Associate Professor/Professor - Indigenous Health and Health Systems

Date Posted: 09/21/2021
Closing Date: 01/05/2022, 11:59PM ET
Req ID: 3535
Job Category: Faculty - Tenure Stream (continuing)
Faculty/Division: Dalla Lana School of Public Health
Department: Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation
Campus:St. George (Downtown Toronto)




The Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto invites applications for a full-time tenure stream faculty position in Indigenous Health, at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor, beginning July 1st, 2022, or shortly thereafter.

Candidates must hold a Ph.D. or doctoral equivalent (e.g. MD&MSc, MD&MPH) in a field related to Indigenous health, including but not limited to epidemiology, statistics, health services research, indigenous health studies, etc., with a demonstrated exceptional track record of excellence in research that is clearly aligned with the mission of the Institute (https://ihpme.utoronto.ca/community/about-us/). Candidates must also demonstrate excellence in teaching, a commitment to collegial service and an interest in collaboration, including with those outside their discipline. We seek candidates whose research and teaching interests complement and strengthen our existing strengths (https://ihpme.utoronto.ca/academics/rd/hsr-mscphd/hsr-emphases-mscphd/hp-emph/). Candidates will have an established international reputation and the demonstrated ability to significantly advance the field internationally.

The successful candidate will have disciplinary depth and an ability to work in a collaborative and multidisciplinary environment. Applicants must demonstrate expert knowledge in Indigenous health and will have demonstrated depth of expertise in the application of quantitative methods to health/health care data.  The successful candidate will also have demonstrated conversance with Indigenous research frameworks and Indigenous knowledges and ways of knowing.


The position is open with respect to substantive focus in indigenous health (e.g., mental health care, maternal/child health, health system equity, health system performance measurement, public health policy, health service access, etc.).


The successful candidate will show evidence of a highly successful track record of partnership, collaboration and engagement in research and knowledge translation with Indigenous communities and leaders. The successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate and maintain a competitive and externally funded research program, and to sustain and lead an innovative, independent and inclusive program of scholarship that emphasizes community building and partnerships both within and outside of the University.


The successful candidate must have a strong record of Indigenous community-driven research excellence and ethical engagement and collaboration with Indigenous communities, organizations, and institutions as demonstrated by impactful community collaboration deliverables and/or publications in top-ranked and field relevant journals in their area of expertise, distinguished awards and accolades, other noteworthy activities that contribute to the visibility and prominence of the discipline, the submitted research statement, presentations at significant conferences, strong letters of reference, letters of support commenting on Indigenous community engagement, and an exceptional quantitative methodological skillset.


Experience and demonstrated interest in the development of novel tools and methods for Indigenous data collection, analysis, and knowledge translation are also a requirement. The applicant should have demonstrated experience working with Indigenous scholars and mentoring trainees.


Evidence of excellence in teaching will be provided through teaching accomplishments and innovations, the teaching dossier submitted as part of the application including a strong teaching statement, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations, as well as strong letters of reference.

The successful applicant will contribute to the Institute’s graduate educational programs, notably the Health Services Research program, as well as other research and professional programs; the candidate may also have the opportunity to be involved with undergraduate teaching. The successful applicant will be expected to teach introductory and upper-level courses, including courses related to Indigenous Health and Health Systems, and Quantitative Methods in Indigenous Health Research.

Responsibilities will include research, teaching and supervision at the graduate level, and taking an active role in the life of the Institute. The new faculty member will be expected to: sustain and lead an outstanding, robust, active, independent, innovative, externally-funded research program at the highest international level; take an active role in teaching and mentoring students; collaborate with colleagues and other university departments, partners, and the community; and be committed to equity, diversity and inclusion.


Preference will be given to candidates who self-identify as Indigenous. Recognizing that there are a variety of terms that potential candidates may use to self-identify, the University uses the term “Indigenous” in this search, which forms part of the U of T Response to Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, to encompass the people of Turtle Island, including those who identify as First Nations, Métis, Inuk (Inuit), Alaska Native, Native American, and Native Hawaiian people.

Established by Royal Charter in 1827, the University of Toronto is the largest and most prestigious research-intensive university in Canada, located in one of the world’s greatest cities. The University has more than 19,000 faculty and staff, some 73,000 students enrolled across three campuses, and annual budget of $1.8 billion, including $376 million in externally funded research, an additional $469 million in research funding in the affiliated teaching hospitals, and one of the premier research libraries in North America.

The Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME) is one of the largest units of its kind in Canada. It is internationally competitive in the fields of health policy and governance, organizational management and leadership, performance management, comparative health systems, health services research, clinical epidemiology and health care research, knowledge transfer, health economics, quality improvement, and patient safety. It offers rigorous research and professional graduate degree programs, as well as continuing education. Multidisciplinary and collaborative, the Institute’s more than 500 faculty members represent a wide range of disciplines including health policy, economics, law, clinical epidemiology, innovation, e-health and technology, sociology, and political science. This Institute—unique in Canada—brings together leading researchers from across the world and from a wide variety of disciplines to develop and to translate innovative ideas into evidence-informed practices that improve the planning, delivery and outcomes of health care. The current Director, Professor Audrey Laporte, was appointed January 1, 2020. For detailed information on the Institute, visit its website at http://www.ihpme.utoronto.ca/.

The Institute is located within the Dalla Lana School of Public Health (DLSPH). This School was founded in 1927 and has grown to be the largest and most productive cluster of public health scholars in Canada.

The Dalla Lana School of Public Health (
http://www.dlsph.utoronto.ca/) has an illustrious history that began in the 1920’s and continued with a recent renaissance beginning in 2008 (see synopsis at http://www.dlsph.utoronto.ca/about/). The most prominent School of Public Health in Canada, the DLSPH now has a roster of over 800 students, and greater than $27 million in annual research expenditures. It houses the Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation, the Institute for Global Health Equity & Innovation, the new Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health, major initiatives related to Healthy Cities, Big Data for Health, Quality Improvement, and Clinical Public Health, partnerships with institutions throughout Toronto that comprise the largest health-science research complex in Canada, alliances with multiple international partners and a central location in one of the most dynamic, multi-ethnic, and cosmopolitan cities in the world. The current Dean, Professor Steini Brown, was appointed July 1, 2018.


The Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health (WBIIH) in the DLSPH, is under the Directorship of Dr. Stewart and includes a Community Advisory Council to foster research and scholarly innovation in Indigenous health.  The WBIIH brings together scholars from multi-disciplinary backgrounds to provide innovative solutions to promote thriving Indigenous communities using population and community-based participatory research approaches. The WBIIH forms part of a consortium of affiliated Indigenous health centres, including U of T’s First Nations House; the Aboriginal Community Council of the Ontario Institute for Studies in EducationWell Living House at St. Michael’s Hospital; and Anishnawbe Health Toronto.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply by clicking on the link below. Applications must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching dossier (including a statement of teaching philosophy, teaching evaluations, a record of teaching accomplishments and innovations, and sample course materials), up to three sample publications, and a statement outlining current and future research interests, as well as a letter of support commenting on their Indigenous community engagement.


Applicants must provide the name and contact information of three references. The University of Toronto’s recruiting tool will automatically solicit and collect confidential letters of reference from each referee once an application is submitted (this happens overnight). Applicants remain responsible for ensuring that referees submit letters (on letterhead, dated and signed) by the closing date.

All application materials, including letters of reference, must be received on or before January 5, 2022. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Submission guidelines can be found at 
http://uoft.me/how-to-apply. Your CV and cover letter should be uploaded into the dedicated fields. Please combine additional application materials into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format. If you have questions about this position, please contact ihpme.director@utoronto.ca


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


Diversity Statement
The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.


As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see http://uoft.me/UP.


Accessibility Statement
The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.


The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact uoft.careers@utoronto.ca.


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