Opportunity: Research Chair, Transition to Sustainability

We are pleased to share information on the following opportunity at The King’s University, Canada. We understand that the original application deadline of 31st May 2019 has been extended to widen the search for potential candidates.


The King’s University invites applications from qualified scholars for nomination to a Tier II Canada Research Chair tenure-track faculty position. Candidates with a doctoral degree and a record of publication in the social science of transitions to environmental sustainability are encouraged to apply. Disciplinary appointment is possible in any of the following: Political Science, Economics, Geography, Psychology, Sociology, Business, or Environmental Studies.

Current debates about sustainability focus on a critique of the socio-economic and cultural systems that underlie ecological crises, but often fall short in providing alternatives. The intent for this Tier II Canada Research Chair is to build on the critique by developing these alternatives, and charting the pathways of this transition to socio-ecological sustainability.

The King’s University encourages members of designated groups (women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, and person with disabilities) to apply.

Inquiries are strongly encouraged and all inquiries will receive a response.

The successful candidate will have obtained a PhD or equivalent within ten years of nomination to the Canada Research Chair position and will be an outstanding emerging scholar with a demonstrated potential to achieve a significant international reputation in the next five to ten years. Applicants who are more than 10 years away from having earned their highest degree and where career breaks exist, such as maternity, parental, or extended sick leave, clinical train- ing, etc. may have their eligibility for a Tier 2 Chair assessed through the program’s Tier II justification process which can be found at Justification Process. The King’s University understands the impact legitimate career interruptions can have on a candidate’s record of research achieve- ment and encourages potential candidates to explain in their application the impact this may have had on their record. Please consult the CRC website for full program information, including further details on eligibility criteria.

The King’s University respects people’s different needs and therefore will take all reasonable steps to ensure accommodation for Canada Research Chair opportunity applicants where appro- priate. If you require an accommodation to participate in The King’s University’s Canada Research Chair recruitment process, please notify our Equity Officer, Trina Wilson Orieux, via email or 780-465-3500.

Potential candidates should have an established record of excellence in research and must be able to demonstrate a strong interest and ability in communicating to undergraduate students and to wider audiences, plus a keenness to mentor students effectively.

Candidates are invited to submit an application including:

  • an updated and complete curriculum vitae
  • a letter of interest (maximum 6 pages) outlining:
    • their qualifications for a successful Chair nomination;
    • the fit of their profile and expertise in the identified research areas;
    • the vision and future research program for the Chair;
    • opportunities for training highly qualified personnel;
    • the potential for the Chair to enhance the mission and vision of the University in strategic areas.
  • Three letters of reference, mailed to The King’s University by the reference providers.


Academic Rank: Assistant Professor. Highly qualified candidates will be appointed at a higher rank.

Starting Date: Depending upon the success of the nomination.

  • Fall 2019 nomination deadline is October 21, 2019. Following a successful nomination, the starting date will be July 1, 2020.
  • Spring 2020 nomination deadline is April 20, 2020. Following a successful nomination, the starting date will be January 1, 2021.

Appointment is subject to budget approval by the University’s Board of Governors.

Institutional Requirements

To be considered for appointment, the candidate must wholeheartedly endorse the Mission Statement and Statement of Faith of the University (see http://www.kingsu.ca/about-us/). Faculty members are committed to providing students with a thoroughgoing exposure to an ever-deepening Christian world-life-view, with a vision of renewal and reconciliation that is refracted throughout the curriculum.

Salary range:

Assistant Professor: $62,000 – $77,000

Associate Professor: $73,000 – 92,000

The University provides generous benefits.

Information about The King’s University

The King’s University is a Christian liberal arts university offering three- and four-year Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees, a Bachelor of Commerce, a Bachelor of Music, and a two-year after-degree Bachelor of Education (Elementary and Secondary) accredited by the province of Alberta. The University is a member of Universities Cana- da and of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Faculty members are committed both to excellence in teaching and in scholarship. They are eligible for and are currently receiving Tri-Council funding.

Applications should be addressed to:

Dr. Hank D. Bestman
Vice President Academic and Research
The King’s University
9125 50 Street, Edmonton, AB, Canada, T6B2H3

or may be submitted electronically to hank.bestman@kingsu.ca


Located on Treaty 6 Territory


The King’s University respects, appreciates and encourages diversity. We welcome applications from all qualified indi- viduals including women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

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