Faculty Positions

Assistant Professor in Indigenous Law & Environmental Planning

Resource & Environmental Management, Simon Fraser University
Term: Tenure-track
Start Date: July 1 or November 1, 2023
Compensation: $89,652 - $123,272 annually
Closing Date: December 7, 2022

About the Program and Job Description

Simon Fraser University’s School of Resource and Environmental Management respectfully and with gratitude acknowledges that we work on the shared Unceded Traditional Territories of the Sḵwx̱ wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), xʷməθkʷəy̓ əm (Musqueam), səl̓ ilw̓ ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), q̓ íc̓ əy̓ (Katzie), qʼʷa:n̓ ƛʼən̓ (Kwantlen), Qayqayt and numerous Stó:lō Nations in Vancouver, Burnaby, and Surrey. We acknowledge and support the sovereignty and rights of Indigenous nations over their lands.

The School of Resource and Environmental Management (REM) is an applied graduate and undergraduate school in which both social and natural scientists apply inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to research in resource and environmental management. Our mission is to inspire leadership and improve decision-making in environmental management through internationally recognized research, education, professional practice, and community engagement to support a socially just and ecologically sustainable world.

We seek to fill a tenure-track faculty position in Indigenous Law and Environmental Planning at the Assistant Professor rank and invite applications from Ph.D. (or Ph.D. near completion) or L.L.M. holders who will develop a nationally and internationally recognized program of research, teaching, and knowledge mobilization in this field. We especially encourage individuals who can demonstrate lived Indigenous experience, including connections to and engagement with Indigenous communities, organizations, and/or institutions, with emphasis in Canada and/or the United States to apply.


  1. Candidates will have a strong background in Indigenous and settler governance/legal systems and/or environmental and planning law and policy.
  2. Candidates will have experience working across disciplines, collaborating with both natural and social scientists, and engaging with sectors outside academia. Candidates will have experience disseminating and/or mobilizing their research findings to diverse audiences outside the academy such as policy makers, practitioners, and communities.

We encourage applications from

  1. Candidates with research expertise in Indigenous governance/law, Aboriginal law, environmental planning, resource management, and/or environmental and social impact assessment.
  2. Candidates with a law degree or demonstrated expertise in Indigenous or environmental and planning law/legal considerations.
  3. Candidates with intent on conducting research in British Columbia as a component of their research program, in collaboration with Indigenous communities.

The successful candidate will conduct research, supervise graduate students, and practice inclusive teaching in graduate and undergraduate courses such as environmental and planning law, environmental and social impact assessment, Indigenous governance, and policy (all inclusive of Indigenous perspectives and approaches). The expected start date is July 1 or November 1, 2023.

How to Apply

Applicants should submit:

  • A cover letter summarizing their application,
  • A Curriculum Vitae,
  • Two samples of relevant publications, and
  • A brief (2-4 page) statement of their research vision, perspectives on knowledge mobilization, and teaching/mentoring philosophy.

Reference letters will only be requested from short-listed candidates. Applications must be received no later than December 7, 2022. Please submit your application as a single PDF formatted document to remdir_assist@sfu.ca, addressed to:

Dr. Andréanne Doyon
Director Planning Program, School of Resource and Environmental Management
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive,
Burnaby, B.C.
V5A 1S6

TEL: 778-782-3074

For more information about REM, visit the website.

We recognize the unceded traditional territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil- Waututh), Katzie, and Kwikwetlem Nations, on which Simon Fraser University's three campuses stand. We are committed to reconciliation through dialogue and collaborative research in support for Indigenous-led initiatives.

Equity, diversity, and inclusion are essential to SFU’s excellence as an engaged university. SFU pledges to foster a culture of inclusion and mutual respect and to celebrate diversity among faculty. SFU is committed to ensuring that no individual is denied access to employment opportunities for reasons unrelated to ability or qualifications. SFU is dedicated to building a diverse faculty by advancing the interests of underrepresented groups, including women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, racialized persons, and sexual and gender diverse communities. We strongly encourage individuals from these groups to apply. We are especially interested in candidates with a demonstrated history of advocating for equity, diversity, and inclusion.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Under the authority of the University Act, personal information required by the University for academic appointment competitions will be collected. For further details see: http://www.sfu.ca/vpacademic/faculty_openings/collection_notice.html