Tier II Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Rural Futures in Atlantic Canada
The Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology (SOSA) in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Dalhousie University invites applications for a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Rural Futures in Atlantic Canada. The Canada Research Chairs (CRC) Programme has been established by the Government of Canada to enable Canadian universities to foster research excellence and enhance their role as world-class centres of research excellence. This will be a tenure stream appointment at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, and will be conditional on the successful applicant being approved as a Tier II Research Chair by the CRC secretariat. Further information about the CRC programme is available at http://www.chairs.gc.ca.
The CRC Chair in Sustainable Rural Futures will provide a catalyst for launching a new era of social science research in the region to foster more productive ties between the university, government agencies, community organizations, and rural communities. Unlike other Canadian regions, the Atlantic remained steadfastly rural through the 20th and into the 21st century. More of its population lives in small cities or towns, its infrastructure is more spread out and costly to maintain, its main economies remain resource and energy based, and much of its population migrates westward in search of better opportunities. In recent years, Atlantic Canada’s population, excepting First Nations, is also documented as older than in other regions, less healthy, more religious, and less ethnically and racially diverse. This has led to widespread interest in whether or not immigration can offset population trends and perhaps even trigger growth and renewal of the region’s economy. Other political and economic re-orientations include a shift from fisheries, lumber and minerals to gas, oil, aquaculture, alternative energy, new agricultural initiatives, and more recently, industrial shipbuilding. Creative enterprises in information technology, health, and the cultural sectors are also on the increase.
Candidates must have a PhD, an outstanding research profile and a demonstrable research emphasis of relevance to sustainable rural futures in Atlantic Canada generally and Nova Scotia in particular. The researcher’s profile could reflect research from comparable international locations, perhaps on the Atlantic or Pacific coasts, or a different region of Canada such as the Prairie Provinces, Ontario, or Quebec.
The Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology maintains a carefully structured curriculum covering selected strategic areas in our disciplines. Masters and Doctoral programmes are offered in both Sociology or Social Anthropology but faculty from each discipline collaborate in teaching and research. Our graduate teaching and recruitment mirrors faculty research expertise in three research concentrations; Critical Health Studies; Economy, Work, and Development; and, Social Justice and Inequality. The successful applicant for this position will identify one or more of these areas in their research priorities. While the position prioritizes research, it is expected that the CRC Chair will contribute to our graduate programmes and the core undergraduate curriculum. We anticipate that the appointment will be made to a researcher with a background in either Sociology or Social Anthropology, but candidates from related disciplines with appropriate expertise and knowledgeable about SOSA theory and methods, such as development studies, geography, political science, and related interdisciplinary studies, are also encouraged to apply.
Dalhousie is the leading graduate and research university of Atlantic Canada, with more than 18,000 students from over 100 countries (more than 3500 in graduate programmes). It is located in Halifax – the major centre in the scenic Atlantic region and a city widely known for its high quality of life. Further information about the Faculty and the university can be obtained at www.dal.ca/fass<http://www.dal.ca/fass>. Dalhousie University is an Employment Equity/Affirmative Action employer. The University encourages applications from qualified Aboriginal people, persons with a disability, racially visible persons and women.
Applications should include a detailed curriculum vitae, a two-page summary of the candidate’s proposed research programme, a statement of research and teaching interests and philosophies, and three confidential letters of reference forwarded by the referees. All applications materials should be sent in hard copy.
Deadline: April 15, 2013
Dr. Pauline Gardiner Barber
Chair, Department of Sociology & Social Anthropology
6135 University Avenue, Room 1128
PO Box 15000
Halifax, NS Canada. B3H 3E7