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Assistant or Associate Professor in Physiotherapy

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Position Title Assistant or Associate Professor in Physiotherapy
Posting Number F514P
Type of position Tenure Stream
Department/Unit Physiotherapy
Location Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
About the opportunity
The School of Physiotherapy in Dalhousie’s Faculty of Health invites applications for a full-time, probationary tenure-track, tenure-track, or tenured appointment at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor commencing July 1, 2024.

Dalhousie University is comprised of 6,000 faculty and staff amongst its 13 faculties. Current enrollment is 18,500 graduate and undergraduate students. As part of Canada’s U15 research intensive group, Dalhousie University is an influential driver of the region’s intellectual, social and economic development. It is the largest university in Atlantic Canada and is located on the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq in the heart of Halifax (Kjipuktuk), a scenic coastal city and capital of Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia is home to 13 Mi’kmaq First Nations, a deeply rooted African Nova Scotia community, and an increasingly diverse population which also includes a vibrant workforce of people living with (dis)Abilities.

The Faculty of Health’s faculty, staff and students are committed to improving the well-being of individuals, families, communities and populations through diverse health programming, collaborative research and strong community partnerships. The Faculty of Health is one of the largest faculties at Dalhousie, comprised of eight schools, one college and one program, more than 200 faculty members, 80 staff members, and approximately 3,000 students. With the most programmatically diverse health faculty in Canada, our students are exposed to a broad range of health topics and learning experiences. Dalhousie University is home to the only School of Physiotherapy in Atlantic Canada. The School is one of 10 units within the Faculty of Health. (

The vision of the School of Physiotherapy is to lead regionally, nationally and internationally in collaborative, inclusive physiotherapy education, research, and service that advance health, policy, and practice. To attain this vision, our mission is to educate physiotherapists and scholars who excel, inspire through research and discovery that advances knowledge and practice, and improve the health and wellness of the diverse communities we serve through collaboration and innovation. Faculty and staff at the School work together to create a dynamic environment that fosters excellence in research, teaching, scholarship, and leadership.

The School of Physiotherapy offers an entry-level Master of Science in Physiotherapy (MScPT) program, a thesis-based Master of Science in Rehabilitation Research (MScRRPT) program and many faculty supervise and support students through the PhD in Health Program, Faculty of Health.

Faculty members in the School of Physiotherapy are recognized nationally and internationally for their research contributions in the areas of mobility, physical activity and exercise in special populations including older adults, those with musculoskeletal, and neurological or cardiorespiratory health concerns. The School is home to the Canada Research Chair in Physical Activity, Mobility and Healthy Aging. Research activities are supported by onsite laboratories, Dalhousie University research institutes, extensive collaborations with clinical partners at the Dalhousie Physiotherapy Clinic, the Nova Scotia Health Authority, the IWK Health Center that offers care to women, children, youth and families, and the Nova Scotia Rehabilitation Centre. Research within the School is supported with funding from government and non-government agencies as well as several other provincial and local funding agencies.

The successful candidate will hold a PhD in Physiotherapy or a related field from a recognized and accredited University and demonstrate clear promise of future academic accomplishment including the ability to obtain research funding and produce deliverables related to the applicant’s research focus through teaching and research activities, including knowledge translation.

Successful applicants will have expertise in social determinants of health, social justice and health equity as it applies to health systems and outcomes and will actively contribute to the vision of the School. Candidates eligible to hold a license to practice in Physiotherapy in Nova Scotia are preferred. University level teaching experience and/or postdoctoral experience are also preferred. The incumbent will demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills. The successful applicant will understand the issues facing health care broadly and rehabilitation specifically and will be committed to excellence in education, research and service both within and outside the Dalhousie community.

The successful candidate’s responsibilities will include establishing and operating a sustainable research program, teaching and mentoring in the entry-level and thesis-based programs, and contributing to the academic life of the School, Faculty, University, and community at large.

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching statement, teaching dossier, research statement, and the names of three potential referees to the PeopleAdmin portal at Letters of reference will only be sought at the short-list stage.

Please include Search #F514P in your cover letter.

For further information regarding this position, contact:
Dr. Derek Rutherford, Director, School of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Health –

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

Dalhousie University commits to achieving inclusive excellence through continually championing equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility. The university encourages applications from Indigenous persons (especially Mi’kmaq), persons of Black/African descent (especially African Nova Scotians), members of other racialized groups, persons with disabilities, women, and persons identifying as members of 2SLGBTQIA+ communities, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit
Posting Detail Information

Open Date
Close Date 11/30/2023
Open Until Filled No
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Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Résumé / Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Teaching Statement
  4. Research Statement
  5. Teaching Dossier
Optional Documents