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Dean, Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design
Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design
Oakville, Ontario, Canada

Every member of the Sheridan community is passionate about the transformational role we play in people’s lives. Our strategic plan, Sheridan 2024: Galvanizing Education for a Complex World ( ), charts a path towards a new ground-breaking model of higher education that reshapes post-secondary education and better prepares students for the future. We are committed to demonstrably advancing equity, diversity and inclusivity. Diversity is our strength and fuels our commitment to excellence. Across our campuses, we’re making meaningful strides towards developing an equitable and inclusive community. Sheridan was recognized by Forbes as one of Canada’s Top 100 Best Employers 2020.

An award-winning institution, Sheridan attracts students from across Canada and around the world. Sheridan’s 175,000 alumni play a critical role in shaping the future of our society in the fields of arts, business, community service, health, technology, and skilled trades. Five Sheridan grads have won Academy Awards for shorts or features they’ve directed. Alumni have earned 13 Emmy Awards, including Brittany Allen (Music Theatre ’07), who received a Daytime Emmy Award for her work as Marisa Chandler on ABC’s All My Children. Acclaimed animator and Sheridan professor Kaj Pindal, the creator of Peep and the Big Wide World, is also counted among Sheridan’s Emmy winners. Thirty alumni have been nominated for Emmys, nineteen have been nominated for Oscars, and seven alumni are Oscar award winners, including Domee Shi (Bachelor of Animation ’11) who, as the first female director to helm a Pixar short film, won the Best Animated Short Film for her film Bao.

Sheridan’s Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design (FAAD), named best animation school in the world two years running by Animation Career Review, is Canada’s largest art school and is home to diverse and innovative fields of study in Animation and Game Design; Design, Illustration and Photography; Film, TV and Journalism; Material Art and Design; and Visual and Performing Arts. Curricular offerings cover a wide range of disciplines and subject areas in thirty-six different programs. The Faculty’s 6000+ students learn in a vibrant, interdisciplinary community and engage in a creative educational experience which develops knowledge, creative thinking — and passion.

Reporting to the Provost & Vice-President Academic, the Dean of the FAAD provides transformative, strategic and operational leadership, balancing and aligning the vision and strategic objectives of Sheridan with those of the Faculty. The Dean is responsible for advancing excellence in teaching and learning, and for the development, delivery and ongoing quality review of innovative programs and initiatives within the portfolio. A visionary and inclusive leader, the Dean works collaboratively to advance the world-class reputation of the Faculty in ways that are responsive to the needs of Sheridan’s discerning learners.

As the ideal candidate, you have a strong track record of accomplishment in industry or education and can motivate and inspire teams to work towards common goals. Your commitment to the principles of equity, diversity, inclusion and anti-racism are demonstrated in your approach to engaging faculty and staff to create programs and services that inspire students to achieve great things inside and outside of Sheridan. You bring a global perspective to your work and interact effectively and respectfully with people of different backgrounds. You understand that the Faculty’s strength lies in the diversity of its students, faculty, and staff complement. A post-graduate degree in a relevant discipline is required; however, a Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree is preferred.

If you are interested in this opportunity, contact: Amorell Saunders N’Daw ( or Beth McLennan ( Completed applications can be submitted online at

Sheridan is deeply committed to promoting diversity, advancing equity and fostering a culture of inclusion. Therefore, we invite applications from marginalized and equity-seeking groups, particularly members of BIPOC communities. Persons with a disability may contact the Human Resources department to request accommodation at any stage of the recruitment process.

Sheridan and KBRS will provide support in the recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant’s accessibility needs as per the Human Rights Code. If you require accommodation in order to participate as a candidate in the recruitment process, please contact or communicate your needs to the recruitment professional named in the job description.

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All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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