The Government of Canada has named Dr. Travis Dumsday as one of the newest Tier 2 Canada Research Chairs (CRC) in Theology and the Philosophy of Science. Dr. Dumsday is an Associate Professor of Philosophy in the Faculty of Arts at Concordia University of Edmonton. Tier 2 Chairs recognize exceptional emerging researchers who are selected to lead in their field of study. The Research Chair program enables Concordia to strengthen its research culture and reputation. "The naming of Dr. Dumsday to a Canada Research Chair by Canada's national funding agencies is a milestone for Concordia University of Edmonton, one that acknowledges our commitment to outstanding teaching based on nationally and internationally recognized scholarly research" said Dr. Gerald Krispin, President and Vice-Chancellor. Concordia is proud of Dr. Dumsday’s achievements. He is the first Concordia University of Edmonton Faculty member to receive this prestigious award. This accomplishment is a strong indicator of Concordia’s growing strength in research. "In being awarded the position of Canada Research Chair Dr. Dumsday's impressive scholarly work has been recognized at the national level. It will allow him to further increase his focus on research, resulting in an enrichment of the scholarly environment at Concordia” said Dr. Tim Loreman, Associate Vice President Academic and Dean of Research.
About Canada Research Chairs Program
In 2000, the Government of Canada created a permanent program to establish 2000 research professorships – Canada Research Chairs – in eligible degree-granting institutions across the country. The Canada Research Chair program invests $265 million annually to attract and retain some of the world’s most accomplished and promising minds. For more information, visit www.chairs-chaires.gc.ca/home-accueil-eng.aspx
About Dr. Travis Dumsday
Dr. Dumsday is a prolific philosopher and researcher. His areas of interest include researching the philosophies of science, of religion and of metaphysics. The Philosophy of Science focuses on epistemological, metaphysical, and ethical questions as they pertain to the natural and social sciences. Dr. Dumsday works on metaphysical issues in the natural science, in particular the questions surrounding laws. Besides philosophy of science, he devotes considerable attention to his second area of interest: natural theology. This is a field devoted to exploring what theological conclusions can be researched by the use of rational arguments alone.