The Goals Of The Institutional Research Plan

The University of Calgary is a global intellectual hub located in Canada’s most enterprising city. In this spirited, high-quality learning environment, students will thrive in programs made rich by research, hands-on experiences, and entrepreneurial thinking. Our mission is to discover new knowledge and translate our discoveries into applications that benefit our local, national, and international communities.

Combined with a commitment to nurturing campus culture and solid Academic Plan, the Institutional Research Plan (IRP) has helped to propel the UCalgary forward to be a top research-intensive university in Canada. The IRP outlines three Priorities: Matching strengths with opportunities, increasing research capacity and driving innovation. In many respects, postdoctoral scholars are well positioned to support these priorities for a strategic approach to knowledge creation and translation and have played an important part in our trajectory. As valued members of our UCalgary community that make indispensable contributions to academic research, postdoctoral scholars come to UCalgary with advanced skills and a research perspective developed at other leading institutions. Many come from beyond Canadian borders and enrich the cultural diversity of our campus community – intrinsically supporting global citizenship in the process. Postdoctoral roles are also an important mechanism to advance careers, while at the same time contributing to new knowledge creation and translation for community impact in-line with UCalgary’s mission.

UCalgary is proposing a Postdoctoral Research Program to create innovative research capacity and amplify impact in two parts. Phase 1 addresses important and under researched interpersonal relationships in the Department of Psychology, followed by the opportunity to support UCalgary’s Pluralism Initiative in Phase 2.

The recent COVID-19 pandemic cast into stark relief the importance of social connections for well-being at individual, community, and societal levels. The proposed postdoctoral associate researcher will help extend and refine our understanding of revenge as it occurs in romantic relationships. Romantic relationships are one of the most important and enduring forms of adult relationships and the source of many of life’s greatest joys. At the same time, problems in such relationships are among the most common reasons people seek psychological counseling and can pose substantial threats to health and wellbeing. Revenge holds significant potential to weaken or damage bonds between intimates and is a relational phenomenon worthy of investigation because conflicts of interest are all but inevitable even in the best relationships. Findings from this research will provide a foundation for interventions designed to help reduce the odds that romantic partners respond to perceived provocation in a retaliatory fashion. They may also help individuals who find themselves the target of a partner’s revenge understand the factors that led their partners to engage in revenge and thereby diminish the odds that the episode escalates into a cycle of revenge and counter-revenge.

The University of Calgary – like the YAS Foundation – is committed to innovation and empowering the next generation within a global citizenship context. We are currently received $100,000 CAD from YAS foundation to be directed to support a two-year Postdoctoral Associate (PDA) that will extend and refine our understanding of revenge as it occurs in romantic relationships. The guidance of Susan Boon, a well-established expert in field, will be twinned with an opportunity to leverage UCalgary’s larger innovation ecosystem. Within this innovation rich environment, a UCalgary PDA will gain the necessary skills, networks, and experience to excel in their independent research career, while also contributing meaningful research and innovation towards community impact.