Call for Nominations: Master of Founders College

Vari Hall from the exterior
Vari Hall

Founders College is looking for a Master. A college master provides an environment of leadership in regard to an intellectual community of students, faculty and fellows. As well, college masters provide mentoring for the future leaders of tomorrow. There is also a commitment to enhancing the experience of York’s students, especially first-year students. If you think that you can fulfill these goals, then we would encourage you to apply for the position of Master at Founders College.

Founders College is part of the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, and supports students in the following programs: African Studies, Anthropology, Canadian Studies, East Asian Studies, Environmental Studies, European Studies, French Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, Geography, German Studies, Health and Society, History, Human Rights & Equity Studies, International Development Studies, Italian Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Linguistics, Multicultural and Indigenous Studies, Portuguese & Luso-Brazilian Studies, Sexuality Studies, Social Work, South Asian Studies, Spanish, and Urban Studies.

The colleges at York provide an environment for undergraduate and graduate students to grow as individuals, both personally and academically. It is also a space where students will be provided with opportunities to engage with other students, staff, faculty members and alumni. Through various types of programs that include peer-mentoring and peer-assisted student success programs, academic workshops and lecture series, the colleges work with the Faculty and other units at York to enhance the student experience and foster a community environment for college membership. Colleges play a crucial role at York and the position requires a commitment to the University, the college and most importantly, the desire to enhance the lives of our students.

Applications/nominations are invited for the position of Master of Founders College, commencing July 1, 2017 for a period of three years.

The successful applicant will be a tenured faculty member of York University, who is committed to enhancing the student experience, and especially, the first-year experience through the delivery of programs and services, and to engaging members of the York University community, as well as the wider community. The successful applicant is committed to the support and advancement of the students’ university experience, and demonstrates superior administrative skills, particularly in the areas of finance, staff supervision and leadership. The master will have a thorough knowledge of York’s academic and administrative processes.

If you are a faculty member interested in becoming Master of Founders College, we will be pleased to hear from you. Further, if you are a faculty member, staff member, or a student who knows someone that you think would make an exceptional master, we welcome your nomination of that individual.

Masters receive a stipend, course release and sabbatical top-up. For faculty members with an active research program, research support funds may be available upon submission of a proposal to the dean of the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies.

Applications/nominations for the Mastership of Founders College should be submitted to Professor David Leyton-Brown, chair of the search committee, c/o Diane Stadnicki, the secretary to the search committee, by email to, no later than Tuesday, Feb. 28.