Canada Research Chair (Tier II), Indigenous Child Well-being

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Author pmnationtalk
Date July 4, 2019
Type Full Time
Company University of Calgary
Location Calgary, AB
Category Business / Management
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Canada Research Chair (Tier II),
Indigenous Child Well-being

The University

The University of Calgary serves over 30,000 students between five campuses, with four campuses in Calgary and one in Qatar. Designed to create and share knowledge, the University is composed of 14 faculties and over 50 research institutes and centres. The University was ranked #1 in both Canada and North America by the QS World Universities Ranking (Top 50 under 50) in 2016. A member of the U15, the University of Calgary is also one of Canada’s top research universities based on the number of Canada Research Chairs. The university has a sponsored research revenue of $380.4 million, making it the 6th top research University in Canada based on sponsored research funding.

The University of Calgary’s beautiful main campus is situated in Calgary’s northwest quadrant and occupies more than 200 hectares — an area larger than the city’s downtown. The campus boasts a large park and considerable greenspace, as well as state of the art facilities including Olympic athletic facilities.

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university and The Faculty of Social Work and the Werklund School of Education are committed to helping achieve the University of Calgary’s ambitious Eyes High vision of becoming a top five research-intensive university. The faculty supports inter-professional and community-based enquiry from multiple perspectives in the generation and application of knowledge to social and individual change. Our goal is to be a national leader in knowledge creation and application of this knowledge to solve some of society’s most pressing social issues.

The University (cont.)

University Values


We complement the research, learning and work environment with social, cultural, sports and recreational spaces, services and programs to promote a healthy community.


We are stimulated by the unknown and unexpected, and rely on it to provoke exploration and innovation.


We think and act with a global mindset, acknowledging the pervasiveness of worldwide connectivity, aware of global developments and acting on opportunities to benefit the world we serve.


We commit to leadership in sustainable ways of living, working and learning. We take care of the physical, natural and social environment. We uphold balanced budgets, positive social relationships and the health of our planet.


We build bridges through proactive communications between individuals, between teams, between departments and faculties, and with other organizations in the community, with integrity and transparency.


We expect the best of everyone who works and learns at the University of Calgary. We support and recognize the achievements of all community members and help each other achieve our highest ambitions.


We value people who interact with others in an inclusive and respectful manner. We offer high-quality programs and services to promote health and safety, foster community morale and meet the diverse needs of all we serve.

Indigenous Strategy: ii’ taa’poh’to’p

The University of Calgary acknowledges that many of its sites are located on the traditional territories of First Nations Peoples of Treaty 7. The Treaty 7 Lands in Southern Alberta are home to the Kainai Nation, Piikani Nation, Siksika Nation, Tsuu T’ina Nation, and the Bearspaw, Chiniki and Wesley (Stoney- Nakoda) Nations. Calgary is also home to Region 3 of the Métis Nation of Alberta.

In 2016, the University’s Indigenous Strategy Task Force was called together. Through the Strategy, the University is committed to creating a rich, vibrant and culturally competent campus – one that welcomes and supports Indigenous learners, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in teaching and learning, encourages Indigenous community partnerships in research and academic programming and is appropriate and thoughtful in its response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s ‘Calls to Action’.

The Opportunity

The Faculty of Social Work and the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary jointly invite applications for a Tier II Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Indigenous Child Well-being. They are seeking a scholar who will establish and maintain an active research program leading to excellence in our understanding of Indigenous Child Well-being. The successful candidate will be appointed at the rank of Assistant Professor (tenure-track) or Associate Professor (with tenure) and will be nominated for a CRC Tier II position. The area of specialization is open, but preference will be given to candidates with a focus on Indigenous Child Well-being. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2020, but is negotiable.

This program will be aligned with the strategic plans of the University of Calgary, the Faculty of Social Work, and the Werklund School of Education, along with the university’s Indigenous Strategy ii’ taa’ poh’ to’ p.

The Candidate

The University of Calgary requires the successful candidate to have a PhD in Social Work or Education, and relevant post-doctoral experience. The appointee’s research agenda may be grounded in any of the fields of Indigenous Child Well-being. The Chair will have the opportunity to be part of a prolific and diverse research environment in the Faculty of Social Work and the Werklund School of Education, with access to state of the art core infrastructure. Outstanding opportunities for mentorship and collaboration are available with established research programs in child and maternal health, prevention of domestic violence, children’s mental health, etc. Additionally, the Chair will play an important role in teaching and research supervision of students in undergraduate and graduate programs and will participate in the leadership of indigenous related research, and education. Service to these two faculties, the University, and the community is also expected. The Chair is expected to have and maintain an active engagement with Indigenous communities.

Tier II Chairs are intended for exceptional emerging scholars (i.e., candidates must have been an active researcher in their field for fewer than 10 years at the time of nomination). Candidates who are more than 10 years from having earned their highest degree and who have had career breaks, such as maternity, parental, or extended sick leave, clinical training, etc., may have their eligibility for a Tier II Chair assessed through the program’s Tier II justification process.

The successful candidate at the Assistant Professor level must demonstrate evidence of a track record of publications in high-quality journals, securing external research funding, and effectiveness in teaching at the University level. The successful candidate at the Associate Professor level must demonstrate evidence of a strong track record of publications in high-quality journals, evidence of securing ongoing external research funding, effectiveness in teaching at the University level, and evidence of effective graduate student supervision.

This is an excellent opportunity to build and develop an innovative research program within a dynamic and collaborative environment. A competitive salary and an attractive start-up package will be provided. We en-courage applications from candidates who wish to contribute to the University of Calgary’s Indigenous Strategy.

The University of Calgary is committed to creating a rich, vibrant and culturally competent campus, one that welcomes and supports all learners, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in teaching and learning, encourages Indigenous community partnerships in research and academic programming, and is appropriate and thoughtful in its response to the Truth and Reconciliation Calls for Action, as outlined in the University of Calgary Indigenous Strategy ii’ taa’ poh’ to’ p.

Please consult the Government of Canada’s CRC website for full program information, including further details on eligibility criteria at

To Explore Further

Interested individuals are encouraged to contact:

Laurie Sterritt at (236) 317-1103 ext. 104 or by email at

Mike Eagar (613) 788-8254 ext. 102 or by email at

Application materials required are:

  • Cover letter, curriculum vitae and names and contact information of three (3) references
  • Statement of research interests and a description of a proposed 5-year research plan for the Chair
  • Copies of two published scholarly articles
  • Statement of teaching philosophy/teaching dossier

For information about the Faculty of Social Work visit their website at

For more information about the Werklund School of Education visit their website at

The University of Calgary recognizes that candidates have varying career paths and that career interruptions can be part of an excellent academic record. Candidates are encouraged but not required to provide any relevant information about their experience and/or career interruptions to allow for a fair assessment of their application. Selection committees have been instructed to give careful consideration to, and be sensitive to the impact of career interruptions when assessing the candidate’s research productivity.

For more information on the Canada Research Chair program and eligibility requirements for Chairs, visit All Chairs are subject to review and final approval by the CRC Secretariat.

To Explore Further (cont.)

Questions about this position may be directed to:

Dr. Jackie D. Sieppert,

Dean of the Faculty of Social Work



Dr. Dennis Sumara,

Dean of the Werklund School of Education


The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here; in particular, we encourage members of the four designated groups (women, Aboriginal People, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities) to apply. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however in appropriate circumstances, preference in hiring may be accorded to candidates from the groups noted above. In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. To ensure a fair and eq-uitable assessment, we offer accommodation at any stage during the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Questions regarding diversity or requests for accommodation can be sent to Human Resources (

The City       Calgary

The city of Calgary is Alberta’s largest city and Canada’s third-largest municipality. It is located just 80 km from the front ranges of the Canadian Rockies, providing one of the most beautiful settings in the province. Just a one-hour drive from Calgary and nestled in the heart of the magnificent Rocky Mountain Range is Banff National Park, Canada’s first national park, consisting of 6,641 square kilometres of unparalleled mountain scenery.

Calgary is Canada’s energy capital and ranked the 5th most livable city in the world. It is one of Canada’s most ethnically diverse cities and is also the sunniest city in Canada, averaging nearly 24,000 hours of sun over 333 days a year. The city houses its own international airport making it easy to travel anywhere in Canada or abroad.

Calgary is a hub for business and education in Alberta, home to the second largest number of corporate head offices in Canada as well as six major post-secondary institutions – The University of Calgary, Mount Royal University, St. Mary’s University, Bow Valley College, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, and Ambrose University. Such is the pull of the city that 2/3 of graduates chose to live and work in the Calgary area.

With the Glenbow Art and History Museum, Canada’s National Music Centre, plus 10 heritage sites and museums, Calgary is the nucleus for art and culture within Alberta. The city also contains a plethora of natural sites, hiking trails, and attracts multiple festivals and concerts throughout the year. Home to the famous Calgary Stampede which attracts over one million visitors per year, the city’s buzzing social calendar makes Calgary a truly unique place to live.

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