Assistant Professor - Child Clinical Psychology, Acadia University

January 26, 2023 6:47 PM | Diane LaChapelle (Administrator)

Tenure Track Position #: 21112

Acadia University is located in Mtaban, Mi'kmaki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi'kmaw, Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet), and Peskotomuhkati (Passamaquoddy) people, and is committed to upholding the spirit and tenets of the Treaties of Peace and Friendship, as well as respecting the historical and contemporary contributions of African Nova Scotians to the land, culture, and life of the region. Acadia University is recognized as one of Canada’s premier undergraduate universities, offering a liberal arts education unique among post-secondary institutions. Acadia offers a stimulating, vibrant environment, on and off campus, where dedicated faculty inspire and challenge students to be their best through supportive personalized learning environments, holistic education, and nurturing community engagement. Academic innovation and a technology-rich teaching and learning environment have garnered the university a reputation for excellence. Our progressive workplace is located only one hour from Halifax in Nova Scotia's beautiful Annapolis Valley. With a progressive commitment to sustainability, the region offers locally-crafted artisan food and beverage, with many communities embracing organic, fair-trade, and farm-to-table ideals. There is a small, but vibrant, francophone community in the Annapolis Valley, and the university campus is situated 6 kms from Grand-Pré National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that commemorates and celebrates Acadian contributions to the region.


The Department of Psychology invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level, to commence July 1, 2023. Clinical faculty members are expected to provide clinical supervision, have an established or developing child clinical research program in the candidate’s expertise area, and teach graduate and undergraduate courses. Undergraduate courses could include Psychopathology of Childhood, Clinical Psychology, and Abnormal Psychology. The ability to supervise clinical and/or research activities related to the areas of trauma and/or stress, including but not restricted to minority stress and racialized or intergenerational trauma, and support the development of a PsyD program within the department will be considered an asset. Faculty members maintain active research programs involving undergraduate and graduate supervision. The candidate will be expected to actively participate in the ongoing service activities of the Clinical Program Committee, the Department of Psychology, and the broader University community.

For over a century, the Psychology Department has had a presence at Acadia, and today it is a one of the largest academic units on campus (500+ majors, 20-25 honours students, 10-12 graduate students) offering numerous programs at the undergraduate and graduate level. We are distinguished from other institutions for our neuroscience and applied options at the undergraduate level, and at the graduate level we offer a Master’s of Science in Clinical Psychology, with the hopes of expanding to a Doctoral (Psy.D) program. Our Unit was one of the first on campus to form a departmental Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion committee to act with intention in fostering a climate within and outside of the classroom that is equitable and inclusive to persons from diverse backgrounds. The department is in a renewal phase, having hired several faculty over the past 5 years, and is currently undertaking a comprehensive curriculum renewal to ensure our curriculum is consistent with our program goals, particularly in the areas of equity, diversity, and inclusion. The Department recently saw the development of a world-class Centre for Cognitive Health & Neuroscience, which includes state-of-the art facilities for applied and cognitive neuroscience research. There are opportunities for professional and research collaborations throughout the region, including Landmark East, Canada’s only independent school for students with learning differences and the Issac Walton Killam (IWK) Health Centre, the largest Children’s Hospital in Atlantic Canada.

As outlined in the 16th Collective Agreement between the Faculty Association and the University Board of Governors, Acadia faculty receive a range of benefits, including a defined benefit pension plan, yearly professional development funds, dental/vision insurance, professional insurance and registration fees, health insurance to complement the public system, and internal research funding opportunities.

Academic Qualifications:

Candidates must have (or be near completion) a Ph.D. or Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology and have an established or developing research program in the candidate’s expertise area. Candidates must be eligible for, and maintain, registration as a Psychologist within Nova Scotia.

How to Apply:

Candidates are asked to submit their application in a single PDF document to Receipt of the application will be acknowledged via email.

Applications should include the following:

Apply by sending a letter describing clinical and research experience; teaching experience or potential; and a curriculum vitae. The cover letter should clearly demonstrate ways in which the applicant’s clinical work, research, and teaching could contribute to the department’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.Please include the names and email/phone contact information of three references (to be contacted if short-listed), one of which must be from someone who can speak to your clinical activities.

Dr Randy Lynn Newman, Chair of the Search Committee,

Professor and Head, Department of Psychology Acadia University

Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada B4P 2R6


Acadia University invites applications from all qualified individuals; however, Canadians and permanent residents shall be given priority. The University encourages applications from Indigenous people; African Canadians; African Nova Scotians; persons with disabilities; visible minorities; women; persons of any minority sexuality, gender identity or gender expression; and all intersections of these identities. Acadia embraces the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion as fundamental in creating an expansive academic environment and champions diverse knowledge systems as pillars of academic excellence.

All applicants are required to submit an online Employment Equity Self-Identification Form as part of their application package. The form provides the option of self-identifying based on the applicant’s comfort level.Please note that failure to complete the form by the closing date will result in the disqualification of your application.

Closing Date: February 24th, 2023

Accessibility Statement:

The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. The University will provide support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that considers an applicant's accessibility needs. If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact Dr. Randy Lynn Newman, Chair and Professor of Psychology (

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