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Canada Research Chair, Tier II - REVISED

Aboriginal Community Planning
Competition Number: 13-4009
Appointment Type: Regular Full-time
Start: April 01, 2014 - Actual start date is flexible but earliest start date is dependent upon approval by Canada Research Chair Secretariat.
Workload: 75% Research
25% Teaching
Employment Group: VIUFA
Position: 00207
Location: Nanaimo Campus
Duties: IMPORTANT: As this is a Canada Research Chair position, the application procedure is more involved than that described in the standard link at the end of this posting. Please follow specific application procedures for this position found at this link:

Vancouver Island University invites applications from outstanding emerging innovative scholars in the area of Aboriginal Community Planning. The successful candidate will be nominated for a Tier II Canada Research Chair. We are interested in applicants who show strong leadership skills, have action research experience, have engaged in innovative programs with First Nation partners, have a commitment to undergraduate education, research, teaching and learning, as well as to Aboriginal groups and communities.

VIU is a teaching-intensive university that supports a student population of over 17,000 learners in a wide range of programs, including 1,500 international students, over 2,000 Aboriginal students, and employs over 2,300 faculty and staff. We are proud of our community connections and our strong history of providing programs to students in our region and beyond. A particular strength is serving Aboriginal students and communities from the mid-Island and the northern coast of B.C. VIU offers the opportunity to live and learn in one of the most beautiful university settings in Canada.

As part of its continuing evolution, and in concert with its Academic Plan, Vancouver Island University (VIU) seeks applicants for a Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Community Planning.
  We seek an individual committed to engaging with Aboriginal communities, applying Aboriginal ways of knowing to planning processes, and identifying cultural, economic, and social development opportunities. The Chair will have the academic qualifications to work with faculty from a range of disciplines within the university in order to advance a scholarly and teaching program that serves the communities, and a scholarly and teaching program that serves our students, particularly Aboriginal students. In achieving these goals, the Chair will build capacity not only at the university, but also within Aboriginal communities.

It is envisioned that this CRC will also contribute to the development of a Master's-level degree in community planning, and to other inter-/multi-disciplinary initiatives at undergraduate or graduate levels.

Specific duties will include the following: undertake research in partnership with Aboriginal communities using innovative programs and culturally appropriate research methods; take a leadership role in developing solid working relationships with Aboriginal agencies, groups, and communities locally, regionally, and provincially; include faculty, Elders, students, and Aboriginal community members during all phases of research; and undertake specific teaching assignments in various faculties. The successful candidate will also participate as a member of a Faculty in meetings and other related activities, and engage in related institutional activities.

In addition to the research program the Chair will participate in the academic programs including teaching and service.
  Candidates must demonstrate commitment to teaching, learning and student success through scholarship and institutional service. Successful candidates will participate in a wide range of activities outside the classroom, including student support; institutional, faculty and departmental committee meetings and other initiatives; and professional activities in keeping with their disciplines in and outside the institution.

Required Qualifications: The Canada Research Chairs program expects Tier II nominees to: be within 10 years of having received a PhD (or the highest degree in their discipline); 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, as a chairholder, have the potential to attract excellent trainees, students and future researchers.

In addition to the CRC requirements, VIU is looking for: demonstrated leadership skills, collaborative research, research network development, community consultation and involvement; demonstrated commitment to knowledge mobilization; demonstrated research ability with a potential for developing new areas of collaborative research; experience in teaching or supervising students.
Preferred Qualifications: Previous successful teaching at the post-secondary level.
Please Submit: CV/Resume
Cover Letter
Research Plan Concept (2-3 pages)

Short-listed candidates must provide original transcripts, or applicable original certifications at time of interview.
Posting Period: February 06, 2013 - April 03, 2013
Note: Vancouver Island University regrets that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Vancouver Island University embraces the principle of employment equity and encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, and people of Aboriginal descent.