Arrell Food Chairs

Guelph, Ontario (CA)
Commensurate with qualifications
August 23 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type
Faculty, Other

The Opportunity:

The University of Guelph is seeking three outstanding faculty members who will become the named Arrell Chairs in Food Studies at the Arrell Food Institute at the University of Guelph.

As an Arrell Chair, you will participate in the life and management of the newly formed Arrell Food Institute, which was created out of a $20M gift to the University of Guelph from the Arrell Family Foundation. The Arrell Food Institute at the University of Guelph’s vision is to transform global food systems and elevate Canada’s place within the global food economy. To do this, we are building on University of Guelph’s world-class strengths in all aspects of food research and education, and will be the world leader in food and agricultural innovation.

As an Arrell Chair, you will also hold a tenured faculty appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor in the academic department most closely related to your discipline, in the Ontario Agricultural College, the College of Business and Economics or the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences at the University of Guelph.

As a critical step in developing long-term solutions to ensure a healthy, sustainable future, the Arrell Chairs will develop, implement and lead an engagement and outreach initiative in one of three broad areas of (1) food quality (in the Ontario Agricultural College); (2) food, policy, and society (in the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences) and (3) the business of food (at the College of Business and Economics).

Viewed as an expert in the field, each of the Arrell Chairs will individually and collectively lead work to promote more sustainable, equitable, efficient, safe and nutritious food systems in Canada and abroad.

Candidates must be world-class scholars who have a demonstrated track record of scholarly work (including grant writing), interdisciplinary thinking, and a history of engaging with non-academic partners such as industry, civil society, government, Aboriginal communities, the media and the general public.

While a strong record of research accomplishments and demonstrated abilities in teaching and graduate advising are important, the objective of the Chair is to expand and enhance the University’s communication and outreach activities in a manner that strengthens our reputation as Canada’s Food University. The skills to build connections with other institutions and stakeholders within agricultural and food systems are essential.

For more information on the three positions please see:

For the Chair in Food Quality see For the Chair in Food, Policy, and Society see For the Chair in the Business of Food see

The University of Guelph is recognized as Canada's Food University. Encompassing a province-wide network of campuses, field stations and research facilities, the University of Guelph is a global leader in education, research and service in agriculture, food, environmental sciences and rural community development through its seven colleges. Within the University of Guelph, the newly formed Arrell Food Institute is designed to be a campus-wide conduit bringing together academic expertise with practitioners and policy makers from different stakeholder groups. The University of Guelph is well-positioned to understand rural and urban issues around food, food production, sustainability and the supply chain. Its leadership is bolstered by the University’s unique research and development partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

The University of Guelph has achieved prominence in Canada and around the world for its commitment to student learning and innovative research. It is dedicated to cultivating the essentials of our quality of life – food, water, environment, animal and human health, community, commerce, culture, and learning. The University community shares a profound sense of social responsibility, an obligation to address global issues and a concern for international development. Approximately 23,000 undergraduate and graduate students attend the University, which has a special mandate to deliver agricultural and veterinary programs and services to Ontario.

The search committee will begin consideration of candidates immediately and will continue until the roles are successfully filled. It is anticipated that candidates will commence their appointments early in 2018.

Applications should include a statement of interest articulating a long-term vision of the outcomes arising from the chair and related activities, curriculum vitae and the names of three references (who will not be contacted without the consent of the candidate), and be submitted electronically, in confidence, to: 

The University of Guelph is committed to equity in its policies, practices, and programs, supports diversity in its teaching, learning and work environments, and ensures that applications for members of underrepresented groups are seriously considered under its employment equity policy. All qualified individuals who would contribute to the further diversification of our University community are encouraged to apply.