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Director, Bachelor Of Health Sciences Program, Faculty Of Health Sciences

Applications or nominations are invited for the position of Director, Bachelor of Health Sciences Program (BHSc) in the Faculty of Health Sciences. The unit is considering a name change to the School of Health Studies.

The selected candidate will assume a senior academic rank with tenure, and will assume an outstanding opportunity to exercise creative leadership in teaching, research and administration in building on a strong foundation and new directions/activities within the BHSc Program/School. Commitment to quality undergraduate and graduate education, a strong research record, excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills, and the ability to effectively advance the BHSc Program/School are essential. The Director is also expected to contribute to leading the Faculty as part of a Faculty of Health Sciences' Leadership Team.

The University of Western Ontario ( is one of Canada's leading research-intensive universities. It is located in London Ontario, known as the "Forest City" with a population of 385,000. London is also a major academic health sciences centre.

The BHSc Program, established in 1997, embraces a positive conception of health as a vital resource for everyday living that reflects the physical, mental, and social aspects of human life. Within this context, the BHSc Program pursues its mission to provide learning opportunities, and conduct interdisciplinary research, on issues influencing health across the lifespan. The Program has 14 full-time faculty members, a number of cross-appointed members from other Schools who teach in the Program, and 5 administrative staff members.

The Program offers an Honors Specialization in Health Sciences focusing on determinants of health, an Honors Specialization in the area of Health Promotion, and three collaborative areas of specialization in conjunction with other units at Western. The Program attracts over 2200 applicants annually for one of the available 300 Year 1 undergraduate positions and there are 1100 undergraduate students in the program.

In addition, the BHSc program members and Director make a significant contribution to the teaching and supervision of graduate students in the interdisciplinary Health and Rehabilitation Sciences graduate program, which offers graduate education at the MSc and PhD level in Health Promotion, Health and Aging, and Rehabilitation Sciences, as well as seven other fields of study.  
An appointment period of normally five years (renewable) will afford the successful candidate both the time and the flexibility required to make a mark as an academic leader.  The effective date of the appointment is July 1, 2009.  Nominations and applications (including names of three references) should be sent to:

Dr. W. James Weese, Professor and Dean
Faculty of Health Sciences
200 J - Arthur & Sonia Labatt Health Sciences Building
The University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario N6A 5B9

The deadline for receipt of applications is May 6, 2009.  Please quote number HS 106 on all correspondence.

Positions are subject to budget approval.  Applicants should have fluent written and oral communication skills in English.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.  The University of Western Ontario is committed to employment equity and welcomes applications from all qualified women and men, including visible minorities, aboriginal people and persons with disabilities.