A ‘Centre Scientist’ is an individual who devotes a substantial amount, two or more days per week, of her or his time to leading an area of programmatic research and playing a leadership and mentoring role in CERI activities. The protected time results from a negotiated agreement with the individual’s home department in the form of, for example, release from teaching or other departmental responsibilities to allow for focused research activity. It is expected that a Centre Scientist holds a PhD in a field relevant to their program of research. The Centre Scientist designation will be determined in consultation with the relevant Faculty Dean/Associate/Vice Dean or Department/Division Chair/Chief.
How do I become a Centre Scientist?
Centre Scientists are typically hired into a scientist role at CERI.
Alternately, members of the CERI Community may become a Centre Scientist through invitation based on their programmatic research, expertise, and demonstrated leadership within the CERI community.
Centre Scientists have demonstrated records of research activity and success.
Centre Scientist status will be reviewed regularly, likely every three years, by the CERI Directors in consultation with the relevant Faculty/Departmental leaders.
What is expected of a Centre Scientist?
Participate in Centre events such as knowledge translation rounds, colloquia, and annual research conference.
Disseminate their research locally, nationally and internationally through knowledge translation rounds, colloquia, CERI annual research conference, conferences, and publications.
Collaborate with other CERI Researchers and Scientists on shared interests.
Lead a program of research relevant to CERI.
Support the CERI community by acting as peer reviewers for abstracts, grants, and papers; sharing copies of successful grants and other related activities.
Provide supervision, mentorship, and consultation to junior members/novice researchers who engage with the CERI community.
Engage in supervision and/or teaching of the Masters in Health Professions Education (MHPE) - Canada program.
Contribute administrative activities as needed, such as planning research seminars or scholarly rounds, sitting on committees, supervising graduate students and summer research students.
Serve as a liaison between CERI and the other scholarly communities that they are affiliated with.
Report their education research activities annually. It is expected that their work will be peer-reviewed, publicly disseminated, and will provide a platform that others can build upon.
How will it serve me/my community?
Opportunities to participate in a scholarly community interested in education research (e.g., present and engage in research seminars, scholarly rounds, and other research-related activities)
Opportunities to receive high-level mentoring and peer review of their research.
Departments will benefit from the significant knowledge and expertise developed by Centre Scientists in ways that serve those in their units interested in undertaking education research.
Access to working space at CERI.
Access to administrative support (e.g., managing grant budgets)
Access limited travel funds for approved conference activities per annum, (based on availability, negotiated annually).