The Board of Governors Research Chair (BoGRC) program recognizes faculty who have demonstrated, or who have shown potential for, exceptional scholarly distinction. BoGRCs contribute to ensuring that the University of Lethbridge (U of L) is recognized internationally as a comprehensive institution that fosters excellence in research, performance and other scholarly or creative activity. As accomplished scholars, BoGRCs are role models who play leadership roles in their field of expertise, stimulate growth in the research enterprise, and are dedicated to the training of the next generation of highly qualified professionals. BoGRCs make substantial contributions to the advancement of the Strategic Research Plan (SRP) of the University of Lethbridge, the growth of the School of Graduate Studies and the development of a strong academic and research culture both within the institution and beyond.
The Office of the Vice-President (Research) will announce a Call for Applications. The call will be issued when a BoGRC is vacated or the incumbent has reached the term limit.
The U of L is committed to promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion within the BoGRC program. The U of L will adhere to the principles outlined in the Diversity and Employment Equity Policy and ensure that appointments are based on merit. Tier I(II) appointments may be awarded along disciplinary lines, broadly represented by the Tri-Agency; namely, health and medical sciences; natural sciences; and social sciences, humanities, and the arts.
BoGRC appointments are awarded on a competitive basis.
There are two categories of BoGRCs, differentiated by stage of career progression:
A Tier I BoGRC is a tenured Full Professor with a distinguished record of internationally-recognized scholarly or creative activity, as well as a strong record of leadership in their field of expertise. A Tier I BoGRC cannot be held concurrently with another internal or external research chair or named professorship during their appointment. Appointment as a Tier I BoGRC is for a five-year term including any study leave or other form of leave.
A Tier II BoGRC is an emerging scholar with demonstrated excellence in scholarly or creative activity and outstanding leadership potential. The Tier II BoGRC designation is intended to help faculty members further develop their capacity to produce internationally-recognized scholarly or creative activity. Tier II Chairs are held by tenured or tenure-track faculty members at the rank of Associate or Assistant Professor. A Tier II BoGRC will be awarded to a faculty member who is within ten years from the conferral of their Ph.D. or equivalent qualification at the time of application. Applicants who are more than ten years from having earned their highest degree and have experienced career interruptions (e.g., maternity, parental, family, or sick leave) may have their eligibility for a Tier II BoGRC assessed through the Tier II justification form. Appointment as a Tier II (BoGRC) is for a four-year term including any study leave or other form of leave.
- Tier I and Tier II BoGRCs shall play a leadership role in promoting and mentoring the overall development of research and creativity at the U of L by being active mentors in the SOURCE (Supporting Outstanding Research and Creative Excellence) program and by serving on the SOURCE Leadership Council.
- All BoGRCs shall provide a final report to the Board of Governors at the completion of their appointment. This report should be submitted to the Vice-President (Research) within six months of the end of their appointment.
Applications will be assessed on the following evaluation criteria:
- Research/creative excellence of the applicant, or demonstration of initial achievements with exceptional promise;
- Record of research, scholarly or creative activity;
- Quality and impact of the proposed research program;
- External recommendations;
- Alignment with the research goals of the applicant’s faculty and the Strategic Research Plan; and
- Record of student training/preparation and the extent of their involvement in the proposed research program.
- The Chairs will be named “Tier I(II) Board of Governors Research Chair in (research area).”
- Appropriate recognition of the BoGRC will be made, including a list of recipients published in the University Academic Calendar and a list of recipients available on the applicable UofL website.
- Tier I BoGRCs are entitled to two course releases per year (July 1 to June 30) during the tenure of the award and a one-time $12,500 research grant payable over the term of the appointment.
- Tier II BoGRCs are entitled to one course release per year (July 1 to June 30) during the tenure of the award and a one‐time $6,500 research grant.
- Tier I BoGRCs who have successfully completed their term(s) and continue to hold an academic appointment at the full professor rank at the UofL may elect to use the honorary title of “BoGRC Laureate.”
- Tier I BoGRCs appointed on or before July 1, 2017 will be exempt from the entitlements listed in 8.3. Instead, entitlements associated with their current position or reappointment will be governed by section 5.3 of the Board of Governors Research Chairs Guidelines approved by the Board of Governors on February 25, 2016.
Each Board of Governors Research Chair holder must submit a final report at the end of their appointment to the Vice‐President (Research), with copies to the appropriate Faculty Dean and Department Chair. The report should address the following sections in a maximum of 6 pages:
- A summary of the research, scholarly, or creative program and how the chairholder achieved the goals of the proposed research program during the tenure of the award, or where applicable, reasons for any deviations from the original research plan. The report should elaborate on how the chairholder produced leading-edge results that made a significant impact at the international level (Tier I) or produced important results that made a significant impact in their field (Tier II).
- A description of activities pursued by the chairholder to engage with research users (other academics, government, not-for-profit and private sector organizations, practitioners etc.) as well as efforts to disseminate research results (peer-reviewed publications, conferences, workshops, creative or artistic works etc.).
- A description of training strategies used by the chairholder to attract students (undergraduate and graduate) and trainees. The description should include details on how the chairholder created an environment that encouraged these students and trainees to develop their research expertise.