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Assistant /Associate Professor (Tenure Stream), Social Work

Dalhousie University

The School of Social Work in Dalhousie’s Faculty of Health invites applications from qualified candidates who identify as Indigenous, having demonstrated knowledge of Indigenous and decolonizing scholarship (from a combination of traditional and academic contexts) for a full-time probationary tenure track or tenured position commencing July 1, 2021 at either the Assistant or Associate Professor level, depending on the candidate.

Dalhousie University is comprised of 6,000 faculty and staff amongst its 13 faculties. Current enrollment is 18,500 graduate and undergraduate students. As part of Canada’s U15 research-intensive group, Dalhousie is an influential driver of the region’s intellectual, social, and economic development. It is the largest university in Atlantic Canada and is located on the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq in the heart of Halifax (Kjipuktuk), a scenic coastal city and capitol of Nova Scotia which is home to 13 Mi’kmaq First Nations, a deeply rooted African Nova Scotia community, an increasingly diverse population which also includes a vibrant workforce of people living with (dis)Abilities.

The Faculty of Health’s faculty, staff and students are committed to improving the well-being of individuals, families, communities, and populations through diverse programming with a focus on critical clinical and social justice, collaborative research, and strong community partnerships. The Faculty of Health is one of the largest faculties at Dalhousie, comprised of eight schools, one college and one program, more than 200 faculty members, 80 staff members, and over 3,000 students.

The School of Social Work’s BSW and MSW programs are guided by the School’s mission to create a socially just society. We are concerned with issues of poverty, inequality, and social and political marginality, and seek to develop practitioners and scholars who are critical thinkers and are effective in advancing progressive change, whether through individual or community practice, or through policy and political engagement. The School is actively working on implementing the calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and further supports and works toward compliance with the Canadian Association for Social Work Education’s Statement of Complicity and Commitment to Change, in our efforts to Indigenize and decolonize social work education.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach in the BSW and/or MSW programs, both on site, in Halifax, and online by distance delivery to students across Canada and engage in relevant research activities and community scholarship, including contributing to ‘Health Equity and Resilience’, one of three research focus areas in the Faculty of Health. The incumbent in this position must be able to teach a variety of social work courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level, including our new Indigenous course ‘Indigenizing & Decolonizing Social Work Practice’. Please check the School’s website for more details on the programs offered by Social Work: The candidate is expected to become an active and engaged member of the School, Faculty, and University. Activities at local, national, and international levels are expected to promote continuous improvement in research, teaching and learning at Dalhousie.

Preference is to applicants with a PhD (although we would consider a candidate who is close to completion) in social work or a related field, and a BSW or MSW degree, as well as demonstrated excellence or potential in teaching, research, and on-line delivery. Preference will be given to candidates with social work practice, research experience, and a critical clinical perspective. Applicants must be eligible for registration with the Nova Scotia College of Social Workers (NSCSW).

Applicants must include a cover letter stating qualifications and experience; a Curriculum Vitae; a statement of teaching and research philosophies including a brief outline of current and proposed programs of research; evidence of teaching effectiveness; a sample, if available, of an online course or module developed by the applicant and examples of scholarly publications.

Please submit your complete application package to the PeopleAdmin portal,

Please include Search number in your cover letter.

For further information regarding this position, contact:
Dr. Judy MacDonald, Director
School of Social Work
Faculty of Health

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. In keeping with the principles of employment equity and with the nature of this position, it is restricted to candidates who self-identify as Indigenous. Dalhousie recognizes that candidates may self-identify in more than one equity-seeking group, and in this spirit, encourages applicants who self-identify as Indigenous and may also identify as persons with a disability, racialized persons, women, or persons of a minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity. (See for definitions of these groups.)