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Academic Dean
St. Joseph’s College at The University of Alberta
Closing Date: Will remain open until filled.
St. Joseph’s College at the University of Alberta invites applications for the position of Academic Dean. The
appointment, for an initial five-year term, begins July 1, 2017.
St. Joseph's College is a university community established in 1926 by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton
and affiliated with the University of Alberta. Administered by the Congregation of the Priests of St. Basil (the Basilian
Fathers), the College is committed to engaging with and promoting the Church’s traditional openness to exploring
the unity of Faith and Reason. It also operates two residences that house 350 University of Alberta students of all
faiths and backgrounds. Finally, the College strives to help students live balanced and successful lives by promoting
the development of the spiritual, intellectual, social, physical, and emotional dimensions of human thriving.
The academic wing of the College, which functions akin to a Department in the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Arts,
has eight full-time faculty engaged in teaching and research. Annually, University of Alberta students occupy close to
2000 seats in various courses offered by the College for credit toward a broad range of the University’s degree
programs. Transformative and engaged learning opportunities offered by the College for University of Alberta credit
are becoming increasingly popular and are a major focus of current fundraising efforts.
The Academic Dean is a senior officer of the College reporting to its President. She or he directs the academic affairs
of the College, its faculty, library and students, and those employed in connection with this work.
She or he will understand and respect the Catholic character and intellectual tradition of the College. She or he will
be committed to maintaining and further developing a postsecondary institution that provides expertise in the
domains of the Humanities and Social Sciences, broadly defined, consistent with the identity and mission of the
College. The Dean is involved in, assists with and encourages faculty members’ scholarship in their respective
The successful candidate must possess an earned doctorate and be at the level of Senior Associate or Full Professor.
A strong record of collegial academic and administrative leadership within their field is preferred.
Consideration of candidates will begin in March of 2017.
How to Apply
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All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given
priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.
St. Joseph’s College offers a comprehensive benefits package. Remuneration will commensurate with
qualifications and experience.

Leave Law Aside - GSA debate

'Leave law aside:' Alberta professors debate gay-straight alliances

'We're all moving in the same direction which is to help and take care of children'

By Zoe Todd, CBC News Posted: Dec 01, 2016 7:45 AM MT Last Updated: Dec 01, 2016 9:09 AM MT

Religious schools should not be compelled by law on matters of faith and morals says Kent Donlevy, an associate professor at the University of Calgary's Werklund School of Education. (Zoe Todd/CBC)

It's best for everyone if the resolution to gay-straight alliances (GSAs) in religious schools is not left up the courts, agreed the opposing sides of a public debate Wednesday at the University of Alberta.

"You are not going to have religious schools change their view on what it is to be human, or on what sexuality is, or what gender is," said Kent Donlevy, an associate professor at the University of Calgary's Werklund School of Education.

"They can't change it because it's part of their faith."

Donlevy argued on behalf of religious schools' freedom to practice and teach their respective faiths, without government interference, even when those beliefs bar students from forming GSAs.

His opponent Kristopher Wells, director of the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services at the University of Alberta, countered that such alliances are crucial to the wellbeing of LGBTQ students, "to help these young people navigate hostile hallways and move from trying to just simply survive every day in their school environment."

Gay-straight student alliances help LGBTQ students feel supported and safe, says Kristopher Wells, director of the University of Alberta's Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services. (Zoe Todd/CBC)

In Alberta, schools must allow their students to establish GSAs, or queer-straight alliances.

Staff are encouraged to guide these alliances, so students can "be connected with teachers and supports that enable them to thrive and see their school experience as something positive that they want to continue," Wells said.

In January, two Alberta bishops rejected the province's freshly-printed gender-identity guidelines which reinforced students' rights to form GSAs regardless of their schools' faith.

In September two Edmonton schools belonging to the Baptist Christian Education Society also rejected the guidelines.

Education Minister David Eggen said he would not rule out withholding funds of schools that refused to comply.

'Sometimes law is not the answer'

Donlevy, a lawyer who is also certified with the Alberta Teachers' Association, said he hopes disputes about GSAs can be resolved without resorting to legal action.

"Sometimes law is not the answer," he said.

"Leave law aside, leave that statute aside and let's just bring these people together to begin to talk about how they can create an agreement between the two of them whereby faith communities can exist on their own, independent of being compelled by the state to change their fundamental beliefs by creating GSAs in the school."

Above all, Donlevy said schools and politicians must remember those caught in the crossfire of their dispute. 

"We're all moving in the same direction which is to help and take care of children," he said. 

Wells agreed that students' interests are best served if GSAs do not become mired in legalities.

Like Donlevy, he hopes for a discussion that leaves both sides satisfied. But here, Wells added, there is an impasse: neither side can relinquish their stance without also letting go of what they claim to be their rights.

"How do we find common ground? How do we actually go about putting the needs of students above debates?

"The more heated and polarized things get, the more that we leave it to the courts to intervene. We always take a risk. Neither side of the issue might like the result of the courts." 

source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/leave-law-aside-alberta-professors-debate-gay-straight-alliances-1.3875853

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