Lecturer in Planning

Position: Lecturer in Planning (Continuing full-time)
Faculty: Environment
Department/School/Program: Resource and Environmental Management, Planning
Start Date: November 1, 2022
Closing Date: January 31, 2022

About REM

The SFU School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada is one of North America’s leading interdisciplinary schools in resource and environmental management. It is an applied graduate and undergraduate school in which both social and natural scientists apply inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to 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.

About the Position

The School of Resource and Environmental Management (REM) invites applications for a Lectureship in Planning. The Resource and Environmental Planning Program (REPP) is a unit housed within REM that is certified by the Canadian Planning Standards Board as an accredited planning school. The Program has both undergraduate and graduate planning degrees: the Bachelor of Environment (Planning) and the Master of Resource Management (Planning). This is a continuing, full-time Teaching Faculty appointment, from 1 November 2022.

The primary obligation of Teaching Faculty is teaching and associated duties. Lecture Faculty are also expected to undertake administrative and service roles. Lecture Faculty may pursue other activities related to the scholarship of teaching and learning. A standard workload for a Lecturer is 80% teaching and 20% service. Please refer to the Simon Fraser University Faculty Association and Simon Fraser University Collective Agreement (especially Article 35 Teaching Faculty) for more information.


Core duties are to undertake teaching and service in REM including the development and delivery of courses in planning. We seek a candidate who will teach courses in environmental planning, environmental policy, and sustainable development. The ability to teach planning methods would be considered an asset. The successful candidate will teach core courses in REPP and the Sustainable Development (SD) program, which is another unit within REM, as well as courses in REM.

The successful candidate will demonstrate their commitment to excellence in teaching, including inclusive teaching, and will teach a mix of in-person and online courses. Preference will be given to candidates who can teach students with backgrounds in social and natural science and be versed in both qualitative and quantitative approaches to planning. Experience with online or blended learning and technology would be an asset. We seek candidates who will provide positive contributions to the department, participate in collegial governance, and build relationships with communities beyond SFU.


Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Planning or a related discipline at the time of appointment. Applicants will be a Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners or be eligible to become a member or candidate member. Preferred candidates will have at least one degree from an accredited planning school.

Application Instructions and Contact Information

Applications should consist of a single .pdf file containing:

• A two-page cover letter explaining the applicant’s interest in the position.
• A curriculum vitae.
• The name, title, institutional affiliation, and contact information of three referees
• A teaching portfolio. The teaching portfolio should include a two-page summary of teaching experience, strategy, and philosophy and a sample course syllabus.

Applications should be submitted by email to the Assistant to the Director.
Inquiries about the position should be directed to Andréanne Doyon.
The search committee will begin reviewing applications on 31 January 2022.
Search Committee Chair: Dr. Andréanne Doyon, Program Director, Resource and Environmental Planning


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Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, 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.

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