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Employment Opportunity

BC Regional Innovation Chair in Tourism and Sustainable Rural Development

Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activity
Competition Number: 17-4102
Appointment Type: Regular Full-time
Start: August 15, 2018
Workload: 75% research
25% teaching
Employment Group: VIUFA
Position: 00207
Location: Nanaimo Campus
Duties: Vancouver Island University (VIU) invites applications for an exceptional, emerging researcher to assume the position of the BC Regional Innovation Chair (BCRIC) in Tourism and Sustainable Rural Development. Reporting to the Dean of the Faculty of Management, this endowed innovation chair position, established in 2008 and approved through the BC Innovation Council, provides a unique opportunity for an innovative leader who is acknowledged by their peers as having the potential to demonstrate world-class research leadership.

VIU is a special purpose teaching university with a complementary research agenda and a mandate to support the well-being of the people of Vancouver Island and coastal British Columbia by promoting a high quality of life for their communities through commitment to student success, community engagement and associated scholarship. The institution values, promotes and facilitates respectful engagement and the co-creation of knowledge with indigenous communities. This position aligns with two research strengths in the strategic research plan including 1) resilience of island, coastal and rural regions and 2) entrepreneurship, innovation and social change.


The mandate of the BCRIC is to provide leadership, innovation and support for the aspirations of rural, remote and aboriginal communities throughout the province of BC with respect to tourism development. The Chair provides this support by leading research projects, engaging in partnerships and collaboration on initiatives, providing evidence and input on policy and program development, identifying and mobilizing innovative solutions to pressing rural challenges, and developing capacity in rural development, sustainability and tourism in the rural BC ecosystem.

The BCRIC will work across disciplines at Vancouver Island University and develop and maintain a strong network of researchers across BC, Canada and in the international context. An advisory committee, comprised of members from external stakeholders from government, industry and university will support the successful BCRIC to identify research opportunities and provide ongoing guidance on initiatives. The Chair is expected to actively recruit, train and supervise undergraduate and graduate researchers to cultivate research capacity.

Reporting to the Dean of the Faculty of Management, this position provides 75% of time to achieve the research mandate of the Chair and 25% (equivalent to 2 courses of approximately 34 students) for teaching within the Faculty of Management, primarily in the undergraduate and graduate programs in the Department of Recreation and Tourism Management. It is envisioned that this Chair will also contribute to VIU Master's degrees, particularly to the Master of Arts in Sustainable Leisure Management, or to the development of new Master's degrees as appropriate within the Academic Plan, and other inter- or multi-disciplinary initiatives.

Opportunities for Collaboration:

Faculty at VIU have developed close relationships with several community and industry partners. Depending on the area of the candidates research focus, opportunities to collaborate exist within the Faculty of Management and across the institution. Significant opportunities exist for collaboration the network of scholars in the World Leisure Center of Excellence in Sustainability and Innovation and with the Canada Research Chair in Wellbeing, Sustainability and Resilient Communities, both of which are situated in the Faculty of Management. VIU has Elders in Residence to facilitate relationship building with local First Nations communities. The Department of Recreation and Tourism offers a Bachelor of Tourism Management degree and a Masters of Arts in Sustainable Leisure Management. These programs provide opportunities for research collaboration with over 250 undergraduate and graduate students.

  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: A doctoral degree from an appropriately accredited institution. ABD may be considered in combination with extensive practical experience.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated excellence and leadership in sustainable tourism development in rural areas. Her/his CV will profile a proven track record in:
Assembling and leading research projects and teams,
Designing and using of relevant, innovative and important research approaches and outputs,
Obtaining and managing external funding (Tri-Council, government and industry contracts) in the Post-secondary environment,
Mobilizing knowledge to academic and non-academic audiences with impact,
Building relationships and working effectively with communities/government/industry locally, regionally, and provincially,
Developing or working with research networks and engaging in collaborative research initiatives,
Providing leadership in relevant professional organizations and provincial or national recognition for her/his body of work.
Teaching at the post-secondary level and supervision of graduate students.
Training students in research and have the potential to attract excellent students and future researchers as well as research funding.

The successful candidate will become the BCRIC nominee and will be required to develop a proposal that aligns with the mandate of the BCRIC. This proposal must receive approval through an external peer review process to confirm the position by the BC Innovation Council. The position is for a 5 year term, subject to renewal based upon successful evaluation.

Preferred Qualifications: Preference will be given to candidates with experience working with indigenous communities.
Please Submit: CV/Resume
Cover Letter
Name and contact information for three people willing to provide a reference
A two page research plan for the BCRIC including summary, context, methodology, users, communication and training plan.

Short-listed candidates must provide original transcripts, or applicable original certifications at time of interview.
Posting Period: November 02, 2017 - January 31, 2018
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.