innovation

Date:             October 2020

Term:             3-year term (January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2023), renewable


The Associate Dean provides leadership for graduate programming and policy to promote excellence in graduate education and support the research mission of the university.  The Associate Dean provides vision for innovation in graduate degrees and holistic graduate education.  The Associate Dean fosters an environment that positions students and postdoctoral fellows for success as students and trainees and for their future careers.  The Associate Dean develops resources and supports for graduate chairs and faculty members to mentor and educate graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.  The Associate Dean holds delegated authorities to act in matters of student academic affairs.


Reporting to the Dean CGPS, the Associate Dean is a member of the Dean’s senior leadership team.  

CGPS oversees 120 programs including certificates, diplomas, doctoral degrees, thesis-based masters programs and entry to practice masters for professional designations. The Associate Dean must understand the diversity of perspectives inherent to the variety of disciplines and cultures within the institution and works to find common ground for college policies and standards.  The Associate Dean will lead systematic review of policies and procedures within the college to align with best practices in comparator institutions, to incorporate principles of equity, diversity and inclusion and indigenization to meet institutional goals as well as designing the change management required to implement new practices.

The Associate Dean will work collaboratively to develop strategic initiatives to elevate teaching and mentorship practice within CGPS programs and clearly define program learning outcomes.  The Associate Dean is responsible for exposing the campus community to new models for graduate education including interdisciplinary programming.

The college has more than 200 postdoctoral fellows and 4000 graduate students who are likely to be international, mature students, parents, and increasingly indigenous.  The Associate Dean provides leadership in developing an EDI strategy for the college creating an inclusive environment including development of multicultural competencies and destigmatizing mental health challenges.  The Associate Dean works collaboratively to resolve issues for students and fellows and is a decision maker for matters of academic standing.

There are currently 1897 faculty members of the college (Professor, MD, Adjunct, Associate, Affiliate). The Associate Dean collaborates to provides resources and training opportunities to engage and support faculty members of the college for excellence in graduate education.  They will cultivate a community of practice that is imbued with principles of mentorship, EDI and reconciliation.  

The Associate Dean works in a highly dynamic, complex, fast-paced and demanding environment serving the range of disciplinary norms and competing interests.  Decisions of all levels of importance are required on a routine basis and may serve as the Acting Dean or in the Dean’s stead when required.


Planning and Leadership

  • Participates in setting the strategic goals of the college and development and execution of implementation plans
  • Represents the Dean/College on university advisory committees such as VPR Associate Deans Research and Associate Deans Academic
  • Is an ex officio member of the CGPS Council, CGPS Council Executive Committee, the Awards Committee and Interdisciplinary Studies Committee and may serve as the Dean’s designate on the various other standing committees of Council.
  • Chairs ad hoc committees for strategic projects
  • Fosters a collaborative approach to support proponents in the development of new program proposals or changes to programs and shepherds proposals through the various levels of academic governance.
  • Participates on behalf of the Dean in quality assurance processes by guiding programs to develop self-study, supports program change in response to feedback and monitors timelines for implementation.
  • Leads regular and comprehensive review of College Governance, Policies and Procedures to strategically remove barriers for students with a focus on indigenous, racialized, and other groups or individuals that may suffer systemic and systematic discrimination.

People and Environment

  • Develops and oversees delivery of onboarding of new Graduate Chairs to facilitate effective and efficient program management and collaboration with CGPS.
  • Serves as a resource for students, staff, and faculty members of the college as well as governance committees in areas of CGPS policy.
  • Builds relationships with stakeholders in departments/schools/colleges to support program management, program change and new program development. Reviews new program proposals and program changes to ensure quality and adherence to standards and alignment with degree-level standards
  • Meets with individual students as necessary to discuss their concerns and supports resolution of issues and conflicts for students. May serve as the liaison with other support units to resolve student issues and academic affairs.
  • Supervises and mentors four direct reports: Committee and Program Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Program Administrator, Postdoctoral Studies Coordinator and Student Services Officer. The Director of Programs and Operations has a dotted-line reporting relationship to the Associate Dean.
  • Works collaboratively with the Dean, Directors, Committee and Program Coordinators and college communicators to ensure CGPS entries in the University Calendar, the CGPS Policies and Procedures Manual and supplemental information on the website are accurate, up-to-date and consistent.
  • Provides input to ensure procedures, workflows and databases are optimal.
  • Serves as the Dean’s delegate in matters of significant reputational risk such as approval of external examiners for doctoral defenses.

Risk Management

  • May serve as the Dean’s delegate in matters of significant reputational risk and high stakes for individual students such as issues with negative External Examiner reports for PhDs and negative outcomes at thesis-defense and policy exceptions.
  • Serves as the Administrator for graduate student academic misconduct.
  • Vets Postdoctoral Fellowship Registration (signs off on appointments).
  • Leads regular review of College policies and procedures to ensure compliant with institutional standards and best practices.
  • Advises the Director of Programs and Operations to ensure the college effectively monitors the progress of individual students, maintains appropriate student record, and communicates with students and departments concerning progress toward degree.
  • Assists the Dean in identifying problems in program management ahead of regular program review and communicates appropriately with college designates to remedy situations.
  • Keeps the Dean informed of difficult to resolve issues for students and postdoctoral fellows.

Financial and Resource Management

  • Provides advice to the Dean on the operational budget for the unit.
  • Advises the Dean and Director of Programs on matters relating to the day-to-day operations within the college to provide exemplary service to students, staff, and faculty members.
  • Manages a small budget to provide training opportunities, workshops, and symposiums.

Teaching, Research, and Scholarly and Artistic Work

  • The Associate Dean will stay current of trends and developments in graduate education through professional bodies and literature and creates opportunities for faculty to adopt new modalities of graduate training.
  • The Associate Dean will continue to undertake research and scholarly work in their area of expertise.

Other duties as assigned by the Dean.


  • Associate or full professor conversant in best practices in graduate education and quality assurance practices, and the development of learning outcomes and assessment.
  • Demonstrated leadership in areas such as innovation in graduate programming, creation of interdisciplinary programs, decolonization of curriculum, or international collaborative programs.
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Demonstrated commitment to the TRC calls to action with respect to PSE and principles of indigenization and decolonization.
  • Experience with college and university governance committees and processes, and policy development.
  • Experience managing graduate programs as Graduate Chair or related role.
  • Demonstrated ability to resolve complex situations and conflicts in relation to faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows in collaboration with support units.

Meet the Candidates

The CGPS Associate Dean Search Committee is pleased to introduce the CGPS Associate Dean, Policy & Programming Innovation candidates.

Dr. Ryan Walker

Dept. of Geography & Planning

  • B.A. (University of Lethbridge)
  • M.A. (University of Waterloo)
  • Ph.D. (Queen's University)

This is an exciting opportunity to work with a brilliant campus-wide graduate faculty and administrators to build an international alumni community of the brightest, most engaged, and career-ready people in the world. USask Profile

 Meeting Dates: December 3 and 4, 2020



Dr. Jaswant Singh

Dept. of Veterinary Biomedical Sciences

  • BVSc and AH (University of India)
  • MVSc (University of India)
  • PhD (University of Saskatchewan)

Let us Be Bold & Be Ambitious as we embrace the principle of manacihitowin (let us respect each other) to address the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. I believe that I possess the broad experience, listening-skills, consensus-building abilities and passion for graduate training to support the mission of CGPS and to advance the vision articulated in the University and College Plans. USask Profile

Meeting Dates: December 7 and 8, 2020



Dr. Andrew Grosvenor

Dept. of Chemistry

  • B.Sc. (University of Western Ontario)
  • M.Sc. (University of Western Ontario)
  • Ph.D. (University of Alberta)

I am committed to working with all stakeholders of the University to elevate and support graduate students and postdoctoral researchers from underrepresented groups so as to increase the diversity and representation of our graduate student and postdoctoral researcher populations for the betterment of us all. USask Profile 

Meeting Dates: December 9 and 10, 2020


Public Presentations

Presentation Topic:  What is your vision for the position of the Associate Dean – Policy and Programming Innovation? How will you support opportunities and meeting challenges for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows of the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies?


Dr. Ryan Walker

Dr. Jaswant Singh

 Dr. Andrew Grosvenor


Thursday, Dec 3
11:00 a.m. – noon

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Via zoom

 Monday, Dec 7
Noon – 1 p.m.

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Via zoom


 Wednesday, Dec 9
Noon – 1 p.m.

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  The virtual public presentations will be 20 minutes in length followed by an opportunity for Q&A.  Dean Burshtyn will introduce candidates and moderate questions. The presentations will be recorded.