The Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia, Department of Educational and

Counselling Psychology, and Special Education invites applications for a Tier II Canada

Research Chair in Indigenous Health, Healing and Psychological Wellness in Education.

Applications are welcomed from scholars who have graduated with their doctoral degrees within

the past ten years, and who are strong and innovative researchers with demonstrated expertise in

studying Indigenous approaches to health, healing and psychological wellness in education from

a discipline perspective of one or more of the five program areas in the Department: Counselling

Psychology; Human Learning Development and Culture, Measurement; Evaluation and Research

Methodology; School Psychology; Special Education. It is expected that the successful candidate

will embrace social, ecological, cultural, and community-oriented perspectives, and have an

interest in applying Indigenous knowledge and approaches in relation to health, healing and

psychological wellness in education. The successful appointee also will hold a doctoral degree in

Educational or Counselling Psychology or a related discipline, and will be encouraged to work

across units in the Department, Faculty and UBC.

The University of British Columbia is located in beautiful Vancouver, a multicultural,

multilingual city ranked as one of the world’s best places to live. The university is recognized

internationally as a leading research institution and, recently, was ranked as #1 in Canada in the

social sciences and humanities by the Higher Education Strategy Associates. The Faculty of

Education shares this commitment to research excellence and provides a comprehensive set of

programmatic offerings at the baccalaureate, magisterial and doctoral levels. Academic units

include the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education the

Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy, the Department of Educational Studies, the

Department of Language and Literacy Education, and the School of Kinesiology. In addition to a

post-baccalaureate Teacher Education program, we offer Faculty-wide graduate programs in

early childhood education, educational technology and interdisciplinary studies. For further

details about the Faculty and its research, please visit our website at

The Faculty of Education within the University of British Columbia is a leader in Indigenous

Education, offers an Indigenous Teacher Education Program (NITEP), a graduate Indigenous

specialization (Ts`’kel), and is proposing new graduate programs and concentrations in

Indigenous Education. The Faculty is home to the Indigenous Education Institute of Canada,

publishes an annual theme issue of the Canadian Journal of Native Education, and has an

Associate Dean for Indigenous Education leadership position.

The Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education (ECPS) has

major graduate programs in Counselling Psychology, Human Learning Development and

Culture, Measurement, Evaluation and Research Methodology, School Psychology and Special

Education. It has a strong commitment to and respect for issues related to diversity and inclusion

and a strong level of interest and activity related to Indigenous health, healing and psychological

wellness in education.

The Canada Research Chair (CRC) program was established by the Canadian Federal

Government with the purpose of attracting outstanding researchers to the Canadian university

system. The program’s Terms of Reference for qualifications are online at

The Tier II Chair is for exceptional emerging researchers, acknowledged by their peers as having

the potential to lead in their field. An applicant’s proposed research program should address one

or more of the priority areas noted above and be congruent with the goals and strategies

contained in UBC’s Strategic Plan, “Place and Promise” (, particularly

with respect to Aboriginal engagement and research.

We seek a scholar with a strong record of research, teaching and community engagement and

who can contribute significantly to the advancement of Indigenous health, healing and

psychological wellness in education. Excellent research experience with Indigenous communities

is required. This Canada Research Chair position is affiliated with the Canadian Institute for

Health Research and the successful applicant will be nominated by the University for a Tier II

Canada Research Chair. As stated in the Terms of Reference (, the nomination

is subject to review by the CRC Secretariat.  Upon approval by the CRC Secretariat, the

successful applicant will be appointed at the rank of Assistant Professor (tenure track) or

Associate Professor (with tenure). Rank and salary are commensurate with qualifications and

experience and carries a research supplement. The university’s benefit package is


Interested applicants are invited to send their curriculum vitae, a five year research plan, a record

of teaching excellence, three papers that are the most significant and relevant to their research

interests, and the names and contact information of three referees.

The University of British Columbia hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment

equity. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply. We especially welcome applications from

members of visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities,

persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and

knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities.  Preference will be given to

Aboriginal candidates as permitted by Section 42 of the BC Human Rights Code and candidates

are encouraged to self-identify if they qualify for this preference. Canada Research Chairs are

open to persons of any nationality but Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be

given priority.  Offers will be made in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements

associated with the Canada Research Chairs program.  The University of British Columbia is

responsive to the needs of dual career couples as an integral part of its strategy for excellence.

The position is subject to budgetary approval. Consideration of candidates will begin October 15,

2013 and will continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, please submit

application materials by the date noted. The start date is subject to the announcement of the

approval by the CRC Secretariat and final arrangement with the appointee.

Applications should be directed to:

Dr. Blye Frank, Dean

Faculty of Education

2125 Main Mall

University of British Columbia

Vancouver BC, Canada V6T 1Z4

OR via e-mail at