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Director and Palmer Chair

University of Calgary


Director and Palmer Chair,
School of Public Policy



Director and Palmer Chair, School of Public Policy

The University of Calgary has a bold and ambitious strategic vision, Eyes High, to become one of Canada’s top five research universities by its 50th anniversary in 2016.  This vision continues to excite and energize the entire University community. With more than 31,000 students in 14 faculties, 85 Research Institutes and Centres plus 6,500 faculty and staff members, the University of Calgary is guided by determined leadership that is energized and focused on its goals. 

We believe that developing sound public policy is a key to unleashing Canada’s social and economic potential. To do this there must be a strengthening of Canada’s public service and further bridging of the gaps between business, government and academia. Our School of Public Policy provides a practical, global and focused perspective on public policy analysis and practice in three areas: Energy and Environmental, Economic and Social, and International Policy. We conduct influential research to provide in-depth recommendations to policy makers.  We also build capacity in government by offering students intensive educational experiences in policy development and analysis through the Master of Public Policy (MPP) program as well as the new joint MBA/MPP and JD/MPP programs. 

You have a graduate degree (ideally a PhD) and/or has the type of credentials, background and expertise that will allow them to operate with a high level of credibility in an academic setting; are well connected and have high levels of access and influence on the Country’s decision makers.  Reporting to the Provost and Vice-President (Academic), you will leverage your reputation to be the School’s chief advocate, relationship builder and fund raiser and will be sought out by industry and public sector figures for your thought leadership and guidance.  Through your influence, and through the impact of your students, The School of Public Policy will be your platform to visibly contribute to the shaping of Canada’s public policy discussion.

To explore this exciting opportunity, contact 403-410-6700 or submit your CV and supporting documentation to

The University of Calgary welcomes diversity and encourages applications from all qualified women and men, including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and Aboriginal persons.

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