Faculty Positions

Position Title / Rank: Chair

College: Ontario Agricultural College

Department: Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics

Deadline: October 26, 2018
Please reference AD #18-59

Position Description:

The Ontario Agricultural College (OAC) of the University of Guelph seeks candidates and/or nominations for the position of Chair, Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics (FARE). FARE is the most research-intensive department of its kind in Canada, and one of the most intensive in North America. Its research and teaching programs focus on: Economics of Food; International Trade & Development; Environmental and Resource Economics; and Agricultural Policy and Regulation. The Department offers undergraduate majors in multiple degree programs: Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics major in the Bachelor of Arts, Food and Agricultural Business major in Bachelor of Commerce, Environmental Economics and Policy major in Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science. FARE is also an active contributor to the Equine Management, Food Industry Management and Environmental Management majors in the Bachelor of Bio-Resource Management. In addition, FARE offers a PhD program, as well as both a thesis- and course-based MSc program. The Department is also home to the Institute for the Advanced Study of Food and Agricultural Policy, which is responsible for providing independent and timely policy analysis with respect to socially significant food and agricultural issues. As part of OAC, FARE has a long history of achievements in serving the agriculture and agri-food industries within Ontario and beyond. Descriptions of the Department, its programs and faculty profiles are available at: www.uoguelph.ca/fare/

The Chair is responsible for the orderly, effective, efficient and collegial operation of the Department. He/she provides leadership for initiatives identified by the faculty members and supports individuals in the fulfillment of their assigned responsibilities. The Chair, through consultation with members of the Department, is responsible for enhancing academic programs, increasing contributions to knowledge, strengthening relationships with industry and other potential partners and promoting the Department to the public. The appointment will be for a five-year term, with a possibility of renewal for another five years.

The preferred candidate will be a successful educator and leader holding a tenured faculty appointment at the University of Guelph, with an exemplary record of research and scholarly accomplishments. The Chair will be required to offer vision and leadership, demonstrate innovating thinking and exhibit strong organizational, interpersonal and communication skills. Experience in human and financial resource management and the ability to engage faculty, staff and students in developing and executing new initiatives are required. The Chair will have a demonstrated ability to interact effectively with industry, government agencies and alumni, including the development of funding and support for scholarly programs. The successful candidate will also have the ability to network, communicate and facilitate the advancement of FARE, OAC and the University.

Applications will be treated in confidence and should include a letter of application, a five-year vision for the Department with emphasis on managing an academic unit during a period of change, a curriculum vitae and the names and addresses of three referees. The deadline date for applications is Friday, October 26, 2018.

Application Process

Applications and nominations should be submitted to:

Dr. Rene Van Acker
Dean, OAC
102 Johnston Hall, University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1
Telephone: 519-824-4120 Ext. 52285
Email: vanacker@uoguelph.ca

The University of Guelph is the largest employer in Guelph, a city of approximately 130,000 people, located about an hour drive west of Toronto, Ontario. University of Guelph is a top-ranked comprehensive university in Canada with an enrolment of about 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students across approximately 40 academic units. The University is known for its commitment to student learning, innovative research, and collaboration with world-class partners. It is a unique place, with transformative research and teaching and a distinctive campus culture. People who learn and work here are shaped and inspired by a shared purpose: To Improve Life. Reflecting that shared purpose in every experience connected to our university positions us to create positive change, here and around the world. Our University community shares a profound sense of social responsibility, a drive for international development, and an obligation to address global issues.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

The University recognizes that applicants may have had obligations outside of work that have negatively impacted their record of achievements (e.g., parental, elder care, and/or medical). You are not required to disclose these obligations in the hiring process. If you choose to do so, the University will ensure that these obligations do not negatively impact the assessment of your qualifications for the position.

The University of Guelph acknowledges the Attawandaron people on whose traditional territory the University of Guelph resides and offer our respect to our Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and M├ętis neighbours as we strive to strengthen our relationships with them.

At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution.

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