Applications or nominations are invited for the position of Director, School of Occupational Therapy ( in the Faculty of Health Sciences.


The successful candidate will have a demonstrated track record of leadership, research and teaching excellence with a proven reputation for effective interpersonal and administrative skills and a commitment to the principles of collegial self-governance. The new Director will be expected to facilitate collaboration and support and advance the teaching, research and leadership activities in the School and Faculty as well as externally with a diversity of community partners. The ideal candidate will have a proven track record as a dynamic and experienced academic leader, advocate, communicator and mentor, who can contribute significantly to leading the School and Faculty as part of the Faculty of Health Sciences’ Leadership Team. The selected candidate will hold a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline; will possess the qualifications to be appointed to a tenured academic position at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor; and will be eligible for registration with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The effective date of the appointment is July 1, 2017 or as negotiated. The term of the Director appointment is normally five years, renewable.


The Occupational Therapy program at Western University was established in 1970 as an undergraduate degree program. In 2000, the School implemented the first Canadian Masters level professional program in Occupational Therapy. In 2006, in collaboration with the Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Graduate Program at Western, it launched the first occupational science program at the MSc and PhD levels. In 2012, the School initiated the first combined OT/PhD professional-doctoral program in the country. We have dynamic faculty members dedicated to the highest quality education for our students and to the development and dissemination of knowledge in Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science. The School has an active research agenda centered around three pillars: health and wellbeing, social inclusion, and social justice. More information about the Faculty of Health Sciences and the School of Occupational Therapy is available on the following websites: and


Western University ( is one of Canada’s leading research-intensive universities. Western University delivers an academic experience second to none. Western challenges the best and brightest faculty, staff and students to commit to the highest global standards. Our research excellence expands knowledge and drives discovery with real-world application. Western attracts individuals with a broad worldview, seeking to study, influence and lead in the international community. Since, 1878, The Western Experience has combined academic excellence with life-long opportunities for intellectual, social and cultural growth in order to better serve our communities. It is located in London Ontario, known as the “Forest City” with a population of 400,000. London is also a major academic health sciences centre with many partnerships between Western University and the regional hospitals.

Interested applicants should submit a covering letter and a curriculum vitae outlining their research, teaching, and administrative experience along with three academic references with contact information to:


Dr. Jayne Garland, Professor and Dean
Faculty of Health Sciences, Western University
200J - Arthur & Sonia Labatt Health Sciences Building
London, Ontario, Canada N6A 5B9


As part of your application submission, applicants are also required to complete the form available at:


The Selection Committee will commence the review of applications on February 24, 2017 and continue to review applications until the position is filled. Please quote number HS 164 on all correspondence.


Positions are subject to budget approval. Applicants should have fluent written and oral communication skills in English. The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identify or gender expression.


In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.


Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Dr. Jayne Garland at
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