Urban Planning for Sustainable Cities, Assistant Professor
Description of Position
The Department of Geography, Planning and Environment (GPE) is seeking applications from individuals with expertise in urban planning, environmental studies, urban ecology, or landscape architecture. Research specializations may include: green infrastructure, planning for resource-efficient cities, promoting urban biodiversity, resilience to climate change (e.g. flooding), urban ecology and metabolism, urban agriculture, or urban sustainability transitions. This position will fit centrally within Concordia’s growing sustainable cities research cluster, including the CERC in Smart, Sustainable and Resilient Communities and Cities. Preferred candidates will hold a PhD in Planning or in a related discipline, and should be a member of, or eligible and prepared to join within a short period of time, the Ordre des urbanistes du Québec (OUQ) or to become a Registered Professional Planner (RPP) as per the Canadian Professional Standards Board (PSB) requirements. Applications must consist of a cover letter identifying the title and position code (19_T_GEOG_M), a current curriculum vitae, copies of recent publications, a statement of teaching philosophy/interests, a statement of research achievements and plans, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and the names of three individuals who may be contacted for reference letters. All candidates must articulate in their cover letter their understanding and commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.
Applications are to be sent to:
Dr. Pascale Biron
Chair, Department of Geography, Planning and Environment
1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H3G 1M8
Subject to budgetary approval, we anticipate filling this position, normally at the rank of Assistant Professor, for August 1, 2020. Completed applications should reach the Department by November 15, 2019. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Inquiries about the position should be directed to Dr. Biron.
Concordia strives to be an inclusive institution that is welcoming of diverse backgrounds and experiences in order to improve learning, advance research, inspire creativity, and drive productivity. We define diversity broadly to include both ethnic and socio-cultural background and diversity of perspectives, ideologies and traditions. As part of this commitment, we require all applicants to articulate in their cover letter how their professional experiences and expertise have prepared them to conduct innovative research and to teach in ways that are relevant for a diverse, multicultural contemporary Canadian society.
Concordia recognizes the potential impact that career interruptions can have on a candidate’s record of research excellence and will take them into careful consideration in assessing applications and throughout the selection process.
All applicants will receive an email invitation to complete a short equity survey. Participation in the survey is voluntary and no identifying information about candidates will be shared with hiring committees. Candidates who wish to self-identify as a member of an underrepresented group to the hiring committee may do so in their cover letter or by writing directly to the contact person indicated in this posting.
Applicants who anticipate requiring accommodations throughout any stage of the recruitment process may contact, in confidence, Nadia Hardy, Interim Deputy Provost and Vice-Provost, Faculty Development and Inclusion at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 514.848.2424 extension 4323.
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