Eaton Chair in Retailing [Internal Search]

TRSM Dean's Office

Posted: November 18, 2022
Deadline to Apply: Sunday, December 18, 2022

Located in downtown Toronto, the largest and most culturally diverse city in Canada and on the territory of the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee and the Wendat Peoples, the Ted Rogers School of Management (TRSM) invites applications for the Eaton Chair in Retailing, who will also be the director of the Retail Leadership Institute (formerly the Centre for the Study of Commercial Activity - CSCA), effective July 1, 2023. The Chair will be appointed for an initial 5-year term, with the possibility of a renewal for an additional 5-year term (for a maximum of 10 years). 

The Eaton Chair in Retailing is a $2.1 million endowed Chair that was established at Toronto Metropolitan (formerly Ryerson) University in 1994 to help celebrate the 125th anniversary of the T. Eaton Company. In total, 50 organizations and individuals, led by the Eaton Foundation, have supported the initiative. The fundamental objective of the Chair has been to foster retail research excellence in Canada through the dissemination of results-oriented research and information that would profile the strategic significance of the Canadian retail economy. The Chair's activities are also directed toward developing research partnerships that would help strengthen the competitive position of retailers in Canada. 

We are seeking an eminent or emerging scholar that will lead the launch of the next chapter of the chair position and research center. The prospective chair will be bringing experience and a deep understanding of the theories, practices, techniques, tools and issues surrounding retail operations and management. This opens the door to a research program that is original, innovative, and interdisciplinary. The successful candidate will have retail-related research interests and experience, in areas such as retail buying, planning and merchandising, social media, digital retailing, retail data analytics, and retail innovation; and bring together some of the brightest minds to frame the relevant issues and find creative solutions. 

The ultimate value of the Eaton Chair lies in its potential to create and mobilize knowledge and contribute to industry, policy and society in highly impactful ways. It is expected that the Chair will contribute to the developing outcomes that respond to the changing nature of retail in various industries and segments of the economy. 

The Chair will be expected to develop and maintain a strong, independent, externally-funded and internationally recognized research program, publish in highly ranked journals, supervise graduate students, mentor and support fellow colleagues in forms such as organizing workshops, co-authoring papers, and serving as co-investigators on research grants. The chair will also be responsible for the academic leadership of the Retail Leadership Institute  and its day to day operations including outreach and media relations.

The selected Research Chair and Center Director shall be a tenured TRSM faculty member as of July 1, 2023, who must demonstrate established international recognition in their fields for excellent world-class research that is original, innovative and creative. The successful candidate shall hold a PhD in a relevant discipline such as Business Management, Retail Management, Marketing, or other relevant fields and in addition, provide evidence of the following: 

  • expertise in areas such as retail management, digital retail, retail buying and category management, social media, retail data analytics, retail innovation, and other relevant specialized areas in retailing;
  • a strong active research profile with evidence of peer reviewed publications; 
  • an ability to establish and maintain an independent research program;
  • an ability to secure external grants; 
  • national and/or international research collaborations; 
  • potential/ability to attract industrial and community collaborative initiatives; 
  • a effective student teaching and research training; and
  • upholding the values of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion as it pertains to service, teaching, and scholarly, research or creative activities and the ability to work with a diverse set of stakeholders 

Equity at Toronto Metropolitan University

At the intersection of mind and action, Toronto Metropolitan is on a transformative path to become Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university. Integral to this path is the placement of equity, diversity and inclusion as fundamental to our institutional culture. Our current academic plan and Faculty’s Strategic Research Plan outlines each as core values and we work to embed them in all that we do.

Toronto Metropolitan University welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. In addition, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment in Canada, we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, Black-identified persons, other racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+. 

How to apply

Applicants must submit their application online via the Faculty Recruitment Portal [] by clicking on “Start Application Process” to begin. Applications, consisting of the following, must be received by 18 December 2022: 

  • A curriculum vitae
  • A letter of interest including the following:
    • A detailed research plan for the term of the Chair (max. 3 pages)
    • A strategic vision for the Retail Leadership Institute (max. 2 pages) 
  • A statement demonstrating the candidate’s commitment to EDI (max. 1 page)
  • A statement on evidence of research training (e.g., supervision and mentorship of graduate students and other highly qualified personnel) in aforementioned fields of expertise including financial sustainability (max. 2 pages)
  • 3 research papers published in the last 5 years in the aforementioned fields of expertise 

Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Candidates must therefore indicate in their application if they are a permanent resident or citizen of Canada.  

Toronto Metropolitan University recognizes that scholars have varying career paths and that career interruptions can be part of an excellent academic record. Candidates are encouraged to provide any relevant information about their experience and/or career interruptions to allow for a fair assessment of their application. Search committee members have been instructed to give careful consideration to diverse experiences and knowledge, and be sensitive to the impact of career interruptions in their assessments.

Any confidential inquiries can be directed to the Associate Dean - Research at the Ted Rogers School of Management (TRSM), Ozgur Turetken,

Aboriginal candidates who would like to learn more about working at Toronto Metropolitan University are welcome to contact Ms. Tracey King, Indigenous Human Resources Lead at

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