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Chair in the Business of Food

Associate Professor/Professor – Arrell Chair in the Business of Food

College of Business and Economics

The successful applicant will be either an emerging or established scholar and is expected to align with the consumer aspects of food distribution and consumption.  More specifically, the Arrell Chair in the Business of Food will provide leadership for business-oriented food research within the College of Business and Economics. This research includes, but is not limited to: marketing analytics, consumer choice and behaviour, supply-chain management, foodservices management, regulatory and competition policy. The College houses the Longo’s Food Retail Laboratory and the Schneider’s Food Research Laboratory that provide controlled environments for the study of consumer retail choices and consumer perceptions of food. The College of Business and Economics comprises four academic units: the Department of Economics and Finance, the Department of Management, the Department of Marketing and Consumer Studies, and the School of Hospitality, Food and Tourism Management. The successful candidate will be appointed to one of these units but the Arrell Chair will be expected to provide leadership in forming cross-disciplinary linkages both across the College and with other food researchers across the University.

The 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 quality across campus.  For instance, the successful candidate will be expected to:

  • Increase national and international awareness of issues pertaining to the business of food 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 issues around food quality;
  • Develop a core research capacity in some aspect of the business of food and assemble collaborating researchers within and external to the University of Guelph to strengthen the University’s capacity to respond to issues related to food across the value chain;
  • Contribute to delivering the AFI’s vision and mission, which is “…transforming global food systems and elevating Canada’s place within the global food economy. We are building on University of Guelph’s world-class strengths in all aspects of food research and education, and will be the world leader in food and agricultural innovation.” In particular, the successful applicant will participate in the governance of the AFI, and be expected to take a lead on helping execute some elements of the AFI programs.
  • Contribute to undergraduate and graduate education in their discipline.

General Position Requirements:

The ideal candidate will possess a Ph.D. and a proven track record as a scholar in a relevant discipline, at a level commensurate with appointment at an Associate Professor rank.  She/he will have demonstrated a remarkable ability to communicate through diverse platforms, with a broad range of audiences. The successful candidate will possess the capacity to draw various actors together to facilitate critical conversations on complex issues, and to interact with scholars, industry, government and the general public. He/she must also have an active research portfolio, the ability to lead a research program, a track record of success securing research and outreach funding and a strong outreach record. The ideal candidate will also have demonstrated abilities and achievements in teaching and graduate advising.

The Arrell Chair in the Business of Food should have the skills to be a leader who will build and lead connections between the University of Guelph and other institutions, consumers and companies within the agricultural and food industry value chains, with the goal of advancing research, education, awareness and practices on areas relevant to the business of food. The Arrell Chair in the Business of Food must be an outstanding communicator and extremely skilled in external relations.  She/he must have the ability to motivate and inspire others to participate in advancing opportunities and innovations in food sustainability, and to strengthen further the University’s ability to be Canada’s Food University.

Salary depending on rank and qualifications. A generous start up package and annual research stipend are included.

To see the official posting, and information about applying, please visit the Faculty Recruitment website.

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