The position is held by a full-time faculty member with an established reputation in social science research methodology and policy development. The Academic Director is appointed by the Dean of the Faculty of Arts. The term of the Academic Director is normally five years, renewable. The roles and responsibilities of the Academic Director include, but are not limited to: overseeing all activities of the CSSRP; liaise with internal and external stakeholders; planning and budgeting of resources; coordinate with other administrators and leaders toward collaboration efforts especially in regard to training, professional development, and research initiatives; and develop educational courses/materials to meet Faculty curriculum goals.
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The Executive Director oversees the day-to-day operations of the CSSRP, including (but not limited to): training programs; paid research projects; and request for proposals/research grant applications. The Executive Director also works with groups/units (within the University as well as in the broader community) to create forums where researchers, students, and practitioners can apply evidence-based analysis to policy problems across many social domains.