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Arrell Chairs in Food

Arrell Chair applications are currently open.

The University of Guelph is seeking two outstanding faculty members who will become named Arrell Chairs at the Arrell Food Institute at the University of Guelph.

Arrell Chair in the Business of Food

The Arrell Chair in the Business of Food will provide leadership for business-oriented food research within the Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics. This research includes but is not limited to: supply chain management, Indigenous Food Ways, foodservices management, and/or regulatory and competition policy.

The Lang School of Business and Economics houses the Longo’s Food Retail Laboratory and the Schneider’s Food Research Laboratory which provide controlled environments for the study of consumer retail choices and consumer perceptions of food. It also houses the Anita Stewart Memorial Food Laboratory where University of Guelph nutrition and hospitality students learn about food preparation, safety and culture. The successful candidate will be appointed to the School of Hospitality, Food and Tourism Management and will be expected to provide leadership in forming cross-disciplinary linkages both across Lang and with other food researchers across the University.

Arrell Chair in the Business of Food Job Posting
Arrell Chair in the Business of Food Job Posting

Arrell Chair in Food, Policy, and Society

The successful applicant will work at the intersection of sustainable food systems, cultural, economic, and/or social practices and processes relating to food geographies; and agricultural, health, labour, and safety regulation policies. In particular, the Arrell Chair in Food, Policy and Society will utilize geographic and/or social science methods to enrich other areas of the University of Guelph’s food research addressing pressing issues of food justice and policy.

The research focus of the Chair must address the above broad themes, and may also include research foci such as: social justice, race and gender in food systems and food transitions; local food systems in relation to industrial production, distribution and governance systems, Indigenous food sovereignty, community food security, the intersection of biodiversity conservation, climate change and food production and consumption, food security and international development, among others.

Arrell Chair in Food, Policy and Society Job Posting
Arrell Chair in Food, Policy and Society Job Posting

Arrell Chair Responsibilities

As an Arrell Chair, you will participate in the life and management of the Arrell Food Institute, which was created out of a $20M gift to the University of Guelph from the Arrell Family Foundation. The Arrell Food Institute at the University of Guelph’s vision is to transform global food systems and elevate Canada’s place within the global food economy. To do this, we are building on University of Guelph’s world-class strengths in all aspects of food research, education and innovation.

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to undergraduate and/or graduate courses in their area(s) of expertise through scholarly teaching and participate in the administration of the Arrell Food Institute. As such, the candidate will also be expected to engage with non-academic stakeholders on a regular basis, including communicating with the media, working with industry / civil society, and brokering relationships in the broad area of food across campus.

The successful candidate will be expected to:

  • Increase national and international awareness of issues pertaining to food topics through communication and outreach, including becoming an information resource for media
  • Serve as a key resource for expertise and as a primary conduit to experts in areas relevant to food issues at the University of Guelph
  • Develop a core food research project collaborating with researchers within and external to the University of Guelph to strengthen the University’s capacity to respond to issues related to food
  • Contribute to the vision and mission of the Arrell Food Institute, by participating in the governance of the Institute and executing its programs.
  • Arrell Chairs individually and collectively lead work to promote more sustainable, equitable, efficient, safe and nutritious food systems in Canada and abroad.

While a strong record of research accomplishments and demonstrated abilities in teaching and graduate advising are important, the objective of the Chair is to expand and enhance the University’s communication and outreach activities in a manner that strengthens our reputation as Canada’s Food University. The skills to build connections with other institutions and stakeholders within agricultural and food systems are essential.

To see the official postings, and information about applying, please visit the following links on the Faculty Recruitment website:

Arrell Chair in Food, Policy and Society

Arrell Chair in the Business of Food

University of Guelph

The University of Guelph is recognized as Canada’s Food University. Encompassing a province-wide network of campuses, field stations and research facilities, the University of Guelph is a global leader in education, research and service in agriculture, food, environmental sciences and rural community development through its seven colleges. Within the University of Guelph, the newly formed Arrell Food Institute is designed to be a campus-wide conduit bringing together academic expertise with practitioners and policy makers from different stakeholder groups.  The University of Guelph is well-positioned to understand rural and urban issues around food, food production, sustainability and the supply chain. Its leadership is bolstered by the University’s unique research and development partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

The University of Guelph has achieved prominence in Canada and around the world for its commitment to student learning and innovative research. It is dedicated to cultivating the essentials of our quality of life – food, water, environment, animal and human health, community, commerce, culture, and learning. The University community shares a profound sense of social responsibility, an obligation to address global issues and a concern for international development.  Approximately 23,000 undergraduate and graduate students attend the University, which has a special mandate to deliver agricultural and veterinary programs and services to Ontario.