The Tier 2 CRC in Climate Change, Biodiversity, and Sustainability will complement the applied and professional programming of the School of Environment and Sustainability (http://ses.royalroads.ca/), and the new Cascade Institute as well as existing CRCs, such as the CRC in the Advancement of the UN SDGs, and the CRC in Digital Communication in the Public Interest. These programs include the MSc and MA in Environment and Management (MEM), the MSc and MA in Environmental Practice (MEP), the MA in Environmental Education and Communication (MAECC ), Graduate Certificates in Sustainable Community Development and Science and Policy of Climate Change, the BSc in Environmental Science, and the BSc and BA in Environmental Practice. The School of Environment and Sustainability programs incorporate natural, social, physical sciences and humanities and, therefore, take an integrated science approach which will be sought in the position.
As the Tier 2 CRC in Climate Change, Biodiversity, and Sustainability, you may have a focus in any of the following areas: climate change, biodiversity, coastal processes, ecosystem and human health, sustainable community development, transformative environmental governance, environmental and climate justice, Indigenous environmental perspectives, environmental governance, social-ecological systems, ecological economics, integrated environmental planning, participatory planning and collaborative environmental management, environmental communication and knowledge mobilization, parks and protected areas, Indigenous and community protected areas, and sustainability science. We are particularly interested in the interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary investigation of the instersectionality of climate, biodiversity and sustainability. These are some of the key areas addressed in the School’s programs, but other avenues of investigation are encouraged. You will be required to have a demonstrated understanding of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research approaches and evidence of community engagement in research, such as community-based participatory research and participatory action research.
Royal Roads University’s academic culture values collaboration, research that addresses real world issues, creativity, and the timely transfer of knowledge that meets the needs of our communities and our knowledge-driven society. As the CRC, you will be an integral part of RRU’s overall plan to promote and develop its research enterprise, to support the university’s unique mandate, and contribute to the research profile of the Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences. The University is committed to addressing climate change and a number of recent initiatives demonstrate that commitment, such as the new Graduate Certificate in Science and Policy of climate change, and MA in Climate Action Leadership and a student-faculty initiative to address climate change in all aspects of the university’s operation and teaching.
As the Tier 2 CRC you will have established relationships in both academic and non-academic communities and a portfolio demonstrating the application of interdisciplinary/ transdisciplinary research methods, the ability to work with communities and organizations to promote integrated climate solutions, responses to rapid change- environmental, social and health, biodiversity conservation and enhancement, sustainable development, societal and community resilience, and environmental sustainability. You will also have demonstrated success in obtaining research and other funding and support from diverse sources, leading and/or participating in collaborative transdisciplinary research initiatives, mobilizing knowledge through diverse and innovative methods, developing and/or researching innovative tools for supporting environmental and community planning (e.g., models, mental maps, visualizations, participatory mapping, etc.) with research for informing policy development, and experience supervising student research. You should be familiar with technologies and techniques for digital teaching and knowledge mobilization, such as multimedia tools, visual communications, discussion forums, online platforms for discussion and collaboration, etc. You will develop an exemplary scholarly and creative presence, complement and enrich research and scholarship among faculty and graduate students, and participate in local and international research networks. Depending on the research focus, you will collaborate with other units within RRU as appropriate including schools within the Faculty, the College of Interdisciplinary Studies, and the Faculty of Management.
PhD degree or doctorate in a relevant/aligned field;
Demonstrated excellence in developing, resourcing, and conducting research projects in relevant fields;
Demonstrated interdisciplinary and transdisicplinary skills in research and teaching and broad understanding of the fields of climate change, biodiversity, and sustainability;
A strong interest and demonstrated success in dissemination, including conventional academic publications, as well as mobilizing knowledge with policy- and decision-makers, communities, organizations, and government and Indigenous communities;
Demonstrated interest and success in building networks of both internal and external interests and stakeholders, including public sector, non-governmental and private sector organizations, and ability to collaborate locally and remotely, across the country and internationally;
Teaching that demonstrates a passion for experiential learning, interactive methodologies, application of theory and concepts to current real-world issues, and high student engagement online and in the classroom;
Teaching and supervisory experience at the graduate level;
Ability to liaise effectively with a wide variety of stakeholders, both internally and externally, and maintain a professional approach to working relationships and conflict resolution;
Excellent decision-making skills and problem-solving abilities;
Exceptional oral and written communication and interpersonal skills;
Ability to successfully work in a team-based, collaborative environment;
Experience in developing and managing research and administrative budgets.
This position is contingent upon confirmation of the availability of funds from the university and upon the applicant receiving a Tier 2 CRC appointment (http://www.chairs-chaires.gc.ca/program-programme/index-eng.aspx). The position will be offered at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. The successful candidate will work with the Office of Research Services to prepare the formal CRC nomination.
Tier 2 CRC nominees should:
be excellent emerging researchers who have demonstrated particular research creativity;
have demonstrated the potential to achieve international recognition in their fields in the next five to ten years;
be proposing an original, innovative research program of high quality; and,
have the potential to attract excellent trainees, students and future researchers.
Tier 2 CRC Chairs are intended for exceptional emerging scholars (i.e., a candidate must have been an active researcher in their field for fewer than 10 years at the time of nomination). 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 (http://www.chairs-chaires.gc.ca/program-programme/nomination-mise_en_candidature-eng.aspx#s3). Please contact the Office of Research Services (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
The university follows the practices for recruitment, hiring, and retention recommended by the CRC program (http://www.chairs-chaires.gc.ca/program-programme/equity-equite/best_practices-pratiques_examplaires-eng.aspx). 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. Nomination committee members have been instructed to give careful consideration to, and be sensitive to the impact of, career interruptions in their assessments.
In additional to a collegial learning community, RRU offers a comprehensive compensation package to Faculty, with a starting salary based qualifications and experience.
The Tier 2 CRC is an initial five-year continuing-track appointment with the possibility of conversion into a continuing appointment, subject to performance and program needs. The Tier 2 Chair also includes the possibility of a renewal for an additional five years, as per the university’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan for CRCs (https://research.royalroads.ca/equity-diversity-and-inclusion-action-plan).
To apply, please submit the following information (in PDF format):
a statement of teaching philosophy/interests, and evidence of teaching effectiveness
a copy of, or link to, three recent publications within the last five years
an explanation of the significance of the three recent publications selected
a statement of research achievements (as it relates to a Tier 2 level of achievement)
a detailed research proposal (3-4 pages) appropriate to the goals and objectives of the CRC program at the Tier 2 level
a statement regarding how the proposed research program connects with RRU’s mission, vision, strategic directions and goals
other information you deem relevant
Please note you can add as many attachments as you like to your profile as long as the file size of each item does not exceed 2MBs.
Royal Roads recognizes the profound and essential value that diversity brings to the academic and wider community. The university’s diversity statement (http://www.royalroads.ca/diversity) states: Diversity is the recognition and acknowledgement of multiple and overlapping identities. These identities include but are not limited to: race, ethnicity, culture, nationality, linguistic origin, citizenship, colour, ancestry, place of origin, creed (religion, faith, spirituality), family status, marital status, ability or disability, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, education, style, socio-economic class, and political belief. Diversity enriches community. Royal Roads University is committed to appreciating and celebrating the diversity of students, faculty, and staff. We strive to increase understanding and acceptance of each other, thereby making us more compassionate human beings and strengthening the fabric of our communities. The Canada Research Chair program collects self-identification data from all nominees and chair holders. The program uses the data to monitor levels of diversity, its policies and processes for potential systemic barriers, and that institutions are meeting their equity and diversity targets. As such, all candidates to this CRC opportunity are required to self-identify by completing the information requested within the electronic application process. Self identification data is important to the university’s ability to accurately respond to equity targets set by the Canada Research Chairs Program. Because this is a special opportunity for women scholars, candidates will be asked separately to provide their consent to use their self identification information for the purposes of screening and consideration. Please note that this information will be securely accessed only by members of the selection committee and, for nominees selected, by the Canada Research Chair Secretariat, on a need-to-know basis and will otherwise be kept confidential. For questions regarding the CRC nomination process, the collection of personal self identification information, and RRU’s commitment to ensuring an open, fair, and transparent process please contact Gina Williams, HR Consultant (email@example.com). RRU is committed to creating an inclusive, accessible and barrier free workplace. We want to ensure that all participants are able to engage fully in interviews and other activities that are part of the hiring process. If you have any accommodation requests please contact Gina Williams, HR Consultant (firstname.lastname@example.org). All requests for accommodation will be treated confidentially. For more information on the Canada Research Chair nomination process please use the following link: http://www.chairs-chaires.gc.ca/program-programme/nominationmise_en_candidature-eng.aspx The closing date for this competition is January 22, 2021, however the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found to a maximum of two years. For further details: https://research.royalroads.ca/canada-research-chairs-postings-and-archive While Royal Roads University values all applications we receive, only those candidates shortlisted for further consideration will be contacted. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If you require any form of accommodation throughout the recruitment process, please contact us directly at email@example.com attention: Damon Colgan or 250-391-2600 extension 4402 so we can offer you individualized assistance and ensure equity in our recruitment and hiring process. ALL COMPETITIONS WILL CLOSE AT 10.00 P.M. ON THE DATE OF CLOSING
While Royal Roads University values all applications we receive, only those candidates shortlisted for further consideration will be contacted. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If you require any form of accommodation throughout the recruitment process, please contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org attention: Damon Colgan or 250-391-2600 extension 4402 so we can offer you individualized assistance and ensure equity in our recruitment and hiring process. ALL COMPETITIONS WILL CLOSE AT 10.00 P.M. ON THE DATE OF CLOSING