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Postdoctoral Scholar, Mental Health and Wellbeing in Postsecondary Education

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Job ID: 17857

Updated: September 30, 2019

Location: Main Campus

Position Description

Area:   Mental health and wellbeing in postsecondary education
Duration:   Two Years  
Start Date:   July 2019
Salary:   $52,000, plus benefits and $3000 support for professional learning and scholarly dissemination

The Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning and the Campus Mental Health Strategy at the University of Calgary are accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar in mental health and wellbeing in postsecondary education.

Background and Position Description

The University of Calgary Campus Mental Health Strategy (CMHS; was launched in December 2015 with the aims of improving mental health of our students, staff, faculty, and post-doctoral scholars and to create a caring and supportive campus community. To achieve these goals, 28 recommendations under six strategic focus areas were developed and are currently being implemented. 

The Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning (TI) is dedicated to enriching the quality and breadth of learning at the University of Calgary. The Institute supports teaching and learning growth and development across the academy, ensures the meaningful integration of learning technologies into course and curriculum design, promotes high-impact student experiences such as experiential learning and undergraduate research experiences, and fosters research to better understand and improve student learning.

The Taylor Institute collaboratively gathers people from across university campuses to inspire and be inspired by new pedagogical thought, conversation and practice. Several recommendations in the University of Calgary’s Campus Mental Health Strategy (CMHS) target the intersection of mental health and wellbeing and teaching and learning, as well as creating courses in resilience. A Teaching and Learning Subcommittee was created to advise on, initiate, and steward projects that address these recommendations. To further advance this work, the CMHS and the Taylor Institute have partnered to create a postdoctoral scholar position addressing this emerging topic.

The mental health and well-being in postsecondary education Postdoctoral Scholar will contribute actively to the emerging landscape of the intersection between mental health and wellbeing and teaching and learning at the University of Calgary. A primary focus of this work will be collaborating with the Teaching and Learning Subcommittee of the CMHS to further research in this area and support the development, implementation, and evaluation of professional learning opportunities and resources for educators within the classroom and broader university learning context. This position represents a novel and significant step in the advancement of the field of the mental health and wellbeing within the Canadian postsecondary context. The successful candidate will work with a group of advisors that will help set the direction of work during the term as well as offer on-going mentorship and support.

The remuneration is a stipend of $52,000/year, plus an extended health benefit plan and $3,000 to support professional learning and scholarly dissemination. Postdoctoral scholars have access to services of the Staff Wellness Centre and the Employee Family Assistance Program (EFAP) offered through the University of Calgary.


  • PhD or doctorate degree in any discipline (with preference to a mental health-related field), awarded within the three years immediately preceding the appointment
  • Evidence of passion, interest and abilities in teaching and learning in a postsecondary context
  • Evidence of strong understanding of mental health with prior research in this area preferred
  • Ability to plan, implement and evaluate professional learning initiatives and resources that bridge mental health and teaching and learning
  • Evidence of expertise in qualitative and quantitative research methods.  Expertise and experience in program evaluation considered an asset
  • Openness to a range of disciplinary approaches to the scholarship and practice of teaching and learning, and an ability to work in interdisciplinary contexts
  • Strong communication, project management, interpersonal, and facilitation skills
  • Ability to work well both independently and collaboratively.

Application Details

To apply, please submit the following:

a) a letter of interests which provides an overview of your interests in this position, and evidence of your research and teaching experience and expertise
b) a curriculum vitae

Applications should be addressed to Dr. Andrew Szeto, Director, Campus Mental Health Strategy and Dr. Natasha Kenny, Senior Director of the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning

Interested individuals are encouraged to combine all application documents into one file and submit an application online via the 'Apply Now' link. Review of applications will begin April 5, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only complete applications will be considered and only those selected for an interview will be contacted. The successful applicant will commence the postdoctoral position on July 1, 2019 or soon thereafter.  

Additional Information

To learn more about postdoctoral scholar opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Postdoc Careers website.

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit

We’re increasing our scholarly capacity by investing in people who want to change the world, bringing the best and brightest to Calgary to form a global intellectual hub and achieve advances that matter to everyone.

About Calgary, Alberta

Calgary is one of the world's cleanest cities and has been named one of the world's most livable cities for years. Calgary is a city of leaders – in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from the strongest economy in the nation and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour’s drive from the Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America.

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 professional success while they are here. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.


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