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Associate / Full Professor - Endowed Directorship of the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health - 1501243

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Date limite de soumission: January 08, 2016  12:00:00 am

Requisition Title

Associate / Full Professor - Endowed Directorship of the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health - 1501243 

Job Field: Tenure Stream 

Faculty / Division: Dalla Lana School of Public Health 

Department: Public Health, Dalla Lana School of 

Campus: St. George (downtown Toronto) 

Job Posting: Nov 13, 2015 

Job Closing: January 8, 2016 



The Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto invites applications for a Director of its new Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health. The incumbent will be appointed to a tenured position at the rank of Associate or Full Professor at the Dalla Lana School. The expected start date is July 1, 2016. Appointment as the Director is for an initial term of five years, renewable once. 

The Director will be the chief scientific and administrative officer of the Institute as well as its principal spokesperson to academic and global health education communities and Indigenous communities. The Director will be expected to provide leadership for a dynamic complement of affiliated faculty and for a variety of educational programs, including a Collaborative Program in Aboriginal Health. We are seeking an energetic and dynamic leader to bring the Institute to prominence locally, nationally, and internationally. 

The successful candidate will foster innovation in the School’s core academic and research programs, work with distinguished faculty to enhance its research, teaching, and international impact, and will represent the School in dealing with partner and peer institutions. He/she will have a PhD in a relevant academic discipline and a significant scholarly record in an academic discipline in the area of Indigenous Health The incumbent will be expected to have an active externally-funded and internationally-recognized research program and must demonstrate the capacity for teaching excellence at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The candidate must provide strong evidence of a research profile of an internationally competitive calibre, as evidenced by publications in leading journals in the field, presentations at significant conferences, accolades for creative professional/research work and strong endorsements by referees. He/she will be an institution-builder with a track record of success in administration, external relations, advancement, teambuilding, and engagement with national partners. Evidence of excellence in teaching will be demonstrated through teaching accomplishments, letters of reference and the teaching statement submitted as part of the application. 

Established by Royal Charter in 1827, the University of Toronto is the largest and most prestigious research-intensive university in Canada, located in one of the world's great cities. The University has more than 19,000 faculty and staff, some 73,000 students enrolled across three campuses, an annual budget of $1.8 billion, including $376 million in externally funded research, an additional $469 million in research funding in the affiliated teaching hospitals, and one of the premier research libraries in North America. 

The Dalla Lana School of Public Health (DLSPH; has an illustrious history that began in the 1920’s and continued with a recent renaissance beginning in 2008 (see synopsis at The most prominent School of Public Health in Canada, the DLSPH now has a roster of over 800 students, and greater than $27 million in annual research expenditures. It houses the Institute for Health Policy Management and Evaluation, the new Institute for Global Health Equity & Innovation, the new Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health, major initiatives related to Healthy Cities, Big Data for Health, Quality Improvement, and Clinical Public Health, partnerships with institutions throughout Toronto that comprise the largest health-science research complex in Canada, alliances with multiple international partners and a central location in one of the most dynamic, multi-ethnic, and cosmopolitan cities in the world. 

The Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health (WBIIH) was established in 2014, endowed with a $10 million gift commitment from Michael and Amira Dan family in late 2014, and named in 2015. It is positioned to serve as the hub for the University of Toronto’s recently-renewed scholastic mission of training students and fellows and promoting research in Indigenous Health both in urban and rural settings that will directly inform policy and advocacy efforts that, in turn, will lead towards measurable improvements in Indigenous health. To accomplish this, the WBIIH will work together with a powerful consortium of affiliated centres that focus on or provide general infrastructure support that contributes to this area of scholarship, such as First Nations House at the University of Toronto; the Aboriginal Community Council of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education; the Well Living House Action Research Centre for Indigenous Infant, Child and Family Health and Wellbeing at the Centre for Research on Inner City Health, St. Michael’s Hospital; and Anishnawbe Health Toronto (Community Health Centre). Faculty at WBIIH, these Centres and across the University of Toronto are leading research and training in a wide variety of Indigenous health, such as mortality and burden of disease studies; maternal and child health; mental health and addiction research; Indigenous health governance, Indigenous rights and associated health ethics; Indigenous health systems reform and human resources for health; etc. Details on some of these activities and the DLSPH’s ambitious program of expansion and new initiatives, including Indigenous health, can be found by exploring the DLSPH website ( 

The Director will be expected to advance the development of the Institute by utilizing his/her standing as a leader recognized nationally and internationally for community engaged scholarship and leadership in Indigenous health; serving as a convener with excellent organizational skills, with the ability to bring a diverse coalition of stakeholders together while adhering to principles of self-determination, such as OCAP principles (Ownership, Control, Access, and Possession); articulating a compelling interdisciplinary vision that is both broad and deep; serve as an effective enabler and team builder, able to motivate others; relating as an individual with strong interpersonal skills, a hands-on person who adds value, and a helpful colleague; being collaborative, not hierarchical; and being entrepreneurial – a program builder. 

The Director will be expected to work closely with the Dean of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health; the entire senior leadership of DLSPH; a governance body associated with the Institute that maximizes and optimizes participation and input of key Indigenous community and Indigenous health leaders; and to Chair a Strategic Advisory Committee of faculty leading programs and initiatives in Indigenous health throughout the University. 

Applicants are invited to submit material directly to Higgins Executive Search. Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching dossier (including a statement of teaching philosophy), and a statement outlining current and future research interests. 

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Brock Higgins ( 613-788-8254 X101). To receive full consideration, applications should be received by January 8th, 2016 

Applicants should also ask three referees to send letters directly to Brock Higgins ( by the application deadline of January 8, 2016. 

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. 

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. 


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