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 self-identify. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


People who teach. People who research. People who support. People who inspire. This is who we are. In 2021, MacEwan University was named one of Canada’s best employers by Forbes Magazine and was the top Alberta-based employer on the list. Want to be a part of this great team? Available opportunities are listed below.

Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Social Entrepreneurship
in Disadvantaged or Marginalized Communities

MacEwan University’s School of Business is seeking applications for a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Social entrepreneurship to build on the School’s strengths in social and emancipatory aspects of entrepreneurship that can support disadvantaged or marginalized communities, including its application in Indigenous Business. The successful applicant will receive a full-time, probationary tenure-track position (at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor) and may be rooted in any of the four departments in MacEwan University’s School of Business. See our website School of Business - MacEwan University for information on the four departments. The successful applicant will also serve as the Director of MacEwan’s School of Business Social Innovation Institute. Upon starting the academic appointment, the successful applicant will work with the University to apply for a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair. For further information relating to a Tier 2 Chair, please click here. In addition to establishing a research program, some teaching and curriculum development, and contribution to university service will also be a portion of the workload. The successful applicant will have a reduced teaching load in the initial years of the appointment.

MacEwan University, in the heart of downtown Edmonton, is dedicated to providing students with a transformative, academically-rigorous, personal learning experience in a creative, collaborative, and supportive learning environment. MacEwan continues to evolve and adapt to meet the changing needs of its students and the communities it serves, and today MacEwan offers student-focused instruction and inspires students through a powerful combination of academic excellence and personal learning opportunities. The University’s comprehensive credential and program offerings engage nearly 19,000 full- and part-time students in approximately 59 programs in business, communications, community and human services, design, fine and performing arts, health, humanities, natural science, nursing, public safety, and social science.

Allard Hall on the MacEwan campus is home to the Roundhouse and the 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 and collaboration through engaging community partners for learning and research. Among the SII’s focus is an interest to understand and reduce the barriers to conducting business by disadvantaged and marginalized groups including but not limited to Indigenous peoples, immigrants and visible minorities, sexual and gender minorities, and persons living with disabilities. 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. The SII and the director role will add value to the successful applicant’s research and teaching programs and can help endeavors such as applying for external funding.

Candidates with experience or interest in pursuing research on Indigenous business will have many opportunities at MacEwan University. 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. The School of Business 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 informed 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 honors the distinctive knowledge of Indigenous peoples.

Candidates will have:

  • a PhD or terminal degree in business, management, or related field;

  • evidence of outstanding teaching ability, and a demonstrated commitment to undergraduate teaching; and,

  • an active program of original and innovative academic research in social or emancipatory 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, curriculum vitae, teaching dossier (including your teaching philosophy and recent teaching evaluations), and statement of research interests. The cover letter should indicate with which School of Business department the applicant’s teaching and research interests would best align. As an additional note from 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

If you are interested in pursuing this exciting leadership opportunity, please apply online to our search partner, Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette, by submitting your application through www.kbrs.ca/Career/15109. For more information, contact Katherine Frank (kfrank@kbrs.ca) or Lauren Wright (lwright@kbrs.ca), or call 1.866.822.6022.

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 kfrank@kbrs.ca. 


This position is included under the Faculty Association Collective Agreement: https://www.macewanfa.ca/public/download/documents/42611.

MacEwan University is committed to fostering the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion within our community, and we are dedicated to removing barriers that have been historically encountered and are currently experienced by some members of our society. We welcome and encourage applications from Indigenous peoples, racialized persons, visible minorities, women, persons with disabilities, sexual and gender minorities, and members of all equity-deserving groups. We believe that the diversity of our students, staff, and faculty serve as a strength of our institution and benefit to society. We are committed to ensuring full and inclusive participation for all in our community.

Accessibility Statement

We strive to provide an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, beginning with the hiring process. If you require accommodation, we want to ensure you have the support you need to showcase your abilities. Please contact humanresources@macewan.ca and we will support you to the best of our ability.

Category Full-Time Tenure-Track
Salary Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Closing Date December 15, 2021
Competition No. 21.09.153
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