Canada Research Chairs at Acadia University


Canada Research Chairs (CRCs) are critical in making Canada a global leader in research and development. All CRCs at Acadia are selected through a competitive external peer-review process. The national re-allocation process is conducted every two years, and is based on research grant funding received from the three federal granting agencies (CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC) in the three previous years. The Program is central to developing capacity associated with our Strategic Research Plan theme areas, focused through the lens of rural and coastal:

  • Community Life, Organizations, and Cultural Diversity
  • Natural Resources and Environmental Resilience
  • Human Health and Wellness
  • Innovative and Enabling Technologies

CURRENT RESEARCH CHAIRS AT ACADIA

 MOST RECENT CANADA RESEARCH CHAIRS AT ACADIA

  • Dr. Brenda Trofanenko – Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Education, Culture and Community
  • Dr. Nelson O'Driscoll - Tier 2 Environmental Biogeochemistry

*Please see the CRC utilization spreadsheet for more information on Acadia Chair Allocations

EQUITY, DIVERSITY & INCLUSION (EDI) COMMITMENT – PUBLIC ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY AT ACADIA

Acadia University is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion within its research enterprise, including at each stage of planning for recruiting, hiring and retaining Canada Research Chairs. This includes the “removal of systemic barriers and biases, and the practice of inclusivity, so that all individuals have equal access to and benefit from the CRC program.” The Canada Research Chair Program defines diversity as “differences in race, colour, place of origin, religion, immigrant status, Indigenous status, ethnic origin, ability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and age.” Acadia University will ensure the inclusion of all individuals, including those from the program's four designated groups (FDGS): women, visible minorities, persons with disabilities, and Indigenous peoples.

Learn more about the CRC’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Practices

2019 Addendum to the 2006 Canadian Human Rights Settlement Agreement

CRC Program Statistics (2019)

ACADIA UNIVERSITY EQUITY TARGETS (September 2019)

All participating CRC institutions must set equity and diversity targets to address the under-representation of members of the four designated groups among their chair-holders. The CRC program uses this data to monitor the institutions’ progress toward meeting their established targets.

Acadia’s CRC equity targets are indicated below. These targets are calculated using the CRC program target setting tool. Because there are fewer than 5 Chair positions at Acadia, current gap numbers cannot be communicated and are withheld to protect the privacy of our Chairs.

Designated Group

Target

Women 29%
Visible Minorities 15%
Persons with disabilities 4%
Indigenous Peoples 1%

OUR EQUITY, DIVERSITY & INCLUSION PLAN

This updated EDI Action Plan, and the objectives, barriers, actions and progress indicators there in, was developed with the knowledge, experience and support of Acadia’s CRC Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan (EDIAP) Working Group. The Working Group includes Acadia faculty representation from each of the four designated groups, the Dean of Research and Graduate Studies (Chair), the Acadia University Faculty Association President, Acadia’s Equity Officer, the Chair of the Senate Ad Hoc Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and Research Office project staff. In the development of this Action Plan, the working group examined information collected from an Environmental Scan, Employment Systems Review, and a CRC Comparative Review.

Read Acadia’s CRC Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Action Plan (October 2019)

Read Acadia’s CRC Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Progress Report (December 2018)

INSTITUTIONAL AWARENESS OF EDI AT ACADIA

To raise institutional awareness of Acadia’s commitment to fostering and maintaining an equitable, diverse and inclusive research culture, particularly with regards to the CRC program, the institution has implemented a communications strategy detailed below:

  • Promote Acadia University’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan to faculty and staff
  • Notify faculty and staff of major updates to the CRC webpage on the RGS website via institutional email lists
  • Develop and distribute an annual update on institutional progress towards meeting the objectives of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan, to be posted on the RGS website

*This communications strategy may be revised and updated as needed.

In addition, equity training is offered annually to all faculty and staff with the intention of raising awareness and providing strategies for fostering an equitable, diverse and inclusive research environment on campus.

CURRENT CHAIR RECRUITMENT POSTINGS

Requirements for Recruiting & Nominating Canada Research Chairs

Information on how Acadia Manages its Research Chairs (See pages 16-19).

Internal - There are no active postings for Canada Research Chair positions at Acadia.

External - Tier 2 Canada Research Chair: Healthy Inclusive Communities (December 2019)

ARCHIVED POSTINGS (Last Three Years)

Tier 2 Canada Research Chair: Food, Health and Social Justice (February 2019)

Tier 2 Canada Research Chair: History of the Atlantic World (February 2018)

Tier 1 Canada Research Chair: Coastal Ecosystem Resilience and Connectivity (February 2018)

QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS

In accordance with Acadia University's Policy Against Harassment and Discrimination, any person who believes that they may have been harassed or discriminated against by any members of the University campus community may lodge a complaint with the University's Equity Officer. The Policy Against Harassment and Discrimination lays out the University's process for addressing and resolving concerns.

*Acadia University is in the process of drafting a new Policy Against Harassment and Discrimination.

Equity Office
Bancroft House, Room 103
equity@acadiau.ca
(902) 585-1298

University faculty may address concerns about equity, diversity, and inclusion to the University's Equity Officer (Andrea MacNevin) and/or to the Acadia University Faculty Association.

aufa@acadiau.ca
(902) 585-1422

Acadia University's Provost & Vice-President Academic (PVPA) is responsible for implementing the institution’s equity, diversity and inclusion agenda. Concerns related to equity, diversity and inclusion within the institution should be made by contacting the PVPA (contact information below). The PVPA is responsible for monitoring these concerns and making sure they are addressed in a reasonable time frame.

Dr. Dale Keefe, Provost & Vice-President Academic

Office of the Provost and Vice-President, Academic
15 University Avenue
Acadia University
Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6

Tel: (902) 585-1357
Email: dale.keefe@acadiau.ca

 

 

 

Contact

The Division of Research and Graduate Studies is responsible for administering Acadia University's CRCs. If you have questions about the CRC program please contact:

Dr. Anna Redden, Dean of Research & Graduate Studies
Horton Hall, 18 University Avenue
Wolfville, Nova Scotia, B4P 2R6
anna.redden@acadiau.ca
902-585-1787

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