University of Alberta

Tier 2 SSHRC Canada Research Chair in Disability and Movement Studies

Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation

Competition No.  -    A103837239
Closing Date  -    Nov 01, 2018

The Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation at the University of Alberta invites internal applications from current members of the Faculty for nomination to a Tier 2 SSHRC Canada Research Chair (CRC) in the area of Disability and Movement Studies. This competition is restricted to current full-time tenure-track members of the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation. In accordance with the requirements of the CRC program, and to ensure the University of Alberta CRC allocation addresses the representation gap for four designated groups, this competition is restricted to women, including women with disabilities, Aboriginal Peoples, and visible minorities. 

The successful candidate must have a PhD in Physical Education, Kinesiology, Recreation, or a related field. Nominees must be Assistant or Associate Professors. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a multi- or interdisciplinary research program examining issues relating to disability in a range of movement contexts (e.g., sport, recreation, dance, performing arts). The successful candidate will be an ambassador for research excellence and will forge a strong collaborative network within the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation, its affiliated institutes and centres, and with other faculties across the University of Alberta. The candidate will possess expertise in a range of innovative research methodologies, including community-based research, and will be able to foster strong partnerships with community members and organisations. The candidate will provide leadership in terms of fostering research, creative works, and knowledge translation activities in the area of Disability and Movement Studies.

We are seeking an individual with an outstanding record of research accomplishments, a vibrant and growing research program, and whom do peers acknowledge as an emerging leader Disability and Movement Studies. The candidate will have the vision and talent essential to build a successful collaborative research program that crosses institutional and disciplinary boundaries. The successful candidate will have dedicated research time and be expected to teach graduate level courses, take on graduate supervision, and engage in some administrative committee work.

The University of Alberta, one of Canada’s premier research institutions, offers an excellent research environment. The Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation offers a multi- and interdisciplinary research environment, encompassing state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure, including The Steadward Centre for Personal & Physical Achievement (https://www.ualberta.ca/steadward-centre/).

The Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation’s 2016-2021 Strategic Plan of values diversity and inclusion across and among our staff, students, campuses, and disciplines. Goals of the 2016-2021 Strategic Plan include striving to better reflect, accommodate, encourage, and support diversity by creating an inviting and inclusive environment; delivering accessible and inclusive physical activity and recreation programs; and, providing mentorship to faculty and staff.

The CRC Program is subject to both the Canadian Human Rights Act and the federal Employment Equity Act. The Employment Equity Act mandates proactive practices to increase the representation of four designated groups: women, people with disabilities, Aboriginal peoples, and visible minorities. The Act requires the removal of barriers that disadvantage members of the four designated groups. 

In keeping with its obligations under the Employment Equity Act and in response to a human rights complaint that alleged the CRC Program discriminated against individuals from the four designated groups, the CRC secretariat released an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan. The laudable aims of the CRC Action Plan are to identify and eliminate barriers to CRCs for members of the designated groups; to put into place positive policies and practices to ensure the effects of systemic barriers are eliminated; and to ensure appropriate representation of designated group across CRCs.  Generally speaking, special programs designed to eliminate systemic discrimination and increase underrepresentation of target groups are viewed as being consistent with human rights legislation.

As part of the CRC plan, universities had to post their own action plan on their website by December 15, 2017.  Action plans include a description of the institution’s equity targets and gaps for each of the four designated groups and set out indicators and actions that will enable swift progress towards meeting the institution’s equity targets and goals by December 2019. The University of Alberta Plan can be found at: https://www.ualberta.ca/research/services/funding-opportunities/canada-research-chairs/public-accountability.

As outlined in the CRC program details, “Tier 2 Chairs, tenable for five years and renewable once, are for exceptional emerging researchers, acknowledged by their peers as having the potential to lead in their field” (http://www.chairs-chaires.gc.ca/program-programme/nomination-mise_en_candidature-eng.aspx). Applicants must be emerging scholars, normally no more than 10 years from their highest degree at the time of nomination, and must be eligible for SSHRC funding. Exceptions will be made for applicants who are more than 10 years from having earned their highest degree and have experienced legitimate career interruptions (including maternity or parental leave, extended sick leave, clinical training, and family care). Career interruptions will be assessed through the CRC program’s Tier 2 justification process. Interested candidates are encouraged to consult the CRC website for full program information, including further details on eligibility criteria (http://www.chairs-chaires.gc.ca/program-programme/nomination-mise_en_candidature-eng.aspx). Candidates may also contact the University of Alberta’s CRC Coordinator and Advisor, Mr. Glen Thomas, for more information.

The closing date for applications is November 1, 2018.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, priority will be given to University of Alberta Employees.  Only those applicants invited for an interview will be contacted.

To apply:

1. Complete the following questionnaire

2. Send a Notice of Intent including (a) 100-word executive summary, (b) two-page overview of the proposed program of research (describing objectives, context, methodology, engagement with research users, and communication of results) - references may be appended to the program overview, and (c) one-page description of proposed training strategies (e.g., graduate students, other trainees). Candidates must also submit their curriculum vitae, with a note explaining the publication conventions in the discipline. Any circumstances impacting productivity may also be noted in the curriculum vitae.  All application materials should be sent via email to:

Dr. Nick Holt
Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6G 2H9
Email: nick.holt@ualberta.ca

Applicants whom require an accessibility arrangement for their interview and/or subsequent recruitment meetings can contact Catherine Anley (Senior Consultant Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) at catherine.anley@ualberta.ca or 780.492.3020 to arrange appropriate accommodations.

Posted: September 26, 2018.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.