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Helen Carswell Research Chair in Dementia Care

Université York

Helen Carswell Research Chair in Dementia Care
Faculty of Health, York University

The Faculty of Health at York University invites highly qualified candidates to apply for the Helen Carswell Research Chair in Dementia Care. The successful candidate will be appointed to a tenure-track professorial stream appointment in the School of Health Policy and Management at the rank of Associate or Full Professor effective July 1, 2021. The appointment as Chair will be for a five-year term commencing on or about July 1, 2021, with the possibility of renewal upon mutual agreement. Salary and rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.

The Chair will work with the Alzheimer’s Society of York Region and other community partners to lead the design, implementation, analysis, and dissemination of a complementary set of evaluations to assess the impact of and inform best practices for dementia care, especially day service programs in the York Region and the province of Ontario. As part of this exceptional opportunity, the chair will manage more than $1.258 million in expendible funding to undertake the evaluations and support graduate students.

A Ph.D. in Health Science, Public Health, or other relevant area is required. Candidates must possess superior competencies for Canadian Evaluators (cf., such as knowledge of evaluation theory, practice, standards, guidelines and ethics; the development of logic models; technical, strategic, methodological (quantitative, and qualitative) and interpretive skills; understanding of stakeholder culture and contexts; sound project management skills; highly developed social and personal skills to communicate and interact with stakeholders. Designation as or eligibility to become a Credentialed Evaluator would be a substantial asset. Candidates must have a minimum of five years of experience designing, managing and communicating complex program and/or policy evaluations in health and/or social service settings using a variety of evaluation methods and approaches. Expertise or professional experience in health care evaluation and health care of older adults and/or persons with dementia would be an asset.

The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an independently funded program of research related to the care and resiliency of older adults and/or persons with dementia. Candidates must have an outstanding record of research demonstrating excellence or rising eminence in their field, and a proven ability to disseminate results to audiences through high quality peer reviewed journals, books/chapters, technical reports, monographs, presentations, media, etc.

As the Carswell Chair, the successful candidate will receive a reduced teaching load. However, the position will involve some graduate teaching and supervision, as well as undergraduate teaching in areas such as program evaluation. Candidates must be suitable for prompt appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Candidates must provide evidence of excellence or promise of excellence in teaching through: a teaching statement/philosophy; a description of teaching accomplishments and pedagogical innovations in areas using experiential education and technology enhanced learning; teaching evaluations; and strong letters of reference.

York University champions new ways of thinking that drive teaching and research excellence. Through cross-disciplinary programming, innovative course design, diverse experiential learning and a supportive community environment, our students receive the education they need to create big ideas that make an impact on the world. Located in Toronto, York is the third largest university in Canada, with a strong community of 53,000 students, 7,000 faculty and administrative staff, and more than 300,000 alumni. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to join a interdisciplinary organized research unit dedicated to health and aging, connect with numerous health care partners and contribute to a dynamic School with graduate and undergraduate programs in health studies, health policy and management, health informatics, and critical disability studies.

York University has a policy on Accommodation in Employment for Persons with Disabilities and is committed to working towards a barrier-free workplace and to expanding the accessibility of the workplace to persons with disabilities. Candidates who require accommodation during the selection process are invited to contact Tamara Daly, Chair of the Search Committee at

York University is an Affirmative Action (AA) employer and strongly values diversity, including gender and sexual diversity, within its community. The AA Program, which applies to women, members of visible minorities (racialized groups), Aboriginal (Indigenous) people and persons with disabilities, can be found at or by calling the AA line at 416-736-5713. Applicants wishing to self-identify as part of York University’s Affirmative Action program can do so by downloading, completing and submitting the form found at: All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens, permanent residents and Indigenous peoples in Canada will be given priority. No application will be considered without a completed mandatory Work Status Declaration form which can be found at

A cover letter of application specifying the position you are applying for in any correspondence, an up-to-date curriculum vitae, a brief narrative statement of your evaluation experience,a research statement outlining relevant accomplishments, collaborations, and future plans, a statement of teaching philosophy, success, innovations and interests, three reprints or preprints, and teaching evaluations (if available) should be merged into a single pdf file and sent to: Arrangements should also be made for three confidential letters of reference to be submitted to the same email and addressed to Tamara Daly, Chair, Helen Carswell Research Chair Search Committee, c/o Domenica Lam, The deadline for completed applications is March 1, 2021.