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CRC Tier II in Internationalization and Campus Engagement

  1. Background
  2. Research Focus of the Chair
  3. Collaborations
  4. Expectations
  5. Qualifications and Position Posting
  6. Application Procedures
  7. About Vancouver Island University


International Education has rapidly become a prominent and significant feature of post-secondary education around the world.� In fiscal terms, its importance cannot be underestimated in a time of global financial cutbacks to education systems: it is estimated to be worth $6.5 billion in Canada, greater than export earnings from either lumber or coal. Many educational institutions also point to the academic, cultural and social benefits to be derived from international recruitment and partnerships between institutions around the world: the diverse perspectives in the classroom, the cultural enrichment of campus life, and the personal and professional growth that comes from education abroad and international research opportunities. In an era of globalization, it is not surprising that educational experience has become a valued global commodity.

The scholarship of international education, a relatively recent field of research, is attempting to critically and constructively analyze the global trends that tend to be driven more by fiscal realities than by pedagogical principles. This Chair would have a rare opportunity to build on the existing scholarship, from Canada and around the world, in order to forge new directions in international education research.

Research Focus of the Chair

In particular, it is expected that the Chair would focus on one or more of the following themes:

  • The role of student mobility across national borders in the development of greater, and more sophisticated, global understanding among both international and domestic students.
  • Deepening understanding of best practices in the internationalization of post-secondary education institutions.
  • The challenges, and benefits, of teaching and learning in culturally diverse classrooms.


International education has been a prominent feature in the development of Vancouver Island University over the past 25 years and VIU has earned a deserved reputation for providing quality programs and innovative support services for its 1400 international students from 60 countries. The Faculty of International Education is uniquely positioned in Canada to house a Chair who would take international education scholarship to new levels.

The Chair would be expected to work collaboratively with faculty, from a wide range of disciplines, who are involved in international education scholarship and to promote and support critical reflection on the practice of internationalization across the campus. In particular, he/she would collaborate with colleagues in the Faculty of Education and the Teaching and Learning Centre on aspects relating to the integration of intercultural teaching perspectives in diverse classrooms and the development of global understanding; research on internationalization strategies would draw upon student and faculty initiatives in many departments.


  • Play a significant role in the realization of VIU’s vision of becoming a truly international university.
  • Show leadership in the international education research community,
  • Foster a collaborative approach to research, developing new areas of collaborative research and research network development,
  • Develop an independent grant-funded research program,
  • Facilitate community consultation and involvement,
  • Engage in knowledge mobilization, broadly,
  • In addition to the research program the Chair will participate in the academic programs including the teaching of undergraduate courses and other educational and scholarly activity and service.
  • A commitment toward interdisciplinary research is essential.

Qualifications and Position Posting

The Canada Research Chairs programs expects Tier II nominees to:

  • be within 10 years of receiving their PhD;
  • 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;
  • as a chairholder, have the potential to attract excellent trainees, students and future researchers.


Application Procedures

Applicants should also review the Canada Research Chair web site for eligibility requirements .

Applications should include:

  • A cover letter with a statement of applicant's educational philosophy relating to the position and the applicant's expected contribution to the University;
  • a curriculum vitae (SSHRC CV or similar);
  • in keeping with the Canada Research Chair application guidelines ( ), a two page concept paper covering an innovative research plan;
  • the names, addresses and phone numbers of three references;
  • and three confidential letters of recommendation sent under separate cover by the candidate’s referees

Applicants need to create a job application account at Vancouver Island University in order to apply electronically. The web page for creating the account is here LINK. The application package should be uploaded to your account and submitted electronically.

Applications are due by May 19, 2010. Review of applications will begin in June with interviews to be held in August.

About Vancouver Island University

To find out more about Vancouver Island University please check this page and visit the VIU web site.