Assistant Professor: Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy

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Assistant Professor: Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy

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Author pmnationtalk
Date May 4, 2021
Deadline May 09, 2021
Type Full Time
Company Wilfrid Laurier University
Location Waterloo, CA
Category Assistant Professor
Client Wilfrid Laurier University
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Date: May 4, 2021
Location: Waterloo, CA
Company: Wilfrid Laurier University
Department: Martin Luther University College
Full-time/Part-time: Full Time
Campus: Waterloo
Application Deadline: May 9, 2021

Wilfrid Laurier University is a leading multi-campus university that excels at educating with purpose. Through its exceptional employees, students, researchers, leaders, and educators, Laurier has built a reputation as a world-class institution known for its rich student experience, academic excellence, and global impact.  With a commitment to Indigenization and commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, Laurier’s thriving community has a place for everyone.

Laurier has more than 19,000 students and 2,100 faculty and staff across campuses in Waterloo and Brantford, as well as locations in Kitchener and Toronto. The university is committed to providing an inclusive workplace and employing a workforce that is reflective of local and national demographics. Our locations are situated on the traditional territories of the Neutral, Anishnawbe, and Haudenosaunee peoples. We recognize the unique heritages of Indigenous peoples and support their intentions to preserve and express their distinctive Indigenous cultures, histories, and knowledge through academic programming and co-curricular activities. Laurier’s Centre for Indigegogy is one example of how Laurier honours Indigenous knowledge.

Position Summary

Martin Luther University College (formerly Waterloo Lutheran Seminary) is seeking qualified candidates to apply for this non-union, full-time limited-term position, (with potential for renewal). Applicants should have an earned doctoral degree, an excellent teaching record, significant clinical experience in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy, published research, and a proven ability to be a collaborative team player.

Luther is a theological school in Waterloo, Ontario, affiliated with Wilfrid Laurier University (Laurier). With over 175 students, Luther offers theological graduate programs including the Master of Divinity; Master of Arts in Theology with fields in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy and Public Faith and Spirituality, a joint Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Theology; a provincially approved PhD in Human Relationships, with fields in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy and Pastoral Leadership; and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian Studies and Global Citizenship.

The Department of Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy has four full-time faculty, two part-time Associated Professional Faculty, and eighteen Adjunct (sessional) Faculty members. This department normally offers 26 different courses related to psychotherapy over three terms (Fall, Winter and Spring/Summer) in a variety of formats, including traditional, blended week-long or all-day intensives, and some online courses. Seven years ago, Luther opened the Delton Glebe Counselling Centre, which serves as a counselling center for the community and nearby universities, as well as a centre for teaching and research. It is named for Dr. Delton Glebe, who led Luther’s efforts as an early pioneer in the field Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy. Luther enjoys numerous partnerships with hospitals and agencies across Southwestern Ontario.

Founded in 1911, over its one-hundred-year history, Luther was the institution that gave birth to Wilfrid Laurier University and to the University of Waterloo. It is part of the Laurier Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Degrees for Luther academic programs are granted by Wilfrid Laurier University. The Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and the Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance accredit Luther’s graduate programs. For more information please go to

Duties and Responsibilities:          

  • Teach a maximum of five graduate and/or undergraduate courses/year in the field of spiritual care and psychotherapy as assigned by the Principal-Dean
  • Advise student comprehensive paper and doctoral dissertations and sit on student comprehensive paper and doctoral dissertation committees
  • Advise students on academic progress, vocational direction and clinical placements
  • Provide clinical supervision as needed
  • Engage in research and publication that advances developments in the field of Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy, as well as theology more broadly
  • Serve on Luther and Laurier Committees as assigned by the Principal-Dean
  • Participate in the community life of Luther including planning and leading worship
  • Relate to other Laurier departments, schools and partners to identify, develop and support cooperation in academic programs, research and cross-disciplinary collaboration as needed
  • Work with churches, faith communities and community agencies as needed
  • Comply with the expectations and obligations outlined in the Luther Faculty manual
  • Undertake other tasks as agreed upon with the Principal-Dean


  • Experience in undergraduate and/or graduate-level teaching in the field of Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy
  • Minimum of five years of clinical experience in the field of Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy; clinical supervisory experience an asset.
  • An earned doctoral degree, preferably PhD
  • Theological background is an asset
  • Certification with appropriate associations, including with the College of Registered Psychotherapists in Ontario (CRPO), or another recognized regulatory body.
  • Proven ability to undertake research and publish in peer-reviewed forums
  • Experience in developing creative and student-centered courses utilizing various pedagogical approaches
  • Experience in curriculum development and program mapping using an outcomes-based approach
  • A working knowledge of computer software and Online Learning Delivery Systems
  • Understanding of and ability to work with churches and faith communities
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and strategic planning
  • Excellent administrative and organizational skills
  • The capacity to understand and apply University policies and procedures and the ability to apply them accurately
  • Ability to take initiative and to work independently and collaboratively
  • Ability to participate constructively as a faculty team member and actively contribute to the broader vision of Luther

Martin Luther University College is a federated college with Wilfrid Laurier University that offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs and continuing education opportunities. With over 175 students, Luther offers theological graduate programs including the Master of Divinity; Master of Arts in Theology with fields in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy, and Christian Studies; a provincially approved PhD in Human Relationships, with fields in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy and Pastoral Leadership; and a small undergraduate program in Christian Studies and Global Citizenship.

Luther is committed:

  • To be a diverse, multifaith, and pluralistic community of learning, committed to teaching, research, reflection, and scholarship within the university
  • To cultivate and nurture community leaders whose spirituality, beliefs, and values lead to commitment and service to others and God’s creation
  • To encourage and challenge individuals in the discovery of their deepest passion and to acquire professional competence for their life’s work
  • To strengthen community and well-being in a holistic way
  • To engage in continuing efforts toward reconciliation
  • To promote a healthy civil society, which values a diversity of opinion and culture

Term of Appointment: This is a limited-term appointment with an initial three-year contract and the possibility for renewal on mutual agreement.

Compensation: To be negotiated within parameters of the Luther pay scale

Closing Date: May 9, 2021

To Apply:

Applicants for the position are required to submit in writing or by email:

  • A cover letter indicating their interest and qualifications for the position (two pages maximum)
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Names and contact information of three references
  • A philosophy of teaching (three pages maximum)
  • List of courses taught and sample of syllabi
  • Student course evaluations (if available)
  • Samples of published or written work (no more than 30 pages)

Candidates who are invited for an interview may be asked to meet constituent groups and make a public presentation. They may participate in a Career Assessment Process (e.g., Pathfinder). Initial interviews may be conducted through video conference.

Applications may be sent to;

Attention: Rev. Dr. Kristine Lund, Interim Principal-Dean

Martin Luther University College

Wilfrid Laurier University

75 University Avenue West

Waterloo, Ontario, N2L 3C5

Or Applications may be emailed to [email protected]. Please insert “Assistant Professor in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy” in the subject line.

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