School of Social Work

Tenure Track Faculty Positions
Thunder Bay
Application Deadline: 
Saturday, October 15, 2022 - 11:59pm

Application Deadline: The review of applications will start on September 23, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences/ School of Social Work

Reference # (HBS-2022-23-07)

Lakehead University, Thunder Bay Campus, invites applications for one tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences/ School of Social Work

The academic rank of the appointment will be commensurate with the qualifications of the successful candidate. The position will commence on August 1, 2023.

We are a small, research-active, community-involved School with an excellent undergraduate program that prepares students for generalist practice, and an MSW program that prepares students for advanced generalist practice. Our undergraduate program is offered in two formats: a four-year HBSW, and a 12-month HBSW designed specifically for students with a previous undergraduate degree. We have a particular commitment to education for practice in northern, rural and remote environments, but our graduates are equally prepared for work in urban centres.

The ideal candidate will have a PhD in Social Work, demonstrated ability to conduct impactful research and publish in peer-reviewed journals, and ability to teach at the BSW and MSW levels. Direct practice experience in clinical social work (counselling), and social work practice with families, as well as a demonstrated community-based practice research in the field of mental health and substance use are desired. The applicants should have the ability to teach generalist social work practice with a specific focus on social work communication and theory. Applicants should have a personal and professional commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion and social justice. Experience with experiential learning and online or alternative modes of delivery is highly desired. Experience in online teaching and graduate supervision would be advantageous.

Lakehead is a comprehensive university with a reputation for innovative programs and cutting-edge research. With campuses located in Thunder Bay and Orillia, Lakehead has approximately 10,000 students and 2,160 faculty and staff.  With an emphasis on collaborative learning and independent critical thinking and a multidisciplinary teaching approach, Lakehead offers a variety of degree and diploma programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels through its nine faculties, including Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Health and Behavioural Sciences, Natural Resources Management, Science and Environmental Studies, Social Sciences and Humanities, Graduate Studies, and Faculty of Law. For further information, please visit:

For further information, please contact Dr. Jo-Ann Vis. Detailed information on the School of Social Work and our programs is available at:

Review of applications will begin in September and continue until the position is filled. The electronic application (in the form of one PDF document) quoting Reference # (HBS-2022-23-07) should include: a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching effectiveness (including a statement of teaching philosophy, course outlines and teaching evaluations for previously-taught courses), a statement of a research plan (current and future interests), copies of the three most significant publications, and the names and contact information of three references. A completed Confirmation of Eligibility to Work in Canada.pdf form must accompany your package. 

Applicants should submit their electronic application to:

Dr. Mirella Stronk
Dean, Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
Lakehead University, 955 Oliver Road
Thunder Bay, ON P7B 5E1

Lakehead University is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals including women, racialized persons, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities and other equity-seeking groups. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.  This is in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements.

We appreciate your interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be notified. Lakehead University is committed to supporting an accessible environment. Applicants requiring accommodation during the interview process should contact the Office of Human Resources at (807) 343-8010 ext. 8334 or to make appropriate arrangements.

This position is subject to budgetary approval.