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Canada Research Chair (Tier II), Indigenous Child Well-being, Faculty of Social Work and the Werklund School of Education

Job ID: 14917

Updated: August 14, 2018

Location: Main Campus

Position Overview

The Faculty of Social Work and the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary invites applications for a Tier II Canada Research Chair (CRC) in 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 University of Calgary requires the successful candidate will have a PhD in Social Work or Education, and relevant post-doctoral experience. The anticipated start date is January 1, 2019, but is negotiable.

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. Please contact UCalgary’s Office of Research Services for more information: Further information about the Canada Research Chairs Program can be found on the Government of Canada’s CRC website, including eligibility criteria.

The Chair will establish an active community-based research program that focuses on Indigenous Child Well-being, supported by external funding. 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. Additionally the Chair will play an important role in teaching and research supervision of students in undergraduate and graduate programs. 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.

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.

Applicants will have earned a Ph.D. in Social Work or Education. The area of specialization is open, but preference will be given to candidates with a focus on Indigenous Child Well-being.

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.

The position provides an opportunity to establish a vigorous, sustainable, externally-funded research program in the area of Indigenous child well-being, contribute to teaching and graduate student supervision, and participate in leadership of indigenous related research, education and service. 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 encourage applications from candidates who wish to contribute to the University of Calgary’s Indigenous Strategy.

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university and both faculties 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 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 visit this link for more information on this strategy.

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit an application online via the 'Apply Now' link. Please be aware the application process allows for only four attachments. Your four attachments should be organized to contain the following (which may require you to merge documents such as publications):

  • 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.

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

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 this link. All Chairs are subject to review and final approval by the CRC Secretariat.

Questions about this position may be directed to:

Dr. Dennis Sumara,
Dean of the Werklund School of Education


Dr. Jackie D. Sieppert,
Dean of the Faculty of Social Work

Application deadline: September 14, 2018

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 equitable 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 (


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