Associate Vice-Principal of Research Facilitation and Infrastructure

University of Toronto


Associate Vice-Principal & Associate Professor/Professor: Research Facilitation & Infrastructure

Date Posted: 05/13/2022
Closing Date: 06/20/2022, 11:59PM ET, Open Until Filled
Req ID: 22906
Job Category: Faculty - Tenure Stream (continuing)
Faculty/Division: University of Toronto Scarborough
Department: UTSC: Office of the Vice-Principal Academic & Dean
Campus:University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC)


The University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) invites applications for the position of Associate Vice-Principal Research & Innovation-Research Facilitation & Infrastructure (AVPRI–RFI). The successful candidate will be eligible for a full-time tenure stream academic appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor. The successful candidate’s academic appointment will be to a relevant department at UTSC depending on their area of expertise. The AVPRI–RFI appointment will be for a 5-year term, effective September 1, 2022, or shortly thereafter with the possibility of renewal for a second term.

The AVPRI–RFI will be a visionary, inspiring, and passionate enabler of the campus’ strategic research and innovation priorities and directions; a champion of the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences; and the embodiment of integrity, transparency, and accountable stewardship. The AVPRI–RFI must have a PhD by the time of appointment; a distinguished record of excellence in research and teaching; an established international reputation as someone who can sustain and lead innovative and independent research at the highest international level and maintain an outstanding, competitive, and externally funded research program. The successful candidate will also have extensive, demonstrated, accomplishments as a successful academic administrator and a scholar-leader in a research-intensive institution, with evidence of commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion and the promotion of a respectful and collegial learning and working environment, where everyone is valued and supported to thrive. The AVPRI–RFI will have the ability to drive and to facilitate a broad range of individual and collaborative research and creative practice, both disciplinary and interdisciplinary; will be skilled at engaging collaboratively with internal and external partners and stakeholders; and will have a sophisticated understanding of the research funding landscape, including granting councils, philanthropy, government, and commercial/industrial partnerships.

Candidates must provide evidence of research excellence which can be demonstrated by a record of sustained high-impact contributions and publications in top-ranked and field-relevant journals and/or scholarly presses or through significant creative practice activities/outlets, the submitted research statement, presentations at significant conferences, distinguished awards and accolades, and other noteworthy activities that contribute to the visibility and prominence of the discipline, as well as strong endorsements from referees of high standing.

Excellence in teaching will be demonstrated through materials such as a strong teaching statement, sample course descriptions/outlines/resources, teaching evaluations, and strong letters of reference.
Candidates must also provide evidence of a commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion and the promotion of a respectful and collegial learning and working environment, as demonstrated through the application materials.
Reporting to the Vice-Principal Research & Innovation (VPRI) of UTSC, and working collaboratively within a tri-campus system, the AVPRI–RFI serves as a senior administrative member of an integrated research leadership team – which includes an Associate Vice-Principal Research & Innovation– Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships (AVPRI–SIP, UTSC) – to advance UTSC’s research mission and coordinate research initiatives and support across the UTSC campus.

The AVPRI–RFI will perform a pivotal leadership role supporting the successful pursuit and realization of UTSC’s strategic research objectives. In particular, acting on delegated authority and general direction from the VPRI, the AVPRI–RFI is responsible for enhancing and growing established and emerging areas of research strength that will differentiate UTSC as a global research leader in those fields (e.g., see Inspiring Inclusive Excellence: strategic direction 2.1) and developing, implementing and helping to oversee a new research support framework that facilitates realization of UTSC’s scholarly ambitions (e.g., see Inspiring Inclusive Excellence: strategic direction 2.2).

Salary and rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

UTSC is an integral part of the University of Toronto’s tri-campus system. The University of Toronto (U of T) is internationally recognized as belonging to an exclusive group of top-tier global institutions. U of T continues to be the highest-ranked Canadian university and one of the world’s top-ranked public universities.
As one of U of T’s three campuses, UTSC is the embodiment of inclusive excellence, a bold community of conscientious and adaptable global leaders in scholarship, innovation, teaching, and learning, who constructively disrupt the status quo, connect the world, and advance transformative change for the good of all. Set in the beautiful Highland Creek Valley of one of the most vibrant and multicultural cities in the world, UTSC is home to over 1,000 faculty and staff and more than 14,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs across 16 academic departments, representing the humanities, social sciences, life, natural, computer, and mathematical sciences, and management. Our commitment to inclusive excellence has made us a destination of choice for leading researchers, innovative teachers, talented learners and excellent staff from around the globe. Together, they engage in and support cutting-edge scholarship in diverse fields, thereby sustaining a vibrant intellectual community where we strive every day to inspire boundless ingenuity, address the pressing issues of our day, and generate solutions that are boundless in their impact. For more information about UTSC, please visit

Applicants are asked to submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the following information in their application package: a research statement outlining current and future research interests together with three recent publications; and teaching materials as outlined above. Candidates are also asked to submit a 1‐ to 2-page statement of contributions to equity and diversity, which might cover topics such as (but not limited to): research or teaching that incorporates a focus on underrepresented communities, the development of inclusive pedagogies, or the mentoring of students from underrepresented groups. You may submit the aforementioned documents to AVPRI– Applicants must also arrange to have three letters of reference sent directly by the referee (on letterhead, dated, and signed) to AVPRI– by the closing date.

For more information on this opportunity, please contact Laverne Smith & Associates Inc. at AVPRI–

Review of applications will begin after June 20, 2022, and applicants should endeavor to have all materials submitted by then, however applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

Caution: This ad is “posted only” to the U of T faculty job board. Please see the information above for the application instructions. Applications submitted via the U of T platform will NOT be considered for this position.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Diversity Statement

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

Accessibility Statement

The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

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