BC Regional Innovation Chair on Canada-India Partnership Development Research, Engagement and Graduate Studies, University of the Fraser Valley

The Selection Advisory Committee will begin reviewing applications on March 19, 2017; however, applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

The University of the Fraser Valley is nationally recognized for its commitment to teaching excellence, community relevance, and Indigenization. With over 100 programs, from graduate and undergraduate arts, science, and professional degrees to trades and technical education, university preparation, and continuing education, UFV is the school of choice for over 15,000 students.

UFV is inviting applications from qualified academics wishing to be considered for the position of B.C. Regional Innovation Chair on Canada-India Partnership Development. The Chair works in partnership with the Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies and with the business community to establish a business and economic development program in applied research. This is an exciting research and leadership position that will be filled through a five year term, and may be renewed on successful completion of their term.

Applied Research Program
The Chair’s main focus is on partnership and program development to advance Canada and India business and economic development prospects. The Chair will conduct research to advance these developmental goals and prospects. The Chair will respond to identified economic development needs as they relate to community and business capacity in both Canada and India. The work of the Chair will also reflect and respond to related local, provincial, federal policies and programs in Canada and India. Under the direction of the Associate Vice-President, Research, Engagement, and Graduate Studies, the Chair will take a leadership role in developing an applied research program that has relevance to businesses, industries, and the community. The engagement of communities in the application of research is pivotal to the success of this position.

Teaching Program
The Chair will support students and teach courses in the Business or the Economics program, appointed as a tenure track faculty member (in the relevant academic area). The Chair will provide and develop educational opportunities for students through teaching, research and project work.

The Chair is part of a strategy to engage within a Canada-India regional business and economic development strategy, engaging with community, industries, and partners in a substantive way.
 The strategy will mobilize key industries and businesses of the region to capitalize on opportunities between Canadian and Indian markets and enterprises.
 The Chair holder will work with develop partnerships with research, industry, and program partners in India and Canada with a goal to assist investors and businesses in pursuing economic opportunities in and between the two countries. These partnerships will further the dynamics of transnational investments and develop business and economic opportunities across the range of partnerships.
 The Chair, as a catalyst, will facilitate connections around emerging and existing opportunities in relation to Canada- India business and community development.

Responsibilities include developing and implementing a five year program for the Chair, contributing to relevant committees, and engaging with community advisory committee(s). These responsibilities will be achieved by developing working connections with business communities in Canada and India.
 The Chair will work closely with an advisory group and with the Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies.
 The Chair will contribute to the overall plan for UFV’s mission and work in India, with a primary focus in Northern India.
 It is possible that the Chair may develop a Centre for Canada India Business and Economic Development to facilitate work across different disciplines with a range of faculty. Such a Centre would be under the direction of the AVP, Research, Engagement, and Graduate Studies, that would develop and support projects and programs that facilitate developing business and economic opportunities.
 The successful candidate will be expected to work with local and regional communities.
 The successful candidate will be expected to establish an active, externally-funded applied research program or
industry funded project program, develop collaborative relationships with other researchers at UFV and with external organizations and scholars, develop an active public engagement profile, mentor undergraduate students in research projects, and teach courses, primarily at the undergraduate level.
 The Chair will identify the success of the developed program through projects and completed and measurable outcomes.

Preference will be given to a candidate possessing a doctoral degree (ABD considered) with a minimum of five (5) years of related experience in a post-secondary environment. Candidates with a relevant, recognized graduate qualification (e.g. MBA), with extensive experience developing entrepreneurial activities, partnerships, and innovation related to Canada and India will be considered. Candidates should have teaching experience in a post-secondary environment, in particular with undergraduate students. Appointment within a relevant UFV academic department/ area/ School (e.g. School of Business or Department of Economics) will be considered and required. Doctoral degrees and MBA (or equivalent) degree should be from a recognized, degree-granting institution.
Applicants should have evidence of progressive career development, including: outstanding applied research record (individually and with other teams of scholars), ability to conduct projects with outcomes and deliverables, ability to achieve anticipated outcomes with partner organizations, ability to generate research funding from a variety of sources, proven university service record, and excellent teaching evaluations. Applicants should have a demonstrated record of work with businesses, industries, communities, and research partners. Experience liaising with external businesses, industries, agencies, institutions, and partners is an asset. Knowledge of one or more northern Indian languages is preferred.
Superior interpersonal, written/oral communication skills, especially with industry and community partners. Exceptional organizational and time management skills: self-directed, proactive, accountable, and discrete. Proven ability to work in a collaborative team environment, and work to tight deadlines, multiple demands, and conflicting priorities.

How to Apply
Applicants should electronically submit – by March 12, 2017 – a curriculum vitae, copies of three relevant publications (including project reports), copies of most recent teaching evaluations, a brief statement of their applied research and program interests and their proposed program of work in relation to the goals of the Chair. Shortlisted candidates will be expected to provide three reference letters and the contact information for these referees.

Applications citing POSTING 2016.184 should be sent to:
Human Resources
University of the Fraser Valley
33844 King Road, Abbotsford, BC, Canada V2S 7M8
Tel: (604) 854-4554 Fax: (604) 854-1538 Website: www.ufv.ca
Email resumes to: hrinfo@ufv.ca

The Selection Advisory Committee will begin reviewing applications on March 19, 2017; however, applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.
Shortlisted applicants may be required to undergo a criminal record check.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In an effort to be both environmentally and fiscally responsible, UFV will contact only candidates receiving an interview. We thank all applicants for considering UFV for employment.
UFV is committed to the principle of equity in employment.