Get Involved

SJRI has three types of membership that require action. See below for information about eligibility, privileges and responsibilities, as well as the application process associated with each.

Membership Categories

  1. Affiliated Members: Brock tenured and tenure-track faculty members, Emeritus Professors, professional librarians, LTAs and ILTAs who have successfully applied for affiliation to the SJRI. Affiliated members are encouraged to participate in the governance of the SJRI.
  2. Research Associates: Brock-based post-doctoral fellows (PDFs), visiting scholars, and adjunct professors who are working on projects with a social justice focus.
  3. Participating Members: Students, stipend instructors, activists, artists, community members and people from other universities who wish to have a relationship with the SJRI. Participating members do not have a right to vote or stand for office.

Definitions and Expectations

  1. Affiliated Members are encouraged to participate in the governance of the SJRI and are also eligible to be Principal Investigators in applications for funding from the SJRI. Affiliated members each have a vote at semi-annual general meetings and are eligible to put their names forward for the FSC. Through semi-annual general meetings, Affiliated members are responsible for voting on Affiliated membership, voting on the Directorship and membership in the FSC, as well as any changes to governance.
  2. Research Associates may not be the Principal Investigators applying for funding from the SJRI but they can apply as Co-Investigators. They may be involved in organizing SJRI events but may not be part of the FSC.
  3. Participating Members have a less formal relationship to the SJRI and limited rights and responsibilities. Participating members may not be the Principal Investigators applying for funding from the SJRI. Participating members may be involved in organizing SJRI events but may not be part of the FSC. Tenured and tenure track faculty and professional librarians at Brock are normally expected to seek Affiliated membership.

Criteria and Process for Membership

All members are expected to share a commitment to social justice and transdisciplinary scholarship.

  1. Affiliated members: Affiliated membership is normally made up of tenured and tenure-track Brock faculty members, professional librarians and LTAS/ILTAS. Affiliated members will be required re-affirm their affiliation with the SJRI every five years. The process for becoming a member of the SJRI is as follows:
    • Applicants must submit to the Director a CV and a one-to-two page statement of intent outlining the relevance of their research to social justice and their planned contribution to SJRI. The FSC will review all applications and recommend affiliation or not and then vote to recommend affiliation or not. Final voting on membership will take place by Affiliated members at a semi-annual general meeting. Members of the SJRI may resign their membership through a letter of resignation to the Director.
  2. Research Associates: PDFs, visiting scholars and adjunct professors at Brock can apply to be Research Associates through the following procedure:
    • Applicants submit a CV together with a short (1 page maximum) letter indicating why they would like to be a Research Associate, why their research program is a good fit with SJRI’s vision, and how they hope to contribute to the SJRI community and research culture.
    • The nomination will be voted on by the FSC.
    • The tenure of the appointment will normally be for the duration of their appointment (or visit) to Brock. If Research Associates would like to retain the title once they leave Brock, this will be addressed on a case-by-case basis, assessing the benefits to SJRI of retaining this connection.
  3. Participating members: Participating members can include students, stipend instructors, activists, artists, community members and people from other universities who wish to have a relationship with the SJRI. Anyone actively involved in organizing SJRI events is considered to be a participating member. In extraordinary circumstances, participating members can have their status rescinded by a two-thirds majority vote of the FSC.

Prospective participating members are welcome to sign-up to receive information about our activities (e.g., E-Bulletins), invitations to events, and gain the potential to collaborate with a vibrant community of social justice researchers and activists at Brock University.

Privileges and Responsibilities

  1. Affiliated Members may serve as principal applicants for SJRI grants. Affiliated members also participate in the governance of the SJRI, may attend FSC meetings (without a vote), attend general meetings (with a vote), vote for the next Director and FSC members, and disseminate research findings.
  2. Research Associates can serve as coapplicants for SJRI grants. They do not participate in the governance of the SJRI, nor attend FSC meeting. They are welcome to attend general meetings (without a vote). Their research ‘outputs’ and external funding will be included in SJRI annual reporting on its research activities, publications, and research grants.
  3. Participating Members may attend SJRI-sponsored workshops and participate in events, clusters and SJRI research projects.