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School of Social Work - Tenure Track

Lakehead University

Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences/ School of Social Work
Reference # HBS-2024-25-06

Lakehead University, Orillia Campus, invites applications for one tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences/ School of Social Work.
The academic rank of the appointment will be commensurate with the qualifications of the successful candidate. The position will commence on August 1, 2024.

“Experience with experiential learning and online or alternative modes of delivery is highly desired.”

Lakehead is a comprehensive university with a reputation for innovative programs and cutting-edge research. Our campuses are located in Thunder Bay on the traditional lands of the Fort William First Nation, Signatory to the Robinson Superior Treaty of 1850 and in Orillia on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabeg, and Rama First Nation. Lakehead University acknowledges the history that many nations hold in the areas around our campuses and is committed to a relationship with Métis and Inuit and First Nations peoples. Lakehead has approximately 10,000 students and 2,160 faculty and staff. With an emphasis on collaborative learning and independent critical thinking and a multidisciplinary teaching approach, Lakehead offers a variety of degree and diploma programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels through its nine faculties, including Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Health and Behavioural Sciences, Natural Resources Management, Science and Environmental Studies, Social Sciences and Humanities, Graduate Studies, and Faculty of Law. For further information, please visit:

The ideal candidate will have a PhD (or ABD) in Social Work, or PhD in a related discipline together with an MSW degree, demonstrated ability to conduct impactful research and publish in peer-reviewed journals, and ability to teach at the BSW and MSW levels. The range of courses is broad but some specific areas for teaching may include macro social work theory, social policy, clinical social work practice, social work practice theory, interviewing, and communication skills, child welfare, Indigenous social work, among others. The applicant should have the ability to teach generalist social work practice that integrates practical learning and have experience with graduate supervision. Applicants should also have a personal and professional commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice. Our program is primarily an in-person program; however, experience with online or alternative modes of delivery is advantageous.
For further information, please contact Dr. Les Fleischer at or (705) 330-4010, ext. 2703. Detailed information on the School of Social Work and our programs is available at:

Review of applications will begin on April 29, 2024 and continue until the position is filled. The electronic application (in the form of one PDF document) should include: a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching effectiveness (including a statement of teaching philosophy, course outlines and teaching evaluations for previously-taught courses), a statement of a research plan (current and future interests), copies of the three most significant publications, and the names and contact information of three references. A completed Confirmation of Eligibility to Work in Canada.pdf form must accompany your package.

Applicants should submit their electronic application to:

Dr. Mirella Stroink
Dean, Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
Lakehead University, 955 Oliver Road
Thunder Bay, ON P7B 5E1

Lakehead University is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals including women, racialized persons, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities and other equity-seeking groups. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. This is in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements.

Lakehead University has an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan 2019-2024 with a goal to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as measured by increasing representation of under-represented groups among applicants, candidates and hires. We encourage candidates to self-identify, if you are from an under-represented group, and prefer candidates with the knowledge, competencies and relationships derived from lived experience. Experience working with Indigenous or racialized communities, and/or members of other equity-deserving groups is a strong asset. A lived experience or worked experience of any of these issues is preferred.

We appreciate your interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be notified. Lakehead University is committed to supporting an accessible environment. Applicants requiring accommodation during the interview process should contact the Office of Human Resources at (807) 343.8010 ext. 8334 or to make appropriate arrangements.

This position is subject to budgetary approval.