Post-Doctoral Fellow in Indigenous Outdoor Education and Injury Prevention

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Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Faculty of Education

University of British Columbia

Position Description

Seeking a post-doctoral fellow with research interests focused on the contributions of outdoor education to unintentional injury prevention. This position is based out of Edmonton, AB, Canada, with occasional travel within central Alberta.

Introduction to the Project

Injuries are a major contributor to premature mortality for Indigenous youth in Canada, occurring at a rate four times that associated with non-Indigenous youth. Responding to this serious health risk, this research project aims to  understand unintentional injury from the vantage point of Indigenous youth and Elders, and to use such knowledge to develop effective injury prevention strategies. Specifically, this research takes action on the following goals:

1. Fostering leadership capacity among urban Indigenous youth in the area of unintentional injury prevention.

2. Strengthening relationships between policy makers, researchers, educators, and safety practitioners in the education and health sectors.

3. Developing a stronger evidence base about effective Indigenous injury prevention practice, with a particular focus on the role that culturally-based outdoor education has in the promotion of safe behavior.

To accomplish these goals, activities to support community-based collaboration, knowledge mobilization, and capacity building are envisioned. A Research Leadership Team that includes a University of British Columbia (UBC) researcher, Elders, educators, managers of Aboriginal organizations, and safety practitioners, guides this research. The post-doctoral fellow (PDF) will be an integral member of this Research Leadership Team. Further details concerning the role of the post-doctoral fellow are included in the position description below.

Additional Description

The PDF will be funded through a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) grant held by a faculty member at UBC. The primary project responsibilities of the PDF will be in support of research project aims, and in alignment with UBC Policy1.

The PDF will be offered an initial appointment of one year, with the possibility of extension for a second year. Salary for this position will be $45,000 per annum and is eligible for benefits. Position to begin: January 15, 2014 (or as soon as possible)


This position is housed in the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Faculty of Education, UBC. All associated research activities will be located in Edmonton, Alberta and surrounding areas. The PDF will have regular contact with, will be accountable and report to, and will receive mentorship and supervision from the Research Lead throughout the appointment, Dr. Tracy L. Friedel. The PDF will also himself or herself work closely with the Research Leadership Team, a body of individuals located in Edmonton, AB who contribute to guiding the project.

Anticipated duties – the PDF will contribute substantially in the following areas (duties may expand as the project unfolds):

 Analyzing relevant injury prevention programs and policies with a view to preparing a report to be presented to the Research Leadership Team

 Guiding the recruitment, hiring and supervising up to two (2) graduate students

 Influencing qualitative research design, including data collection procedures

 Managing research activities such as data collection protocols and training graduate students in data collection methods

 Facilitating community engagement and relationship building with external partners

 Coordinating outdoor education and curriculum development/evaluation activities

 Organizing knowledge mobilization events (community workshops, policy events)

 Contributing to directing data analysis activities, the production of peer reviewed publications, and other dissemination activities (e.g., academic conferences)

Qualifications and Position Requirements

Priority will be given to candidates with background in a relevant discipline, e.g. recreation/leisure studies, public health, education, or other relevant social science discipline. Candidates must have a completed Ph.D. within 3 years from date of application, and not currently hold an academic position elsewhere.

Additional requirements/competencies include:

• Demonstrated ethical research engagement with Indigenous communities

• Demonstrated familiarity with the urban context in Edmonton, Alberta

• Demonstrated record of peer-reviewed research, namely publication in relevant national or international journals

• Demonstrated research expertise gathering, analyzing and interpreting qualitative data

• Demonstrated experience related to knowledge mobilization

• Demonstrated interest in developing a program of research related to recreation/leisure studies and/or public health

Desired qualifications:

• Demonstrated abilities to undertake curriculum development and evaluation

• Demonstrated abilities to contribute to grant writing

Application Process

To apply, please send: A cover letter that highlights how your skills and abilities align with the qualifications and requirements of the position, a curriculum vitae, a writing sample (most relevant), the names and contact information for three referees, and a statement of research interests.

All applications should be submitted electronically, by 5 p.m. (MST) Tuesday, December 24, 2013 to:

Tracy L. Friedel, PhD

Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy

The University of British Columbia

Scarfe Building 2125 Main Mall

Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z4


Interviews will be scheduled for late-December (and early-January, if necessary) in Edmonton, AB. For further information regarding this position, please contact Dr. Tracy L. Friedel by email at:

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