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Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream - Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Date Posted: 02/17/2021
Closing Date: 03/31/2021, 11:59PM ET
Req ID: 2686
Job Category: Faculty - Teaching Stream (continuing)
Faculty/Division: Temerty Faculty of Medicine
Department: Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Campus: University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM)


The Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, invites applications for a full-time continuing teaching stream appointment in the area of occupational science and occupational therapy at the rank of Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream. The successful candidate will be appointed the Academic Coordinator at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) campus. The position will start on July 1, 2021 or shortly thereafter.

The successful candidate must have a PhD in occupational science, occupational therapy, rehabilitation science, or a related field at the time of the appointment; will have a degree in occupational therapy from a World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT)-approved educational program; at least three years of experience as an occupational therapy educator, and at least five years of experience as a practicing occupational therapist. Eligibility for registration with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario is required. Candidates must have a demonstrated record of excellence in teaching. Candidates must also have teaching expertise in an entry-level Master of Occupational Therapy program, including lecture preparation and delivery, and curriculum development. Additionally, candidates must possess proven leadership abilities and a demonstrated commitment to excellent pedagogical practices and teaching-related scholarly activities. Candidates must also convey a demonstrated commitment to, and appreciation of, equity, diversity and inclusion issues impacting student mental health, learning experiences and access to the program. We seek candidates whose teaching interests complement and strengthen our existing departmental strengths.

The successful candidate will hold a teaching assignment in the MScOT program and demonstrate evidence of excellence in innovative scholarship and excellence in teaching. Excellence in teaching and pedagogical inquiry can be demonstrated through teaching accomplishments, the teaching dossier submitted as part of the application including the teaching philosophy statement, sample syllabi, course materials, and teaching evaluations, as well as strong letters of reference from referees of high standing. Evidence of other teaching-related activities can include awards and accolades, presentations at significant conferences, and a statement outlining current and future teaching-related research and creative professional interests.

The successful candidate will work in close collaboration with the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy’s Graduate Coordinator and the Vice-Chair Education, and has UTM-specific responsibilities related to the implementation of the MScOT program and graduate coordination.

Responsibilities related to supporting program implementation include: leading the identification and response to program-specific pedagogical issues unique to the UTM site; supporting student engagement in program evaluation activities specific to UTM (e.g., year-end program evaluation, focus groups, exit surveys); supporting the development of a cohesive and supportive student learning environment; providing input into learning space management and usage; building and maintaining positive working relationships and programmatic partnerships with Mississauga Academy of Medicine (MAM) faculty and staff, and faculty in relevant UTM departments. They will also be responsible for capacity-building and relationship-building related to academic, fieldwork and research partnerships, including collaborating to build capacity for status-only/adjunct faculty members’ teaching.

In conjunction with the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy’s Graduate Coordinator, the Academic Coordinator will provide input into UTM graduate coordination, including student wellness support.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

In September 2018, the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MScOT) program at the University of Toronto’s St. George campus expanded to the Mississauga campus, joining the MD Program as the second health professions program at UTM. The program successfully expanded to its full complement of 80 students at UTM in September 2019. This exciting campus has a strong community health emphasis and a unique partnership with Trillium Health Partners. The UTM Academic Coordinator position is located at the UTM campus in the Terrence Donnelly Health Sciences Complex.

The latest Times Higher Education ranks the University of Toronto among the top 10 universities in the world for health sciences. Spanning the basic, clinical, and rehabilitation sciences, the Temerty Faculty of
Medicine and its affiliated hospitals and research institutes form one of the largest research enterprises in North America. The Toronto Academic Health Science Network (TAHSN) is one of the top five clusters of academic medicine in North America. The University of Toronto is also affiliated with over 20 community hospitals, clinical sites and health care institutions, and enjoys partnerships with many cognate departments and community organizations.

The City of Mississauga, with a current population estimation of 829,000 is one of Canada’s largest and safest cities. Located at Toronto’s western border, Mississauga is a culturally diverse, well-planned, growing urban city with vibrant business, sports, and arts communities. The University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) Campus is situated centrally on 225 acres of protected greenbelt along the Credit River and bounded by residential neighbourhoods. For more information about the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, please visit our website at

All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by clicking the link below. Applications must include a cover letter; a current curriculum vitae; a teaching dossier, including a statement of teaching philosophy, sample course syllabi and teaching evaluations. All application materials must be submitted online.

Applicants must arrange to have three letters of reference, on letterhead, signed and addressed to Dr. Heather Colquhoun sent directly by the referee to the hiring unit via email at by the closing date. PLEASE NOTE: This search is not using the University’s automatic solicitation and collection functionality for reference letters.

All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by 11:59pm ET on March 31, 2021. Incomplete applications will not be processed. Submission guidelines can be found at: to-apply. If you have questions about this position, please contact

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

Diversity Statement

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

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