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Canada Excellence Research Chair in Empowered aging: Well-being, technology, and creativity in everyday lives

Last updated: October 19, 2022, 1:40 p.m.

Job title: Canada Excellence Research Chair in Empowered aging: Well-being, technology, and creativity in everyday lives
Position code: 21_C_FAS_O
Date posted: March 29, 2022
Date revised: April 11, 2022
Application deadline: May 15, 2022
Advertised until: Position is filled

Position description

Canada is experiencing the opportunities and challenges of a major aging revolution. Adapting living environments and technology, public policymaking, as well as leisure, social, health and community services to address the needs and preferences of a diverse population of older adults, living in this moment, has become critically important. Empowered Aging considers growing old as an active and evolving life journey wherein ‘good health’ is not simply defined by the absence of disease or illness, but rather as an ongoing process of determining how to live one’s own best life in various contexts including long term care, aging in place, etc. Concordia University invites applications for a strategic, research-intensive Canada Excellence Research Chair in Empowered aging: Well-being, technology, and creativity in everyday lives.

The ideal candidate is an exceptional scholar and proven leader. They will join our existing network of researchers at Concordia focused on all aspects of aging and attract future experts to collectively advance an ‘integral’ approach to the study of aging –– one where researchers working within various paradigms and methods are brought together to create an interrelated network that is mutually enriching. The ideal candidate is expected to promote the direct involvement of older adults and other relevant community stakeholders in the formulation of relevant research agendas and in the planning and execution of knowledge mobilization activities.

Concordia's strengths are highlighted within the innovative, collaborative and interdisciplinary engAGE Centre for Research on Aging, comprised of researchers from the Faculties of Arts and Science, Fine Arts, the Gina Cody School of Engineering and the John Molson School of Business. Montreal also boasts a vibrant and collegial network of inter-institutional aging research centres including CREGÉS, CRIUGM, VIES and RQRV.

About the Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) program 

Refined and restructured, the new 2022 CERC program (Application and nomination process []) supports Canadian universities in building on Canada's growing reputation as a global leader in research and innovation. The program awards world-renowned researchers and their teams up to $8 million CAD over eight years to establish ambitious research programs at Canadian universities.

This position is jointly sponsored through the Faculties of Arts and Science and Fine Arts. The successful candidate will be offered a conditional position at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor and will work with the university to prepare the formal CERC nomination according to the CERC program guidelines. The university will submit the nomination to the CERC program at the earliest opportunity. The CERC will be appointed to either a single department, or could be cross-appointed between two departments or faculties. Candidates will demonstrate excellent research productivity, the capacity to develop an outstanding research program in aging, and the potential to attract significant external research funding. Concordia University is strongly committed to achieving equity, diversity and inclusion throughout the institution and recognizes the value of achieving inclusive excellence in both research and teaching contexts.

Qualifications and assets

Applicants must have a PhD in a field relevant to the study of aging and an established and internationally renowned research profile with evidence of peer-recognized achievement, and the demonstrated ability to attract and mentor excellent graduate students and postdocs. Applicants must be full professors or associate professors expected to be promoted to full professor within one or two years of the nomination. Potential disciplinary backgrounds can include, but are not limited to, Communications, Social Gerontology, Age Studies, Psychology, Kinesiology, Creative Arts Therapies, Behavioral Medicine, Science and Technology Studies, Cognitive Sciences, Leisure Studies, Arts in Health and Well-being, Health Humanities, and Public Policy. Applicants should have an open, interdisciplinary approach to aging studies and be committed to training the next generation of scholars to adopt a broad and inclusive conceptualization of aging well that is attentive to the diversity of the aging population in Canada and to the importance of knowledge mobilization, community engagement and technological change. Candidates must provide evidence for the potential for outstanding teaching and research training contributions at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and a demonstrated commitment to supporting equitable and inclusive research and learning environments. The university values diversity among its faculty and strongly encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented groups. The language of instruction at Concordia is English, but a working knowledge of French is an asset especially in the context of working directly with Quebec’s aging communities. 

Candidates are encouraged to share any career interruptions or personal circumstances that may have had an impact on their career goals (such as the decision to have a family, eldercare, illness, and so forth) in their letter of application. These will be carefully considered in the assessment process.

How to apply

Complete applications should include:

  1. cover letter;
  2. curriculum vitae;
  3. research statement;
  4. teaching statement;
  5. equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility (EDIA) statement;
  6. citizenship confirmation with proof of citizenship/residency (Canadian or Foreign citizenship, or Canadian permanent resident if applicable); and
  7. contact information for three referees.

The cover letter should describe the candidate’s qualifications, notable accomplishments, career trajectory (including any interruptions), and description of their vision for the concept of Empowered Aging. The curriculum vitae should outline the candidate’s education/work history, awards/scholarships, research funding, publications/presentations, and courses taught. The research statement (3–5 pages, single-spaced) should describe the candidate’s programme of research, and the three most important research contributions to date. The teaching statement (one page, single-spaced) should describe the candidate’s teaching philosophy and the courses the candidate is prepared to offer (new or already developed). Documents showcasing teaching effectiveness (e.g., course evaluations) may be appended. The EDI statement (one page, single-spaced) should describe diversity experiences and how the candidate plans to support and further promote equitable, diverse, and inclusive research and teaching environments.

Applications should be addressed to Prof. Karen Li, and must include a cover letter clearly identifying the title and position code (21_C_FAS_O). Electronic applications should be submitted via email to, and will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled. Only short-listed candidates will be notified.

Concordia University is strongly committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community, and recognizes the importance of inclusion in achieving excellence in teaching and research. As part of this commitment to providing our students with the dynamic, innovative, and inclusive educational environment of a Next-Generation university, we require all applicants to articulate in their cover letter how their background, as well as lived and professional experiences and expertise have prepared them to teach in ways that are relevant for a diverse, multicultural contemporary Canadian society.

These ongoing or anticipated examples can include but are not limited to:

  • teaching about underrepresented populations
  • mentoring students from underrepresented backgrounds
  • committee work
  • offering or organizing educational programming
  • participation in training and workshops

All applicants will receive an email invitation to complete a short equity survey. Participation in the survey is voluntary and no identifying information about candidates will be shared with hiring committees. Candidates who wish to self-identify as a member of an underrepresented group to the hiring committee may do so in their cover letter or by writing directly to the contact person indicated in this posting.

Adaptive measures

Applicants who anticipate requiring adaptive measures throughout any stage of the recruitment process may contact, in confidence, Nadia Hardy, Deputy Provost and Vice-Provost, Faculty Development and Inclusion at or by phone at 514-848-2424, ext. 4323.

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Concordia University is located on unceded Indigenous lands. The Kanien’kehá:ka Nation is recognized as the custodians of the lands and waters on which we gather today. Tiohtià:ke/Montreal is historically known as a gathering place for many First Nations. Today, it is home to a diverse population of Indigenous and other peoples. We respect the continued connections with the past, present and future in our ongoing relationships with Indigenous and other peoples within the Montreal community.

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Concordia University is strongly committed to employment equity within its community, and to recruiting a diverse faculty and staff. The University encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including women, members of visible minorities, Indigenous persons, members of sexual minorities, persons with disabilities, and others who may contribute to diversification; candidates are invited to self-identify in their applications.

Immigration Status

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian and Permanent Residents will be given priority. To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obliged to gather information about applicants’ status as either Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens. While applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenship, all applications must include one of the following statements: 

Yes, I am a citizen or permanent resident of Canada 
No, I am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

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