University of Toronto, John Bousfield Distinguished Visitor in Planning; submit prior to 04.30.2013

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Reference: JOB36640
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Program in Planning
Department of Geography
Faculty of Arts and Science, University of Toronto
100 St. George Street, Rm. 5047, Sidney Smith Hall
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3G3, Canada


The Graduate Planning Program at the University of Toronto invites applications from accomplished practitioners and scholars who wish to spend a period of professional leave on campus contributing to the teaching and research activities of the Program. Applications are sought for a period of residence during the academic year 2013/2014 (September 2013 to April 2014). Applicants should submit proposals prior to April 30, 2013.

The John Bousfield Distinguished Visitor in Planning was established through a major donation to and a matching grant by the University of Toronto. The Visitorship honours a distinguished Canadian urban planner and enables the Planning Program to bring to the University accomplished individuals who can teach, give public lectures and participate in collaborative research projects on issues important to the field of planning.

The Bousfield position is intended to offer the visitors an opportunity for research, writing and reflection, while also enhancing the learning experience of students in the Program in Planning, providing diverse and innovative perspectives on contemporary planning issues and enhancing the relations between the Planning Program and the community at large.

Located in one of the most diverse cities in North America, the Planning Program offers its students a dynamic, interdisciplinary blend of practical knowledge and critically engaged theory. Information on the Program in Planning can be obtained from its website (

The Planning Program invites applications from practitioners and scholars of all backgrounds who have substantial planning experience in public, private, non-profit or community organizations, in local, national or international venues. The program especially encourages applications from those whose experiences and viewpoints are underrepresented within planning.

Visitors are expected to contribute to the Planning Program through teaching, research, and collaboration. They will also be invited to give one or more public lectures to share their expertise with students, faculty and the community at large. In past years we have had senior practitioners teaching graduate level courses, theorists engage in seminars, and community based scholars and activists teach workshops.

The period of residency and the amount of funds are flexible to accommodate the varied needs of applicants. The length of stay must be concentrated enough to enable visitors to become involved in teaching and to provide meaningful opportunities to interact with faculty, students and the local community. For those residing within the Greater Toronto Area one or two days a week in the Planning Program might be combined with on-going responsibilities to a place of employment.

The Planning Program can support the visitorship with a stipend of up to CDN $35,000 (although typical awards are smaller), depending on the duration and intensity of the period in residence at the University. Additional financial support may be made available to offset some of the costs associated with travel, accommodation and conducting research. In 2012/2013, the Program in Planning will be able to invite one or two John Bousfield Distinguished Visitors, and other applicants may be invited to participate in the John Bousfield Special Lecture Series, subject to the availability of funds.

Applications consisting of a curriculum vitae and a two-page plan of the individual’s proposed activities (including a requested stipend) should be sent by email attachment to Professor Richard DiFrancesco, Acting Chair, Department of Geography and Program in Planning ( by 30 April, 2013 for academic year 2013/2014 residencies. Please direct inquiries to Professor Paul Hess, Associate Chair and Director, Graduate Programs in Planning, (