Canada Excellence Research Chair Position in Migration and Integration Ryerson University, Faculty of Arts; Faculty of Community Services; or Ted Rogers School of Management Canada

Canada Excellence Research Chair Position in Migration and Integration

Vice Pres., Research & Innov.


Posted: January 16, 2018
Deadline to Apply: Sunday, February 25, 2018

At the intersection of mind and action, Ryerson is on a transformative path to become Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university. Integral to this path is the placement of equity, diversity and inclusion as fundamental to our institutional culture. Our current academic plan outlines each as core values and we work to embed them in all that we do.


The Opportunity


In the heart of one of the world’s most diverse and innovative global cities, join Ryerson University in addressing key questions and shaping policy on immigration and integration, one of the most critical issues for Canada and the world. Ryerson University seeks a visionary leader for 7 year $10M Canada Research Excellence Chair in Migration and Integration.


Job Field: Tenured Faculty

Faculty: May fall under one of these three faculties:  Faculty of Arts; Faculty of Community Services; or Ted Rogers School of Management 

Department: Geography and Environmental Studies; Politics and Public Administration; Social Work; Urban and Regional Planning; Sociology; Economics; History; Business Management; and Early Childhood Studies

Job Posting: 16 January 2018

Job Closing: 11:59pm on 25 February 2018 


Ryerson University is Canada's leader in innovative, career-oriented education. Urban, culturally diverse and inclusive, the university is home to more than 44,500 students, including 2,400 master's and PhD students, 3,200 faculty and staff and nearly 170,000 alumni worldwide. Research at Ryerson is on a trajectory of success and growth. Longstanding partnerships and collaborations with community, industry, government, and professional practice drive research and innovation that respond to real-world problems.


Our priority objectives include enhancing existing areas of research strength and expertise; creating new research opportunities with high impact in strategic emerging areas of scholarly, research and creative activity; leveraging collaborative research partnerships to broaden and deepen our research efforts; and stimulating unique, multidisciplinary research interactions across institutions and disciplines that will contribute to the development of innovative and inclusive research and academic programs while providing equitable opportunities for diverse researchers.


Ryerson University has been selected to nominate a prestigious Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Migration and Integration with a one-time federal government investment of $10 million over seven years in funding to attract a top-tier, internationally-based scholar and researcher to Canada to lead an internationally recognized research program. CERC awards are among the most prestigious and generous available globally.


Toronto is considered to be one of the world’s most multicultural urban centres. The Greater Toronto Area (GTA), with a population of 6.2 million, continues to be the number one choice for immigrants around the world who want to make Canada their home. Between 2011 and 2016, more than 350,000 immigrants arrived in Toronto. Currently, almost half of the people in Toronto (46.1%) were born outside of Canada, which is the highest proportion of any major urban centre in the country. Toronto is consistently ranked as one of the most livable global cities in terms of social and economic benefits, and is also known as one of the safest urban centres in the world.


Ryerson’s Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC)


The global movement of people – whether it be permanent or temporary, within a country or cross-border, forced or voluntary – is increasingly shaping the political, economic and social processes of the 21st century. Ryerson is well positioned to support the program of a talented researcher who will make important contributions to this ongoing conversation and create solutions that will have a positive impact on the lives of migrants in Canada and abroad.


In the next 20 years, immigration will account for almost all of Canada’s population growth, making understanding the conditions under which newcomers can take part and thrive in the social, economic, political and cultural fabric of the Canadian society all the more critical. The source regions for immigration to Canada have shifted making racism, colonization and other forms of oppression even more topical in understanding integration issues. While Asia continues to provide the largest number of immigrants to Canada, Africa has recently taken the second spot from Europe. Globally, there is a crucial need to better understand the processes of migration, settlement, and integration from the perspectives of not only host societies and immigrants themselves but also the countries of origin.


The CERC in Migration and Integration at Ryerson University will form a research program that brings diverse perspectives to the inquiry, fundamentally transforms knowledge creation and dissemination, fosters global collaborations and impacts policy and practice. The program will examine a wide range of structural, historical, and contemporary factors influencing migration decisions and trends, exploring the relative strengths and advantages of different immigration and refugee policies and practices around the globe from a critical perspective. Research outcomes from the program will address the challenges of contemporary migration and integration, and inform development of more relevant programs and practices in areas such as skills shortages in labour markets; systemic barriers to employment and entrepreneurship for internationally trained professionals; enhancing social cohesion through intercultural understanding and social justice; and strengthening Canada’s global competitiveness in an evolving knowledge economy through effective approaches to managing an increasingly diverse workforce. The CERC will lead engaged research with immigrant and refugee communities, government and policy actors, immigrant serving agencies, settlement organizations, cultural centres, and citizen groups, and apply established standards for ethical inquiry to incorporate the perspectives and knowledges of diverse segments of the population and provide benefits to the communities involved in the research.


The successful nominee will be a world-class researcher whose accomplishments have made major research impacts in their fields, on policy, and in immigrant communities, as well as significant contributions to the translation of research to practice. The nominee will have the opportunity to work closely with the Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement (RCIS), the MA Program in Immigration and Settlement Studies (ISS), and the PhD Program in Policy Studies, which has a stream in Immigration, Settlement and Diaspora Policies.


The nominee holds a PhD, or an equivalent terminal degree, and will be able to provide strong evidence of innovative research of an internationally competitive calibre using appropriate measures of research quality, productivity and impact. The nominee must also have a demonstrated, documented commitment to upholding the values and practices of equity, diversity and inclusion, including for example experience recruiting and selecting postdoctoral fellows, research assistants, graduate students and trainees with diverse perspectives and experiences, amplifying the contributions of underrepresented scholars or community members and developing knowledge mobilization practices that include community outreach.


Researchers who hold a tenured or tenure-track position at a Canadian institution are eligible to be nominated; however, they may not be nominated by the institution at which they hold the tenured or tenure-track position as of the Phase 2 deadline. They may take up a position at the nominating institution once the nomination is submitted. If an institution nominates a researcher who is currently at a Canadian institution, the institution must demonstrate the net benefit to the country in moving the researcher from one Canadian institution to another. Applications must include: 

1. Cover letter
2. Curriculum vitae
3. Names and contact information (preferably email) for three referees 
4. Statements outlining:

  • current and future research plans
  • ability to build capacity inclusive of external funding
  • attraction of high caliber graduate students and visiting scholars from underrepresented groups
  • demonstrated commitment and contributions to advancing equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in their work and with their research teams
  • description how EDI will be integrated in this new position and how this will be demonstrated in the hiring and mentoring practices with research team members, including students, and in bringing diverse perspectives to the scholarship
  • relevant information about career interruptions to allow for a fair assessment of applications. Ryerson recognizes that scholars have varying career paths and that career interruptions can be part of an excellent research record. Search committee members are instructed to give careful consideration to diverse experiences and knowledge, and to be sensitive to the impact of career interruptions in their assessments


All qualified candidates are invited to apply by emailing Please indicate in your application if you are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada. The successful nominee must be approved by CERC and, if this approval is obtained, will be offered a tenured position in the appropriate academic unit(s) that will best fit their expertise. Appointment will commence in 2019 or earlier depending upon the availability of the successful nominee and after having obtained necessary governmental approvals to work in Canada. 


Ryerson University welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. In addition, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment in Canada, we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.


As an employer, we are working towards a people first culture and are proud to have been selected as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers and a Greater Toronto’s Top Employer for 2015, 2016 and 2017. To learn more about our work environment, colleagues, leaders, students and innovative educational environment, visit, check out @RyersonU, @RyersonHR and @RyersonEDI on Twitter, and visit our LinkedIn company page.


It is critical to Ryerson’s success to remove barriers and correct the conditions of disadvantage in Canada for under-represented groups. For this reason, by separate communication we will be inviting all applicants to voluntarily complete an online Diversity Self-ID questionnaire. The information collected will remain confidential; the communication will provide details on who will have access to the data and how it will be used.


This position falls under the jurisdiction of the Ryerson Faculty Association (RFA). The RFA collective agreement can be viewed at:  The RFA’s website can be found at: A summary of RFA benefits can be found at:


For information on the Canada Excellence Research Chairs program, please consult:


For more information, please contact:
Dayle Ann Levine
Manager, Institutional Projects
Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation, Ryerson University
+1 416 979-5000 x2468

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