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Canada Research Chair Tier II Global Value Chain - Mount Royal University, Bissett School of Business

27 Sep 2021 3:40 PM | Pierre-Jean Darres (Administrator)

Position: Canada Research Chair - Tier II - Global Value Chain

Organization: Mount Royal University

Unit: Bissett School of Business

Requisition number: 997429

The Bissett School of Business at Mount Royal University invites applications for a Tier II Canada Research Chair (CRC) in the area of global value chain. The successful applicant will also hold a tenure-track/tenured position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. The position will commence July 1, 2022, subject to final budgetary approval.

The CRC in Global Value Chain will contribute to the Department of International Business and Supply Chain Management. Our research program is industry focused and is grounded in our BBA majors in Supply Chain Management and International Business. The supply chain major contains 10 core courses, is highly integrated with our CN Supply Chain Data Analytics Lab, and offers a co-op education opportunity. More information about the BBA and IBSC major can be found here: The program is deeply rooted in applied learning, accredited with the Canadian Supply Chain Research Foundation and heavily involved with highly regarded networks in both industry and academic communities.

“International production, trade and investments are increasingly organized within global value chains (GVCs) where the different stages of the production process are located across different countries” (OECD - As such, the academic study of GVCs can be from the perspective of international strategy, supply chain management, logistics, and data analytics.

The successful applicant will have demonstrated evidence of a sustained and productive emerging world-class research program. Applicants must present evidence of a strong publication record in global supply chain management, as well as a demonstrated ability to attract peer-reviewed funding. The program of research will be linked to the International Business & Supply Chain Management department within the Bissett School of Business. Research would ideally address substantive challenges in global supply chain competitiveness in a post pandemic world. This should be coupled with advanced data analytics. A long-term goal for this position is to foster multidisciplinary research that links the School and industry, while intentionally integrating an international, intercultural or global dimension into the work and student interactions.

The successful applicant’s research program, while requiring independent work, should also have a collaborative component that will engage and mentor MRU students, faculty members across disciplines, government stakeholders, and industry and community partners. The candidate will be expected to propose an original, innovative research program of high quality that demonstrates the potential to achieve international recognition in the next five to 10 years.

About MRU

Founded in 1910 and located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Mount Royal University grew into a vibrant college in the 1930s and became a mid-sized university in 2009. Mount Royal has established a distinct niche by offering smaller class sizes, a robust liberal education, and unique undergraduate programs. Currently, nearly 15,000 credit students choose from 12 bachelor degrees and 35 majors. Mount Royal University is located in the traditional territories of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) and the people of the Treaty 7 region in southern Alberta, which includes the Siksika, the Piikani, the Kainai, the Tsuut'ina and the Iyarhe Nakoda. We are situated on land where the Bow River meets the Elbow River. The traditional Blackfoot name of this place is "Mohkinstsis," which we now call the city of Calgary. The city of Calgary is also home to the Métis Nation.

Mount Royal University is committed to removing barriers and fostering the inclusion of voices that have been historically underrepresented or discouraged in our society. In support of our belief that diversity in our faculty and staff enriches the work, learning and research experiences for the entire campus community, we strongly encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply and self-identify.

About the Faculty of Business and Communication Studies

The Faculty of Business and Communication Studies (FBCS) is composed of the Bissett School of Business and the School of Communication Studies. The Bissett School of Business hosts four departments:

  • General Management & Human Resources
  • Accounting & Finance
  • International Business & Supply Chain Management
  • Entrepreneurship, Marketing & Social Innovation

The School of Communication Studies hosts four departments:

  • Broadcast Media Studies

  • Journalism and Digital Media
  • Information Design
  • Public Relations

Institutes within the University that are closely linked with the FBCS include:

  • Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Institute for Community Prosperity
  • Institute for Environmental Sustainability
  • Trico Changemakers Studio

Canada Research Chair Program

The Canada Research Chair CRC program was established by the Government of Canada to enable Canadian universities to foster research excellence and enhance their role as centres of world-class research. Tier II CRC researchers are exceptional emerging researchers, recognized by their peers as having the potential to lead in their field. If recommended by the search committee, the candidate will be considered for an appointment in the appropriate department at MRU and will subsequently be nominated to a Tier II CRC. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a five-year research plan for inclusion in a CRC nomination. Nominations for Canada Research Chairs are subject to review by the CRC Secretariat and appointment as a CRC is conditional upon the Secretariat’s approval (see the CRC terms of reference

Undergraduate Focus

Mount Royal is committed to undergraduate education and in addition to demonstrating research excellence. The successful candidate must demonstrate a strong undergraduate teaching background as well as the capacity to contribute to MRU’s undergraduate educational experience. The successful applicant will be prepared to complement the research and teaching activities through the hiring of student research assistants, supervising honours projects, and teaching some courses in the applicant’s field of study to complement existing areas of strength at MRU. The candidate will have a reduced teaching load during the five-year term of the CRC, with an opportunity to renew the CRC for an additional five-year term.

The successful candidate will also be expected to provide service within their home department, the Faculty of Business and Communication Studies, and the University, as well as to both the academic and broader community.


An applicant must have obtained a PhD within the last ten years of nomination to the CRC position and will be an outstanding emerging scholar with the potential to achieve an international reputation. MRU recognizes the legitimate impact that leaves (e.g., maternity or parental leave, leave due to illness) can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement. These leaves will be taken into consideration during the assessment process. Potential applicants who are more than 10 years from their PhD with career interruptions may contact the institution to have their eligibility reviewed through the Tier II justification process. For specific questions about eligibility, please contact Dr. Mike Quinn, Vice Provost and AVP Academic at Other questions about the position can be directed to Dr. Michael Roberts, Associate Dean, Research and Scholarship, Faculty of Business and Communication Studies


Applicants should submit:

  • a cover letter and curriculum vitae;
  • a statement of research interests and description of program of research;
  • a statement of teaching philosophy, interest and accomplishments;
  • evidence of successful teaching including recent teaching evaluations;
  • Shortlisted candidates will be asked to provide the names and contact information of four referees
  • Shortlisted candidates will be asked to provide a brief (1000 word) five year research plan that demonstrates their suitability for a Tier 2 CRC

Applications must be submitted online on the MRU Human Resources Careers website. Applications will not be accepted by email. Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2022.

What We Offer

Talented and committed employees are the driving force behind student success. We strive to be an employer of choice among Canadian post-secondary institutions.

Investing in the learning and development of our employees benefits the individual and the University. A variety of services, resources and programs encourage a healthy, productive workplace. Mount Royal University offers a competitive total compensation package including health and dental benefits, pension, health and personal spending accounts, paid vacation, winter holiday closure, personal days, and a free membership in our fully equipped recreation centre.

Our campus offers the convenience of a full medical clinic, dentist and pharmacy, as well as a variety of wellness services such as physiotherapists and massage therapists. Campus Recreation offers many activities including personal training, fitness classes, climbing, aquatics, sports, tournaments and certifications for students, employees and the public.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Mount Royal University is located within the traditional homelands of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot, including the Siksika, the Piikani, the Kainai), the Tsuut’ina, and the Îyârhe Nakoda Nations of Bearspaw, Chiniki and Wesley. The City of Calgary is also home to the Métis Nation. MRU is guided by the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and by the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

At MRU, we recognize that people are a combination of many intersecting identities; we work to cultivate an environment that welcomes the whole person, and harnesses the strength that is available in our diversity, creating a rich and inclusive workplace where each person's individuality is celebrated. In the spirit of cultivating inclusiveness, candidates who meet the qualifications may have diverse educational and experiential backgrounds, which will be considered. MRU is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially

welcomes applications from racialized persons/persons of colour, women, Indigenous/Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. Mount Royal University is also committed to supporting individuals who require accommodation to the point of undue hardship. For further information, please contact Heidi Peterson, Ability Management Consultant at 403.440.8573.

We thank all applicants for their interest. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. You can check on the status of your application through the Career Centre. New career opportunities arise frequently and are posted as they become available. Please check back often to view our latest postings on our Career Opportunities page. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Mount Royal University hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to fostering diversity as a source of excellence, intellectual and cultural enrichment, and social strength. We encourage applications from those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff, faculty and their scholarship including but not limited to Indigenous Peoples, women, persons with disabilities and persons of any sexual or gender identity, ethnic, national or socio-economic background, religion or age.

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