University of Alberta

Assistant Professor in Community Engagement/Public Policy

EXTN Extension Academics

Competition No.  -    A101131883
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

The Faculty of Extension at the University of Alberta is seeking applicants for a full time, tenure track Assistant Professor, with scholarly expertise in the areas of community engagement and public policy. The duties of the successful candidate will include but not necessarily be limited to the following:

  • Active contributions to teaching in the Faculty’s graduate and continuing education programs; this may involve curriculum design and delivery, student evaluation, and associated administration
  • Supervision of graduate students
  • Participation on Faculty and University committees
  • Contribution to the research activity and identity of the Faculty through an active research program
  • Engaging with colleagues and the Faculty’s research centres: the Centre for Public Involvement, the City Region Studies Centre, and the Community-University Partnership for Children, Youth and Families

Eligible candidates will have a PhD in the health, education or the social sciences, humanities (e.g. sociology, political science, public or social policy, human geography) or interdisciplinary studies relevant to scholarship on engagement and public policy. The successful candidate will have theoretical, methodological and pedagogical knowledge that contributes to and complements the Faculty’s academic programming, including the Master of Arts in Community Engagement (MACE) and continuing and professional education related to public administration and leadership.

Established in 1908 as a board-governed, public institution, the University of Alberta has earned the reputation of being one of the best universities in Canada based on our strengths in teaching, research, and service. The Faculty of Extension is a research-driven academic faculty at the University of Alberta that conducts engagement scholarship through a variety of disciplinary lenses, including communication, social sciences, linguistics, community development, and non-traditional learning. The Faculty of Extension is recognized as an emerging world leader in the Scholarship of Engagement, an academic domain that ties its 100-year history at the University of Alberta with a bold, forward-looking vision for university-community engagement. In addition to two graduate programs, Master of Arts in Community Engagement (MACE), Masters of Arts in Communication and Technology (MACT), the Faculty is home to the English Language School and there are over 7,000 students taking more than 14,000 continuing and professional education classes offered annually through the Faculty of Extension’s programs. 

With over 100 years of rich history, the Faculty of Extension continues its commitment to contributing to social and individual betterment through engaged scholarship. The Faculty values the diversity of knowledge that emerges from the perspectives and experiences of all members of society. We pursue opportunities to build community-university partnerships that integrate community-engaged learning (teaching), discovery (research), and citizenship (service). The depth and breadth of these collaborative experiences has fostered many sustained relationships and partnerships within and across local, regional, national and international levels. The distinguishable characteristic that defines the Faculty of Extension is our expertise in the study and practice of engagement, which transcends disciplinary and sectoral boundaries. Academics within the Faculty utilize a range of disciplinary approaches in teaching and research related to: community capacity building, knowledge mobilization, social justice and sustainable development.

The Faculty of Extension is located in Enterprise Square, part of the University of Alberta’s downtown campus situated on Jasper Avenue, in the heart of downtown Edmonton. Edmonton is the provincial capital city and is part of a vibrant metropolitan region with a population of over one million. For more information on the Faculty of Extension please visit our website at

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in the social sciences, humanities (e.g. sociology, political science, public or social policy, human geography) or a related field
  • Strong knowledge of community engagement and public policy along with a strong potential for engaging the wider community through research, teaching, and service
  • Demonstrated record of teaching success with an ability to contribute creatively through curriculum design
  • A commitment to high quality teaching and research supervision at the graduate level
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Evidence of ability to work in an interdisciplinary, collaborative environment, engaging with both internal and external stakeholders
  • A track record of publication and dissemination appropriate to the stage of career

Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications in accordance with the Faculty Agreement as per the negotiated salary scales:

To have your application considered, please select the Apply Online icon below and submit the following:

  • cover letter that includes the names and contact information of three referees
  • curriculum vitae (CV)
  • a statement of current and future research plans
  • a description of teaching interests and teaching dossier
  • copies of recent publications

To assist the University in complying with mandatory reporting requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (R203(3)(e), please include the first digit of your Canadian Social Insurance Number in your application (within your cover letter). If you do not have a Canadian Social Insurance Number, please indicate this in your application (within the cover letter).

All applications can be addressed to the attention of Dr. Katy Campbell, Dean, Faculty of Extension. Review of applications will begin on March 20, 2017. Materials received after that date will be considered at the discretion of the university. Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.