Search for Principal and Head of Programs, Green College UBC

Green College is a graduate residential college where interdisciplinary conversation thrives. The College seeks a tenured professor at UBC as its next Principal, to lead this unique intellectual community into its fourth decade.

The College (motto: “Ideas and Friendship”) was born from the dream of a centre for advanced interdisciplinary scholarship at UBC. The heart of its mandate is to foster connections outside the traditional limits of academic discourse, opening different disciplines to each other, and the University to the wider local community and the world. The College has formal ties with Massey College at the University of Toronto and with Green Templeton College, a sibling institution at Oxford University.

The College, situated on traditional, ancestral, and unceded Musqueam land overlooking the Salish Sea, has accommodation for 84 graduate students and 16 postdoctoral researchers and visitors (academics, writers, artists, musicians, activists). The College hosts public speaker series, panel discussions, conferences and artistic events, and has a reputation for promoting collaboration at UBC (e.g. through its Leading Scholars program for newly appointed faculty) and between UBC and other institutions worldwide (e.g. through the Cecil H. and Ida Green Visiting Professors program).

Reporting to the Dean and Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, the Principal lives in a house next to the College and plays an active role in the day-to-day business of the College and University. The next Principal will possess outstanding interpersonal skills and be committed to working with Resident Members, UBC Faculty (and other non-resident) Members of Common Room, and Green College Society Members (former Resident Members of the College) to nurture an inclusive, collaborative and hospitable intellectual and social community.

The successful candidate will be a distinguished scholar with a record of excellence in research and graduate mentorship. They will also have proven management skills.

The appointment, which will be for 60% of the appointee’s UBC workload, is for five years, with possibility of renewal. Ideally, the new Principal will take up the position on or soon after July 1, 2023.

Applicants should send a letter describing their interest in the position (including a research statement and a statement on graduate education and their vision for the College), a CV and the names and contact information of four referees to Dr Susan Porter, Dean and Vice-Provost, Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, by email to The deadline for applications is October 14, 2022.

For information about Green College, please consult their website.

Inquiries may be directed to Susan Porter; a briefing document for prospective applicants is available on request from Arafat Safdar.


We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

Thursday, 23 June 2022