Call for applications, nominations for head of Stong College

The Faculty of Health at York University invites tenured faculty members to apply for the position of head of Stong College.

Reporting to the Faculty of Health dean, the successful candidate will provide administrative and educational leadership and contribute to inspiring learning, leadership, and citizenship within an engaged and diverse community of students, staff, faculty, Fellows and alumni at Stong College.

The head of Stong College works in partnership with the Calumet and Stong Colleges Student Success Team, including the head of Calumet College, to enhance the experience of Faculty of Health students and support both the Faculty of Health Strategic Plan and the Calumet and Stong Colleges Strategic Plan.

Stong College is affiliated with and serves the students in the School of Kinesiology & Health Science and the School of Nursing in the Faculty of Health.

Head of Stong College role

The head of Stong College contributes to an engaged community by working collaboratively with students, staff, faculty, Fellows, residence life, key campus partners (e.g. Division of Students), and alumni to build and maintain a vibrant, diverse and inclusive community. The colleges play a crucial role at York, and the college head position requires a commitment to the University, Stong and Calumet Colleges, and most importantly, the desire to enhance the lives of students and strengthen the student experience.

The college head actively engages within the colleges’ community by supporting and attending key colleges’ community events and meets regularly with college-affiliated student organizations, staff, units and key campus partners throughout the academic year. The college head role provides a faculty member the opportunity to provide strategic vision and mentorship, and contribute to supporting the success of students and enhancing their experience at the Faculty- and University-level.

The successful candidate will be committed to enhancing the student experience, including the first-year experience, through the delivery of student-centred programs and services, and to engaging members of the York University community, as well as the wider community. The successful applicant will also be engaging and supporting students of diverse heritage and backgrounds, including equity-deserving, under-represented, international, first-generation, 2SLGBTQIA+, mature and part-time, place of birth etc. The college head will support the University’s commitment to decolonizing, equity, diversity and inclusion (DEDI) through the development and implementation of initiatives designed to foster inclusivity and sense of belonging.

This is an exciting opportunity for an individual who is passionate about advancing student success and contributing to building a sense of community among students, staff, faculty members, Fellows and alumni. College heads receive a stipend, course release and sabbatical top-up.

Application/nomination process

Tenured faculty members interested in becoming the head of Stong College can apply directly. Members of the York University community who know a tenured faculty member who would make an exceptional college head are welcome to nominate an individual.

Applications/nominations should be submitted to Professor Mazen Hamadeh, Chair, Search Committee, c/o Lesia Facey, administrative assistant to the Search Committee, at: Office of the Dean, Faculty of Health, no later than Friday, Oct. 20. Applications are welcome from faculty members across all programs/schools/departments within the Faculty of Health and the University and should include: 1) an up-to-date resumé; 2) a statement of interest in the head of Stong College role (maximum two pages); and 3) a brief (one-page) statement of approach to DEDI in an academic environment. The position commences Jan. 1, 2024, for a period of three to five years.

Learn more about the role

Applicants or nominees who are interested in learning more about the position are welcome to contact Jennine Rawana, head of Calumet College, at; or Mazen Hamadeh, former head of Stong College, at