Instructor, Faculty of Social Work - Southern Alberta Division University of Calgary, Faculty of Social Work Canada

Instructor, Faculty of Social Work - Southern Alberta Division


Job ID: 16803

Updated: November 2, 2018

Location: Lethbridge


Position Description


Be Part of Something Bold. Join one of the founding schools at the University of Calgary and the largest school of social work in Canada! After more than 50 years of outstanding social work education, we're looking for colleagues who will inspire our students and community to reach new heights.


The Faculty of Social Work invites applications for a full-time tenure track position at the Instructor rank in our Southern Alberta Region located on the campus of the University of Lethbridge. The Southern Alberta Region, established in 1982, is located within the traditional lands of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) nations and offers a fully accredited BSW degree program in Lethbridge and Medicine Hat. Our fully accredited MSW degree program, with a specialization in clinical social work practice combines online delivery and several short residency periods in Lethbridge. Currently six faculty members educate and prepare approximately 25 MSW students and approximately 80 BSW students to enter the practice of social work and connect with our profession and the community.


We are committed to helping achieve the University of Calgary's ambitious Eyes High vision as being one of the top five research intensive university, fully engaging the communities we both serve and lead by 2022. Our work supports inter-professional and community-based enquiry from multiple perspectives in the generation and application of knowledge. Our goal is to be a national leader in knowledge to create social work well-being and just societies.


The successful candidate will have:

  • A clear program of teaching, scholarly activity and relevant social work practice experience with a focus on one or more of the areas in: Indigenous social work practice; Indigenous epistemology; Indigenous social work education; anti-oppressive and post-colonial theory

  • A Master of Social Work degree with a minimum of four years full-time post MSW practice experience is required at the time of application

  • Will be required to register with the Alberta College of Social Workers

  • Evidence of excellence in teaching, at a university level, using a variety of delivery methods with an interdisciplinary approach in Lethbridge and Medicine Hat and contribute to the ongoing development of the curriculum is required

  • Experience in teaching and supervising graduate students is a strong asset

  • A broad Indigenous knowledge of and familiarity with the Indigenous communities and an ability to bring those voices and way of knowing/being into their teaching and area of study is required

  • The successful candidate should possess evidence of strong record of service to the community and a demonstrated ability to build positive relationships within and alongside the professional community and Indigenous communities

  • Knowledge of an Indigenous language is an asset

  • As a member of the Southern Alberta Region, the candidate must be willing to engage with members of the University of Lethbridge and Southern Alberta community partners along with providing service within the University of Calgary, Faculty of Social Work and within our profession


Lethbridge is an increasingly diverse city of over 90,000, in close proximity of two large First Nations Reservations. It offers excellent educational and cultural facilities and a wonderful environment for families. Lethbridge is one of the sunniest cities in Canada and offers a mild climate. Within a two-hour drive of Lethbridge are the Rocky Mountains and world class recreational activities such as fishing, hiking and skiing.


Interested individuals are encouraged to submit an application online via the 'Apply Now' link . Please be aware that the application process allows for only four attachments. Your four application attachments should be organized in PDF format to contain the following (which may require you to merge documents, such as publications):

  • Cover letter and full curriculum vitae

  • Teaching dossier (including a statement of teaching philosophy and evidence of teaching effectiveness)

  • Samples of publications


Applicants should arrange for three confidential letters of reference to be submitted directly to the Chair of the Selection Committee by January 14, 2019:

Dr. Jackie Sieppert, Dean
Faculty of Social Work
University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4


The job posting will remain open until January 14, 2019. 
To learn more about the Faculty of Social Work please visit


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. 

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