Principal Dean

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Author ahnationtalk
Date August 27, 2019
Deadline Open
Type Full Time
Company Wilfrid Laurier University
Location Canada, ON
Category Admin / Office
Client Wilfrid Laurier University
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Principal Dean

Posting ID : 11191
Apply By : 9/30/2019
Position Title : Principal Dean

Position Summary :

The Board of Governors of Martin Luther University College (Luther) announces the search for its next Principal-Dean. The Board seeks a qualified individual who will lead the implementation of the Strategic Plan 2019-2024 that has been crafted and approved by the Board.

Reporting to the Chair of the Board of Governors, the Principal-Dean is the chief executive and academic officer of Martin Luther University College and carries out all administrative and academic duties mandated by the Board. The Principal-Dean is also a member of faculty and Chair of the University College Senate, which has authority on academic matters. The Principal-Dean serves as the chief voice and interpreter of Martin Luther University College to its constituencies, and takes leadership in obtaining support for the University College from all possible sources.

    • The key qualifications for this role include:
    • An earned doctorate, in a field germane to the mission of the institution.
    • A creative, entrepreneurial and expansive approach to leadership and theological education.
    • Willingness to support the institution and its faculty in developing, expanding, and disseminating research.
    • Willingness and a demonstrated capability to implement the Strategic Plan 2019-2024 and lead the vision for Luther beyond 2024
    • A knowledge and appreciation of the history of the institution, its relationship to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, and a commitment to maintaining and continuing to build that relationship.
    • Active membership in the Lutheran church or a full communion partner is preferred.
    • Ability to identify new strategic partnerships, while building and maintaining existing strategic partnerships, especially between the University College and Wilfrid Laurier University.
    • Willingness and demonstrated ability to serve a diverse, multi-faith student body, faculty and staff.
    • Demonstrated administrative abilities, preferably within an academic institution.
    • Familiarity/expertise with accreditation processes for post-secondary institutions would be beneficial.
    • A passion for teaching and experience as a faculty member at the graduate level.
    • Demonstrated ability to inspire others through effective communication, and the wisdom and acumen to act as chief spokesperson for the University College.
  • Ingenuity in resource development and leadership in student recruitment.

Please submit inquiries, nominations and applications in confidence to:

Please include in the application your CV, and a document outlining how your experience matches the qualifications listed above. References will be requested of those selected for an interview.

All applications must be received by September 30, 2019

Our History

Martin Luther University College (Luther) is the founding institution of Wilfrid Laurier University (Laurier) and was instrumental in the establishment of the University of Waterloo.

Luther was founded in 1911 as the Evangelical Lutheran Theological Seminary of Canada to provide theological training for pastors serving Lutheran congregations in Canada. Three years later, the institution established Waterloo College School to provide preparatory academic work for seminarians, and educational opportunities for the wider community. In 1924, the school developed a faculty of arts known as Waterloo College, which affiliated with the University of Western Ontario the following year. In essence, the institution operated two schools: a school of arts and a seminary. In 1959, the institution’s Science and Engineering faculties (known as the Associate Faculties) received the Province’s approval to become the University of Waterloo. At the same time, the institution (seminary and arts college) received a provincial charter to become Waterloo Lutheran University. As the seminary formed pastors, the college created professional programs in church music, social work, business, and continued to focus on the liberal arts.

On Nov. 1, 1973, almost all of Waterloo Lutheran University’s property and personnel were transferred to the provincially funded Wilfrid Laurier University. At the same time, Laurier and Waterloo Lutheran Seminary entered into a federated partnership during which the seminary placed in abeyance its powers to grant theology degrees. The federated relationship continues: Luther’s graduate programs are part of Laurier’s Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies; and graduates of all Luther programs receive their degrees from Laurier.

Luther continues to grow and diversify in response to the changing needs of theological education in the Canadian context. With a total enrollment of nearly 180 students, the school offers a PhD in Human Relationships with fields in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy, and in Pastoral Leadership; an MA in Theology with fields in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy, and in Public Faith and Spirituality; an MDiv, MA/MDiv, and an MDiv/MSW. Luther also offers a BA in Christian Studies and Global Citizenship that provides service-learning opportunities to students registered at Luther and at Laurier.

The Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and the Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance accredit Luther’s graduate programs. Visit

In 2018, the school officially changed its name from Waterloo Lutheran Seminary to Martin Luther University College in order to reflect the diversity of programs being offered. While Luther faithfully continues the important work of training pastors, its work in spiritually integrated psychotherapy, public faith and spirituality, global music, and Christian Studies attracts a diverse student body. Students come from more than 32 faith traditions or from no religious tradition at all. Luther continues to be a pioneer in the fields of Public Theology and Public Ethics. It is also a recognized leader in multifaith education and in building relationships among, and between, faith traditions.

Luther’s Vision, Mission and Values


Inspiring lives of meaning and service in God’s world by inviting spirituality to accompany academic curiosity


    • To be a diverse, multi-faith, and pluralistic community of learning, committed to teaching, research, reflection, and scholarship within the university
    • To cultivate and nurture community leaders, whose spirituality, beliefs, and values lead to commitment and service to others and God’s creation
    • To encourage and challenge individuals in the discovery of their deepest passion and to acquire professional competence for their life’s work
    • To strengthen community and well-being in a holistic way
    • To engage in continuing efforts toward reconciliation
    • To promote a healthy civil society, which values a diversity of opinion and culture



Hospitality embracing Diversity


Compelled by a vision of God’s inclusive community, we believe that reflecting theologically, cultivating deeper spiritual awareness, nurturing ethical commitments, building character, gaining skills, and developing intellectual disciplines is best undertaken in a diverse yet hospitable community. As a result, we welcome people from any tradition and culture who seek theological education within such a context.


Excellence in Academic Discipline and Spiritually Integrated Learning


Recognizing that the integration of knowledge, skills, faith and spirituality is a lifelong endeavour, we provide formative and integrative educational opportunities for undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students.


Community Engagement


Convinced that God works through civil and religious organizations toward the building of a just society, we engage local, national and global communities, subjects, and institutions, to understand more fully the issues of our time and to nurture the capacity of students to provide responsible leadership.


Teamwork and the building of Sustaining Partnerships


Persuaded that people discover their fullest humanity in community, we build healthy, collaborative partnerships with Laurier and within the wider community for the purposes of learning with and from others, optimizing our capacities toward the common good and identifying opportunities for future collaborative efforts.




Believing that we are co-workers with God in the healing of creation, we commit to respecting the Earth and life in all its diversity, and so will be steadfast in addressing issues of climate change. We are committed to seeking reconciliation in our relationships with the First Peoples of Canada.


Integrity in Public Faith and Ethics


Rooted in the Lutheran tradition of the Reformation and motivated by the message of God’s boundless grace, we develop leaders with the skills to serve God through the neighbour, the community, the church, and creation. Toward this end, we foster self-awareness and self-interrogative skills to enable critical thinking, cultivate the skills for recognizing and engaging various communities, do public ethics on significant questions and issues, and nurture the capacity and confidence to cross the borders of academic, economic, political, social, cultural, or spiritual differences.

Strategic Goals:

During the 2019-2024 timeframe, Martin Luther University College will have four primary goals that will guide our institutional mission. These goals are to

  1. Nurture holistic, spiritual well-being at Luther, Laurier and within the wider community;
  2. Strengthen core academic programs while fostering new credentialing opportunities;
  3. Cultivate a shared future with Laurier while developing broader partnerships;
  4. Refine Luther’s governance processes to meet contemporary needs.


Goal 1: Nurture holistic, spiritual well-being at Luther, Laurier and within the wider community



  1. Provide spiritually integrated psychotherapy for the university and broader community.
  2. Advance the development of the Delton Glebe Centre as a counselling, teaching, and research centre integral to Luther’snmission.
  3. Explore alternative methods for the delivery of counselling and supervision.
  4. Carry on the work of the Community Pastor.
  5. Promote “third space…”, an alternative community of worship, service and learning.
  6. Nurture relationships with youth, congregations and pastors to increase awareness of Luther and its programs.
  7. Broaden the impact of Luther in the wider community by providing opportunities for experiential learning outside of the classroom through….
  8. the Kanata Centre for Worship and Global Song
  9. the Centre for Public Ethics, including the Circle of Dialogue, Abrahamic Faiths Forum, and other such initiatives.
  10. Explore innovative models for adaptive leadership and consider the establishment of a Centre for Leadership.

Goal 2: Strengthen core academic programs while fostering new credentialing opportunities;



  1. Increase enrollments in existing courses, programs, minors, and diplomas, through increased promotion and publicity of current undergraduate and graduate course offerings.
  2. Make best use of service learning opportunities through Laurier.
  3. Collaborate with Laurier faculties and departments in cross listing courses.
  4. Grow undergraduate enrollment through programs that attract students who would otherwise not attend Laurier, and provide a “feeder system” for graduate programs.
  5. Support active Luther/Laurier undergraduate recruitment initiatives.
  6. Explore effective means of establishing a multi-campus presence and course offering.
  7. Re-design the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) program to better equip pastors to meet the demands of a changing church environment.
  8. Resource and develop an increased number of modalities for course delivery.
  9. Implement the advanced entry program that recognizes previous experience.
  10. Increase graduate program enrollment and deepen research footprint within Laurier.
  11. Promote the research component of the Ph.D. program for both students and faculty.
  12. Develop Continuing Education Certificates for post-graduates and other continuing education opportunities.

Goal 3: Cultivate a shared future with Laurier while developing broader partnerships.



  1. Strengthen the public awareness of Martin Luther University College.
  2. Develop and resource a two-way communication program for multiple constituencies – Laurier and other partner institutions, prospective students, current students, alumni, faculty, staff, community, donors and congregations.
  3. Continue to foster the Luther/Laurier relationship for increased efficiencies.
  4. Build up partnerships with Supervised Pastoral Education (SPE) sites and pioneer a community-oriented SPE program, based at Luther.
  5. Explore and develop other possible partners to further Luther’s institutional reach.
  6. Ensure the long-term financial viability of Luther.
  7. Develop and resource an institutional advancement program to increase support for capital investments, endowments, and student support.

Goal 4: Refine Luther’s governance and management processes to meet contemporary needs.



  1. Evaluate and amend Luther’s governance processes so as to meet the evolving needs of the institution
  2. Invest in the ongoing development of the Board of Governors to provide the leadership required for a changing educational environment.
  3. Continue to develop the manner in which the various aspects of Luther’s institutional life – teaching, research, community life, worship, the Glebe Centre, the Kanata Centre, and Centre for Public Ethics – inform and strengthen one another.

To Apply : Please submit inquiries, nominations and applications in confidence to:
Please include in the application your CV, and a document outlining how your experience matches the qualifications listed above. References will be requested of those selected for an interview.
Please Note :

Wilfrid Laurier University endeavors to fill positions with qualified candidates who have a combination of education, experience, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position while demonstrating Laurier’s Employee Success Factors.

Diversity and creating a culture of inclusion is a key pillar of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Strategic Academic Plan and is one of Laurier’s core values. Laurier is committed to increasing the diversity of faculty and staff and welcomes applications from candidates who identify as Indigenous, racialized, having disabilities, and from persons of any sexual identities and gender identities. Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact the Office of Indigenous Initiatives at Candidates from other equity seeking groups who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact Equity and Accessibility at We have strived to make our application process accessible however if you require any assistance applying for a position or would like this job posting in an alternative format, please contact Human Resources at 519-884-1970 ext.2007 or

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