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Jarislowsky Chair in Trust and Political Leadership (1733)

Jarislowsky Chair in Trust and Political Leadership

Vancouver Island University (VIU) invites applications from outstanding academics to be the inaugural Jarislowsky Chair in Trust and Political Leadership. Supported by a $2 million investment from the Jarislowsky Foundation, this prestigious appointment is one of five new endowed chairs at liberal arts and science universities across Canada who will form the first-ever network of its kind focused on educating tomorrow’s leaders in government, politics and the public service.

VIU’s Jarislowsky Chair in Trust and Political Leadership will be an eminent scholar of political ethics and governance appointed as a faculty member in the Department of Political Studies. The inaugural Chair term will be for five years with the possibility of renewal for one additional five-year term. The appointment will commence September 1, 2022 or thereafter.

Employment Group
Position Number
Faculty of Social Sciences
Political Studies
Nanaimo campus
Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
Appointment Type
regular full-time
0.75 Research, 0.25 Teaching
The appointment will commence September 1, 2022 or thereafter.
Posting Restrictions
Open until filled. Review of applications will begin starting July 15, 2022.
Applicant Documents
CV/Resume, Cover Letter, Teaching Evaluations, Other, Philosophy, Publications, Qualifications , Referees/References, Research, Statement of equity, diversity and inclusion
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Job Reference


Vancouver Island University is a primarily undergraduate university in British Columbia, Canada with a record of excellence in teaching, research, and community-engaged scholarship. With access to a significant annual allocation of funding from a $4 million endowment, VIU’s Jarislowsky Chair in Trust and Political Leadership will, with a home appointment in the Department of Political Studies, work in close collaboration with VIU’s Global Studies programming, to develop an innovative program of scholarship (teaching and research) that will expand knowledge and training in the ethical practice of politics, fiduciary responsibility and democratic governance. This is an exciting opportunity for an exceptional candidate to expand VIU’s areas of strength in ethics and governance in the area of Canadian foreign policy at a time when the rules-based international order is being challenged, with a particular emphasis on how the Cascadia region can respond to these broader transformations occurring in global governance.

VIU’s Jarislowsky Chair will be an exceptional educator and scholar with responsibility for leading a new interdisciplinary program specialization in ethics, politics, and governance with particular regional emphasis on the governments, politics and public sectors of British Columbia. The Chair also will be expected to establish partnerships that foster experiential learning, research and career opportunities for students. VIU’s Jarislowsky Chair will be a founding member of the national Network of Jarislowsky Chairs in Trust and Political Leadership made up of five endowed Chairs at Acadia University, l’Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (in collaboration with l’École Nationale d’Administration Publique), Trent University, the University of Lethbridge and Vancouver Island University. The aim of the national network is to educate the next generation of politicians and public sector leaders in ethics, democratic values and responsible governance within the contexts of Canada’s diverse citizenship, democracy and commitment to meaningful Truth and Reconciliation. The Jarislowsky Chairs network will offer innovative academic programs and experiential learning opportunities. The Jarislowsky Chairs network will work collaboratively to develop, improve, and promote communities of practice in ethics and fiduciary responsibility in political and governance decision-making across Canada.

Information about VIU’s Jarislowsky Chair in Trust and Political Leadership can be found here with information about the Department of Political Studies available here

Required Qualifications:

To be eligible for this appointment, candidates must have a Ph.D. in Political Studies or a closely related Humanities or Social Sciences field from an appropriately accredited institution. The successful candidate will have a record of career achievement commensurate with the rank of Associate Professor or Professor and demonstrate the ability to fulfil the teaching, research, and service expectations of a VIU faculty member, including teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, maintaining a high quality, externally-funded, internationally-significant research program, and providing leadership within and beyond the university commensurate with a senior academic appointment. The successful candidate will also demonstrate the ability to fulfill the national collaborative leadership expectations of the Network of Jarislowsky Chairs in Trust and Political Leadership. Expert knowledge in the governments, politics and public sectors in the British Columbia context where Vancouver Island University is located will be considered an asset.

How to Apply:

To apply for this prestigious appointment, we invite eligible candidates to submit a cover letter with specific mention of fit with this opportunity, curriculum vitae, a summary of their research program (research prospectus) and samples of most significant publications, a teaching portfolio including a statement of teaching philosophy and evidence of excellence in teaching and mentoring, a statement of equity, diversity and inclusion in teaching, research, and service, and any other supporting materials. Candidates should also submit the names of three (3) referees who may be contacted to submit letters of reference.

Enquiries about VIU’s Jarislowsky Chair in Trust and Political Leadership should be sent to Dr. Elizabeth Brimacombe, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Review of applications will begin July 15, 2022 and will be accepted until the position is filled.


VIU is pleased to offer employees a comprehensive benefit plan; ample paid holiday time; professional development opportunities and a desirable pension plan that takes the worry out of retirement. As part of the VIU campus community, our employees work with supportive colleagues within an encouraging environment and are provided with the tools and training that promote learning and development. The perks of VIU employment are multiple, and include well-being initiatives and services, strategic discounts and hybrid work opportunities.


  • Short-listed candidates must provide original transcripts, or applicable original certifications at time of interview.
  • All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
  • Vancouver Island University (VIU) is collectively committed to building and sustaining a diverse and inclusive working and learning environment for faculty, staff, and students.  In our journey towards greater diversity, we invite applications from members of equity-seeking communities including women, racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of all gender identities and sexual orientations who bring value to the VIU community through their lived experiences.  We encourage members of all equity-seeking groups to self-identify within their application cover letter.  When a candidate voluntarily discloses this information in their cover letter, the information will be used only for the fulfillment of the career opportunity.  Disclosure and/or self-identification with an equity-seeking group will not lead to advantageous treatment of a candidate who is not qualified.