Research Chairs

Canada Research Chairs Program at the University of Prince Edward Island


Current Chairs

Every two years, the Canada Research Chairs Program performs an allocation review. Visit the results of the 2019 Chair Allocation for UPEI

Vacant Canada Research Chairs

  • NSERC #61
  • Special #1882
  • Special #1183
  • Special #1184

Flex moves available: 5
Flex moved utilized: 0

Past Canada Research Chairs

  • Dr. Crawford Revie, Tier 2
  • Dr. Sophie St-Hilaire, Tier 2
  • Dr. Kate Tilleczek, Tier 1, Tier 2
  • Dr. Michael Van Den Heuvel, Tier 2
  • Dr. William Whelan, Tier 2
  • Dr. Godfrey Baldacchino, Tier 2
  • Dr. Cai Song, Tier 2
  • Dr. Alastair Cribb, Tier 2
  • Dr. Frank Berthe, Tier 2

Current Chair Recruitment Postings

Internal Postings

External Postings

Archived Chair Past Recruitment Postings

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Public Accountability, and Transparency 

The Government of Canada and the Canada Research Chairs Program (CRCP) are committed to excellence in research and research training for the benefit of Canadians. Achieving a more equitable, diverse and inclusive Canadian research enterprise is also essential to creating the excellent, innovative and impactful research necessary to seize opportunities and to respond to global challenges.

For further information, see the CRCP's Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Practices page.

Our commitment

UPEI is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion related to the Canada Research Chairs Program and the broader research enterprise of the university.  It believes in providing a positive learning and working environment where every person feels empowered to contribute and where all members of its community are respectful and respected as individuals. We are committed to fostering an inclusive culture and to advancing diversity in all of its forms to leverage educational and institutional benefits.

Raising Awareness of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

The University is committed to promoting awareness of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) across the campus community. In2019, UPEI created an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Steering Committee co-chaired by the Vice-President Academic and Research and the Vice-President Administration and Finance. Their work includes identifying opportunities to implement equity, diversity and inclusion measures, programs, activities, and initiatives.

UPEI established a Joint Equity Committee. The committee provides a forum for sharing information, generating discussion and fostering collaboration on matters related to the policies and procedures for equity-related matters at UPEI. The CRCs at UPEI will benefit from this institutional committee and its work. 

Training in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion is provided to CRC search committee members. They are required to complete and declare they have completed EDI training prior to participating in any aspect of a CRC search. UPEI continues to explore more advanced training in this area for CRC search committees.

UPEI’s Faculty of Arts has and Equity and Inclusion Website, a place where UPEI faculty, staff, and students can share information and resources about equitable and inclusive practices and are invited to participate in conversation and engagement to learn about these important issues. 

Chairs at UPEI fall under the Faculty Collective Agreement and are protected under:

  • Article A-7 addresses Non-Discrimination 
  • A7.3 established a Joint Equity Committee to consider and recommend any policies and procedures for equity-related matters and to ensure that training on any such equity-related policies, procedures, and practices is provided to committees considering selection, renewal, tenure/permanency, and promotion.

Additional information about equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives related to the Canada Research Chairs Programme can be found in our institutional action plan.

Governance for CRCs EDI Action Plan

UPEI is committed to providing an environment that affirms and promotes the dignity of human beings of diverse backgrounds and needs. 

The UPEI CRC EDI Action Plan is approved and administered by the University's VicePresident Academic and Research. The Vice-President Academic and Research is responsible for reviewing the plan with key stakeholders throughout the University community on a regular basis.

Contact information and resources for CRC EDI Complaints

The Vice-President Academic and Research is responsible to ensure the CRC Equity Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan is applied to current and future Chairs.

Questions, concerns or complaints relating to the CRC EDI Action Plan or any activities associated with this plan should be made to the Vice-President Academic and Research:

Dr. Katherine Gottschall-Pass (Interim)

Vice-President Academic and Research

Kelley Memorial Building

550 University Avenue

Charlottetown, PEI, Canada C1A 4P3

Telephone: 902 566 0561



Another confidential option for asking a question, expressing a concern or making a complaint is to contact the UPEI Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Officer as follows:


Patti Wheatley Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Kelley Memorial Building

550 University Avenue

Charlottetown, PEI, Canada C1A 4P3

Telephone: 902 894.2840


Questions, concerns or complaints are treated in strict confidence.

If a concern or complaint relates to a subject covered by one of UPEI’s existing policies, (e.g. UPEI Fair Treatment Policy or Sexual Violence Policy) that policy will guide the process for addressing the complaint. If the concern or complaint does not fall within one of the University’s existing policies, it is the responsibility of the Vice-President Academic and Research in consultation with the Vice-President Administration and Finance and the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Officer, to address the concern or complaint in a timely and effective manner.

CRCs are covered by the UPEI Fair Treatment Policy, which outlines the process and procedures for complaints, investigations, forms of informal and formal resolution, as well as reporting requirements and timelines. The nature of the complaint will determine the process, investigation requirements, resolution options, and level at which they are addressed. Once a formal complaint procedure has begun, each successive step should begin within ten (10) working days of the conclusion of the previous step until the complaint is resolved.

The UPEI Fair Treatment Policy falls under the office of the Vice-President Administration and Finance. The Vice-President Administration and Finance can be contacted as follows:

Jackie Podger

Vice-President Administration and Finance

Kelley Memorial Building

550 University Avenue

Charlottetown, PEI, Canada C1A 4P3

Telephone: 902 566 0623


There are a number of resources related to fair treatment available to faculty, staff, and students, including Canada Research Chairs.

Other contacts and resources include: 

CRCs are members of the UPEI Faculty Association (UPEIFA) and have the option of contacting the UPEIFA at any time for support. This said, the University may have no role or even be aware of, communications between union members and their union.

Equity targets at UPEI

To see the CRCP’s statistics on chair allocations, visit CRCP’s Program Statistics. For more information regarding the UPEI equity targets, see our Action Plan 

During a CRC search at UPEI, applicants are asked to complete an optional self-identification form. This information is confidential and used internally to help UPEI ascertain if a broad audience is being reached and to help plan future searches.

Institutional EDI action plan for Canada Research Chairs

UPEI has been operating with an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action plan for the Canada Research Chairs. The previous version was updated in December 2018, when a progress report on the plan was submitted. In October 2019 UPEI re-examined that plan and released an updated and improved Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan.

Managing CRC positions at UPEI

At UPEI, Canada Research Chair positions help to create hubs around strategic areas of research excellence. We strive to ensure that these programs include a diversity of perspectives in order to enrich the cultural, social and academic communities that we represent and serve, and we will continue to investigate ways to empower members of marginalized groups to make their voices heard within the CRC Program and beyond.

The selection of priority areas for Canada Research Chair position theme and research disciplines is the responsibility of a committee consisting of the Vice-President Academic and Research, Deans from each Faculty including the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, and the University Librarian. The committee reviews the areas proposed by Faculties to identify the best fit with institutional priorities, the UPEI Strategic Research Plan, and the diversity expectations of potential applicant pool. Using these guiding principles, the committee makes recommendations on optimizing the institution’s chair allocations using the corridor of flexibility provided by the CRC Secretariat.

Following this decision and the process outlined in the Faculty Association Collective Agreement, committees are established, and the recruitment process may begin following Canada Research Chair nomination program details and UPEI requirements. 

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