Assistant Professor, Child Studies and Social Work

Mount Royal University
March 04, 2024
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Assistant Professor, Child Studies and Social Work

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MRU Main Campus - Calgary, AB T3E 6K6 CA (Primary)


About MRU

Founded in 1910 and located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Mount Royal University grew into a vibrant college in the 1930s and became a mid-sized university in 2009. Today, Mount Royal offers 14 bachelor degrees and 38 majors, along with a wide range of diploma and certificate options. It boasts a diverse community with nearly 16,000 credit students, more than 5,500 non- credit students and about 1,700 employees.

As a student-focused undergraduate university built on teaching excellence, Mount Royal is known for its top-calibre programs, high-quality teaching and learning experience, robust delivery of liberal education, scholarly teaching, experiential learning and undergraduate research. Grounded in community, Mount Royal is a place where faculty, staff and alumni can know each other by name — and where everyone is welcome. Learn more about Mount Royal's strategic academic direction at

Mount Royal is located in the traditional territories of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) and the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Siksika, the Piikani, the Kainai, the Tsuut'ina, and the Iyarhe Nakoda. The City of Calgary is also home to the Métis Nation.

Mount Royal is committed to removing barriers and fostering the inclusion of voices that have been historically underrepresented or discouraged in our society. In support of our belief that diversity in our faculty and staff enriches the work, learning and research experiences for the entire campus community, we strongly encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply and self- identify.

About the Faculty of Health, Community and Education

The Faculty of Health, Community and Education (HCE) is constantly looking forward to an inspired future where our efforts contribute to healthy communities and ultimately improve the quality of life of those with whom we interact. Our unique collection of programs tailored to health, community and education professions, creates a compelling collective. Our partnerships with the community, and within the post-secondary sector, open up new and exciting avenues that increase access and opportunity, while augmenting the overall student experience. The Faculty of Health, Community and Education is comprised of four departments: School of Nursing and Midwifery (SONM), Health and Physical Education, Child Studies and Social Work, and Education which offer a variety of degree, diploma, and certificate programs.

The Faculty has a strategic plan which guides the work of each unit, the entire faculty, and our people. Ani to pisi 2024 describes the spider web and the interconnectedness of all people and things. Our strategic plan is available online at: https: // www. strategic-plan.htm

For more information on the Faculty of Health, Community and Education please visit our webpage at:

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About the Department of Child Studies and Social Work

The Department of Child Studies and Social Work, in the Faculty of Health, Community and Education offers the Bachelor of Child Studies, Child and Youth Care Counsellor and Bachelor of Child Studies, Early Learning and Child Care. With a progressive approach, these programs emphasize experiential learning and provide a theoretical foundation and valuable hands-on learning opportunities in and outside the classroom. Going beyond traditional program offerings, the degrees focus on creating experienced, well-rounded graduates who are prepared to become strong advocates for children, youth and families, and/or pursue further education at a graduate school level. Mount Royal University is proud to deliver the only Bachelor of Child Studies degree in Western Canada. Our faculty provides a teaching and learning environment that welcomes challenging ideas and our program is committed to anti-oppressive practice. Our faculty, staff and leadership are dedicated to providing students with an exceptional learning experience.

About the Role

We invite applications for a Tenure-Track, Assistant Professor position in the Bachelor of Child Studies, Child and Youth Care Counsellor, which will commence July 1st, 2024.

The successful candidate for this position will possess strong knowledge and familiarity with Child and Youth Care Counselling including: anti-bias curriculum design, program development, and Indigenous ways of knowing. The candidate should be prepared to teach in one or more of the following areas:

  • Child and youth care professional practice competencies

  • Counselling, assessment and intervention skills

  • Trauma informed practice knowledge

  • Human rights, policy and research

  • Program design

  • Our ideal candidate will have a proven commitment to decolonization and equity, diversity, accessibility and inclusion practice including knowledge and experience of working with diverse communities.

  • We welcome applications from those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff, faculty and their scholarship.

  • An existing record of academic publications directly related to Child and Youth Care Counselling practice is an asset.

  • New faculty are hired into one of two work patterns. The teaching/ scholarship/ service pattern (TSS) focuses on teaching with the requirement that the faculty member be involved in a research or scholarship program as well as service to the Mount Royal community. The teaching/ service pattern (TS) focuses on teaching and service only.

    A PhD in Child and Youth Care Counsellor, or a related discipline is preferred; a Master's degree is required. The successful applicant must have previous post-secondary or related teaching experience. Applicants must have a minimum of five years of experience working in Child and Youth Care. Candidates must be eligible for membership with the Child and Youth Care Association of Alberta.

    For further information, contact Dr. Patricia Kostouros, Interim Chair, Department of Child Studies and Social Work at [email protected]. Applicants are encouraged to review the Bachelor of Child Studies information at Child Studies and Social Work - MRU.

    What We Offer

    Talented and committed employees are the driving force behind student success. We strive to be an employer of choice among Canadian post-secondary institutions.

    At Mount Royal University, we recognize that people are a combination of many intersecting identities; we work to cultivate an environment that welcomes the whole person, and harnesses the strength that is available in our diversity, creating a rich and inclusive workplace.

    Investing in the learning and development of our employees benefits the individual and the University. A variety of services, resources and programs encourage a healthy, productive workplace. Mount Royal University offers a competitive total compensation package including health and dental benefits, pension, health and personal spending accounts, paid vacation, winter holiday closure, personal days and a free membership in our fully equipped recreation centre.

    Our campus offers the convenience of a full medical clinic, dentist and pharmacy, as well as a variety of wellness services such as physiotherapists and massage therapists. Campus Recreation offers many activities, including personal training, fitness classes, climbing, aquatics, sports and certifications for students, employees and the public.

    Closing Date: The posting will remain open until the position is filled. However, the selection committee will begin reviewing resumes on March 4th, 2024.

    Please notify us if you require an accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process

    A complete dossier should be submitted including cover letter, curriculum vitae, list of three (3) references, evidence of teaching excellence, and teaching philosophy. Please title your .pdf document as follows: Last Name, Requisition Number, Document.pdf (ex. Smith, 999999, CV.pdf).

    If you require an accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please notify [email protected] and we will work together on the accommodation request.

    We thank all applicants for their interest. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. After the close date, you can check on the status of your application through your Career Centre. New career opportunities arise frequently and are posted as they become available. Please check back often to view our latest postings on our Career Opportunities page. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Mount Royal University hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to fostering diversity as a source of excellence, intellectual and cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome applications from those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff, faculty and their scholarship including but not limited to Indigenous Peoples, women, persons with disabilities and persons of any sexual or gender identity, ethnic, national or socio-economic background, religion or age.

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