Friday, March 02, 2012

JOB: University of British Columbia

Aboriginal Health, Exercise and Physical Activity

The School of Kinesiology at the University of British Columbia invites applications for the following tenure track position:

Assistant or Associate Professor in Aboriginal Health, Exercise and Physical Activity


The School of Kinesiology is a leading academic unit in Canada focused on interdisciplinary approaches to sport, physical activity and health across the lifespan. The School is committed to encouraging collaborative, interdisciplinary research and teaching among its members as well as with other university and community groups. The School offers a B.Kin. degree with specializations in Kinesiology and Health Science, Physical and Health Education, and Interdisciplinary Studies. The graduate program includes M.A., M.Sc., M.Kin. (non-thesis), and Ph.D. degrees. Program enrolments are 920 undergraduate and 100 graduate students. Additional information related to the School of Kinesiology is available at

The School of Kinesiology is situated in the Faculty of Education and is a member of the College of Health Disciplines. The Faculty of Education is a leader in Indigenous Education and offers an Aboriginal Teacher Education Program (NITEP), a graduate Indigenous education and research specialization (Ts`’kel), and is proposing a doctoral specialization in Indigenous Education. The College of Health Disciplines specializes in interprofessional health, education and research, and hosts the Institute for Aboriginal Health. The University of British Columbia has identified strategic priorities around Aboriginal engagement that include providing educational opportunities for Aboriginal people and widening opportunities for all students to learn about Aboriginal issues and perspectives, and Increasing engagement with Aboriginal communities in mutually supportive and productive relationships.

For further information, see the following urls:

Faculty of Education:, and

College of Health Disciplines:

Institute for Aboriginal Health:

UBC Strategic Plan:


To be considered for the position, applicants must hold an earned doctoral or medical degree and have expertise in one or more of the following areas: 1) psychology of sport, physical activity, exercise, and health; 2) exercise physiology; 3) sport history; 4) the cultural study of sport, physical activity, exercise, and health; 5) epidemiology and statistics. Applicants who have completed all requirements for a doctoral degree except dissertation may apply, but final consideration for the position will require an earned doctoral or medical degree. In the exercise physiology area, post-doctoral experience is preferred.

The successful candidate will be an Aboriginal person with a record of accomplishments that demonstrates excellence in research and teaching, and successful experience working with Aboriginal communities. The appointee will contribute to the development of educational and research initiatives in the School of Kinesiology, and will be expected to teach core Kinesiology courses as well as courses in their cognate field relating to Aboriginal health, exercise and physical activity.

Expectations include: teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students and serving as a role model and mentor to Aboriginal students; contributing to the development of Aboriginal health and education initiatives in the School; and implementing a research program that contributes to the mission of the School and the Faculty and involves Aboriginal communities, scholars, and centres of scholarship in British Columbia, Canada, and internationally.

Interested applicants are invited to submit a curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy and research interests, evidence of content expertise and teaching effectiveness, three samples of scholarly work, and the names and contact information of three referees.


The position is subject to budgetary approval. Rank and salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. Consideration of candidates will begin April 30, 2012, and will continue until the position is filled. The start date is subject to final arrangement with the appointee, and may be July 1, 2012.

The University of British Columbia hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. We encourage all qualified persons to apply. Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. As permitted by Section 42 of the BC Human Rights Code, the position is open to Aboriginal persons. Candidates for the position may be required to prove ancestry to qualify.

Please send applications to Dr. Robert Sparks, Professor and Director, UBC School of Kinesiology, 210-6081 University Boulevard, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z1, Canada. Dr. Sparks can be contacted by phone (604-822-2767) or e-mail at For questions and conversation about these positions, please contact Dr. Sparks.

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