Faculty Positions

Position Title / Rank: Assistant or Associate Professor - Canada Research Chair Tier 2 in Indigenous Environmental Stewardship

College: Ontario Agricultural College

Department: School of Environmental Sciences

Date Posted: July 26, 2019
Deadline: November 1, 2019 or until a suitable candidate is found
Please reference AD #19-49

Position Description:

The School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph invites applications and nominations for a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Environmental Stewardship. The appointment will be tenure-track at the rank of Assistant or tenured at Associate Professor. Tier 2 Chairs are awarded for a five-year term and can be renewed only once. More details about the CRC program are available.

This position will contribute to an emerging cluster of expertise in Indigenous environmental stewardship at the University of Guelph. This Chair will be based in the School of Environmental Sciences (SES) of the Ontario Agricultural College.

Exceptional emerging Indigenous scholars, with the potential to become world leaders in a field related to environmental science and stewardship, are invited to apply. Eligible applicants for the Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Environmental Stewardship must have a doctoral degree (PhD or equivalent), demonstrated research excellence and productivity, and experience engaging and working with Indigenous communities. Experience in Indigenous Traditional Knowledge (ITK) and/or an interest and capacity to incorporate ITK into research goals and practice and to transfer knowledge to indigenous and non-indigenous communities/stakeholders is preferred. Fluency in a First Nations language will be considered an asset.

The successful candidate will be a catalyst for Indigenous environmental stewardship research, drawing on the University’s research strengths and aligning with the University Strategic Research Plan and OAC’s Shared Priorities.

The Chair will be expected to develop a productive independent, multidisciplinary and collaborative research program employing aquatic, terrestrial and/or atmospheric systems in contexts relevant to SES and Indigenous communities, such as conservation of medicine or food plants, ecological restoration, remediation, climate change impacts and adaptations, or mining impacts; this includes acquiring funds to support graduate training of students up to the doctoral level. Candidates with research interests examining policy development and planning or community sustainability will also be considered. The Chair is expected to work collaboratively with researchers on campus, nationally and internationally, and with First Nations, Métis, or Inuit communities. While this is primarily a research appointment, the successful candidate will be expected to teach a graduate or undergraduate course related to ITK and their discipline within environmental sciences.

The School of Environmental Sciences is a multi-disciplinary academic unit with researchers in a range of fields including: soil science, geology, agricultural meteorology, forest and ecosystem science, environmental microbiology, environmental toxicology, entomology and plant pathology. The School is home to the University of Guelph Arboretum. Researchers in the School have links across campus including Geography, Engineering, Integrative Biology, the Centre for Applied Groundwater Research, Animal Biosciences, Ridgetown Campus and Plant Agriculture, as well as with producer organizations and members of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. The School sits within the Ontario Agricultural College and is located on the main campus in the city of Guelph.

Eligibility for a Tier 2 Chair requires that applicants are exceptional emerging scholars and have fewer than 10 years of experience as an active researcher in their field at the time of nomination. Nonetheless, applicants who are more than 10 years from having earned their highest degree, where career breaks exist, such as parental or extended sick leave, clinical training, or other exceptional circumstances, may have their eligibility assessed through the program’s Tier 2 justification process. For more information please contact Ailsa Fullwood, Manager, Strategic Research Programs at fullwood@uoguelph.ca. Please consult the Canada Research Chairs website for full program information, including further details on eligibility criteria.

Salary is negotiable and commensurate with experience and qualifications. Positions are subject to review and final approval by the CRC Secretariat.

The University of Guelph is the second 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 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students across over 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.

Application Process

Assessment of applications will begin on November 1, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants should submit the following materials (preferably as a single PDF file): (1) a cover letter; (2) a life-time curriculum vitae; (3) a 1-2 page Personal statement (addressing how you have demonstrated the potential to achieve international recognition in your field in the next five to ten years; how you who have demonstrated particular research creativity; and your potential to attract, develop and retain excellent trainees, students and future researchers), (4) a 2-4 page Research statement proposing an original, innovative research program of high quality, (5) the contact information for three referees. Applications should be sent to the attention of:

Applications should be emailed to:

Dr. Jon Warland
Director, School of Environmental Sciences
Ontario Agricultural College
University of Guelph,
Guelph, Ontario, Canada N1G 2W1
c/o Erin Levesque

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 resides on the ancestral lands of the Attawandaron people and the treaty lands and territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit and we offer our respect to our Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and Métis 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 of Guelph is committed to an Employment Equity Program that includes special measures to address the underrepresentation of individuals from four designated groups (women, persons with disabilities, Indigenous peoples, and members of visible minorities/racialized groups) within its allocation of Canada Research Chairs. For the Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Environmental Stewardship, the university seeks applications from qualified Indigenous applicants only. We ask applicants to self-identify within their cover letter in their application and through the confidential Applicant Tracking Questionnaire. To be considered an eligible applicant, self-identification data must be provided. Learn more about the University’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Action Plan for the CRC Program. Canadian and permanent residents will be given priority. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution.

If you require a medical accommodation during the recruitment or selection process, please contact Occupational Health and Wellness at 519-824-4120 x52674.