May 24, 2012
Chair Title: Aboriginal Health and Wellness
Hosted by: Faculty of Health Sciences
For more information please contact: Dr. Chris Hosgood
Sponsored by Alberta Innovates - Health Solutions (AIHS), the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Lethbridge seeks an established scholar to fill a position as the AIHS Campus Alberta Innovates Program Translational Health Chair in the area of Aboriginal Health and Wellness, under the thematic area of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. Candidates must be well-established scholars who have made major impacts in addressing health and wellness issues within an Aboriginal framework to understand and promote determinants of Aboriginal health. Candidates should also have demonstrated expertise in collaborative research with Aboriginal peoples.
Alberta Innovates - Health Solutions, one of four provincially funded research and innovation corporations within the province of Alberta, supports top-quality internationally competitive health research that aims to further our understanding of health and disease and produces results that will make a difference to the health, economy and societal wellbeing of Albertans and people around the world.
The Faculty of Health Sciences has a priority focus on developing educational and research initiatives to promote health equity amongst Aboriginal and Indigenous groups in our geographic region, across Canada and within the global context. As part of this commitment, the Faculty of Health Sciences champions the translation of research to promote evidence-based decision making in helping to ensure beneficial outcomes for Aboriginal and Indigenous people, communities and organizations. We are seeking a faculty member who works to understand and address Aboriginal health and wellness from a holistic perspective through scholarship that serves to identify and enhance Aboriginal peoples' strengths, including the use of traditional knowledge, spirituality, and desire to promote healthy living. Such a focus also creates a platform on which effective policies and collaborative health programming can be built. These efforts will be supported by the existing and growing collaborative partnerships between the Faculty of Health Sciences and Aboriginal communities and organizations.
The University of Lethbridge is situated on the wintering grounds of the Blackfoot nation and is within an hour's driving distance of the Kainai First Nation (the largest Aboriginal reserve community in physical size in Canada) and to the Piikani reserve, both of which are members of the Blackfoot Confederacy. There is an established positive working relationship with both of these groups as well as with Red Crow College (RCC), the Kainai band's privately owned and operated college that has a satellite office in Lethbridge. The Faculty of Health Sciences, which includes nursing, addictions counselling and public health programs, has been successful in developing educational initiatives that assist First Nations, Metis and Inuit students in these programs.
Candidates and nominees should submit a curriculum vitae, three letters of reference, a single-page research proposal, and a letter of application or nomination indicating their interest and anticipated contribution to:
Dr. Chris Hosgood
Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences
University of Lethbridge
4401 University Drive West
Lethbridge, AlbertaT1K 3M4
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The position is open to all qualified applicants, although preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. The University is an inclusive and equitable campus encouraging applications from qualified women and men including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and Aboriginal persons.