Job ID: 29007

Updated: September 7, 2023

Location: Foothills Campus

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

Position Description

The University of Calgary (UCalgary), located in the heart of Southern Alberta, both acknowledges and pays tribute to the traditional territories of the peoples of Treaty 7, which include the Blackfoot Confederacy (comprised of the Siksika, the Piikani, and the Kainai First Nations) as well as the Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Stoney Nakoda (including Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Goodstoney First Nations). The university recognizes that the City of Calgary is also home to Region III of the Métis Nation of Alberta. By virtue of the signing of Treaty 7 in 1877, the university recognizes that we are all treaty people. The City of Calgary is home to diverse communities. Together, we share this land, strive to live together, learn together, walk together, and grow together “in a good way.”

The University of Calgary recognizes the importance of creating and maintaining a welcoming and equitable environment that enables every member of our campus to thrive. The Inclusive Excellence Cluster Hiring Initiative has been launched to advance and embed the institution’s commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility, Indigenous engagement, and inclusive excellence. This initiative, which was developed in accordance with Section 10.1 of the Alberta Human Rights Act, is a key step to ameliorate the under-representation of members of equity deserving groups at the university, to enhance the conditions of disadvantaged groups, to build a critical mass of scholars who reflect the diversity of our student body and the broader community, to advance epistemic pluralism and the creation of new knowledges and ways of knowing, and to broaden the culture of inclusivity and engagement.  

As part of the Inclusive Excellence Cluster Hiring Initiative, the University of Calgary, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM) invites applications for academic scholars in either the Teaching and Research stream or the Teaching focused stream. Depending on qualifications and career track expectations, the appointment will be made at the rank of Assistant Professor, Teaching and Research (tenure track), Assistant Professor, Teaching (tenure track), Associate Professor, Teaching and Research (with tenure) or Associate Professor, Teaching (with tenure). This position is only open to qualified Indigenous scholars (First Nations (Status, Non-Status), Métis, or Inuit). Candidates will be required to provide verifiable evidence of their Indigenous identity.

This is an open disciplinary search, meaning eligible candidates with research, scholarship, and teaching expertise within the disciplines of medical communication, veterinary medical sciences and associated specialties or affiliated disciplines represented in the UCVM is encouraged to apply. Candidates with expertise in social justice are also encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will be appointed in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. The anticipated start date is January 2, 2024 or a mutually agreed upon date.

Areas of interest and qualifications required include but are not limited to the following. Candidates who are near completion of their program will be considered.

General Practice Veterinarians – Teaching focused stream

  • Requires a DVM or equivalent degree and eligibility for licensure to practice veterinary medicine in Alberta
  • This could include someone who is interested in working with our Distributed Veterinary Learning Community but is not limited to this.

Specialist Veterinarians – Teaching or Teaching and Research focused streams

  • Requires a DVM or equivalent degree and completion of a specialty internship or residency and eligibility for licensure to practice veterinary medicine in Alberta
  • Including but not limited to Small Animal Surgery, Anesthesia, Clinical Pathology

Experts in Indigenous ways of knowing – Teaching or Teaching and Research focused streams

  • Requires a Masters, PhD, or other relevant experience
  • Teaching and integrating into the veterinary curriculum required
  • The following attributes would be beneficial but not all are required:
    • A strong demonstrated commitment to Indigenous knowledge system, practices, histories, and lived experiences
    • A strong record of engagement and/or lived experience with Indigenous communities and organizations in Canada through teaching, learning, and research
    • Applicants are normally expected to have a doctorate degree. However, a doctoral degree in progress, with relevant teaching, educational development, and scholarly expertise will also be considered.
    • Scholarly experience related to Indigenous perspectives/world views, communities, and a strong record of teaching at the university level.
    • A demonstrated ability to collaborate and build reciprocal and respectful relationships with educators and Indigenous people to develop curricular approaches that are well-informed by Indigenous perspectives and pedagogies.  

Fundamental, translational or clinical researchers in all disciplines: current areas of excellence at UCVM include infectious disease, regenerative medicine, wildlife health/ecology and production animal health – Teaching and Research focused stream.

  • Requires a PhD
  • Alignment with UCVM’s research strengths is an asset. Descriptions of the Faculty, its programs, and its departments can be found at

Experts in social issues and barriers preventing access to higher education from equity-deserving groups – Teaching or Teaching and Research focused stream

  • Requires either a Masters degree (for example: Masters in Organizational Development) or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • A focus on helping improve systemic barriers in veterinary medicine and access to veterinary education would be great as well as helping implement solutions.

Experts in Medical/Health/Agriculture/Veterinary Communication – Teaching or Teaching and Research Stream

  • Requires a PhD
  • Integration into our professional skills program teaching communication and helping with outreach and engagement with the community

Applicants to the teaching-focused stream will devote the majority of their time to teaching, which can include lecture teaching, lab instruction, along with service on teaching-related committees. Clinical duties are integrated within the teaching role and the time allocation spent on clinical duties is open for discussion.  The successful candidate will demonstrate effective teaching skills. Service to the department, faculty, University, and community is also expected.

Applicants to the teaching and research stream will have time allocated for research in addition to teaching.  The successful candidate will establish an active research program that aligns with the University of Calgary’s and the UCVMs strategic plans. The successful research-oriented candidate will have the opportunity to be part of a prolific and diverse research environment in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, with access to state-of-the-art core infrastructure. Outstanding opportunities for collaboration are available with established research programs such as the Cumming School of Medicine or other faculties on main campus. Additionally, the successful candidate will play an important role in teaching and research supervision of students in veterinary medicine. Service to the department, faculty, University, and community is also expected.

In the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, the successful applicant will be expected to teach in the DVM program according to their specialty.  

UCVM’s DVM program provides a comprehensive general veterinary education to approximately 50 students per year, with an expected expansion to 100 students. The program is an integrated core-elective program, with enhanced educational opportunities in defined areas that combine discipline-based courses with extensive on-campus and off-campus experiential learning. UCVM is a research-intensive faculty with expanding research, graduate education, and advanced clinical trainee programs. Descriptions of the Faculty, its programs, and its departments can be found at

The University has established the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning ( that supports the development of teaching excellence and scholarly activity.  

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit an application online via the ‘Apply Now’ link.  A complete application should include:  

  • Cover letter and curriculum vitae, including the name and contact information of three referees. Applicants must self-identify as Indigenous (First Nations (Status, Non-Status), Métis, or Inuit) in their cover letter to be considered for this position.
  • Statement of teaching philosophy/teaching dossier
  • An outline of personal philosophy for engagement as an academic with Indigenous people, communities and/or priorities and past, current, or planned actions reflecting this philosophy
  • Statement of research interests, which can include a sample of a relevant research paper (required only of applicants applying for assistant or associate professor, teaching and research stream)

Within your application, indicate the rank and stream you are applying for. Please be aware that the application process allows for only four attachments.

Questions may be addressed to:

Aylin Atilla, Associate Dean Professional Development

Application Deadline: November 15, 2023

Additional Information

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy, ii’ taa’poh’to’p, in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.  The faculty is committed to exploring and expanding veterinary medicine, in alignment with the University of Calgary’s Indigenous Strategy,  by including Indigenous ways of knowing,  veterinary medicine through research, practice and pedagogy.

As an equitable and inclusive employer, the University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. To ensure a fair and equitable assessment, we offer accommodation at any stage during the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Requests for accommodations can be sent to Human Resources: Questions regarding Indigenous engagement at UCalgary can be sent to the Office of Indigenous Engagement ( Questions regarding [diversity] EDI at UCalgary can be sent to the Office of Equity, Diversity and

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

The University of Calgary recognizes that candidates have varying career paths and that career interruptions can be part of an excellent academic record. Candidates are encouraged but not required to provide any relevant information about their experience and/or career interruptions to allow for a fair assessment of their application. Selection committees have been instructed to give careful consideration to, and be sensitive to the impact of career interruptions, when assessing the candidate’s research productivity.

To learn more about academic opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Academic Careers website. For more information about the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine visit Careers in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.

The University strongly recommends all faculty and staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

About the University of Calgary
Located in Canada’s most enterprising city, the traditional territory of the peoples of Treaty 7 and Region 3 of the Métis Nation of Alberta, the University of Calgary (UCalgary) is a global and innovative intellectual hub for teaching and learning, research and scholarship, and community engagement. UCalgary ranks fifth among Canada’s top research universities in Research Infosource Inc.’s latest Top 50 Research Universities list released on Jan. 25, 2022. UCalgary is the youngest university to have reached the top five.

UCalgary has more than 6,500 graduate students and 28,500 undergraduate students, more than 1,800 academic staff (continuing, contingent term or limited term appointment), more than 1,300 sessionals, and more than 3,200 non-academic staff, in 14 Faculties, across five campuses. The vibrant and research-intensive environment at UCalgary is home to 146 research chairs (75 Canada Research Chairs), and more than 50 research institutes and centres. UCalgary has the fastest growth rate in attracting research funding among the 10 largest universities in Canada.

The university’s new Framework for Growth establishes principles and focus areas for the University of Calgary over the coming decade. It will ignite our entrepreneurial spirit to turn challenges into opportunities to improve the world around us. It will help to meet our academic and research ambitions and strengthen our community engagement in one of Canada’s most diverse cities, whose exciting future is unfolding rapidly, and where scientific disciplines will play a major role. Built around three big ideas (transdisciplinary scholarship, integration with our community and future-focused program delivery), the Framework will distinguish the university and drive growth.
To learn more about this vision please see:

About Calgary, Alberta
Calgary has been named one of the world’s most livable cities, has been ranked one of the most sustainable cities in the world, and is the third most diverse in Canada. Calgary is a city of leaders – in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from a growing number of world-class dining and cultural events and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour’s drive from the majestic Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America.


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