This section outlines the elements for the Canada Research Chair (CRC) nomination process prior to a successful nomination. If you have any questions about this process please contact your Faculty Advisor or the Equity in Research Lead in Institutional Strategic Awards (ISA).
In furtherance of recruiting outstanding faculty to the University and increasing the diversity of CRC Chairholders at SFU, use of a Chair for internal retention processes is permitted only in exceptional circumstances. In the exceptional case in which a Chair is being used to retain an internal candidate, an Internal Transparency Statement is posted in the relevant Department, School, or Faculty at the start of all internal retention processes which are open only to existing faculty at the institution, publicly advising internal and external stakeholders that a recruitment process is underway to fill a chair allocation.
For CRC positions that are designed to recruit new tenure-stream faculty, the search and nomination process must adhere to the relevant articles of the SFU Faculty Association Collective Agreement (Articles 23-26) and CRC requirements for recruiting and nominating Chairs. Once a Chair allocation has been distributed to a Department, School, or Faculty, the Search Committee Chair should contact their Faculty Relations Advisor as soon as possible to ensure the nomination process meets TIPS requirements and follows the procedures outlined in the Collective Agreement. To ensure a fair and transparent process, those involved in the recruitment of external candidates should refer to the Canada Research Chairs Program’s (CRCP) Guidelines for Assessing the Productivity of Nominees and SFU’s Guidelines for Faculty Recruitment & Retention.
Once the Search Committee Chair (or designate) is ready to commence the process, they contact their Faculty Relations Advisor. It is recommended that this contact occurs as early possible to ensure that the search process meets all TIPS requirements. The Faculty Relations Advisor directs CRC requirement questions to the Director of EDI, Faculty Relations (EDI-FR) and/or the ISA Research in Equity Lead, who are involved and consulted throughout the recruitment and nomination processes, and ensure that all search/nomination processes follow TIPS requirements for a fair and transparent search. The pre-candidate process is outlined in Figure 1. See Appendix B for a full description of the nomination process.
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The Search Committee drafts the job ad (see Forms) and submits the ad to their Dean(s) for approval. Once the Dean approves the ad, it is sent to their Faculty Relations Advisor for final approval.
As per the SFU Collective Agreement, advertisements must be posted for a minimum of 60 days on SFU’s Vice-President Academic Faculty Openings page, the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT), and University Affairs; CRCP requirements require advertisements also be posted to SFU’s CRC Public Transparency page and archived for three years. To encourage a diverse pool of applicants, universities are required to engage in proactive searches and should place CRC advertisements in a variety of venues that will reach a broader audience; please contact the Equity in Research Lead for a list of potential venues. Other forms of proactive recruitment are strongly encouraged such as reaching out to diverse professional networks, personal contacts at other institutions, and colleagues at academic conferences. The steps in the CRC application process are outlined in Figure 3.