Position Title Director, School of Occupational Therapy/Assistant Dean,
Faculty of Health
Posting Number F241P
Type of position Limited Term
Department/Unit Occupational Therapy
About the opportunity
The Faculty of Health at Dalhousie University is seeking an innovative,
collaborative leader to be the next Director of its School of Occupational
Dalhousie University is the largest university in Atlantic Canada, comprised
of more than 1,000 faculty members and close to 20,000 students amongst its 13
Faculties. As part of Canada's U15 group of research-intensive universities,
Dalhousie is a key driver of the region's intellectual, social, and economic
development. From “the little college by the sea” to a world-leading,
research-intensive university: Dalhousie University's first 200 years have
seen it transform from a local centre of learning to an institution with
global impact. Now, at the dawn of its third century, Dalhousie is more
relevant, more connected, and more vibrant than ever.
The School of Occupational Therapy is one of 10 units within the Faculty of
Health, committed to achieving five strategic directions including engaging in
transformational teaching and learning, growth of the research enterprise,
fostering citizenship, cultivating partnerships and mobilizing supports for
innovation. The Faculty of Health is home to one of the largest number of
health professions programs at a Canadian University, including 11 masters and
two doctoral level research-based programs. The regional orientation of the
School fosters collaborative teaching, research, and professional activities
across Atlantic Canada. This regional mandate is combined with an
international perspective offering diverse opportunities for fieldwork and
research. The School of Occupational Therapy is known for its theory-driven
approach, commitment to social justice, and diverse educational approaches.
The School provides an exceptional environment for its students with its
welcoming atmosphere, diverse online learning programs, and remarkable
enhanced learning labs. Further details about the School of Occupational
Therapy, its faculty, research, and academic programs can be found at the
School's website: https:// www. occupationaltherapy.dal.ca .
The School is seeking a professional leader with a strong understanding of the
academic world and the rapidly changing university and health care contexts.
Reporting to the Dean of the Faculty of Health and working closely and
collaboratively with the other members of the Dean's Leadership Team, the
Director provides academic, research, and administrative leadership in
accordance with the principles of academic governance and is responsible for
administrative, financial and human resources management. The Director will
promote excellence in research, education, and professional activity.
The ideal candidate will have demonstrated expertise in research, education,
and academic administrative leadership, with experience in ensuring high
quality educational programs, vigorous and creative research, and scholarship.
Teaching achievement, an externally funded research program, and/or a
substantial contribution to occupational therapy through scholarship that
advances the discipline of occupational therapy is essential. Success in
establishing and maintaining effective partnerships with a diverse array of
stakeholders is also essential. Experience in a previous academic appointment
in a School/Department of Occupational Therapy with a graduate education
program is desirable, as is interest in and experience with developing
interprofessional collaboration and interdisciplinary research initiatives.
To be eligible, candidates will have a PhD (or equivalent research degree)
in a relevant discipline and be eligible for registration with the College of
Occupational Therapists of Nova Scotia. This five-year term position is
expected to commence July 1, 2022 and may be renewed for a second five-
year term. The successful candidate will be appointed into a tenure stream
position at the rank of Associate or Full Professor depending on
To be considered, please submit your application through
https: // dal.peopleadmin.ca/postings/7318 by November 26, 2021.
Applications for the position should include a Cover Letter stating interest
in the position and providing an overview of alignment with the desired
criteria and a Curriculum Vitae highlighting recent examples of academic,
research, and management/administrative experience.
To review the Executive Brief containing more details about the role please
contact Laura Godsoe or Emma Spence Wach at email@example.com
Dalhousie University supports a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Our total
compensation package includes a defined benefit pension plan, health and
dental plans, a health spending account, an employee and family assistance
program and a tuition assistance program.
Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded
in diversity and inclusiveness. The university encourages applications from
Indigenous persons (especially Mi'kmaq), racially visible persons
(especially historic African Nova Scotians), persons with a disability,
women, and persons of a minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity,
and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For
more information, please visit www. dal.ca/hiringfordiversity . All
qualified candidates are encourages to apply; however, Canadians and permanent
residents will be given priority.
Open Date 08/30/2021
Close Date 11/26/2021
Open Until Filled No
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