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Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Humans, Animals, and the Land: Integrating Social Science into One Health
Assistant or Associate Professor
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
College of Social and Applied Human Sciences

The College of Social and Applied Human Sciences, University of Guelph, is seeking applications for a Canada Research Chair, Tier 2, in Humans, Animals, and the Land: Integrating Social Science into One Health. The appointment will be tenure-track at the Assistant or Associate Professor level, based in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

Exceptional emerging scholars whose research examines the intersections of human, animal, and environmental health are invited to apply for this position. This might include, but is not limited to, research that looks at multi-species ethnography and research on the Anthropocene. Geographical area of expertise is open and should complement the existing strengths in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

Eligible applicants for the position must have a doctoral degree in Anthropology, Sociology, or a closely-related interdisciplinary field. Applicants must demonstrate research excellence and productivity, and will be expected to develop a productive, collaborative research program that addresses intersections among human health, animal, and environmental health. While this is primarily a research appointment, the successful candidate will be expected to teach courses and supervise graduate students in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

The successful candidate will contribute to innovative, multidisciplinary One Health research on campus. The CRC Tier 2 will be expected to work with other One Health researchers on campus, drawing on and building research strengths and capacity, and aligning with the University Strategic Research Plan and the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences Strategic Plan.

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 yearsfrom 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 . 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. Review of applications and nominations will begin on May 15th, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology offers the following degrees: -

  • BA in Anthropology
  • BA in Sociology
  • MA in Public Issues Anthropology 
  • MA in Sociology
  • PhD in Sociology

We also offer, in collaboration with Political Science, an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice and Public Policy, and an MA in Criminology and Criminal Justice Policy.

We are contributors to programs at the Guelph Institute of Development Studies. The Department and the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences support community engaged scholarship activities. More information about the Department can be found here:

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

pplicants should send the following material in a single PDF file format:

  • A recent CV
  •  A 1 to 2-page cover letter outlining your research program and experience
  • A maximum 3-page discussion of:
    • The innovative, original and high-quality elements of your proposed research for your first 5 years at the University of Guelph.
    • How this research program is situated within the context of relevant scholarly literature, including the theoretical framework(s) and the methodological approaches to data collection and analysis.
    • The relationship and relevance of the research in relation to your current research trajectory.
    • The anticipated contributions this work will make to existing knowledge on the intersections of human, animal and environmental health issues, and to One Health at the University of Guelph.
    • A list of references cited should be included (this is in addition to the 3-page maximum).
  • Full contact information for 3 academic references

Applications should be emailed to:
Dr. Elizabeth Finnis Chair,
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
College of Social and Applied Human Sciences

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. The university especially seeks and prioritizes applications from qualified applicants from these four groups. We encourage applicants to self-identify within their letter of intent in their application and through the confidential Applicant Tracking Questionnaire ( To be considered a priority 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.

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