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Director of the School of Outdoor Recreation, Parks & Tourism

Université Lakehead

Application Deadline: June 12, 2020

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities - School of Outdoor Recreation, Parks & Tourism (ORPT)

Lakehead University, Thunder Bay Campus, invites applications for a tenure-eligible position (as outlined in the Collective Agreement, 25.13) at the rank of Associate or full Professor, prepared to be appointed as Director of the School of Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism (as outlined in the Collective Agreement, 28.01). The teaching position will commence on August 1, 2020.

The School of ORPT offers an Honours Bachelor Outdoor Recreation, and a concentration in nature-based therapeutic recreation. Students are also able to undertake a variety of double degree options combining the HBOR degree with another undergraduate degree or a program in concurrent Education. The HBOR is a signature degree at Lakehead University and the School is a national leader in the provision of experiential and field-based learning. The School places a strong emphasis on supporting student success through culturally responsive teaching and support.

The Director leads the strategic and administrative work of the School, including curriculum development, program management, partnership development, risk management, student recruitment, and community outreach. The Director will develop and execute innovative and forward-thinking strategies in keeping with the vision of the School, its “culture of respect” document, and the field of outdoor recreation. The Director must strongly advocate for the School, lead the shared development and realization of the School's academic plan, assist in junior faculty mentoring, and foster a collegial environment in which faculty members and staff can reach their full professional potential. The successful candidate will also contribute to the teaching mandate of the School.

We encourage applications from candidates whose service, teaching and research fit within the school's commitment to experiential learning, social and environmental justice, and the pillars of the University Academic Plan:

Required qualifications:
The successful candidate will have an earned PhD in outdoor recreation or a related discipline, and experience providing experiential education and field experiences in outdoor recreation. An established record of externally funded research and scholarly publications commensurate with the rank of a tenured Associate Professor is also expected. Experience managing or directing an academic unit at a post-secondary level and participating in academic leadership are necessary. Experience with experiential learning and online or alternative modes of delivery is highly desired.

Candidates are asked to outline their abilities to build collaborative and respectful relationships in an academic unit or related community-based setting. They should describe their experience as it relates to the Director’s administrative responsibilities, including supervising, advising, and mentoring faculty members and staff.

Lakehead is a comprehensive university with a reputation for innovative programs and cutting-edge research. With campuses located in and, Lakehead has approximately 10,000 students and 2,160 faculty and staff. With an emphasis on collaborative learning, independent critical thinking and a multidisciplinary teaching approach, Lakehead offers a variety of degree and diploma programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels through its ten faculties, including Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Health and Behavioural Sciences, Natural Resources Management, Science and Environmental Studies, Social Sciences and Humanities, Graduate Studies, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (West Campus) and the Faculty of Law. For further information, please visit:

For further information, please contact Dr. Margaret Johnston, Acting Director of the School of Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism. Detailed information on the School and our programs is available at:

Review of applications will begin on Monday, June 15, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. The electronic application (in the form of one PDF document) should include: a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching effectiveness (including a statement of teaching philosophy, course outlines and teaching evaluations for previously-taught courses), a statement of a research plan (current and future interests), copies of the three most significant publications, and the names and contact information of three references. A completed Confirmation of Eligibility to Work in Canada.pdf form must accompany your package. of Eligibility to Work in Canada.pdf

Applicants should submit their electronic application to:

Dr. Betsy Birmingham
Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
Lakehead University
Thunder Bay, Ontario

Lakehead University is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals including women, racialized persons, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities and other equity-seeking groups. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. This is in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements.

We appreciate your interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be notified. Lakehead University is committed to supporting an accessible environment. Applicants requiring accommodation during the interview process should contact the Office of Human Resources at (807) 343.8334 or to make appropriate arrangements.

This position is subject to budgetary approval.