University of Alberta

Practicum Coordinator

ALES Human Ecology

Competition No.  -    A108335437
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

The Department of Human Ecology in The Faculty of Agricultural Life and Environmental Sciences is currently seeking a Practicum Coordinator.

Specific Responsibilities include:

  • Arranges appropriate practicum placements for 30-50 Human Ecology undergraduate students per year (in winter, spring, and perhaps fall terms), commensurate with available placements and student career goals
  • Liaises and builds relationships with community partners/field supervisors to develop and maintain practicum placement opportunities for students in the Human Ecology program majors (e.g. Clothing, Textiles and Material Culture; Family Science) and students in the BSc Nutrition and Food Science program completing a minor in Human Ecology
  • Provides relevant information, guidance, and support to practicum students and field supervisors with the goal of ensuring a positive and enriching experience
  • Supervises students’ field experience and ensure that practicum requirements are met by placement sites and students; this may involve on-site visits
  • Evaluates students’ final reports
  • Ensures that practicum-related expenditures fall within the budgeted amounts
  • Coordinates and teaches seminars related to professional practice preparation
  • Coordinates and facilitates weekly seminars (on-line) with students during their practicum placements
  • Teaches up to two undergraduate Human Ecology courses that align with Practicum Coordinator’s expertise in professional practice (e.g., HECOL 100), clothing, textiles and material culture, or family science
  • Serves on and plays a leadership role on relevant department, faculty, and university committees
  • Provide guidance to the Human Ecology Graduate Program Committee regarding guidelines, policies, and procedures related to graduate practicum placements
  • Acts as a department liaison with the Alberta Home Economics/Human Ecology Association (AHEA), particularly in relation to joint AHEA-department initiatives involving undergraduate students.
  • May contribute/conduct research related to the Program


  • Minimum of a Master’s degree; Doctoral degree preferred
  • Post-secondary degree(s) in Human Ecology, Home Economics, and/or a constitutive area (e.g. aging, clothing and textiles, family science, material culture) is important
  • Important knowledge, experience, and skills: 1) experiential learning, workplace-integrated learning practicums, and/or internships; 2) Human Ecology/Home Economics profession; and 3) professional practice
  • Demonstrated excellence in university teaching, particularly at the undergraduate level
  • Demonstrated excellence in communication, networking, and relationship building
  • Collaborative working style
  • Knowledge and experience with on-line learning is an asset

To apply for this position, please submit a letter of application, a CV/resume and a teaching dossier, as well as names and contact information for 3 references. A review of applications will begin April 30, 2018.

In accordance with the Faculty Service Officer Agreement , this full time continuing position has a comprehensive benefits package found at Faculty & Staff Benefits and will offer an annual salary range that will commensurate with qualifications.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those under consideration for the role will be contacted.

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

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.