Faculty of Human and Health Sciences
Full-Time, Tenure-Track or Tenured
The University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) invites applications for a Tenure-Track/Tenured position as Chair of the School of Nursing at the rank of Associate or Full Professor, with proposed starting date of July 1, 2023. As an institution committed to the fostering of an inclusive and transformative learning environment, UNBC values high quality and growth in both teaching and scholarship.
Reporting to the Dean, the new Chair of the School of Nursing provides overall leadership and direction to the School. The Chair is responsible for ensuring a high-quality educational experience for UNBC students and supports the growth of faculty and staff. The successful candidate will provide evidence of effective leadership, being committed to the mission and values of the School of Nursing and UNBC more broadly. The successful candidate will be responsible for leading a dynamic team of established and new faculty and staff, fostering excellence in nursing education, practice, and research. The Chair will be responsible for creating and supporting highly collaborative and respectful workplace environments and to support initiatives that advance nursing at the regional, national, and international level. This includes leadership to support equity, diversity, inclusion, and decolonization/Indigenization initiatives that are strategic priorities within the School and UNBC. The Chair position is for a five-year term, renewable in year five following satisfactory performance in the role. Evidence of effective leadership, communication, mentorship, and collaboration is essential.
The School of Nursing offers programs at all four UNBC campuses, including the main campus and primary location of appointment – Prince George. The School works collaboratively with a number of regional stakeholders, including Northern Health, First Nations Health Authority, College of New Caledonia, Coast Mountain College, Northern Lights College and a wide-variety of other community partners.
The UNBC School of Nursing, part of the Faculty of Human and Health Sciences, is actively engaged in preparing excellent nurses who are ready to meet the complex care needs of individuals in regional, rural, and remote communities of the North. UNBC is a university both in and for the North. As such, the School of Nursing strives to foster a deep commitment to the nursing profession and embrace change as a means for influencing rural, remote, and northern health care at all levels. The School strives to produce graduates who inform knowledge and practice by using an evidence-informed approach to nursing.
The ideal candidate will be an accomplished academic appointable as an Associate or Full Professor at UNBC, within the School of Nursing. Applications for this position should hold a PhD and have a growing record of scholarly activity, as well as evidence of and commitment to teaching excellence. The successful candidate must hold, or be eligible to hold, active practicing registration as a Registered Nurse (RN) with the British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives. With passion and commitment to advancing the excellence of research and education in the School, the Chair will bring the leadership, communication, and relationship building skills to be highly effective in this role.
Our Commitment to Diversity and Employment Equity
The University of Northern British Columbia is fully committed to creating and maintaining an equitable, diverse, and inclusive environment that is accessible to all. We are devoted to ensuring a welcoming, safe, and inclusive campus free from harassment, bullying, and discrimination. This commitment is woven into our motto and mission. In the Dakelh language, UNBC’s motto ‘En Cha Huná translates to “he/she/they also live” and means respect for all living things. Through the respect for all living things, we are able to grow and learn better together, each bringing our own unique individual differences and contributions to inspire leaders for tomorrow by influencing the world today.
Employment equity requires that we remove barriers and overcome both direct and indirect discrimination. In this way, the pool of excellent candidates increases substantially. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person
About the University and its Community
Since its founding in 1990, the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) has emerged as one of Canada’s best small research-intensive universities, with a passion for teaching, discovery, people, and the North. UNBC’s excellence is derived from community-inspired research, hands-on learning, and alumni who are leading change around the world.
Since time immemorial, Indigenous peoples have walked gently on the diverse traditional territories where the University of Northern British Columbia community is grateful to live, work, learn, and play. We are committed to building and nurturing relationships with Indigenous peoples, we acknowledge their traditional lands, and we thank them for their hospitality. UNBC’s largest campus in Prince George is located on the traditional unceded territory of the Lheidli T’enneh, in the spectacular landscape near the geographic centre of beautiful British Columbia.
UNBC’s three regional campuses are located in Quesnel, Fort St. John, and Terrace. The South-Central campus in Quesnel is situated on the traditional territory of the Lhtako Dené (Red Bluff Band), Nazko, Lhoosk’uz Dené Nation (Kluskus Band), and Esdilagh First Nations (formerly Alexandria Band). Lhtako, Nazko, and Lhoosk’uz are Dakelh First Nations, and Esdilagh is a member of the Tsilhqot’in Nation. The Peace River-Liard campus in Fort St. John is situated on the traditional territory of the Doig River, Blueberry River and Halfway River First Nations. They are the Dunne-Za people. The Northwest campus in Terrace is situated on traditional Ts’msyen (Tsimshian) territory of the Kitsumkalum and Kitselas First Nations. It includes a satellite campus in the coastal community of Prince Rupert.
UNBC consistently ranks in the top three in its category in the annual Maclean’s university rankings. UNBC also recently placed among the top five per cent of higher education institutions worldwide by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
With a diverse student population, the University is friendly, inclusive, and supportive. Prince George is a city of ~74,000 people with impressive cultural, educational, and recreational amenities. For more information about living and working in Prince George, please refer to http://www.unbc.ca/experience and https://moveupprincegeorge.ca. Make your mark with this leading post-secondary institution.
Applicants should forward the following documents to FacultyRecruitment@unbc.ca or mail to Office of the Provost quoting the posting number (#FANU07-22 ACC):
o cover letter indicating potential contributions to the Program;
o curriculum vitae;
o a brief statement of teaching approaches and research program;
o the names and addresses of three references (including telephone and email information); and
o the Statement of Eligibility to Work in Canada form, which can be found here: https://www2.unbc.ca/sites/default/files/sections/human-resources/statementofemploymenteligibilityjan0520221.pdf.
o the Self-Identification from, which can be found here:
Persons with disabilities, who anticipate needing accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, may contact UNBC Health & Wellbeing at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any personal information provided will be maintained in confidence.
Mail Submissions: Office of the Provost, University of Northern British Columbia
3333 University Way, Prince George, B.C., V2N 4Z9
Email Submissions: FacultyRecruitment@unbc.ca
Inquiries: Dr. Rebecca Schiff – Dean, Faculty of Human and Health Sciences
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. We thank all applicants for their interest in UNBC however, only those applicants selected for further consideration will be contacted.
Applications received on or before February 25, 2023, will receive full consideration; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.