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Subject to approval through the Canada Research Chair Secretariat, this is a tenure- track/tenurable appointment at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor to begin January 01, 2016 (or negotiable to July 01, 2016, depending on the availability of the candidate). Applications should be submitted by February 02, 2015.

Across the Faculty of Arts at Thompson Rivers University, considerable strength has emerged in disciplinary and interdisciplinary research and creative endeavour linked with the theme of communities and culture.  Reflecting this, the University as a whole has adopted Community and Cultural Engagement as one of its five strategic areas and the Faculty is developing an MA program in Communities and Cultures.  In this context, the Faculty of Arts at Thompson Rivers University invites applications for a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Community and Cultural Engagement.  Here, “cultures” may include an array of topics such as diversity, inter-culturalism, quality of life, arts and culture (visual arts, music, theatre, film, literature), first-nations and aboriginal cultures, and marginalized communities, including youth. Similarly, “communities” is broad enough to encompass small cities, rural communities, first-nations communities, large urban centres and sub-cultures (e.g., geographically dispersed communities such as the folk-music community).

The Chair will have significant opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration given the broad and diverse research and creative interests and capabilities within the Faculty. In addition, the Chair will work closely with research faculty planning the MA program in Communities and Cultures and will seek meaningful research linkages to other TRU graduate programs and research chairs. A key role of the Chair in Community and Cultural Engagement will be to participate in the expansion of research networks beyond TRU and the leveraging of external resources. Opportunities to do so may be afforded by making connections to already-funded research initiatives at TRU.

The Faculty of Arts is comprised of over 80 full-time continuing faculty and includes six Departments: English; Geography and Environmental Studies; Journalism, Communication and New Media; Philosophy, History and Politics; Psychology; Sociology and Anthropology; and Visual and Performing Arts. As a community of scholars, we are passionate about education and research.  Our degree programs include: Communication, Economics and Political Studies, English, History, Geography and Environmental Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Journalism, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, Theatre Arts and Visual Arts.  We offer small classes, research opportunities for undergraduate as well as graduate students, unique international programs and field schools, cooperative education and one of Canada’s largest distance education programs.  For more information see:

The appointment, contingent upon a successful CRC nomination, will commence January 01, 2016.  The position will be a fulltime tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor.  Rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Tier 2 CRC positions have a five-year term and are renewable once.  For the duration of the CRC, the successful candidate will typically have reduced teaching responsibilities reflecting the overall role of the position.

Applications should include: (1) a detailed curriculum vitae, (2) a cover letter with a statement of the applicant’s qualifications of relevance and the applicant’s expected contribution to the University, faculty and department, (3) a detailed description of the candidate’s proposed research program, including a statement on the potential for the research program consistent with the focus of the CRC and to contribute to Thompson Rivers University’s strategic research directions, (4) samples of relevant published writing or other relevant materials (5) a statement of teaching interests and educational philosophy, and any evidence of teaching effectiveness, and (6) names and contact information for three people willing to provide a reference.

This is an exciting opportunity to live in Kamloops, a beautiful and friendly community with spectacular outdoor recreational opportunities, and to make a mark on a dynamic, growing university.

For complete eligibility requirements and program information, applicants should review the Canada Research Chair website:– programme/nomination-mise_en_candidature-eng.aspx.

For further information please contact Dr. W.F Garrett-Petts, Associate Vice President Research and Graduate Studies, Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada at 250-828-5410 or

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