University of Alberta

Chair and Associate Professor/Professor

Department of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine

Competition No.  -    A109336544
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

The Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta invites applications for the position of Chair, Department of Occupational Therapy (OT). The successful candidate will be hired as a full-time tenured Associate Professor or Professor in the department depending upon experience.

The University of Alberta in Edmonton is one of Canada’s top teaching and research universities, with an international reputation for excellence across the humanities, sciences, creative arts, business, engineering, and health sciences. Home to more than 38,000 students and 15,000 faculty and staff, the university has an annual budget of $1.9 billion and annually attracts more than $500 million in sponsored research revenue.

The University of Alberta’s Department of Occupational Therapy, one of three departments in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, is among the largest occupational therapy education programs in Canada with 15 faculty members and 19 full and part time teaching and support staff.  The faculty comprises a diversity of research profiles in areas such as childhood disability, healthy ageing, mental health, human rights, health equity, neurophysiology, chronic pain, bariatric care, sleep and sexuality and disability. Faculty members also actively supervise and mentor MSc and PhD students from the thesis-based programs in Rehabilitation Science, offered through the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine. The OT Department offers a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MScOT), a 26-month program designed to develop leaders in occupational therapy through excellence in research, education and citizenship. Using state of the art technology, the department operates a satellite program in Calgary delivering the MScOT program through a combination of videoconference and face to face instruction. Approximately 120 students are admitted each year, 96 in Edmonton and 24 in Calgary.

This is an exciting opportunity to lead an already outstanding department to the next level of excellence. The successful candidate will facilitate the continued strengthening of the Department's exemplary research and education programs, strategically position the Department for success through maintaining and enhancing partnerships with external constituencies and play a role in public relations and fundraising in addition to scholarly and leadership activities.

The successful candidate must have a demonstrated record of outstanding leadership, with the management and leadership capabilities to provide vision and direction to strengthen the department’s superior educational programs, research innovation and clinical service as well as national and international reputation. In addition, the successful candidate must be a proven leader who has demonstrated the ability to engage and inspire faculty and staff, facilitate alignment of goals and vision, be known for embracing a highly collegial and collaborative operating style, and possessing excellent communication skills.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in a relevant discipline and a distinguished academic record in teaching, research and service. The successful candidate must be eligible for licensure by the professional college, the Alberta College of Occupational Therapists (ACOT), within 1 year of the position start date.

To explore this exciting opportunity further, please submit your cover letter, CV and contact details to

Consideration of applications will begin on September 30, 2018. This position will remain open until filled.

This position will be located at the University of Alberta, Corbett Hall, 8205-114 Street NW, Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2G4.

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. If you do not have a Canadian Social Insurance Number, please indicate this in your application.

How to Apply


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.