Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Community Partnered Social Justice

Trent University
Canada (CA)
Apr 11, 2019
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Trent University seeks outstanding candidates for a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Community-Partnered Social Justice Research.

This position affirms Trent University’s commitments to community partnerships, experiential learning, and social justice research. We welcome candidates who adopt a rigorous intersectional research approach that maximizes the participation of those from marginalized and under-represented groups in the systematic generation and analysis of knowledge, which is then deployed to take action in their communities and the wider public policy arena. We expect the chair to have demonstrated strong links with relevant community partners and a preference will be given to a candidate who has lived experience of intersectional marginalization that relates to their research. The successful candidate will, therefore, have a research program that closely aligns both with the range of social justice research being undertaken at Trent, and the work of the Trent Community Research Centre, that facilitates community based research projects for faculty and students.

We encourage candidates to explore the wide range of community-based research at Trent, across departments such as Education, Indigenous Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies and Sociology, for example. Across this range, Trent University has a critical mass of researchers who focus on marginalized communities such as those who are racialized, Indigenous communities, living in poverty, incarcerated, victimized, and/or discriminated against for their sexual orientation. Of particular interest may be a 5-year Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) grant beginning in 2019, where Trent is a partner. This NCE incorporates multiple social justice issues, such as homelessness, ethnic and racial dimensions, sexuality-based discrimination, and criminalization. The NCE alignment would provide the CRC with an institutional context that supports networking and research opportunities within the university and nationally.

As a Tier II CRC, the candidate must be an emerging scholar, which means that they will have received their PhD no more than ten years ago. At the same time, they should be an emerging world-class researcher who has demonstrated creative research and leadership that can attract funding and excellent students and future researchers. Applicants who are more than 10 years from having earned their highest degree (and where career breaks exist, such as maternity, parental or extended sick leave, clinical training, etc.) will have their eligibility for a Tier 2 Chair assessed through the program’s Tier 2 justification process. More information can be found on the Canada Research Chairs’ website (http://www.chairs-chaires.gc.ca/program-programme/nomination-mise_en_candidature-eng.aspx#s3).

The successful candidate will have proposed an original research plan, framed within a collaborative institutional context, including their expectation to mentor relevant graduate and undergraduate students. They will be appointed as a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor to Trent University for a five-year term, renewable once. The Trent appointment will be conditional on a successful Canada Research Chair nomination.

Application materials must be sent as one pdf file and include the subject line “Tier II CRC in Community Partnered Social Justice.” By May 13, 2019, applicants should electronically submit the following to Cathy Gates ([email protected]), Director Office of Research and Innovation:

  1. A signed letter of application;
  2. A 5 year research plan (including your intentions for mentoring graduate and post-graduate students);
  3. A teaching philosophy (including your experiences in increasing equity, diversity, and inclusion in previous institutional environments and curricula and in supporting diverse students);
  4. A copy of your three most influential publications;
  5. A current CV;
  6. A completed self-identification form; and
  7. The names of three referees.

Trent University is actively committed to creating an equitable, diverse and inclusive campus community and encourages applications from all qualified candidates. The University especially welcomes applications from the members of the four designated groups (applicants who identify as women, Indigenous people, racialized people, and people with disabilities). Recruitment will be guided by the Canada Research Chairs Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Practices (http://www.chairs-chaires.gc.ca/program-programme/equity-equite/best_practices-pratiques_examplaires-eng.aspx), the Trent University Canada Research Chair Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan (https://www.trentu.ca/researchinnovation/sites/trentu.ca.researchinnovation/files/documents/CRC_ACTIONPLAN.pdf) and by the University’s commitment to employment equity and diversity. Training and development activities related to unconscious bias, equity, diversity and inclusion for administrators and faculty involved in the recruitment and nomination processes for chair positions is mandatory.

All Candidates are invited to complete and submit a self-identification form (https://www.trentu.ca/researchinnovation/sites/trentu.ca.researchinnovation/files/documents/Self-Identification%20Form.pdf) alongside their application. By identifying, CRC applicants allow Trent University, and the Canada Research Chair Program, to measure the levels of diversity and collect data for all groups to ensure any systemic barriers within our policies and processes can be identified. The collected forms, and their associated data, will be kept confidential, and only accessed on a need-to-know basis by members of the selection committee and, for nominees selected, by the Canada Research Chair Program Office.

Trent University recognizes the impacts that interruptions (e.g., parental leave, extended leave due to illness, etc.) can have on a person’s career and research achievements, and these leaves will be carefully considered when reviewing the candidate’s record. Candidates are encouraged to explain in their application how career interruptions may have impacted them.

Trent University offers accommodation for applicants with disabilities in its recruitment processes. If you require accommodation during the recruitment process or require an accessible version of a document/publication, please contact Cathy Gates ([email protected]), Office of Research and Innovation.