Assistant Teaching Professor: Indigenous Occupational Therapy and Practice

Department of Occupational Therapy

Competition No.  -    A109345019
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

This competition is limited to those eligible to work in Canada only. 

The Department of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta invites applications for an Assistant Teaching Professor in the scholarship and teaching of occupational therapy and practice with Indigenous perspectives. This is a 12-month full-time position expected to begin September 1, 2021.

Applicants must hold a Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy. Demonstrated potential for effective university teaching is a requirement for the position. Ideally, the applicant is able to spend the duration of the contract in Edmonton, Alberta. However, if this is not possible, the majority of roles and responsibilities could be completed remotely using video conferencing software and file sharing. If the applicant is working remotely, it is expected that on-site visits to participate in face-to-face meetings, a minimum of once per term for up to one week, will take place.

This is an Indigenous-specific position; preference will be given to Indigenous candidates. First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people are encouraged to apply. Applicants must self identify and are encouraged to demonstrate Indigenous community connections.

This is a key position in the Department of Occupational Therapy to lead the Department toward realizing our strategic plan to decolonize the MScOT curriculum and to build capacity to diversify the profession.  An Occupational Therapy Assistant Teaching Professor: Indigenous Occupational Therapy and Practice has a wide range of responsibilities in the areas of program, curriculum and course development and delivery; and collaboration and partnership development.

Responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:

1. Program, Curriculum, and Course Development and Delivery

  • Effective leadership of instructors in the program toward decolonization of the MScOT curriculum
  • Instruction of courses in the MScOT Program, as assigned by the Department Chair of Occupational Therapy;
  • Continued development and continuous improvement of the Indigenous Focus in the MScOT Program;
  • Development of high-quality instructional materials
  • Membership on relevant Department and Faculty Committees

2. Collaboration and Partnership Development

  • Working with the Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education to continue to develop opportunities and partnerships for clinical education in Indigenous Communities.
  • Active participation in building a strong connection with the Vice-Provost Indigenous Programming and Research
  • Active engagement in strategic planning and goal setting for curriculum and program goals

Edmonton and The University of Alberta are situated on Treaty 6 territory and are a traditional meeting ground and home for many Indigenous Peoples, including Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Dene, Métis, and Nakota Sioux. Established in 1908 as a board-governed, public institution, the University of Alberta has earned the reputation of being one of the best universities in Canada based on strengths in teaching, research and service. The University's main campus is located in Edmonton, Alberta’s capital city.

This position is a limited-term Academic Teaching Staff appointment governed by the collective agreement between the University of Alberta and the Association of Academic Staff at the University of Alberta. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications in accordance with this Agreement and offers a comprehensive benefits package.

Interested applicants are invited to apply online by submitting a cover letter and curriculum vitae.

Review of applications and selection of short-listed candidates will begin June 28, 2021; however, the competition will remain open until the position is filled.

We thank all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Questions can be directed to:

Executive Assistant to the Chair and Associate Chair,
Department of Occupational Therapy



How to Apply

Apply Online

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

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.