Director, School of Optometry and Vision Science
The School of Optometry and Vision Science in the Faculty of Science at the University of Waterloo invites nominations and applications for the position of Director of the School. The incumbent will also carry the title of Associate Dean of Science, Optometry. The University of Waterloo is located in the attractive two-university community of Kitchener-Waterloo (population 350,000) in southwestern Ontario, about one hour west of Toronto.
The base salary range for this position at the rank of Professor is $150,000 to $200,000. Negotiations beyond this salary range will be considered for exceptionally qualified candidates.
Candidates are expected to have a proven track record of leadership, teaching and research, and to have a demonstrated ability in administration and a deep understanding of the optometric profession and vision science. Clinical experience would be an asset. They should also be eligible for a faculty position, normally at the level of full professor. The successful candidate will set the academic tone for the School, exercise overall responsibility for the operation of the associated clinics, be responsible for the relationship between the School and the broader optometric profession, and play a leading role in the academic planning and management processes within the School and the Faculty of Science.
The School of Optometry and Vision Science, the only English-language School of Optometry in Canada, has more than 90 full-time members of faculty and staff, currently accepts 90 students into the professional program annually and produces highly sought-after graduates. The School is very research active, with substantial research grant and contract income, and attracts outstanding Canadian and international applicants to its graduate program. With more than 40 graduate students currently enrolled, the Vision Science graduate program is one of the largest in the world. The School has two world-renowned centres of excellence. The Centre for Contact Lens Research is the second largest research centre of its kind in the world, and the Centre for Sight Enhancement is the only accredited low vision centre in Canada and the only accredited service within an optometry school in North America.
The School of Optometry and Vision Science hosts a large University-based clinic operation, with over 20,000 patient visits annually. A second primary care clinic exists as part of a multidisciplinary health care facility in downtown Kitchener, in space shared by a satellite branch of the McMaster University Michael DeGroote School of Medicine and the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy. To ensure that the School continues to evolve with the rapid development of the profession of optometry, the School is engaged in an extensive curriculum review process. Recent legislation in the Province of Ontario granting optometrists the authority to prescribe therapeutic pharmaceutical agents, creates a significant opportunity to revise our University-based clinical programs. The School is currently engaged in a Strategic Planning process that will lead to the formulation of a major capital campaign in support of new clinical infrastructure.
Applications and nominations should include a detailed resume, the names and contact information for three individuals willing to provide references, and a statement of capabilities and qualification. The closing date for application is November 30, 2016. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2017. Send applications or nominations to:
Professor R.P. Lemieux, Dean
Faculty of Science
University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue, West
Canada, N2L 3G1
Phone: (519)888-4567 ext. 30353 Fax: (519)746-2543
The University of Waterloo respects, appreciates and encourages diversity. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals including women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.
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