Assistant/Associate Professor (tenure-track), Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders
Competition 627

Department Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine - Communication Sciences & Disorders
Posted date December 14, 2023
Closing date Will remain open until filled.
Position Type


The University of Alberta, its buildings, labs, and research stations are primarily located on the traditional territory of Cree, Blackfoot, Métis, Nakota Sioux, Iroquois, Dene, and Ojibway/Saulteaux/Anishinaabe nations; lands that are now known as part of Treaties 6, 7, and 8 and homeland of the Métis. The University of Alberta respects the sovereignty, lands, histories, languages, knowledge systems, and cultures of First Nations, Métis and Inuit nations.

The Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine invites applications for a full-time, tenure track position at the assistant or associate professor level in the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders (CSD). The Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders, one of three departments in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, offers a course-based Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (MScSLP), a two-year program designed to develop leaders in speech-language pathology through excellence in research, education and citizenship. The program is designed to provide students with the academic and clinical skills required to be eligible for certification through Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC) and registration or licensure by provincial regulatory bodies. A thesis-based option within the MScSLP is also offered, as well as a combined MSc/PhD program that allows a select group of highly motivated students to complete the MScSLP and the PhD in rehabilitation sciences within a single integrated program of study. Faculty members of the CSD department are actively involved in the MSc and PhD thesis-based degree programs in Rehabilitation Science offered through the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine.

The Department of CSD is among the largest speech-language pathology education programs in Canada. The Department currently consists of 11 tenure track and 7 academic teaching faculty members, supported by staff at the Department and Faculty level. Starting in Fall 2024, the MScSLP program will be offered in a distributed education model across 2 campuses in Alberta - Edmonton and Camrose. Approximately 90 students will be admitted in Fall 2024 across both campuses, with 20 of those seats reserved for students from Saskatchewan.

Faculty members have diverse research programs in areas including developmental language disorders and phonological development in children, literacy, multilingual language development, neurogenic communication disorders, speech science, hearing science and head and neck cancer rehabilitation. The department has community connections with several health care centres in Edmonton, including the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital. Faculty members have close connections (e.g., cross appointments and partnerships) with research and clinical institutes such as the Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute, the Institute for Reconstructive Sciences in Medicine and the Institute for Stuttering Treatment and the Institute for Stuttering Treatment and Research.

The successful candidate will hold a PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders or a related field, be an independent investigator or have the potential to develop a successful research program as an independent investigator in any of the Faculty and department’s areas of research excellence. Candidates with expertise in fluency, complex communication needs/autism spectrum disorders or dysphagia are encouraged to apply but all qualified candidates will be considered. The candidate will be a collaborative member of the department and faculty, and be committed to equity, diversity, inclusivity and Indigenous initiatives in research, teaching and service.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach in the entry to practice Masters of Science program in Speech Language Pathology, and supervise Masters and Doctoral students pursuing theses. Eligibility for licensure by the professional college, the Alberta College of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (ACSLPA), is an asset.

The U of A is committed to fostering equitable, diverse, and inclusive work and learning spaces (U of A Strategic Plan for EDI and Indigenous Initiatives) and encourages interest from candidates who can contribute to the further diversification of ideas in the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders. The University of Alberta welcomes applications from all qualified persons, and encourages First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons, members of visible minority groups, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression, and women to apply.

Candidates are requested to prepare a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, and a statement on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity and Indigenous Initiatives (1-2 pages in length; see here for format). 

The Committee will begin considering candidates on February 15, 2024 with the new faculty member to begin the appointment in the summer of 2024. Interviews will begin April 2024. This position will remain open until filled. This position will be located at the University of Alberta, Corbett Hall, 8205-114 Street NW, Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2G4.

As part of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program requirements, the university must conduct recruitment efforts to hire Canadians and permanent residents before offering a job to a temporary foreign worker. To ensure we remain in compliance with these regulations, please include the appropriate statement in your application "I am a Canadian Citizen/Permanent Resident" or "I am not a Canadian Citizen/Permanent Resident".

At the University of Alberta, we are committed to creating an inclusive and accessible hiring process for all candidates. If you require accommodations to participate in the interview process, please let us know at the time of booking your interview and we will make every effort to accommodate your needs.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, M├ętis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.