Dear Colleagues,


The Faculty of Business Administration at Memorial University of Newfoundland is undertaking an external search to recruit and nominate an accomplished scholar for a Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Social Enterprise. Please consult the Canada Research Chairs website for full program information, including further details on eligibility criteria (see: For this opportunity at Memorial University, appointments would be at the level of Full Professor or Associate Professor. Those at the level of Associate Professor should have qualifications that would warrant promotion to the full professor level within one or two years of the nomination. The position is expected to commence July 1, 2016. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with the qualifications of the candidate.


The Faculty of Business Administration is leading the development of teaching and research capacity in social enterprise and entrepreneurship at Memorial University through an MBA in Social Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (MBASEE) and a Centre for Social Enterprise (CSE). The MBASEE will build managerial and leadership capacity among social entrepreneurs, in social enterprises, and in the organizations that support them. This focused, innovative, and integrated program will admit its first students in fall 2017. The CSE will support a variety of activities that aim to promote curriculum development and research and scholarship related to social entrepreneurship that strengthens existing social enterprises and supports the development of culture of social entrepreneurship. The Tier 1 CRC will complement and strengthen these initiatives by developing collaborative programs of research involving faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows from across the entire University and, where appropriate, from outside Memorial University.


The mandate of the Chair is aligned with the Social Justice theme within the University’s Research Strategy Framework. This theme is focused on “research related to the systems and structures that contribute to more humane, equitable and just societies … on building the capacity and enabling the civic engagement of vulnerable populations, locally, nationally, and internationally ….” Social enterprises challenge existing systems and structures and create innovative solutions to urgent societal challenges, including for example, enabling meaningful employment and civic engagement for vulnerable and marginalized populations. As stated by the Community Sector Council, “Newfoundland and Labrador has a diverse and thriving social/community enterprise sector. Many of these enterprises have been in business for decades; some are only a few years old. But they all demonstrate how nonprofits can use business-based approaches to directly enhance our culture, health, economy, and natural environment”. FBA-CRC-Tier 1-Social-Enterprise-Ad-Final Page 2


Social enterprises must navigate the tensions that arise from having both social and financial goals. Traditional businesses maintain their focus on generating profits without due attention to social and environmental impacts. Conversely, the non-profit sector has a deep understanding of social issues and human impact but can lack the business skills to achieve economic sustainability. The Chair will bring business-minded methods and tools to bear on questions of social change and research the relationship between business practices and the achievement of social goals. Indeed, if social enterprises cannot sustain themselves financially, they cannot meet their social goals. The kinds of research questions that the Chair will address include: (1) What lessons can social enterprises provide to either for-profit companies or non-profit organizations?; (2) What are the antecedents to social enterprise at the individual, organizational and institutional levels?; (3) What types of public policies are needed to support social enterprises in meeting their goals related to issues of social justice?; (4) How can social enterprise bridge the divide that exists between the goals of the for-profit and non-profit sectors?; and (5) How do the activities and objectives of local social enterprises compare to those of social enterprises in other jurisdictions?

The Canada Research Chairs program stands at the centre of a national strategy to make Canada one of the world’s top countries in research and development. Tier 1 nominees should meet the requirements for Tier 1 appointment as defined by the CRC program.

The successful candidate will hold a Ph.D. in a relevant field, and will:

• be recognized as an outstanding and innovative world-class research leader whose accomplishments have made a major international impact in the field;

• have a superior record of obtaining competitive external research funding and attracting and supervising graduate students and postdoctoral fellows; and

• be proposing an original, innovative research program of the highest quality.


Further information can be found at: The successful candidate will work with the Faculty of Business Administration and Memorial University in completing the nomination.

The Faculty of Business Administration is a leader in management education and is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Approximately 1,300 students are registered in the undergraduate programs of the Faculty, with another 200 students completing graduate programs, including a PhD and MSc in Management. For additional information about our Faculty, please visit our web site at

Memorial University is Newfoundland and Labrador’s only university, and plays an integral role in the educational and cultural life of the province. Offering diverse undergraduate and graduate programs to over 18,000 students, Memorial provides a distinctive and stimulating environment for learning. St. John’s is a safe, friendly city with great historic charm, a vibrant cultural life, and easy access to a wide range of outdoor activities. For further information about Memorial, please visit FBA-CRC-Tier 1-Social-Enterprise-Ad-Final Page 3


The deadline to receive applications has been extended to February 15, 2016. Applications should include the following:

 A letter of application describing how the applicant meets the criteria for the position;

 An up-to-date curriculum vita;

 Evidence of teaching effectiveness (such as university teaching evaluations);

 Evidence of attracting and supervising graduate students and/or post-doctoral fellows

 The names and addresses of three referees;

 Copies of or links to three recent and influential research publications;

 A comprehensive CRC vision statement of no more than 10 pages, including a specific, personal research plan, and a statement of research leadership, including mentoring faculty and attracting, developing and retaining graduate students; a plan for developing or fostering research     
     intensification across boundaries and/or disciplinary strengths; and a plan for the development of externally funded large-scale strategic research projects and/or other programs appropriate to the field.


Please send applications electronically to:

Dr. Wilfred Zerbe, Dean

Faculty of Business Administration

Memorial University of Newfoundland

St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada, A1B 3X5

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For further information telephone (709) 864-8851 or fax (709) 864-2467 or e-mail [log in to unmask]

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. Memorial University is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from qualified women and men, visible minorities, aboriginal people and persons with disabilities.



If you need further information, please do not hesitate to contact me at the email below.


Dr. Chansoo Park, Certified Executive Coach
Assistant Professor, International Business
#3035, Faculty of Business Administration (AACSB Accredited)
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NL, A1B 3X5

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