University of Calgary
UofC Navigation
Share this Job:

Assistant or Associate Professor, Indigenous Social Work Circle Program, Faculty of Social Work

Job ID: 22089

Updated: February 26, 2021

Location: Main Campus

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, Region III.

Position Description

The University of Calgary’s Faculty of Social Work is committed to Indigenous engagement and systemic change and is seeking candidates for an exciting clinical and community-based research academic position. The successful candidate will be appointed at the rank of Assistant Professor (tenure-track) or Associate Professor (with tenure). The anticipated start date is July 1, 2021.

Applicants at the Assistant Professor rank must have completed, or be near completion of, a PhD in social work or a closely related discipline. Preference is for applicants who also hold either a BSW or MSW. Applicants at the Associate Professor rank must have completed a PhD in social work or a closely related discipline along with a BSW or MSW. 

The Faculty of Social Work is committed to creating a strong connection with community partners, government organizations, and other disciplines and academic institutions students and colleagues. 

Candidates with a minimum of two years full-time post degree practice experience in clinical social work or a related field and evidence of past and/or potential excellence in scholarship and teaching. We are seeking scholars to lead our Indigenous Social Work Circle program who have a deep knowledge and connection to Indigenous communities, clinical perspectives, and Indigenous research methodologies. 

The University of Calgary, located in the heart of Southern Alberta, both acknowledges and pays tribute to the traditional territories of the peoples of Treaty 7, which include the Blackfoot Confederacy (comprised of the Siksika, the Piikani, and the Kainai First Nations) as well as the Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Stoney Nakoda (including Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nations).  The university recognizes that the City of Calgary is also home to Region III of the Métis Nation of Alberta.  By virtue of the signing of Treaty 7 in 1877, the university recognizes that we are all treaty people.  The City of Calgary is home to a culturally diverse community.  Together, we share this land, strive to live together, learn together, walk together, and grow together “in a good way.” 

In the spring of 2016, The University of Calgary (UCalgary) set out to build the Indigenous Strategy (ii’taa’poh’to’p) by gathering stories and perspectives from Traditional Knowledge Keepers, cultural advisors, agencies, and communities.  The strategy was adopted in November 2017 with a foundation in transformation, renewal, and shared ethical space.  It includes 27 recommendations that address ways of knowing, doing, connecting and being, touching on all aspects of the university.  The university is enacting the strategy’s directions through an Elders/UCalgary leadership Circle of Advisors, the UCalgary Indigenous Strategy Implementation Committee and its seven sub-committees, and the ii’ taa’poh’to’p Student Circle of Advisors, as well as several other faculty based committees and action plans.  

ii'taa'poh'to'p guides UCalgary on its path of transformation and communicates its commitment and responsibility for truth and reconciliation.  The strategy is and will remain a living document within the institution, whereby progress will be monitored, and content and direction will be renewed through a process of evaluation and evolution.

Accredited by Canadian Association for Social Work Education, the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary strives to offer a strong practice based program across the province that will prepare students to be leaders in the field of Social Work. With more than 1000 students currently enrolled in Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD programs across Alberta, we seek to recruit and retain a diverse and inclusive workforce that will create the future of social work. We are committed to fostering equity, diversity, and inclusivity by cultivating an environment where people with various lived experiences, genders, interests, and talents feel welcome and supported. 

Other required credentials include:

  • A publication record in high impact index peer-reviewed journals, a demonstrated  track record to secure  external research funds as principal investigator (for Associate Professor position), and demonstrated potential to attract external funds (for Assistant Professor position); 
  • Evidence of excellence in teaching at a university level, using online delivery methods, with an interdisciplinary approach to undergraduate and graduate levels, and contributing to the ongoing development of curriculum;
  • A minimum of two years demonstrated clinical practice experience working with Indigenous populations;
  • Knowledge to support and promote Indigenous models of practice and ways of knowing;
  • Knowledge and connection to Indigenous communities and Indigenous research methodologies;
  • Knowledge, skills, and commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice;
  • Evidence of securing ongoing external research funding as principal investigator;
  • Evidence of success with Master’s thesis or PhD graduate student supervision; and  
  • Eligibility to register with Alberta College of Social Workers if holding a social work degree.

The successful candidates will dedicate much of their time to community-based research, teaching in our undergraduate and graduate programs, attaining tri-council funding as principal investigator, submitting scholarly works to high quality publications, developing impactful knowledge engagement activities, and providing service at the university level and within our profession. 

Interested individuals are encouraged to apply as early as possible online. Please include a cover letter, curriculum vitae (including the name and contact information of three references), teaching dossier (including a statement of teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and educational development plan), EDI statement, and statement of research. Please provide all documents in one file. 

The closing date for applications is April 5, 2021.

By applying to this posting, you will be considered for all open academic vacancies in the Faculty of Social Work.

For more information, please contact [email protected] 

To learn more about the Faculty of Social Work please visit 

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, 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. This role supports the continued indigenization of the University of Calgary. Click here to see more job opportunities with an Indigenous scope.

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. 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)

Additional Information

To learn more about academic opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Academic Careers website. For more information about the Faculty of Social Work visit Careers in the Faculty of Social Work.

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
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 a growing number of world-class dining and cultural events and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour's drive from the majestic Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America. 


Need help?

View our Application FAQs for answers to common questions regarding the application and selection process.