Science - Program Coordinator (Health Sciences)

Wilfrid Laurier University

Location: Ontario
Date posted: 2012-11-16

Wilfrid Laurier University - The Faculty of Science seeks a Program Coordinator to lead its growing interdisciplinary Health Sciences program beginning July 1, 2013, subject to budgetary approval. Reporting to the Dean of Science, the opportunity for the new Program Coordinator will be to nurture further growth of the Health Sciences program, to oversee its planned transformation into a new Department of Health Sciences, and then to assume the role of Department Chair.

Since its launch in 2009, the Honours B.Sc. in Health Sciences has exceeded expectations with approximately 300 full-time undergraduates presently registered over the four years of the program. Its mission is "to prepare students to identify and address complex health challenges through innovative research and the discovery and dissemination of knowledge to improve the health and well-being of people". To achieve these learning outcomes, students receive rigorous instruction in both the fundamental sciences (e.g. chemistry, biology, mathematics) as well as in more applied, health related disciplines (e.g. psychology, social sciences, health policy, epidemiology). With critical thinking and the use of various experimental and observational scientific methodologies, we are training our students to take a multi-faceted approach to solving future challenges in the health care field. The new Coordinator/Chair should therefore have experience in and enthusiasm for promoting and using interdisciplinary approaches in both teaching and research. The program currently has cross-appointed faculty based in the Departments of Kinesiology & Physical Education, Biology, Chemistry, and Psychology, along with a recently appointed senior Research Chair in the field of Global Health in its School of International Policy and Governance. A search is also underway for a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Epidemiology and Global Public Health which will be based primarily within the Health Sciences program.

In addition to providing academic and administrative leadership, the Coordinator/Chair of Health Sciences will promote the program to current and prospective students, as well as to the Faculty of Science, the University, and the community at large. He/she will also mentor present and future faculty recruited into the program. Prospective applicants should have a Ph.D. in the Health Sciences, Life Sciences, or a related discipline, a record of outstanding scholarly research and teaching, strong leadership skills, and a demonstrated capacity and aptitude for administration within a university setting. Experience as chair of a Health, Biomedical or Life Sciences department will be considered an asset.

Applicants should send a cover letter outlining their leadership and administrative experience, a summary of their current research interests, curriculum vitae, contact details (address, telephone, and email) for at three academic referees, and a brief teaching dossier including a statement of teaching philosophy (max. two pages) and evidence of teaching effectiveness. Electronic copies of no more than three published reprints or works in progress may also be sent. Materials should be sent to Dr. Paul Jessop, Dean, Faculty of Science, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3C5 (email: pjessop@wlu.ca). Applications will be accepted until March 1, 2013.

Wilfrid Laurier University is committed to employment equity and values diversity. We welcome applications from qualified women and men, including persons of all genders and sexual orientations, persons with disabilities, Aboriginal persons, and persons of a visible minority. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Members of the designated groups must self-identify to be considered for employment equity. Candidates may self-identify, in confidence, to the Dean of the Faculty of Science, Dr. Paul Jessop ( pjessop@wlu.ca).
Further information on the equity policy can be found at https://www.wlu.ca/page.php?grp_id=2465&p=10545.


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