To Associate Deans (Research),
As you will have seen in the notice below, circulated October 18, I am seeking input and advice from our community to inform the Presidential Advisory Committee for the search for a Vice-President (Research and International).
Some of you may have responded to the consultation survey, but I wanted to reinforce with you the value the Committee places on having input from this group. Specifically, we would welcome your advice as it relates to the role, the types of qualities and qualifications that the Committee should be particularly seeking in its assessment of candidates, and how the Committee may wish to frame the opportunities and challenges for the incoming Vice-President (Research and International) in its discussions with potential candidates.
I have engaged Laverne Smith to assist with this search process and I would encourage you to share your thoughts with the Committee by sending an email directly to Laverne at ManitobaVPRI(a)lavernesmith.com<mailto:ManitobaVPRI@lavernesmith.com> by Friday, January 7, 2022. If you wish, you may also submit a nomination of a potential candidate directly to Laverne as well.
Thank you very much for your time and attention.
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Subject: Search for a Vice-President (Research and International)
Message from Dr. Michael Benarroch, President and Vice-Chancellor
As announced earlier this year<https://news.umanitoba.ca/term-extended-for-vp-research-and-international/>, Dr. Digvir S. Jayas will be concluding his term as Vice-President (Research and International) on June 30, 2022. Dr. Jayas, a highly-acclaimed researcher and leader, has served the University in this role since January 1, 2009. Dr. Jayas' leadership contributions to the University of Manitoba span more than two decades and, after having served two full terms as Vice-President (Research and International), he agreed twice to further extend his term.
With the end of his term approaching, the University has launched a search for the next Vice-President (Research and International). I have formed a committee that I have asked to advise me on candidates for the role and on the position more generally. Joining me on the committee are:
>From the Board of Governors:
* Dr. Nora Murdock
* Dr. Diane Hiebert-Murphy, Provost and Vice-President (Academic)
* Dr. Cary Miller, Associate Professor Native Studies, Faculty of Arts and
Associate Vice-President (Indigenous) for Research, Scholarship and Curriculum*
* Mike Emslie, Chief Financial Officer and Comptroller
>From the Deans Council:
* Dr. Martin Scanlon, Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences
* Dr. Brian Mark, Dean of the Faculty of Science
* Dr. Feiyue Wang, Tier 1 CRC in Arctic Environmental Chemistry and Professor, Environment and Geography, Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth and Resources
* Dr. Jude Uzonna, Professor of Immunology, Professor of Medical Microbiology and Associate Dean (Research), Max Rady College of Medicine
* Dr. Adele Perry, Distinguished Professor of History, Faculty of Arts and Director, Centre for Human Rights Research
* Dr. Leisha Strachan, Professor and Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies, Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management
>From the Vice-President (Research and International) Portfolio
* Dr. Darren Fast, Director, Partnerships and Innovation
>From the University of Manitoba Graduate Students' Association
* Silvia Sekander, President
I have retained Laverne Smith & Associates to assist with this search, which will include a process of consultation including a request for input from our UM community. Your input is being requested by the close of business November 1, 2021. Please click here<https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ManitobaVPRI> to complete a brief questionnaire to be returned directly to Laverne Smith & Associates. Your responses will be held in strict confidence by the consultant and the inclusion of your name is optional. The input to be gathered through this process will be used to inform the position profile that will be used to describe the role and expectations to candidates, as well as candidates to consider. The University of Manitoba is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community and especially welcomes candidates identifying as a member of one or more equity-seeking groups, including but not limited to women, racialized persons, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of all sexual and gender identities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.
Thank you for your contributions to this important leadership appointment.
*effective November 1, 2021
Michael Benarroch, Ph.D.
President and Vice-Chancellor
202 Administration Building, University of Manitoba
Winnipeg MB R3T 2N2 Canada