Faculty Positions

Position Title / Rank: Assistant or Associate Professor - Arrell Chair in the Business of Food

College: School of Hospitality, Food and Tourism Mamagement

Department: Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics

Date Posted: January 12, 2024
Deadline: March 18, 2024 or until a suitable candidate is found
Please reference AD #24-03

Position Description:

The School of Hospitality, Food, and Tourism Management in the Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics at the University of Guelph is pleased to invite external applicants for a faculty position at the rank of Assistant (tenure-track) or Associate Professor (tenured) for the position of Arrell Chair in the Business of Food.

The successful applicant will be a top-class Food Studies researcher who will work collaboratively with other Arrell Food Institute (AFI) Chairs, establish teams both across the University and internationally, develop externally funded research programs and influence policy, practice and behaviour locally, nationally and internationally. While this position looks to hire an established scholar, consideration will be given to emerging Indigenous scholars. The Arrell Chair in the Business of Food will provide leadership for business-oriented food research within the Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics. This research includes but is not limited to: supply chain management, Indigenous Food Ways, foodservices management, and/or regulatory and competition policy.

The Lang School of Business and Economics houses the Longo’s Food Retail Laboratory and the Schneider’s Food Research Laboratory which provide controlled environments for the study of consumer retail choices and consumer perceptions of food. It also houses the Anita Stewart Memorial Food Laboratory where University of Guelph nutrition and hospitality students learn about food preparation, safety and culture. It also acts as an event space and broadcast studio for researchers to share their knowledge of food across the globe. The Lang School of Business and Economics comprises four academic units: the Department of Economics and Finance, the Department of Management, the Department of Marketing and Consumer Studies, and the School of Hospitality, Food and Tourism Management. The successful candidate will be appointed to the School of Hospitality, Food and Tourism Management and will be expected to provide leadership in forming cross-disciplinary linkages both across Lang and with other food researchers across the University.

The candidate will be expected to contribute to undergraduate and/or graduate courses in their area(s) of expertise through scholarly teaching and participate in the activities and administration of the Arrell Food Institute. As such, the candidate will also be expected to engage with non-academic stakeholders on a regular basis, including communicating with the media, working with industry / civil society and Indigenous peoples, and brokering relationships in the broad area of food quality across campus. For instance, the successful candidate will be expected to:

  • Increase national and international awareness of issues pertaining to the business of food through communication and outreach, including becoming an information resource for media;
  • Serve as a key resource for expertise and as a primary conduit to experts in areas relevant to issues around food business;
  • Develop a core research capacity in some aspect of the business of food and assemble collaborating researchers within and external to the University of Guelph to strengthen the University’s capacity to respond to issues related to food across the value chain;
  • Contribute to delivering the AFI’s mission to improve global food systems. In particular, the successful applicant will participate in the governance of the AFI, and be expected to take a lead on helping execute some elements of the AFI programs.

General Position Requirements:

The ideal candidate must possess a Ph.D. and a proven track record as a scholar in a relevant discipline, at a level commensurate with an appointment at an Associate Professor rank. Early career researchers may also be considered at the level of Assistant Professor rank if their research is in the area of Indigenous food ways. They will have demonstrated a remarkable ability to communicate through diverse platforms, with a broad range of audiences. The successful candidate will possess the capacity to draw various actors together to facilitate critical conversations on complex issues, and to interact with scholars, industry, government and the general public. They must also have an active research portfolio, the ability to lead a research program, a track record of success securing research and outreach funding and a strong outreach record. The ideal candidate will also have demonstrated abilities and achievements in teaching and graduate advising.

The Arrell Chair in the Business of Food should have the skills to be a leader who will build and lead connections between the University of Guelph and other institutions, consumers and companies within the agricultural and food industry value chains, with the goal of advancing research, education, awareness and practices on areas relevant to the business of food. The Arrell Chair in the Business of Food must be an outstanding communicator and extremely skilled in external relations. They must be able to motivate and inspire others to participate in advancing opportunities and innovations in food sustainability and to further strengthen the University’s ability to be Canada’s Food University.

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 March 18, 2024 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 curriculum vitae. Applications should be sent to the attention of:

Dr. Mark Holmes
School of Hospitality, Food and Tourism Management
Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics
University of Guelph
Guelph, ON N1G 2W1

Email: bpiccoli@uoguelph.ca

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 (https://uoguel.ph/ox2p9) 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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