Faculty Membership

Faculty Research

Institute faculty have developed a strong research profile in a range of areas, including:

  • cosmology
  • quantum gravity
  • computational epistemology
  • cognitive neuroscience
  • public health policy
  • biological conservation
  • climate change mitigation
  • sustainability
  • implications of scientific innovation and new technologies
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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.

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Core & Associate Rotman Faculty Membership

The Rotman Institute currently has 52 faculty members, including nine core members and 43 associate members, from eight faculties at Western. Sixteen associate members have primary appointments at other universities or Institutes.

9 Core Members
43 Associate Members
8 Faculties at Western
16 Members with External Appointments

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.

Researchers at the Rotman Institute benefit from:

“…the ability to pursue new questions falling outside their own disciplines, along with the clarity that philosophical thought brings to familiar problems.”

Rob Corless, Rotman Core Faculty Member, Emeritus Distinguished University Professor

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How to Apply

Prospective members may nominate themselves for Rotman faculty membership or be nominated by existing members. Nominations will be voted upon by the Executive Committee, on the basis of scholarly excellence, or comparable achievements in relevant areas, and evidence of commitment to the Institute’s vision and mission. 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.

Please direct inquiries regarding faculty membership to rotman@uwo.ca or the appropriate current faculty member who will submit your nomination.