Director of School of Urban Regional Planning
Ryerson University

Director, School of Urban Regional Planning

FCS, Urban & Regional Plann.

Posted: November 22, 2021

Deadline to Apply: Friday, January 28, 2022

Located in downtown Toronto, the largest and most culturally diverse city in Canada and on the  territory of the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee and the Wendat Peoples, the The School of Urban and Regional Planning in the Faculty of Community Services [FCS] at invites applications for the position of Director of the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Ryerson University with the successful candidate to be appointed for a term of five years (subject to extension in year 3), commencing July 1, 2022, with the possibility of renewal for an additional three- or five-year term.  

This position falls under the jurisdiction of the Ryerson Faculty Association (RFA) ( The RFA collective agreement can be viewed here and a summary of RFA benefits can be found.

The duties and responsibilities of Department Director are laid out in detail in article 26.1.E. of the . Reporting to the Dean, the Director will provide exemplary academic and administrative leadership, including stewardship of human and financial resources, and will work collaboratively to provide leadership for curriculum, program development, professional accreditation, community engagement, and faculty development, research and scholarly activity, while promoting and coordinating the continued evolution of the school.  The new Director will be a visionary leader who can take the school to the next level of achievement, consistent with the academic plan of the Faculty and the University.

The Director will champion the School’s mission in city-building and sustainable community development and will promote and support the school’s ongoing efforts related to equity and anti-Systemic Racism and Discrimination Working Group. The Director is responsible for providing academic and administrative leadership in respect of, but not limited to, teaching; the development and delivery of undergraduate and graduate curricula and programs; creating a fair, equitable, inclusive and supportive environment for student learning and engagement: supporting faculty involvement in scholarly, research and creative activities; representing the School in the University; and liaison with the planning profession and communities. The Director is required to administer the affairs of the School after appropriate consultation with its members, striving to ensure collegiality and collegial decision-making. They will also be responsible for overseeing the implementation of University equity, diversity and inclusion priorities and initiatives within the department.

The successful candidate must have a degree in planning and a Ph.D. in planning or a related field, or a combination of academic and professional qualifications that are equivalent and shall be a tenured faculty member at Ryerson University or be eligible for tenure upon appointment. The candidate must hold the registered professional planner designation (RPP) or equivalent or be in the process of obtaining the designation and must demonstrate the following: 

  • an established reputation in the professional community; 
  • an excellent record of scholarly research and/or influential practice; 
  • teaching experience in one of the core curriculum; 
  • capacity to provide effective academic and administrative leadership 
  • an ability to support the development of scholarship;
  • a deep commitment to excellent communication with students and respect for student experience that is central to the University’s mission. 
  • a commitment to upholding the values of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion as it pertains to service, teaching, and scholarly, research or creative activities as well as a willingness to uphold these values as Director, in fostering an inclusive work environment; 
  • an active and productive scholarly record; and 
  • demonstrated commitment to mentoring junior faculty. 

Preference will be given to a candidate with relevant experience in teaching including in a studio setting, research and academic administration.  

The School of Urban and Regional Planning, consisting of approximately 450 undergraduate and 70 graduate students, prides itself both on the quality of its teaching and the breadth and excellence of its research. The School offers a four-year undergraduate planning degree, a two-year Post-Baccalaureate/Diploma planning degree and a Master of Planning degree in Urban Development, all of which are professionally accredited by the Planning Institutes of Canada. The School is a significant contributor to planning education in Canada and is particularly well known for the quality of its applied approach to planning education, especially studio-based teaching, and its excellent students. We have a large, loyal and engaged alumni network, and recently celebrated our 50th anniversary. 

Additional information about the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Ryerson University can be found here: 

How to apply 

Applications are asked to apply by sending in their cover letter and CV to Karen Shamoon at: . The deadline for applications is Friday January 28, 2022 at 5:00 PM. The Faculty of Community Services is committed to full accessibility. Please contact Karen Shamoon if you have any questions about accessibility and/or accommodation with respect to applying for this position. 

Any confidential inquiries can be directed to the Dean of the Faculty of Community Services, Dr. Kiaras Gharabaghi at: . 

Equity at Ryerson University 

At the intersection of mind and action, Ryerson is on a transformative path to become Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university. At Ryerson, we firmly believe that equity, diversity and inclusion are integral to this path; our current outlines each as core values and we work to embed them in all that we do. 

Ryerson University welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. In addition, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment in Canada, we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+. 

As an employer, we are working towards a people first culture and are proud to have been selected as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers and a Greater Toronto’s Top Employer for both 2015 and 2016. To learn more about our work environment, colleagues, leaders, students and innovative educational environment, visit, check out @RyersonU, @RyersonVPFA, @RyersonHR and @RyersonEDI on Twitter, and visit our .

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