Apply for a Chair

Interested applicants should prepare an application package that includes the following components:

1. The application coversheet

2. A statement on the quality of the applicant (max. 2 pages).

This section seeks evidence to demonstrate that:

  • The applicant is recognized internationally as an outstanding and innovative world-class research/scholar/artist whose accomplishments have made a major impact in their field (Tier I); or
  • The applicant is an excellent emerging researcher/scholar/artist of world-class caliber who has demonstrated particular research creativity and the potential to achieve international recognition in his or her field within the next five to ten years (Tier 2).

PRESENTATION

  • Use Times New Roman, font size 12, black type, single spaced. 
  • No condensed/narrow fonts, type or spacing. 
  • Margins must be no smaller than 2 cm (3/4 inch) around the page. 
  • The application should be clear and concise and written for a multidisciplinary committee.
  • Bibliographic references may be appended to this section and will not count towards the page limit.

QUALITY OF THE APPLICANT STATEMENT

The applicant should summarize their key achievements with an emphasis on the elements appropriate to their specific discipline. For example:

  • Significant breakthroughs, original ideas or methods.
  • Quality of publications (number of publications, the prestige of journal, impact, number of citations, etc.).
  • Quality/prestige and /or peer review process of exhibition or performance venues and the applicant’s exhibition or performance history.
  • Quality of knowledge translation, knowledge dissemination, and knowledge mobilization to users (educators, policymakers, health professionals, industries, audiences, communities, the public etc.).
  • Quality of funding (research grants received, prizes and awards won, research contracts, etc.).
  • National and international collaborations and recognition.
  • Training and preparation of the next generation of researchers and practitioners at the undergraduate and graduate level.

3. A statement explaining the anticipated impact of the appointment on the applicant's ongoing program of research, creative performance or other scholarly activity; the applicant's academic unit; and the U of L's Strategic Research Plan . (max. 1 page)

4. Proposed program of research, scholarly, or creative activity for the tenure of the BoGRC appointment (max. 4 pages).

PRESENTATION

  • Use Times New Roman, font size 12, black type, single-spaced. 
  • No condensed/narrow fonts, type or spacing. 
  • Margins must be no smaller than 2 cm (3/4 inch) around the page. 
  • The application should be clear and concise and written for a multidisciplinary committee.
  • Bibliographic references may be appended to this section and will not count towards the page limit.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PROPOSED RESEARCH PROGRAM (maximum 4 pages, excluding the abstract and list of references)

Organize the detailed narrative under the following headings:

  1. Abstract. Briefly state the objectives of the proposed research/scholarly/creative program.
  2. Context.  (1) Explain the relationship and relevance of the proposed program to your ongoing research.  If the proposal is a departure from your previous research, describe how it relates to experiences and insights gained from earlier research achievements.  (2) Define the problem clearly and concisely, providing any background information essential to understanding the importance of the work.
  3. Theoretical Framework, Methodology, and Proposed Outcomes. Outline the theoretical framework governing the work proposed, the proposed methodologies, and key activities.
  4. Significance and Dissemination. (1) Outline the potential significance, future use, relevance or application of the results.  (2) Explain how the results will be disseminated.
  5. Proposed training strategies. (1) Describe the training strategies that will be used to attract students and trainees. (2) Outline their specific roles and responsibilities relative to the proposed research program and how these will complement their academic training/preparation.

5. The names and contact information of five external reviewers who do not have a conflict of interest, as described in the University of Lethbridge conflict of interest policy and the University of Lethbridge Faculty Handbook, and have the appropriate expertise to provide a comprehensive, unbiased, critical review.

A conflict of interest occurs when a reviewer’s duties and responsibilities with regard to the review process are in conflict with that reviewer’s private, professional, business or public interests. There may be a real, perceived or potential conflict of interest when the review committee member, external reviewer or observer:

  • May receive professional/personal benefit resulting from the funding opportunity or application being reviewed;
  • Has a professional/personal relationship with an applicant or the applicant’s institution; or
  • Has a direct/indirect financial interest in a funding opportunity or application being reviewed.

A conflict of interest may exist when review committee members, external reviewers or observers:

  • Are a relative or close friend or have a personal relationship with the applicant(s);
  • Are in a position to gain or lose financially/materially from the funding of the application;
  • Have had long-standing scientific or personal differences with the applicant(s);
  • Are closely professionally affiliated with the applicants, as a result of having in the last six years:
    • Been a supervisor or a trainee of the applicant(s);
    • Currently supervise the applicant(s) (i.e., Department Chair or Dean);
    • Collaborated, published or shared funding with the applicants, or have plans to do so in the immediate future; and/or
    • Feel for any reason unable to provide an impartial review of the application.

The Office of the Vice-President (Research) reserves the right to resolve areas of uncertainty and to determine if a conflict exists.

6. A current UNIWeb academic curriculum vitae 

    To download your CV from the UNIWeb platform, please follow these steps:

    1. Log in to UNIWeb using your U of L credentials.
    2. Click on <Curriculum Vitae> on the home page.
    3. Click on <Download As> 
    4. Select the content layout and file format for your CV.  Please select the following options:
      • Document Type - Academic CV
      • Layout Sections - select all
      • Years back - lifetime
      • End date - leave blank
      • File format - Microsoft Word
      • Citation Style - select the style most appropriate for your discipline
      • Filter - Deselect all

     

     

    7. Tier II eligibility exception form explaining why the applicant should be considered an emerging scholar (if applicable) 

    Applicants who are more than ten years from having earned their highest degree and have experienced career interruptions may have their eligibility for a Tier II BoGRC assessed through the Tier II justification form.  Acceptable justifications are limited to breaks in the candidate's research career due to maternity or parental leave, extended sick leave, clinical training, and family care.  Upon review of the justification form, the applicant's window of eligibility will be extended as appropriate. For example, if an applicant earned their highest degree 11 years ago, but had a 1-year family leave within that time, the applicant would be considered eligible for a Tier II position.

    If you are unsure of your eligibility, please contact the Office of the Vice-President (Research) early in the application process.

    Please arrange to have the following items submitted directly to the Office of the Vice-President (Research):

     

    8. A letter of support from the applicant’s Department Chair, Area Chair or immediate supervisor discussing the research, scholarship or creative performance of the applicant within the context of the applicant’s discipline, department/faculty, and stage of research/creative/scholarly career. When the Department Chair, Area Chair or supervisor is the applicant, the letter of support may be provided by the immediate past Department Chair, Area Chair or supervisor, or, when such an individual does not exist, by a Full Professor approved by the Dean of the Faculty in question.

    9. Three external letters of support from scholars who are established authorities in the applicant’s field; who are familiar with the applicant’s record and activity in research, scholarship or creative performance; and who are not in a conflict of interest, as described in the University of Lethbridge Conflict of Interest Policy and the University of Lethbridge Faculty Handbook. 

    • For Tier I nominations, one letter must be from an international authority in the applicant’s field who does not reside in Canada.  All three letters should address the international stature of the applicant, the specific impacts of his or her research, and the broader value of his or her research contributions.
    • For Tier II nominations, all three letters should emphasize the applicant’s potential and ability to independently lead a program of research and establish an international reputation during his/her tenure as a Tier II BoGRC.

    A conflict of interest occurs when a reviewer’s duties and responsibilities with regard to the review process are in conflict with that reviewer’s private, professional, business or public interests. There may be a real, perceived or potential conflict of interest when the review committee member, external reviewer or observer:

    • May receive professional/personal benefit resulting from the funding opportunity or application being reviewed;
    • Has a professional/personal relationship with an applicant or the applicant’s institution; or
    • Has a direct/indirect financial interest in a funding opportunity or application being reviewed.

    A conflict of interest may exist when review committee members, external reviewers or observers:

    • Are a relative or close friend or have a personal relationship with the applicant(s);
    • Are in a position to gain or lose financially/materially from the funding of the application;
    • Have had long-standing scientific or personal differences with the applicant(s);
    • Are closely professionally affiliated with the applicants, as a result of having in the last six years:
      • Been a supervisor or a trainee of the applicant(s);
      • Currently supervise the applicant(s) (i.e., Department Chair or Dean);
      • Collaborated, published or shared funding with the applicants, or have plans to do so in the immediate future; and/or
      • Feel for any reason unable to provide an impartial review of the application.

    The Office of the Vice-President (Research) reserves the right to resolve areas of uncertainty and to determine if a conflict exists.

    Letter Format

    Letters of support must:

    • be presented on letterhead;
    • be dated;
    • clearly state the full name of the applicant;
    • include a statement describing the professional relationship between you (the referee) and the applicant; and
    • be signed.

    Letter Content

    Reviewers will find it helpful if you divide your letter into four parts, as follows

    1. Introduction. This section should explain your relationship to the applicant and provide context to your credentials as a referee for the individual:
      • Include a statement declaring that there is no conflict of interest in you providing a letter of reference for the applicant. 
      • If applicable, describe the professional relationship between you and the applicant, including the period of time you have known each other and in what capacity.
      • Include a brief description of your own qualifications and credentials to help peer reviewers put your recommendation into context 
    2. Quality of the Applicant. This section should provide insights into the quality of the applicant in reference to the Board of Governors Research Chair program’s evaluation criteria. As appropriate for the applicant’s career stage and the type of chair application (i.e., Tier I or Tier II), please comment on the following:
      • the applicant’s training background, expertise and;
      • the quality, originality and innovativeness of the applicant’s academic/research accomplishments;
      • the applicant’s impact in the field and the value/significance of their research/scholarly/creative contributions;
      • the applicant’s record of (or potential for) attracting and supervising trainees, students, and future researchers/practitioners;
      • for Tier 1 nominations only, the applicant’s international stature as a leader in their field;
      • for Tier 2 nominations only, the applicant’s ability to independently lead a program of research and their potential to establish an international reputation during the tenure of the chair.
    3. Professional Stature and Skills. This section should provide insight into the applicant’s professional stature and skills at a more general level, as appropriate for the applicant’s career stage and type of chair application (i.e., Tier I or Tier II).  Please comment on:
      • accomplishments and activities that demonstrate the impact of the applicant’s previous work, and
      • skills and attributes that demonstrate the applicant’s potential for future contributions to their field of research (e.g., leadership skills, vision, technical skills, writing ability, dependability, communication skills).
    4. Conclusion.  This section should summarize your main points and clearly and explicitly state your overall recommendation.

    These guidelines are adopted from guidelines prepared by the Canada Research Chair program, which are available here.