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The College of Social and Applied Human Sciences at the University of Guelph is excited to provide a challenging opportunity to an established scholar and interdisciplinary thinker to hold the Jarislowsky Chair in Families and Work, generously supported by a gift from the Stephen Jarislowsky Foundation. Appreciating that ‘work’ and ‘families’ are dynamic, often contentious terms and issues yet still critical elements of peoples’ lives, the Chair will create new opportunities for national and international research and collaboration on projects that are of practical and policy relevance to families and employers and will encourage the dissemination of knowledge on these issues. The Chair will provide leadership across a spectrum of issues and initiatives related to families and work, including direction of the Centre for Families, Work and Well-being, in collaboration with researchers in other University of Guelph colleges and beyond.

The College of Social and Applied Human Sciences comprises the Departments of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology and Anthropology and the Community Engaged Scholarship Institute. The Centre for Families, Work and Well-being, founded in 1998, is a research centre within the College with a mandate to direct research and teaching expertise to promote individual and family well-being, responsive, productive work environments, and strong sustainable communities. It provides an intellectual and operational home for faculty, graduate students and undergraduates in many disciplines across the University of Guelph engaged in research, policy analysis, conferences, academic and community partnerships, and outreach and knowledge mobilization. Affiliated faculty include some of the leading work/family researchers in Canada. The Centre provides unique opportunities for students to develop abilities in research, policy analysis and outreach.

In its strategic renewal project the College is keen to refashion the Centre, through the leadership of the Jarislowsky Chair, as a national and international leader in areas of scholarship related to, for example, new perspectives on work and blurred work/home boundaries, caregiving over the lifespan, young workers, disability and accommodation, reconciliation and the workplace, feminist leadership, diversity, immigration, the physical and mental health of workers, and other emerging issues.

The ideal candidate will be a visionary leader with a proven track record as a scholar in a relevant discipline of the College at the level of associate or full professor and must be appointable in one of the Departments within the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences. This person will have been successful in securing grant funds, and will maintain an active research program. The candidate will have demonstrable leadership experience such as being principal investigator of a large research project or holding an academic administrative position. They will have a commitment to and experience in collaboration and the promotion of interdisciplinary thinking and research, as well as experience working with public and private sector and non-profit partners and a strong interest in policy issues. Experience working with a range of media to mobilize knowledge for impact, and to communicate with and engage multiple audiences is also expected. The preferred start date is July 1 2017.

Inquiries and applications should be directed to the Chair of the search committee:

Belinda Leach, Associate Dean (Research)
College of Social and Applied Human Sciences
University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario
N1G 2W1
[email protected]

The closing date for applications is January 31 2017. Applicants should submit a CV and a 2-3 page letter outlining their vision for the Chair and Directorship and the strengths and experience they would bring to the position.

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