Department Chair Position, International Business, Supply Chain Management and Aviation, Bissett School of Business – Mount Royal University

About MRU
Founded in 1910 and located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Mount Royal University has built a reputation on a strong, liberal education foundation. Our vision is to provide an exceptional undergraduate educational experience for our students. 

We are a community of engaged citizens, providing personalized, experiential and outcome-based learning in an environment of inclusion, diversity and respect. Through our focus on teaching and learning informed by scholarship, we are preparing our graduates for success in their careers and lives.

Mount Royal University presently offers 12 four-year baccalaureate degrees with 32 majors, with a view to grow this mix to 15 degrees and 50 majors by 2025. Current degree offerings are unique, and include four-year bachelor degrees in interior design, midwifery, child studies and health and physical education, as well as arts, criminal justice, business administration, communication, computer information systems, education, nursing and science. Mount Royal also offers robust continuing education programming as well as an internationally-renowned music conservatory.

More than 13,000 credit students attend Mount Royal University annually, with more than 90,000 Mount Royal alumni contributing to their communities worldwide. 

Our faculty provide a teaching and learning environment that welcomes challenging ideas. Our staff are dedicated to supporting our campus so that students are provided with an exceptional educational experience. Our management team provides leadership throughout the University, and inspires others at all levels to be leaders in their own important sectors. 
In support of our students, and in response to our broader community, we know that investing in our employees benefits the University as a whole. Talented and committed employees are the driving force behind student success. Our faculty, staff and management are united in creating a thriving learning environment for our students. 

Mount Royal University is an exceptional community focused on our people.

About the Faculty of Business and Communication Studies

Mount Royal University’s Bissett School of Business, within the Faculty of Business and Communication Studies, is a primary destination for undergraduate students seeking high quality business education. The school employs 100+ faculty, 50 of whom are full-time. The faculty is comprised of a highly motivated group of scholars, who are passionate about teaching while engaged in innovative scholarship. In order to support its objectives, the Bissett School of Business benefits from the associated Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Institute for Community Prosperity – making the school unique among Canadian undergraduate business schools. Approximately 2000 students are enrolled in the school’s programs. For further information regarding Mount Royal University and the Faculty of Business and Communication Studies can be found at

The Department of International Business and Supply Chain Management offers BBA concentrations in Supply Chan Management and International Business. Both programs are built on a foundation of international trade and supply chain understandings, with highly regarded networks into their respective industry and academic communities. These programs are strategic strengths of the business school. 
The Department is also home to the business law offerings and quantitative methods. Both of these disciplines are embedded in the core BBA curriculum and viewed as growth opportunities for the Faculty.

About the Role
The Department of International Business, Supply Chain Management and Aviation invites applications for the position of Department Chair, with tenure at the rank of Associate or Full Professor, commencing June 1, 2019, subject to final budgetary approval. The department, which includes 12 full-time faculty, 16 Contract faculty, and an Administrative Assistant, is committed to integrity, diversity, and equality in order to foster an inclusive, safe, and respectful environment.

In collaboration with department colleagues, the Chair will be expected to provide academic leadership by guiding the future direction of the Department. The Chair will be expected to:

• Maintain and communicate a sense of direction
• Act as a responsible advocate for the Department
• Encourage respect for a range of career paths and different forms and fields of teaching and scholarship
• Provide mentorship to tenure-track and new hires
• Foster values of fairness, excellence, and collaboration
• Maintain a sense of pride, achievement, and community among all members (students, staff, and faculty) of the Department.
In terms of administrative capabilities, the Chair will be expected to:
• Work within the practices and policies of the university including collective agreements
• Be responsible for following and shaping departmental policy to ensure effective, efficient and collegial operation of the Department
• Provide mentorship and direction to individual members of the Department
• Work effectively as a representative on the advisory council to the Dean of Business and Communication Studies
• Ensure that Department interests are well represented in university level initiatives. 

The Chair will be expected to offer academic leadership for innovative curriculum development. Promoting student success and advancing scholarship within these two complementary disciplines are the most important mandates of the Chair. MRU is known for its experiential learning with a commitment to co-operative education, community service learning and field schools. The ideal candidate will also be comfortable representing the disciplines with the related professional communities, locally, nationally and internationally. 

Credentials require a masters, with strong preference for a PhD and demonstrated leadership experience, preferably as a Chair or equivalent. The academic appointment will be at the Associate or Full Professor rank; therefore, applicants are required to have tenure at a Universities Canada recognized institution.
The successful candidate will have excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to balance strong academic leadership qualities with demonstrated administrative capabilities. Candidates should also demonstrate an understanding of the challenges associated with leading an interdisciplinary department, appreciate the diversity of our community, and exhibit skills as a consensus builder. 

Closing Date: January 14, 2019

Please apply directly on our website at:

Applications should include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, statement demonstrating experience and excellence in leadership, a statement of teaching philosophy, evidence of recent teaching excellence, a statement of scholarly interests, and three (3) reference letters covering various dimensions of your professional life (leadership, teaching, departmental colleagues, etc.)

For further information, contact Dr. Elizabeth Evans, Dean, Faculty of Business and Communication Studies at (403) 440-6315 or

Recognizing that Mount Royal University is located within the traditional lands of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot), Îyârhe Nakoda, Tsuu T’ina nations and is also home to the Metis Nation of Alberta, Region III, the Faculty of Business and Communication Studies is committed to meeting the educational needs of all Indigenous peoples and their allies. We value Indigenous knowledge and promote the use of culturally-responsive pedagogies and practices, and promote partnerships with Indigenous learners, families and communities. Indigenous applicants are encouraged to apply.