Department Chair, Department of Occupational Therapy
University of Alberta

Job Description

University of Alberta
REHAB Rehabilitation Medicine
Department Chair, Department of Occupational Therapy

Competition No. - A109347515
Closing Date - Will remain open until filled.

The University of Alberta, its buildings, labs, and research stations are primarily located on the traditional territory of Cree, Blackfoot, Métis, Nakota Sioux, Iroquois, Dene, and Ojibway/Saulteaux/Anishinaabe nations; lands that are now known as part of Treaties 6, 7, and 8 and homeland of the Métis. The University of Alberta respects the sovereignty, lands, histories, languages, knowledge systems, and cultures of First Nations, Métis and Inuit nations.

The University of Alberta (U of A) is one of Canada’s top teaching and research universities, with an international reputation for excellence across the humanities, sciences, creative arts, business, engineering, education, and health sciences. Ranked 113th best university in the world (2020-2021 QS Rankings), the U of A is home to nearly 40,000 students from 156 countries and over 14,000 faculty and staff. The University also has over 290,000 alumni worldwide.

The Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta invites applications for the position of Chair, Department of Occupational Therapy (OT). The successful candidate will be hired as a full-time tenured Associate Professor or Professor in the department commensurate with experience. The U of A is committed to fostering equitable, diverse, and inclusive work and learning spaces and encourages interest from candidates who can contribute to the further diversification of ideas in the Department of Occupational Therapy. The appointment, for an initial five-year term, begins in the summer of 2022.

The University of Alberta’s Department of Occupational Therapy, one of three departments in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, is among the largest occupational therapy education programs in Canada with 10 faculty members, 9 academic teaching staff, and multiple sessional instructors. There are 4 departmental staff support as well as 15 support positions within the academic services and operational support units. Faculty members have diverse research programs in areas such as prevention and management of chronic conditions, mental health and neuroscience, military and veterans’ health, childhood disability, health equity and literacy, assistive technology, and sexuality and disability. Faculty members also supervise and mentor MSc and PhD students from the thesis-based programs in Rehabilitation Science, offered through the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine. The OT Department offers a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MScOT), a 26-month program designed to develop leaders in occupational therapy through excellence in research, education and citizenship. The department operates a satellite campus in Calgary, Alberta delivering the MScOT program through a combination of videoconference and face to face instruction. Approximately 125 students are admitted each year, 97 in Edmonton and 28 in Calgary.

The successful candidate will have a demonstrated record of excellence in academic leadership, with the ability to align goals and vision to strengthen the department’s outstanding educational programs, research endeavors, and community partnerships. In addition, the successful candidate must be able to engage and inspire faculty, staff, and students, communicate and make decisions in a transparent, inclusive and collaborative manner, and be highly knowledgeable about the discipline of occupational therapy.

The successful candidate must have a PhD in a relevant discipline and a strong scholarly record in teaching, research and service. They must be eligible for licensure by the professional college, the Alberta College of Occupational Therapists (ACOT), within 1 year of the position start date.

How to Apply

Candidates are requested to prepare a letter of interest, a CV, and a Statement on Indigenous Initiatives and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity (1-2 pages in length). Please send the application package to Noriko Hessmann (

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.

The Committee will begin considering candidates on March 25, 2022 with the new Chair to take office in the summer of 2022. This position will remain open until filled. This position will be located at the University of Alberta, Corbett Hall, 8205-114 Street NW, Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2G4.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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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Date Posted : 04/12/2022