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Faculty of Nursing, Sessional Nursing Indigenous Academic Coach - Fall 2024 & Winter 2025

Job ID: 32056
Location: Main Campus
Updated June 07, 2024

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We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta.
The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Districts 5 and 6.


The University of Calgary, Faculty of Nursing is seeking a Sessional Nursing Academic Coach to develop and teach weekly online tutorials and pre-term block week intensives to Indigenous nursing students focused on academic writing, study skills, anatomy & physiology, med-surg nursing, pharmacology, and bridging theory to practice at the undergraduate level for the Fall Semester 2024 and Winter Semester 2025 as follows:

FALL SEMESTER (August 15 – December 31, 2024)

WINTER SEMESTER (January 1 – April 30, 2025)

We are seeking applicants with nursing practice and teaching experience within Indigenous communities. 

Sessional Instructors are provided with exceptional orientation, mentorship, and ongoing professional development. The amount of remuneration is calculated according to the Collective Agreement, Schedule B. Please see the Faculty Association’s website at for further information regarding conditions of employment and remuneration.

Position Description:

The Indigenous Academic Coach position reports to the Director of Indigenous Initiatives and provides in-depth academic support to Indigenous students within the undergraduate program in the Faculty of Nursing. The position supports academic learning by coordinating proactive and consistent outreach and support to Indigenous students onsite and in rural and offsite locations. The Academic Coach is responsible for developing and teaching weekly tutorials based on the nursing curriculum and student identified needs. In coordination with the Director of Indigenous Initiatives, the successful candidate will liaise with course instructors to align tutorials and supports with the nursing curriculum. This role will be responsible for developing and leading the pre-term intensive programming for Indigenous nursing students.

Teaching Responsibilities:

  • Develop and teach weekly tutorials for Indigenous students in the undergraduate program
  • Demonstrate a welcoming, accessible, and safe learning environment for Indigenous students to thrive
  • Work effectively with Indigenous students in small groups or 1:1 virtually or on-campus (as required)
  • Participate in team meetings with the Director of Indigenous Initiatives and Indigenous Student Liaison 
  • Collaborate with the Indigenous Student Liaison, and Student Success Centre to support Indigenous student success
  • Liaise with theory and practice instructors to develop tutorials based on coursework.
  • Seek excellence in teaching by applying various teaching strategies and working with colleagues
  • Encourage and foster an environment of inquiry and valuing of evidence informed practice


Candidates must be eligible for registration with the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta. Candidates with BN/BScN preparation will be considered.

Applied Experience:   

  • Broad clinical practice nursing experience 
  • Experience engaging respectfully with Indigenous Elders and community members 
  • Passion for clinical teaching, mentoring and supervision of Indigenous students

Enhanced Abilities:    

  • Application of adult teaching/learning principles
  • Use of nursing process and conceptual frameworks assessment, planning, intervention, and evaluation
  • Communication and collaboration skills with other health professionals
  • Teamwork and leadership skills
  • Evaluation and promotions of student problem solving and critical thinking
  • Ability to critique student performance and provide meaningful feedback
  • Prioritizing and meeting competing demands/requirements of varied settings
  • Computer skills in word processing, email, and internet access

Consideration of applications will begin immediately. Please submit a letter of interest along with a current CV and names and contact information for three references by applying online via the ‘Apply Now’ link. Please note that the application process allows for only four attachments, which may require you to merge documents.

Dr. Michelle Scott Paul, Director of Indigenous Initiatives, Faculty of Nursing

University of Calgary, PF1242
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4 

We thank you for your application. Only successful applicants will be contacted. Consideration of applications will begin immediately and posting will close once all positions are filled.

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

As an equitable and inclusive employer, the University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. In particular, we encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible/racialized minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply. To ensure a fair and equitable assessment, we offer accommodation at any stage during the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Questions regarding [diversity] EDI at UCalgary can be sent to the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion ([email protected]) and requests for accommodations can be sent to Human Resources ([email protected]).

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

For a listing of all academic opportunities at the University of Calgary, view our Academic Careers website. For more information about the Faculty of Nursing, click here.

About the University of Calgary

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About Calgary, Alberta

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