Call for Nominations – Advisory Committee for the Dean, Faculty of Dentistry (PDAD&C #70)

From: Cheryl Regehr, Vice-President & Provost
Date: May 13, 2021
Re: Call for Nominations – Advisory Committee for the Dean, Faculty of Dentistry (PDAD&C #70)

On June 30, 2022, Professor Daniel Haas will complete his term as Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry. Professor Haas is completing his second five-year decanal term and is not eligible for reappointment.

As Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry since 2012, Professor Haas has been an exemplary leader and University citizen. Professor Haas has led the Faculty through several academic planning exercises, with the most recent update, titled Achieving Impact Through Excellence: 2019-22, placing a renewed focus on the Faculty’s key strategic directions of: enriching its educational programs through innovation and scholarship, providing outstanding clinical care in the community, and growing its research enterprise around targeted themes. Professor Haas’ accomplishments in these areas include enhancing the student experience through a renewed undergraduate curriculum, securing funding to support the consolidation and revitalization of the Faculty’s research infrastructure within a new and updated facility at 124 Edward Street, and developing a new academic leadership structure balanced around the tripartite foci of education, research, and clinical care.

Professor Haas has also overseen the continued growth of the Faculty’s clinical practice, which sees more than 90,000 visits a year and provides treatment to a large and diverse patient population, many of whom have difficulty accessing dental care elsewhere. Mostly recently, in light of COVID-19, Professor Haas is overseeing the creation of 40 enclosed dental operatories at the edge of St. George Campus in order to provide the extra capacity needed for students to continue their studies, and for patients to be seen, in an environment that enhances their experience and prepares practitioners for the future.

Professor Haas has been a consultative and collaborative leader, and his dedication to excellence in all its forms has situated the Faculty for continued success in the years to come.

In accordance with Section 60 of the Policy on Appointment of Academic Administrators, I am writing to call for the nominations of individuals to serve on the Committee that will advise on the appointment of a Dean. The Policy mandates the composition of the Advisory Committee as follows:

  • The Vice-President and Provost (Chair);
  • Three to five members of the teaching staff of the Faculty;
  • One to three students of the Faculty;
  • The Dean of the School of Graduate Studies or representative;
  • A librarian, where appropriate;
  • Two or three other qualified scholars from within or outside this University, but outside of the Faculty;
  • In addition, the Committee may include an alumnus/a, a member of the administrative staff, and a senior member of the appropriate professional community.

The Advisory Committee will begin meeting in the coming months. Nominations for the Committee should be submitted to the Office of the Vice-President & Provost by May 27, 2021, via the online form.

Questions about this search process may be directed to Assistant Provost Archana Sridhar at