Tenure Track Position University of Waterloo – Faculty of Environment

Tenure Track Position, University of Waterloo, Faculty of Environment

University of Waterloo.  Department of Environment and Resource Studies (ERS; and the School of Planning invite applications for a tenure-track position at the assistant or associate professor rank, with a focus on ecosystem approaches to analysis, assessment, planning, or management in the urban realm.  Effectively, we are seeking a creative candidate with a vision of adapting their field of expertise to problems unique to urban ecosystems.  We thus anticipate and encourage applicants who may be drawn from a variety of areas and interested in new approaches using their established field, e.g. sustainability/impact assessment, ecological sciences, ecological economics, urban and regional planning, waste management.

Teaching and supervisory roles would be commensurate with one or more of the fields described above.  It is expected that all roles would be split between The Department of Environment and Resource Studies and the School of Planning.

The Department of Environment and Resource Studies offers an undergraduate programme that admits over 100 students annually, the department offers a master’s and a doctoral degree (combined admission of about 24 students annually).   For four decades, the Department of Environment and Resource Studies has promoted and advanced transdisciplinary approaches to human-environment relations.  Three broad conceptual themes guide our teaching, learning, and scholarly inquiry:

  • assessing the theoretical foundations and practical implications of progress toward a sustainable society, and application of this analysis as a broad context for specific work;
  • understanding socio-ecological interrelations as dynamic complex systems vulnerable to being over-stressed by human activities; and
  • examining conventional and alternative social arrangements, including institutions and tools of governance, as means of improving human wellbeing and environmental responsibility.

The School of Planning is the only planning school in Canada to offer programs at the Bachelor’s, Master’s, and PhD levels. The School’s programs and courses provide over 500 active students with a comprehensive foundation in planning fundamentals as well as opportunities to engage in exciting research in key thematic areas.  Healthy communities are the common ground where our research foci in environment and design, infrastructure planning, and sustainability take hold.  The fourteen tenured faculty represent the spectrum of planning interests – transportation, heritage, housing, transit, urban design, ecology and planning policy.

There are many opportunities for collaboration at the University of Waterloo.  The Department of Environment and Resource Studies and the School of Planning are part of the Faculty of Environment.  This Faculty that also includes: a Department of Geography and Environmental Management; a School of Environment, Enterprise, and Development; and, a Centre for Knowledge Integration.  The Faculty is distinguished by interdisciplinarity in its commitment to undergraduate and graduate education, strong research activity, and community outreach.  The Department of Environment and Resource Studies and the School of Planning are linked to Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation, Centre for Ecosystem Resilience and Adaptation and Centre for Applied Sciences in Ontario Protected Areas, Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change, the Water Institute, and the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. or equivalent; an active fundable research programme relevant to a transdisciplinary approach to environmental studies; demonstrated ability in publishing in relevant peer-reviewed journals; and demonstrated commitment to and quality of teaching at all levels.  The successful candidate will supervise undergraduate and graduate project and thesis work.

Applicants should submit a letter of application stating career objectives, approach to learning and teaching, and research goals.  Accompanying that letter, applicants must include a current curriculum vitae and a submission that identifies four referees and their addresses who may be contacted for references.

Review of applications will continue through December 1 2012.  The application should be sent to Dr. Stephen Murphy, Chair, Environment and Resource Studies in the care of Ms. Lynda Connolly, Administrative Assistant, Department of Environment and Resource Studies, University of Waterloo, 200 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON, N2L 3G1.

Salary range will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.  The appointment will be effective July 1 2013.

The University of Waterloo encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including women, members of visible minorities, native persons, and individuals with disabilities.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

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