AURORA COLLEGE - Transformation continues to advance with the establishment of three new research chairs

Aurora College News Release

FORT SMITH, NT – Three new Research Chair positions have been established at Aurora College that will play a significant role in strengthening the institution’s foundation as it transforms into a polytechnic university.

“We are committed to academic and research excellence and this is an opportunity to continue building research capacity at all three of the Aurora College campuses that support growth in the areas of teaching and research specialization of the new polytechnic university,” said Andy Bevan, Aurora College President.

Innovative research and capacity development will be driven by three Research Chairs who will each be based at one of the three Aurora College campuses –Western Arctic Research Centre in Inuvik, Thebacha Campus in Fort Smith and Yellowknife North Slave Campus.

Each Research Chair will be responsible for developing and implementing an applied research program related to Aurora College's areas of specialization.  Their work will align with Aurora College's strategic direction and values, build Northern capacity and address Northern research needs.

Research Chairs will develop research programs within the following areas of specialization

  • Research Chair in Climate Change Adaptation (Western Arctic Research Centre, Inuvik)

  • Research Chair in Indigenous Approaches to Environmental Management (Thebacha Campus, Fort Smith)

  • Research Chair in Health and Community (Yellowknife/ North Slave Campus, Yellowknife)

The Research Chairs will be hired through an open competition beginning this month. The positions are co-funded through ArcticNet, a Network of Centres of Excellence of Canada, providing $1.4 million to Aurora College, over four years, to help expand research capacity in the NWT.  

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Aurora College delivers academic upgrading, trades and industrial training, certificate, diploma and degree programs to more than 3,000 full and part-time students at three campuses, 21 Community Learning Centres and other community sites in the Northwest Territories. Community-centred post-secondary programs reflect Northern culture and the needs of the Northern labour market. Aurora College’s research division, Aurora Research Institute, conducts, supports, and licenses research in the NWT. Research centres are located in in Inuvik, Yellowknife and Fort Smith.

For more information, please contact:

Jayne Murray                                                         
Manager, Communications & College Relations 
Aurora College                                                             
Phone: 867-872-7021