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Professor, John F. Wood Chair in Innovation in Business Learning - Western University, Ivey School of Business

29 Sep 2021 2:52 PM | Pierre-Jean Darres (Administrator)

Position: Professor, John F. Wood Chair in Innovation in Business Learning

Organization: Western University

Unit: Ivey School of Business

The Ivey Business School at Western University, London, Ontario is pleased to announce a new John F. Wood Chair in Innovation in Business Learning. This endowed position is funded by a generous donation from John F. Wood, HBA ’64. The Chair will research new approaches to teaching and learning in business, developing innovative curriculum, collaborating with all programs at Ivey to introduce new educational approaches, and conducting significant outreach activities to non-Ivey audiences.

Applicants will be considered for a Probationary (tenure-track) appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor, or Tenured appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor. A Limited Term appointment may also be considered; rank to be determined by qualifications and experience. The positions are available to begin in July 2022, although alternate start dates may be arranged. The initial appointment for the John F. Wood Chair will be a 4-year term.

As an ambassador and advocate promoting excellence and innovation in teaching and learning across the Ivey School of Business, the new Chair will support the enhancement of teaching and learning pedagogy to enhance student experience and success, and play a central role in supporting the Faculty and the University’s commitment to develop future business leaders who can adapt to the changing world we live in. The new Chair will bring thought leadership to teaching excellence and innovation and is a respected mentor, builder and collaborative team member, comfortable with being a champion for change in a complex environment. They will see their work as an opportunity to further Ivey’s equity, diversity and inclusion goals.

Along with in-depth knowledge of the leading research in teaching innovation, the John F. Wood Chair brings outstanding communication and relationship building skills, as well as being a visionary leader with the ability to share their knowledge with faculty in all program areas. Personal characteristics include someone who is highly creative, innovative, and enjoys working with colleagues across disciplines to support faculty to develop their teaching acumen through showcasing new strategies, best practices and innovations.

Tenured Appointment

Applicants for a tenured appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor will hold a PhD or other earned Doctorate. The successful candidate will be an internationally recognized scholar in their field, as demonstrated by publications in the highest quality academic journals, an active continuing research program, external research funding, scholarly awards, and invited presentations at seminars and major conferences. Teaching scholarship or an area of business may be their primary area of research. Preference will be given to candidates who provide evidence of strong teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Probationary (Tenure-Track) Appointment

Applicants for a probationary (tenure-track) appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor must already have, or be nearing completion of, their PhD. The ideal candidate should have demonstrated teaching innovations, excellent research potential and capabilities as demonstrated by publications, and strong letters of reference from recognized leading scholars. They should also demonstrate the ability to teach undergraduate and graduate courses.

Limited term

Applicants are expected to have a PhD or related graduate degree plus significant relevant experience. The successful candidate will have demonstrated excellence in curriculum development and teaching.

Application Procedure

The Search Committee is being assisted by Katherine Frank and Mark Gillis from Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette (KBRS). Applicants are encouraged to submit materials (letter of interest, curriculum vitae, copies of research papers and three letters of recommendation) online at (See for other application details). Please ensure that the form available at is completed and included in your application submission. All materials will be provided to the Search Committee. Review of applicants will commence on October 28, 2021. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

To learn more about this opportunity, contact Katherine Frank ( or Mark Gillis (

The Ivey Business School’s mission is to develop leaders who think globally, act strategically and contribute to the societies within which they operate. Ivey is committed to values and practices of equity, diversity and inclusion. It is Canada’s premier business school and is recognized globally for the quality of its research and management education. The School is internationally oriented in terms of research, curricula, faculty, and student exchanges, with campuses in London (Canada), Toronto and Hong Kong. Ivey is the world’s second largest producer of case studies.

Effective September 7, 2021, all employees and visitors to campus are required to comply with Western's COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.

Western University has recently committed $6 million in funding for EDI initiatives ( Ivey has established an EDI Advisory Council and launched a series of initiatives to ensure that our faculty, staff and students are a diverse community, committed to long-term career development. We especially encourage applicants from under-represented populations to apply. Spousal and family relocation assistance programs are in place.

The University seeks applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.

Positions are subject to budget approval. Applicants should have fluent written and oral communication skills in English. In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact

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