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Canada Research Chair: Applied Communication, Leadership, and Culture Tier 2

Published on May 25, 2017

The University of Prince Edward Island 

UPEI invites a highly engaged academic to join our research team in the role of Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Applied Communication, Leadership, and Culture. The successful candidate for this position will have a program of research that fits within the broad, interdisciplinary category of the Social Studies of Science; they will have extensive and varied experience with digital humanities tools (including GIS or alternative mapping software), both within their own scholarly work and within the classroom; they will have a strong record of teaching communication and leadership to undergraduate and graduate students, and a clear understanding of how their own academic research intersects with their teaching of these subjects. Preference will be given to those candidates who have developed a research profile that suggests obvious future collaboration with members of the UPEI research community.

Our Vision: We seek a dynamic researcher who engages in independent and collaborative multidisciplinary research who is recognized by their peers as a potential leader in areas of increasing national and international significance and of emerging importance at UPEI. UPEI has identified experiential learning as one of it pillars within UPEI's Strategic Plan. This CRC position is situated within the innovative new program in Applied Communication, Leadership, and Culture (Faculty of Arts) to maximize the benefit that undergraduate students will gain from the expertise, experience, and experiential learning opportunities provided by the successful candidate.

Our focus: The Faculty of Arts’ new Applied Communication, Leadership, and Culture (ACLC) program is designed to play a central role in the revitalization of liberal arts education at UPEI. Interdisciplinary in nature, the ACLC program will encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration in teaching and in the creation of research-based, community-embedded projects. It is within this context that a Tier 2 CRC with a strong record of combining collaboratively-based research with the teaching of communication and leadership skills and theories is sought. A core feature of UPEI’s strategic plan, experiential learning lies at the heart of the ACLC program. A Tier 2 CRC with an interest in the innovative delivery of Social Studies of Science curriculum through the knowledge translation involved in multi-site digital humanities projects will provide students with a variety of opportunities to combine their academic studies with hands-on technical work in community and professional contexts.

A CRC with research interests in science studies will be in a strong position to contribute to the Faculty of Arts’ relatively new program in the Social Studies of Science – an area of exploration in the Arts at UPEI that brings together faculty from History, Anthropology, Sociology, English, Environmental Studies, Philosophy, and Diversity and Social Justice Studies. The Social Studies of Science program is currently working to increase cross-faculty (Arts-Science) collaboration.

Ideally, the new CRC would also be able to contribute to some of the current major interdisciplinary initiatives at UPEI, key amongst which are the expansion of our Environment Studies research capacity, and our undertaking to increase our knowledge base and research profile relating to Indigenous experience.

Applicant requirements: The CRC in Applied Communication, Leadership, and Culture will be a tenure-stream appointment at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, conditional on the successful applicant being approved as a Tier II Canada Research Chair by the CRC Secretariat.

The Canada Research Chairs Program has been established by the Government of Canada to enable Canadian universities to foster and enhance their role as world-class centres of research excellence. Tier 2 chairs are intended for exceptional emerging scholars. 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.) may have their eligibility for a Tier 2 chair assessed through the program’s Tier 2 justification process. Further information about the CRC program and nominee eligibility is available at

To be qualified, a candidate must have a PhD and have developed a strong, collaborative research program that will overlap well with the objectives of the Applied Communication, Leadership, and Culture program, in an area of study associated with the Social Studies of Science. A record of attracting competitive research funding and mentoring students, and the demonstrated potential to assume a leadership role at UPEI are essential requirements for the successful candidate. Preference will be given to those candidates who have developed research profiles that connect well with current research initiatives at UPEI.

Visit the UPEI Human Resources Academic Positions web site for the link to the Canada Research Chair in Applied Communication, Leadership, and Culture posting:

Review of applications will begin on 12 June 2017 and will continue until a nominee is selected. Applicants are requested to submit a CV, a cover letter that addresses research and teaching interests, and the names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of at least three references to Please include your name in the file name.

Inquiries can be sent to:

Dr. Lisa Chilton, Director, Applied Communication, Leadership, and Culture
University of Prince Edward Island
550 University Avenue,
Charlottetown, PE, Canada C1A 4P3

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