Fitting into a Department is essential
Being a member of a collaborative research group, either within or outside, Lakehead University, is essential if one is to make tenure and advance. Lakehead is a medium-sized research-oriented institution with a great many departments, but a small number of faculty, so that one is not likely to find another specialist working in the same area there. Going to conferences and belonging to scholarly associations will keep the faculty member connected to developments in his or her specialty. But the community (despite some brutal winter temperatures) is highly supportive of the university, and housing is far less expensive in Thunder Bay than in other major Canadian cities.