Professor, Community Services

Position Summary:

Reporting to the Chair, Community Services in the Faculty of Applied Arts and Health Sciences, the Professor will be responsible for providing academic leadership in the classroom and within the School of Community Services, ensuring an effective and compelling learning environment for students.

Program Area/Level:

The Professor will teach courses within the Honours Bachelor of Community Mental Health Degree (BCMH). Courses within BCMH include Community Mental Health, Social Justice and Health, Research Methods, Mental Health Ethics, Group Dynamics, and Crisis Counselling.

Under the direction of the senior academic officer of the College or designate, the Professor is responsible for:


• Ensuring student awareness of course objectives, approach and evaluation techniques.
• Carrying out regularly scheduled instruction, which may include tutoring and academic counselling of students.
• Providing a learning environment, which makes effective use of available resources, work experience and field trips.
• Evaluating student progress/achievement and assuming responsibility for the overall assessment of the student's work within assigned courses.
• Creating an effective environment for applied learning which accommodates students’ diverse cultural and educational backgrounds, experiences and learning styles.

Course and Curriculum Development:

• Consulting with program and course directors and other faculty members, advisory committees, accrediting agencies, potential employers and students.
• Defining course objectives, and evaluating and validating these objectives.
• Specifying or approving learning approaches, necessary resources, etc.
• Developing individualized instruction and multi-media presentations where applicable.
• Selecting or approving textbooks and learning materials.

Academic Leadership:

• Providing guidance to Instructors relative to the Instructors' teaching assignments.
• Participating in the work of curriculum and other consultative committees as requested.
• Involvement with collaborative projects.



• Completed Ph.D. in Social Work or a closely related field. If education is in a closely related field, state how it is relevant.
• A minimum of two (2) years’ post-secondary teaching experience.
• A minimum of five (5) years’ experience in the area of community mental health with a focus on social determinants of health.
• Experience in community-based research utilizing project management skills would be an asset.
• Experience with interdisciplinary collaboration (and research) would be an asset.


• Excellent presentation, communication and human relation skills are essential to interact effectively with the College’s multi-cultural/racial/able student and staff population, as is an understanding of and commitment to equity in education.
• Ability to convey the conceptual and practical aspects of curriculum to students, while respecting their diverse backgrounds, experience and individual learning styles is necessary.
• Must be able to work independently and with other faculty to develop and deliver curriculum and contribute positively to the team environment.
• Demonstrated leadership, organizational skills, motivation and a willingness to innovate and apply new teaching techniques and technologies are also required.
• Ability to contribute to opportunities to build interdisciplinary partnerships.
• Demonstrated ability to teach indigenous content to both indigenous and non- indigenous students.
• Demonstrated ability to work from a trauma informed and anti-oppressive lens.

Note: A teaching demonstration will be required during the recruitment process.
Consideration will be given to qualified internal full-time academic and partial-load employees first in accordance with the Collective Agreement requirements. New employees will be required to demonstrate the Faculty Basic Competencies by the end of their probationary period.

Seneca College is committed to diversity and encourages applications from qualified candidates, especially indigenous persons, members of sexual minority groups, visible minorities, women and persons with disabilities. If you require accommodation during any part of the recruitment process, please contact

To apply: Please submit your application online via Seneca’s Career Page.

We thank all applicants for their interest in this position, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.