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Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Public Accountability and Transparency Requirements

Commitment Statement

The University of Alberta uses the following equity, diversity, and inclusion statement related to the Canada Research Chair Program (CRCP) and the University’s broader research enterprise:


“The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.”

Awareness Strategy

The University of Alberta has developed a strategy for raising awareness within the institution regarding its commitment to and the benefits of equity, diversity, and inclusion within the CRCP and the broader research enterprise.  This strategy was detailed in the University of Alberta’s 2017 Institutional Strategic Plan entitled, “For the Public Good,” under the goal of “Build a diverse, inclusive community of exceptional students, faculty, and staff from Alberta, Canada, and the world.”

Relevant strategies from this plan include the following:

“Develop and implement an undergraduate and graduate recruitment strategy to attract top students from across diverse communities in Alberta and Canada, leveraging our strengths as a comprehensive research-intensive, multi-campus university with options for francophone and rural liberal arts education.”

“Develop and implement an undergraduate and graduate recruitment and retention strategy to attract Indigenous students from across Alberta and Canada.”

“Attract and retain a diverse complement of faculty and post-doctoral fellows from around the world, with initial focus on increasing the proportion of assistant professors.”

“Review, improve, and implement equity processes and procedures for recruiting and supporting faculty to ensure a balanced academy, representative of women, visible minorities, sexual and gender minorities, Indigenous peoples, and people with disabilities.”

“Celebrate and support diversity and inclusivity.”


The University of Alberta Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Action Plan will be approved according to the governance processes and practices of the institution. The action plan represents many of the guiding frameworks as identified in the Institutional Strategic Plan, For the Public Good. These guiding frameworks inform and influence the decision-making of the University of Alberta. For the Public Good was approved by the Board of Governors and the General Faculties Council (GFC) in June 2016. The approval of the action plan will ensure that it reflects the values of the University of Alberta and the people it serves.

University of Alberta Action Plan

The University of Alberta Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Action Plan will be published December 15, 2017.

Contact Information for Concerns

At the University of Alberta, the Deputy Provost is responsible for implementing the institution’s equity, diversity and inclusion agenda.  The Deputy Provost can respond to questions or concerns related to equity and diversity.  Contact information for the Deputy Provost is:

Dr. Wendy Rodgers
Deputy Provost
Provost and Vice-President (Academic)

2-40D South Academic Building

Edmonton, AB

Canada T6G 2G7

Phone:  780-492-2677 

Any concerns about equity, diversity and inclusion are managed by the Deputy Provost.  The Deputy Provost monitors and addresses these concerns in cooperation with campus entities such as Human Resource Services and Faculty and Staff Relations.  The Deputy Provost reports on these concerns to senior management at the University of Alberta.

Equity Targets and Gaps

For more information about the University of Alberta’s equity targets and gaps please visit CRC equity target data.

Staffing Policies

Policies that govern the staffing of Canada Research Chair positions at the University of Alberta are published and updated on University of Alberta Policies and Procedures On-line (UAPPOL).  The University is transitioning from the General Faculties Council (GFC) to UAPPOL. The most relevant policy to this CRC requirement, on UAPPOL, is the Academic Staff Posting and Advertising Procedure.

CRCP Utilization Spreadsheet

View the UAlberta CRCP Utilization Spreadsheet online. This spreadsheet outlines how many chair allocations the University of Alberta has, how many are filled and by which chairholders (with their term end and starts dates), type of flex moves used and which allocations are available.

Current Job Advertisements

Here are the current CRC Job Advertisements (click below to view individual postings):

  1. Canada Research Chair Tier 2 in Pharmacotherapy of Energy Metabolism in Obesity - Competition No. A105537237
  2. Tier 2 SSHRC Canada Research Chair in Disability and Movement Studies - Competition No. A103837239

External Job Advertisements (ARCHIVE)

Here is a three-year archive of the external CRC Job Advertisements (click below to view individual postings):

  1. 2017 External Job Advertisements
  2. 2018 External Job Advertisements
  3. 2019 External Job Advertisements

Internal Job Advertisements (ARCHIVE)

Here is a three-year archive of the internal CRC Job Advertisements (click below to view individual postings):

  1. 2017 Internal Job Advertisements
  2. 2018 Internal Job Advertisements
  3. 2019 Internal Job Advertisements

CRCP Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Webpage

Access more information on the CRCP Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Practices page.

University of Alberta Public Report

The UAlberta public report on progress made in meeting its equity, diversity, and inclusion objectives will be updated every October 31st starting October 31, 2018.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Training

The University of Alberta provides training on equity, diversity and inclusion—including instructions on limiting the impact of unconscious bias—to all individuals involved in the chair recruitment process.  All members of selection/hiring committees must complete training on equity, diversity, and inclusion.  Training can be accomplished either by completing the CRC online training module offered by the Federal Government or by attending training on Campus offered by the University of Alberta EDI group.  Each member of hiring or selection committees is required to self-register in training and to inform the chair of the committee that this training has been completed.  Hiring units must document that all participants have completed this training in their competition files.

Find the federal government CRC online training at: unconscious bias training module.

Training is offered by the University of Alberta Equity, Diversity, Inclusion (EDI) group.  Hiring committee members must contact the EDI group for information about upcoming sessions.  The EDI group offers many helpful training courses regarding this issue but the most relevant training is “Introduction to Unconscious Bias.”  Each participant in selection/hiring committees should attend, at least, one such training session in order to meet this requirement. Find a description and schedule for this training online.