Faculty Positions

Position Title / Rank: Assistant or Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair (CRC) Special Call Tier 2 OPEN Internal Search

College: OPEN

Department: OPEN

Date Posted: April 19, 2022
Deadline: May 19, 2022 or until a suitable candidate is found
Please reference AD #22-38

Position Description:

The University of Guelph invites applications for an NSERC CRC Tier 2 Chair from University of Guelph tenured or tenure-track faculty members who are members of one or more of the four equity seeking groups described under Application Process below.

This is an internal search, limited to faculty members who currently hold a tenured or tenure-track appointment at the University of Guelph, or who have a firm offer of tenured or tenure-track employment to the University that takes effect by July 1, 2022.

Eligibility for a Tier 2 Chair requires that applicants are exceptional emerging scholars with fewer than 10 years of experience as an active researcher in their field at the time of nomination. 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, including research interruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, may have their eligibility assessed through the program’s Tier 2 justification process. Eligible leaves and research interruptions are generally credited at twice the amount of time taken.

The University of Guelph recognizes that an inclusive campus and a culture of inclusion is an institutional and social imperative. Acknowledging the University’s diverse population and ensuring that every member of an inclusive campus is a valued contributor is a foundational pillar of a successful post-secondary institution.

To address the under-representation of members of equity-seeking groups among our Chairholders, this initiative follows the provisions for a special program as described by the Ontario Human Rights Commission. This opportunity is open only to exceptionally qualified individuals who self-identify as members of one or more of the four groups designated by the Employment Equity Act (women, persons with disabilities, Indigenous peoples, and racialized groups). The identification of outstanding candidates from the designated groups is central to the University’s commitment to excellence, as well as to its capacity to fulfil the objectives of the University’s Canada Research Chairs Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Action Plan.

The CRC program is committed to excellence in research and research training and is promoting exemplary practices with respect to equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI). The goals of research excellence can only be met when equity and diversity are integrated into the research initiative. The CRC program reflects the federal government’s commitment to equity and diversity in employment. It aims to ensure the appropriate representation of women, persons with disabilities, Indigenous Peoples and racialized persons.

For more information about the CRC program, please contact Ailsa Kay, Manager, Strategic Programs at ailsakay@uoguelph.ca or consult the Canada Research Chairs website for full program information.

The University of Guelph is the third 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 more than 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 May 19, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants should submit the following materials (preferably as a single PDF file):

  1. A full curriculum vitae in the CRC CV attachment format (CV details and CV documents).
  2. An Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion statement (one-page) that describes the applicant’s past experience with attracting and mentoring a diverse group of students, trainees and research personnel, and establishing an equitable and inclusive research environment.
  3. A four-page (maximum) statement that includes:
    • An overview of the applicant’s research proposal, including knowledge mobilization and any innovation activities
    • How the proposed research embeds EDI considerations at each stage of the research process
    • Plan to attract, develop and retain excellent trainees, students and future researchers
    • Alignment with U of G’s Strategic Research Plan and existing or emerging areas of research strength
  4. Names and contact information for three references. These references may be in conflict of interest (e.g., collaborators, former supervisors). Referees of short-listed candidates will be contacted by the Office of Research Services and asked for letters of reference that meet the CRC letters of reference criteria for organization and follow the CRC program best practices to avoid bias.

The committee will consider the CRC selection criteria related to “quality of the nominee” in its evaluation of candidates. Short-listed candidates will be invited to interview and to provide a presentation open to the university community. Both interview and presentation will be online.

All materials should be submitted by email to stratprg@uoguelph.ca with the subject line "Special Call CRC NSERC Tier 2".

Positions are subject to review and final approval by the CRC Secretariat. Review of applications and nominations will begin on May 19, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

The University supports the Canada Research Chairs Program’s commitment to EDI. Learn more about the University’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Action Plan for the CRC Program. Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Collection of self-identification data is a requirement of the CRC Program, and all applicants to CRC positions are required to complete the University’s self-identification form, the Applicant Tracking Questionnaire. While the questionnaire includes an option “prefer not to answer,” applicants for this position must self-identify as belonging to at least one group in order to be considered. Applicants who self-identify as an Indigenous person on the Applicant Tracking Questionnaire will be asked to confirm their First Nation, Inuit or Métis citizenship or ancestral and kinship connections in a confidential follow-up process. Self-identification information is collected by the Office of Diversity and Human Rights (ODHR) in support of the University's employment equity program. All self-identification specifics of candidates will be kept confidential by the ODHR.

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.

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