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Tenure Track Position (Rank of Assistant Professor) in Healthy and Sustainable Communities

University of Alberta

University of Alberta
PH School of Public Health
Tenure Track Position at the Rank of Assistant Professor in Healthy and Sustainable Communities
Competition No. - A111846942
Closing Date - January 31, 2022.

The University of Alberta has committed to diversifying the institution’s professoriate through an inclusive excellence initiative that includes hiring up to eleven Black scholars across a range of disciplines and faculties.

This cohort hire is designed to make an immediate and substantive contribution to advancing Black academic excellence at the University of Alberta. A commitment to recruiting and retaining an increasingly diverse group of excellent scholars is essential to addressing the cumulative impacts of biases and inequalities that have stood in the way of inclusive excellence. This is part of the University of Alberta’s ongoing commitment to equity, diversity and inclusivity.

The scholars hired through this Black academic excellence cohort hire will be welcomed into academic Departments and Faculties committed to inclusivity and academic excellence and welcomed into a growing community of Black faculty members across the university.

For this cohort hire, the University of Alberta seeks qualified individuals who self-identify as persons of Black African or Black Caribbean descent and lived experience.

About the position:
The School of Public Health at the University of Alberta invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in healthy and sustainable communities, beginning no later than July 1, 2022.

The successful candidate would work collaboratively to develop an innovative research program devoted to the area of healthy and sustainable communities. The School is interested in a leading-edge program of research encompassing diverse methodologies and ways of knowing including qualitative, arts-based, participatory, mixed methods, and/or data science/big data rooted in a robust theoretical underpinning. The School is committed to engaged scholarship with deliberate attention to interactionism and intersectionality in ensuring a broader impact in areas such as environmental health, systems for health, and public/community health at the population level.

The School’s research program is committed to equity, diversity, inclusion and the determinants of health in promoting the public’s health. The research program will have a strong focus on the ethical and societal implications of research and scholarship to maximize benefits, minimize risks and enable knowledge translation with active engagement of both internal and external partners. This appointment will contribute to the achievement of the School’s vision to be the leading school of public health in Canada, support the University of Alberta’s Institutional Strategic Plan For the Public Good, and contribute to research impact.

The University of Alberta School of Public Health is the first in Canada to earn full accreditation of its educational programs from the Council on Education for Public Health. The School has 32 faculty members, over 100 affiliated members in other faculties of the university and external agencies, and over 300 graduate students in MPH, MSc, MACE, and PhD programs. Our mission is to engage with partners to create knowledge, educate public health professionals and advance the public’s health. For more information about the School please visit our web site at

This position requires someone who: (a) holds a PhD in the field of public health or a cognate discipline relevant to the research program (across the tri-agencies); (b) has demonstrated potential to achieve international recognition in their field; (c) has the ability to attract, develop and retain master’s/doctoral students and future researchers; and (d) can lead an innovative research program. The candidate will develop, maintain, and foster strong collaborative partnerships with faculty members and stakeholders from both within and outside of the academic setting.

In addition to pursuing a rigorous program of research, the candidate must demonstrate high-quality and engaged teaching for undergraduate and graduate courses and contribute to service and community engagement missions of the School. This includes teaching and supervision of graduate students, mentoring of colleagues and trainees, participating in School-wide planning, and the development of initiatives that improve public health in collaboration with communities, organizations, industry, and government agencies.

The successful candidate will be offered a competitive salary commensurate with qualifications, a comprehensive benefits package, and relocation assistance.

How to Apply
To have your application considered, please select the Apply Online icon below and submit the following:
• Cover letter that includes highlights of the candidate’s profile and the names of the three referees (see below for more information)
• Curriculum vitae (CV)
• Research statement that outlines main areas of current and future research (submit under “Research Plan”). This research statement must include a list of publications and conference presentations, accomplishments in research, teaching and community engagement.
• Writing samples from five recent and relevant research publications or presentations (submit under “List of Publications”)
• Teaching dossier that includes a brief teaching philosophy, evidence of, or potential for, teaching effectiveness, and sample course outline(s) (submit as an attachment under "Statement of Teaching/Research Interests")

All applicants to this job posting are required to self-identify using the following questionnaire:

Review of applications will begin in January 31, 2022. Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. Applicants will be expected to contact the three referees and arrange to have them submit their letters of reference when they are invited for an interview.

Requests for additional information or questions about this competition, should be sent to:

Applicants requiring an accessibility arrangement for their application, interview and/or subsequent recruitment meetings can contact Tracy Saly at to arrange appropriate accommodations.

COVID-19 Vaccination: Proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 in compliance with the University’s COVID-19 Vaccination Directive is required. Fully Vaccinated means a status an individual achieves 14 days after having received the recommended number of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved by Health Canada or the World Health Organization, and requires the individual to maintain the recommended number and type of vaccine doses as updated and required by Health Canada thereafter.

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.

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