University of Alberta

Chair, Department of Physical Therapy

Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine

Competition No.  -    A109531763
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 Physical Therapy. The successful applicant 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 leading teaching and research universities with an international reputation for excellence across the sciences, health sciences, humanities, business, and engineering.  Home to 39,000 students and 15,000 faculty and staff, the university has an annual budget of $1.84 billion and attracts nearly $450 million in sponsored research revenue.

The University of Alberta’s Physical Therapy Department, one of three departments in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, is the largest physiotherapy program in Canada. Using state of the art technology, the department operates satellite programs in Camrose and Calgary delivering the MScPT program through a combination of videoconference connections and local instruction. With the University of Alberta’s ambitious plan to raise its international profile, this is an opportunity to lead an already outstanding department to the next level of excellence. The successful candidate will focus on maintaining excellence and innovation in the MScPT program, supporting excellence in existing and new research programs as well as maintaining and enhancing strong and productive partnerships with external constituencies, including federal and provincial governments, Alberta Health Services, accreditation bodies, Physiotherapy Alberta: College & Association, other universities and community groups. Working with the Chair is an Associate Chair who is responsible for the Professional Program.

The Chair must have a record of outstanding senior academic and administrative 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.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in a relevant discipline, a professorship and a distinguished academic record in teaching, research and service. Preference will be given to candidates eligible to practice physical therapy in Alberta. 

The Chair 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 application package should be submitted in confidence and should consist of a letter of introduction, a curriculum vitae, a statement on current and future research interests, an outline of the applicant’s teaching experience and philosophy and a one page vision statement. Applicants should also include the names of three references.  Applicants should discuss their leadership experience and their thoughts on how to meet the challenges of academic leadership in their letter of introduction.

For a complete description of the role and responsibilities, as well as candidate requirements, please click on this link to view the complete Opportunity Profile:


For more information or to apply, please contact:

Davies Park Executive Search
Elizabeth Hurley and/or Cecilia Oteiza Ayres
Suite 501, 10226 104 Street
Edmonton, AB T5J 1B8


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.

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.