The Board of Governors Research Chair (BoGRC) program is intended to recruit and retain 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.
Appointments are made in two categories
A Tier I BoGRC is a tenured Full or Associate 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.
A Tier II BoGRC is an early- to mid-career faculty member with demonstrated excellence in scholary or creative activity and outstanding leadership potential. The Tier II 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.