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Chair in Food, Policy, and Society

Associate Professor/Professor - Arrell Chair in Food, Policy and Society

Candidates are currently being interviewed for this position.

College of Social and Applied Human Sciences

The successful applicant will do work at the intersection of sustainable food systems, agricultural, health, labour and safety regulation policies, and cultural, economic and social practices relating to food. In particular, the Arrell Chair in Food, Policy and Society will engage social science approaches and integrate these into other areas of University of Guelph food research to address pressing issues of food justice and food policy.

The research focus of the Chair could include nutrition and health in social and cultural contexts; local food in relation to industrial production, distribution and governance systems; Indigenous food sovereignty; community food security; climate-change related shifts in food production and consumption; food security and international development, among others. In this way, the position could fit into any one of the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences five departments (Family Relations and Applied Nutrition, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology and Anthropology), two major interdisciplinary programs (the International Development Studies Program and the Criminology and Criminal Justice Program), the Community Engaged Scholarship Institute, the Centre for Families, Work and Well-being, and Re•Vision: the Centre for Art and Social Justice.

Additionally, the Arrell Chair in Food, Policy and Society is key in developing the new strategic plan of the College, and as such we are seeking an experienced interdisciplinary and community-engaged researcher who will lead a research program that attracts a diverse range of graduate student, postdoctoral, community-based, and faculty researchers.

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. For instance, the successful candidate will be expected to:

  • Increase national and international awareness of issues pertaining to the social and policy aspects 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 policy and social aspect 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 system;
  • 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 the rank of an Associate Professor or Professor with tenure. 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 Food, Policy and Society 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 systems, with the goal of advancing research, education, awareness and practices on areas relevant to the policy and social aspects of food. The Arrell Chair in Food, Policy and Society 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.

Anticipated salary and start-up: Salary depends 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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