Current Faculty Membership | Responsibilities & Obligations | Core & Associate Faculty Membership | How to Apply
Institute faculty have developed a strong research profile in a range of areas, including:
- quantum gravity
- computational epistemology
- cognitive neuroscience
- public health policy
- biological conservation
- climate change mitigation
- implications of scientific innovation and new technologies
Faculty Responsibilities & Obligations
Faculty members from Western are appointed as members of the Institute for a three-year term, with the approval of the Executive Committee. Members of the Institute with a faculty appointment at Western will continue to report to the appropriate Dean and Chair with respect to their academic responsibilities. Faculty member responsibilities include:
- Pursue interdisciplinary research projects that bridge philosophy and the sciences;
- Mentor graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the appropriate research areas;
- Work with home department to develop the undergraduate curriculum, or to pursue other teaching opportunities, related to Rotman research;
- Support public engagement and knowledge mobilization activities;
- Support efforts to receive external funding for Institute projects;
- Actively contribute to the intellectual life of the Rotman Institute (including attendance at Institute sponsored talks, public events, and workshops, where appropriate.).
Please refer to the faculty membership policy for a complete list of responsibilities & obligations.
Core & Associate Rotman Faculty Membership
The Rotman Institute currently has 52 faculty members, including 18 core members and 39 associate members, from eight faculties at Western. Twenty associate members have primary appointments at other universities or Institutes.
Core faculty members are given access to office space (as available) within the Rotman suite, located in the Western Interdisciplinary Research Building. They also receive staff support, and access to competitively awarded Institute funds to support interdisciplinary research projects that advance the Institute’s vision and mission. Core faculty members may act as primary or co-investigators of Institute supported research projects, supervisors of Institute sponsored postdocs or graduate students, or they may engage in service to the Institute, such as holding a seat on the Institute Executive Committee or Research Advisory Committee.
Associate members maintain a lower level of engagement with the Institute, but still contribute to the Institute’s activities in a variety of ways, from regularly attending Institute sponsored events to collaborating on Institute projects.
How to Apply
Prospective members may nominate themselves for Rotman faculty membership by completing the online application form linked below. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. The Rotman Executive Committee will review applications on the basis of scholarly excellence, or comparable achievements in relevant areas, and evidence of commitment to the Institute’s vision and mission.
Please note that applicants will be prompted to submit the following items in the application form; please have these prepared before proceeding.
- A short, concise biography aimed at lay-readers (max 1800 characters)
- A description of your current research — this statement can be more detailed and targeted at specialist readers
- A file (.pdf or .doc) that lists your publications — this can be comprehensive or a shortened list of selected publications, if preferred
- A high-resolution photo of yourself you’d like to use on your member profile (optional)
The Rotman Institute is committed to equity, diversity, inclusion, and decolonization (EDID) in our membership, as an essential part of creating the intellectual environment needed to achieve our goals.