Dr. Major completed his Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) at the University of Alberta in 1980. He went on to complete MSc degree and Orthodontic Specialty training at the University of Alberta in 1988. Dr. Major accepted an academic appointment at the University of Alberta in 1989, and has served as Director of the postgraduate TMD/Orofacial Pain Program from 1991-2001 and as Director of the Orthodontic Graduate Program from 2001-2010. He presently serves as the Professor and Chair, School of Dentistry and Senior Associate Dean (Dental Affairs) at the University of Alberta.
During his academic career, he has published more than 190 publications and supervised the research of more than 75 graduate students. He has presented many lectures at national and international forums. In addition to his responsibilities as Chair of the School of Dentistry, he is continuing with clinical teaching and graduate student research supervision. He also maintains a busy orthodontic private practice part-time.