The University of British Columbia’s School of Community and Regional Planning invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professorship. The successful applicant should have the ability to design and teach a core course on the ecological basis of planning and related graduate level courses relevant to the School’s focus in Sustainability Planning and, specifically, in Ecological and Natural Resources Planning (see www.scarp.ubc.ca).
A PhD in planning or a related discipline, as well as previous academic background in the natural, biophysical or environmental sciences, is required, as is promise in establishing a solid research and publication record in the area of ecological and natural resources planning at urban or regional scales. An emphasis on innovative policy approaches or, more broadly, social-ecological systems would be an advantage. While not required, familiarity with Indigenous and rural planning issues at the regional scale would complement our growing strengths, as would experience in non-metropolitan and/or resource-dependent communities. In addition to substantive strengths, we are looking for candidates with methodological strengths that can be applied to research and practice in planning. Should the successful candidate have an outstanding research record, there may be the possibility for appointment as a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (see www.chairs-chaires.gc.ca).
SCARP is a fully accredited (Canada and USA) graduate planning program within the Faculty of Applied Science. The School’s explicit pedagogical mission is to advance the transition to sustainability through excellence in integrated policy and planning research, professional education, and community service. Sustainability is understood broadly to encompass social, economic, cultural and environmental dimensions, and the School’s teaching and research orientation places emphasis on the development of participatory, community-oriented, planning methods.
Applicants should submit a letter stating career objectives and suitability for the position, including overview of relevant experience and achievements, approach to teaching, and research goals. Please also include your current curriculum vitae and names and contact information (including email addresses) of three possible referees. Applicants are encouraged to submit supplementary materials, including a teaching dossier (summarizing experience) and professional reports or samples of written work (no more than two). Please include your website address, if you have one. All applications must be submitted online at http://www.hr.ubc.ca/careers-postings/faculty.php.
The first stage of selection will be based on applicants’ letters of application, CVs, and supplementary materials. Referees will be contacted for long-listed candidates only. The deadline for applications is December 31, 2012. The search committee will begin reviewing applications on October 1, 2012. The starting date for this position is July 1, 2013.
The University of British Columbia hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. The position is subject to final budgetary approval for positions funded from the general purpose operating fund.
UBC consistently ranks among the 40 best globally, and among the top 20 public universities in the world. Vancouver has a dynamic planning environment and is frequently rated as one of the world’s most desirable places to live.
We recommend that applicants visit our website at: www.scarp.ubc.ca.