Department Head, Geomatics Engineering, University of Calgary

The University of Calgary’s Schulich School of Engineering invites applications for an appointment with tenure at the rank of Professor to serve as the Department Head,Geomatics Engineering. This is a key leadership position within the Schulich School of Engineering (SSE). The Department Head appointment is a five-year term, renewable and subject to review.

The Schulich School of Engineering (SSE) is a leader in engineering education and research innovation. We draw on our combined strengths in teaching and research to offer students rich and diverse learning experiences, and create a dynamic research environment that encourages high-caliber research by world-class scholars. Located in Calgary, the energy and engineering capital of Canada, the Schulich School of Engineering has close ties to the community and key industry partnerships that provide extensive opportunities for research and student engagement.

The Department of Geomatics Engineering was established in 1980 to provide professional training for the land surveying industry in Western Canada.  It has since become a world-recognized centre of excellence in geomatics education and research in Geodesy, Remote Sensing and Earth Observation, Positioning, Navigation and Wireless Location, Digital Imaging Systems, and GIScience and Land Tenure. Our undergraduate and graduate alumni are employed worldwide in these and related industries. Our undergraduate program is fully accredited by both Engineers Canada and the Canadian Board of Examiners for Professional Surveyors and is one of only four such programs in Canada.

The Schulich School of Engineering is searching for an outstanding and proven leader and engineer to assume the role of Head of the Department of Geomatics Engineering. We are seeking a candidate who has achieved excellence in their career, and has the potential to be a strong and effective leader. The successful candidate must successfully strengthen the Department in the context of the University’s Eyes High strategic direction and the Faculty’s Strategic Plan Energizing Engineering Education, while interacting with industry, government, and the broader community on a regular and sustained basis to promote the Department.  It is required that the Department Head has earned a PhD degree in Geomatics Engineering or a related discipline and either is registered as a Professional Engineer or is eligible to be registered as a Professional Engineer.

The successful candidate will be considered relative to our Faculty Council’s “Appointment, Authority, and Responsibility of Department Heads” document, which states:


“The position of Head should be held by someone who has the personal respect of students and colleagues, who is a teacher and scholar, but who is willing to assume for a time special responsibility for the harmonious and effective functioning of the University at the department level. In departments which prepare students for professional careers (e.g. in the Schulich School of Engineering), the Head should also have earned the regard of non-academic colleagues. During the period of appointment, a Head is expected to put the interests of the department ahead of one’s own research interest.


The Head should be appointed for devotion to education and research, for intellectual, professional and administrative abilities, and for qualities of leadership.”

Candidates will also be considered relative to the following key attributes:


  • Vision: Ability to identify strategic priorities within the rapidly changing fields of Geomatics Engineering.
  • Leadership: Ability and commitment to lead, guide and work within complex dynamic environments.
  • Integrity: Ability to lead others through effective and transparent decision-making to facilitate trust among all stakeholders consistently and equitably.
  • Fairness: Provide fair and balanced treatment across the Department.
  • Communication: Highly effective at communicating and engaging with all faculty, administrative staff,                          technical staff, graduate and undergraduate students, post-doctoral fellows and associates.
  • Scholarship: Recognize and support the continued pursuit of scholarly excellence in research and teaching and learning within the Department.
  • Advocacy: Effective advocate for the Department’s people and resources.
  • Connection: A strong vision for the future branding of Geomatics, which will require the development of stronger outreach and connection to groups outside of the Geomatics community. The candidate should focus on marketing techniques, which will bring attention to the importance and relevancy of innovative Geomatics practices.

The vision of the Schulich School of Engineering identifies three priority areas: research that makes a difference, committing to student success, and fostering diversity as described in our Strategic Plan.

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit an application online via the ‘Apply Now’ link and are advised that the application process allows for only four attachments. Your four application attachments should be organized to containing the following (which may require you to merge documents, such as publications):

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of leadership philosophy (not to exceed one page)
  • Statement of how you would champion research excellence (not to exceed one page)
  • Statement of how you would champion student success and positive experiences (not to exceed                                       one page)
  • Statement on how you would champion leadership and equity, diversity and inclusion (not to exceed one page)
  • Name and contact information of at least three referees


Applications will be accepted until March 5, 2018.

For more information, and to apply, please visit the university’s career page.

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)


Diana S. Sinton, Ph.D.

Executive Director, UCGIS

607.252.6851 (office)