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Research Common Chair

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

This position will remain open until filled; however, the first review of applications will begin on June 9, 2023.

Posting Details

Position Information

Position Title Research Common Chair
Faculty/Instructor Profile
The Research Common is a place where faculty, staff, and students receive assistance with research and scholarly activities. The Research Common offers guidance and connections related to:
  • getting started on a research project
  • connecting with other researchers and/or the community for a project
  • designing an ethical research project
  • conducting literature searches
  • writing a research grant or proposal
  • understanding grant requirements (budget, course release, hiring, etc.)
  • presenting or publishing research
Position Responsibilities
The role of the Research Common Chair is to oversee, arrange, and create the opportunities listed above in collaboration with other functional areas on campus. As a faculty member, the Research Common Chair engages in regular faculty duties such as service and scholarly activity.

Specifically, as Research Common Chair, the role includes:
  • Meeting with individual faculty, staff, and students to support them as they plan, envision, work through, and complete their scholarly activity
  • Connecting faculty, staff, and students with others on campus with complimentary research interests.
  • Connecting faculty, staff, and students with other areas on campus for functional support of research.
  • Arranging and hosting ongoing educational opportunities, including but not limited to workshops and writing retreats.
  • Promoting faculty and student research and scholarly activity, including hosting the Research Showcase and updating the Research section of the RDP website.
  • Identifying gaps in research support at RDP and working with appropriate areas to fill these gaps.
  • Implementing the Research Data Management Strategy
  • Creating Student Research Training Plan and Program
  • Creating a Faculty Research Mentoring Program
  • Keeping an eye on trends in research in order to support faculty and students (including, but not limited to: Research Data Management, EDI in research, undergraduate student research, knowledge translation and mobilization, and Indigenous research).
  • Chairing the Research Common Planning Group which acts as the central planning group and brings together diverse members of the RDP community as representatives.
  • Additional responsibilities as discussed with the Associate Dean, Teaching, Learning, and Research
Required Qualifications
MLIS or a research-based master’s degree in a cognate discipline
Preferred Qualifications
Salary or Hourly? Salary
Salary Commensurate with education and experience
Benefits and Compensation Information
Red Deer Polytechnic offers a comprehensive benefits package including extended health and dental care through Blue Cross, access to a health spending account, pension plan, Employee & Family Assistance Program, generous vacation allotments, credit tuition waivers and opportunities for professional development funding. Additional time off due to Institution closures between Christmas and New Year general holidays.

*Eligibility to access the above mentioned benefits dependent upon the FARDP Collective Agreement and related RDP policies.
About Red Deer Polytechnic
Focused on advancing the economic and social priorities of Alberta, Red Deer Polytechnic (RDP) provides more than 80 industry-relevant programs within a breadth of credentials to approximately 6,300 credit and apprenticeship students and 3,400+ learners with Extended Education programming. With modern teaching and learning spaces, and state-of-the-art research and innovation centres in advanced manufacturing and energy innovation, the Polytechnic provides applied research opportunities, leadership in the social, economic, and cultural development of Alberta, and myriad lifelong learning opportunities.

Red Deer Polytechnic is guided by the foundational statements in our 2022-2027 Strategic Transformation Plan:

Our purpose is simple: To inspire, educate, and mentor our community of learners. We collaborate to provide diverse experiential learning opportunities for our highly skilled learners. We empower innovators and creators for impact. Our growth will be realized through quality of life and the reciprocal benefits for our stakeholders.

Our vision is to be a resourceful polytechnic, unbound by tradition. We are bold. We are resilient. We are more than applied. We will lead the transformation of post-secondary education by becoming more innovative, entrepreneurial, and sustainable with people at our core. Red Deer Polytechnic must be the best choice for our learners, our clients, our employees, and our communities, resulting in growth and readiness for the future.
Red Deer Polytechnic’s main campus is located on Treaty 7, Treaty 6 and Métis ancestral lands. This is where we will strive to honour and transform our relationships with one another.

Whatever brings you to Red Deer Polytechnic, we are glad you are here. And we look forward to having you as a valued member of our polytechnic community.
Posting Detail Information

Competition Number 2023-F-050
Faculty Employment Type Continuous Probationary
Number of Vacancies 1
Desired Start Date 07/04/2023
Position End Date (if term-certain)
FTE 1.0
Hours of Work 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, 35 hours per week
Open Date 05/25/2023
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Note to Applicant
To fulfill Red Deer Polytechnic’s mission to enrich the intellectual, economic, cultural, and social development of Central Alberta, people representing diverse perspectives and experiences are required. We welcome and encourage applications from Indigenous persons, Black and racialized persons, women, persons with disabilities, persons with any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.

Red Deer Polytechnic will provide job applicants with accommodations in accordance with the Alberta Human Rights Code. To request an accommodation, please contact All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
Special Instructions to Applicants
This position will remain open until filled; however, the first review of applications will begin on June 9, 2023.

Supplemental Questions

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Documents Needed To Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents