Social Entrepreneurship/Social Innovation Institute Director
MacEwan University School of Business

CRC Tier 2 – Social Entrepreneurship/Social Innovation Institute Director

(Full-Time Probationary Tenure-Track Position)

School of Business

MacEwan University inspires students through a powerful combination of academic excellence and personal learning experiences. Located in culturally enriched, downtown Edmonton, our comprehensive undergraduate university offers over 65 programs to 19,000 full- and part-time students. With a dedication to teaching excellence informed by scholarly research and creative activity, MacEwan provides an exceptional collaborative and supportive learning environment with a commitment to environmental sustainability and opportunities for community engagement. In support of faculty professional development, unique and enhanced services are provided through the MacEwan Office of Teaching and Learning.

The Opportunity

MacEwan University’s School of Business is seeking an emerging scholar for a full-time probationary tenure-track position (at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor) to build on the School’s strengths as a leader in Indigenous business, social entrepreneurship, and/or social enterprises. The University and the successful candidate will immediately prepare an application to be submitted to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council for a Canada Research Chair, Tier 2, position. For further information relating to a Tier 2 Chair, please click here. The successful applicant will serve as a faculty member in the Organizational Behaviour, Human Resources, and Management department. In addition to establishing a research program, some teaching and curriculum development will also be a portion of this position. The successful applicant will also serve as the Director of MacEwan’s School of Business Social Innovation Institute.

Edmonton has the second largest urban Indigenous population in Canada, and MacEwan University has many Indigenous business partners and many opportunities across Alberta to connect with Indigenous communities. MacEwan University recognizes that Higher Education has a significant and meaningful role to play in fulfilling the spirit and letter of the Truth and Reconciliation (TRC) findings and calls to action, to redress the legacy of residential schools and to facilitate the full inclusion of Indigenous students, staff, and faculty in advanced education. As a public institution, we regard full implementation as a moral imperative that must be fulfilled. Candidates with experience or interest in pursuing research on Indigenous business will have many opportunities at MacEwan University. Our School has hosted the Aboriginal Business in Alberta: Opportunities, Challenges and Aspirations and other related events. Our events connect Indigenous business leaders to our faculty and inform their research, and vice versa. In addition, MacEwan University’s Indigenous Centre, kihêw waciston, is a home away from home for Indigenous students and offers supports to gather, work, and grow in a community that honours the distinctive knowledge of Indigenous peoples.

In 2018, the University completed its new building, Allard Hall, which is home to the Roundhouse and MacEwan University School of Business Social Innovation Institute (SII). The Institute is a hub for experts and start-ups in social innovation and social enterprise who share a commitment to positive change, to connect with community needs and challenges. The Institute convenes events that encourage social innovation, social entrepreneurship and collaboration, brings together community partners for learning and research, and hosts social labs where prototyped solutions are developed, and pilots are incubated. We anticipate that this institute will add value to the successful candidate’s research and teaching objectives. As Director of the SII, responsibilities will include leading the SII in meeting and growing its mandate, management of a small team, and budget oversight.

Candidates will have:

  • A PhD or terminal degree in business, management, or a related field;
  • Evidence of outstanding teaching ability, and a demonstrated commitment to undergraduate teaching;
  • An active program of original and innovative academic research in social entrepreneurship, social enterprises, and/or Indigenous business, or a related field, and evidence of a research program and research productivity.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a teaching dossier (including your teaching philosophy and recent teaching evaluations), and a statement of research interests. The names and contact information of three references should be sent to As per the Canadian Research Chair Program, “applicants who are more than 10 years from having earned their highest degree (and where career breaks exist, such as maternity, parental, or extended sick leave, clinical training, etc.) may have their eligibility for a Tier 2 Chair assessed through the program’s Tier 2 justification process”. 

How to Apply

Only applications received electronically will be considered. To apply, go to and select the job posting (Competition No. 20.10.094). 

Questions about this opportunity may be sent to

Thank you for your interest in employment with MacEwan University. We will be reviewing all applications to select the candidates whose qualifications and experience most closely meet our needs. If you require accessibility supports during the recruitment process, please contact

MacEwan University is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We encourage Indigenous people, persons living with a disability, sexual and gender minorities, women, and members of all minority groups to apply and to self-identify. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

Closing Date: This posting will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.

Personal Information Collection Notification

Personal information is being collected to determine your qualifications for employment. This information is collected, used and protected under the authority of and in accordance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. It may be provided to non-HR members of a hiring and interview panel if your application advances to that stage of the hiring process. If you have any questions about these arrangements, please contact: Human Resources, University Services Centre, Rm. 10-600, 10700-104 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, T5J 4S2 or phone (780) 497-5434.

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