Faculty of Environment

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Tier 1 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Geographies of Racialization and Environment | Date posted: 1 August 2019

Simon Fraser University (SFU) is located on unceded, traditional territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), q̓ic̓əy̓ (Katzie), and kwikwəƛ̓ əm (Kwikwetlem) First Nations. We are actively building a diverse, inclusive community and invite applications for a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Geographies of Racialization and Environment in the Department of Geography with an effective start date of Fall 2020.

Racialized communities (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour) disproportionately struggle with profound environmental change at multiple scales. The successful candidate will be a leader in the geographical study of racialization and its environmental manifestations. We seek an empirically grounded and theoretically sophisticated scholar with a PhD in Geography or a related discipline. The successful candidate’s research program will extend existing strengths of the Department of Geography and of SFU more widely. The research program will support SFU’s 2016-2020 Strategic Research Plan, the goals of which include: strengthening civil society by advancing justice, equity and social responsibility; addressing environmental concerns and creating a sustainable future; and engaging in community-based research. Knowledge mobilization to the scholarly community, professional groups, the general public, and other stakeholders, as appropriate, is expected. Interdisciplinary work is encouraged, and cross-appointments are possible.

Experience mentoring equity-seeking faculty and students is an asset. Demonstrated collegial governance and teaching excellence is expected. Although teaching relief will be provided to the Tier 1 CRC, the successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the teaching mission of the Department of Geography, including securing financial support for graduate students.

Tier 1 Chairs are intended for outstanding researchers acknowledged by their peers as world leaders in their fields. Please see the CRC website for details and consult that website for full program information, including further details on eligibility criteria. This appointment opportunity is limited to candidates at the rank of Associate or Full Professor, or equivalent.

This position is contingent upon the applicant receiving a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair; therefore, only senior investigators with outstanding research outputs (e.g. publication record, patents, prototypes, knowledge mobilization activities, performing arts activities, non-traditional forms of scholarship) relevant to their discipline, will be considered. The position is subject to the availability of funding and to final approval by the University Board of Governors and the Tri-Agency Institutional Programs Secretariat (TIPS). This Tier 1 CRC is tenable for seven years and may be renewed for a second term. Interested applicants are invited to review the initial appointment and renewal details of the CRC Program.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Applicants should submit a single PDF containing:

  • a cover letter (with explicit statement of citizenship and/or residency status) explaining their interest in the position (1-2 page);
  • an up-to-date, full curriculum vitae (include details of research, teaching, and service, scholarly record, funding, and list of collaborations/partnerships);
  • two examples of refereed published scholarly work relevant to the position;
  • a two page program of research, clarifying its alignment with the CRC position (short-listed candidates will be required to provide a 4-6 page statement);
  • a statement of teaching philosophy (1 page);
  • a diversity statement outlining the applicant’s experiences in advancing justice and equity (1 page); and
  • a list of 4-5 referees (long-listed candidates will be contacted before referees are contacted)

Applications should be submitted here.

The competition will remain open until the position is filled. Screening of applications will commence on 1 October 2019. Any general inquiries regarding this posting may be directed to Tracy Brennand, Search Committee Chair, tabrenna@sfu.ca.

SFU recognizes that alternative career paths and/or career interruptions (e.g. maternity leave, leave due to illness) can impact research achievements and commits to ensuring that leaves are taken into careful consideration. Candidates are encouraged to highlight how alternative paths and/or interruptions have impacted them in their application. SFU also recognizes the value of mentoring and research training, outreach, professional service, and nontraditional areas of research and/or research outputs. Demonstrated experience in increasing diversity in the candidate’s current institutional environment, and in curriculum, is also an asset.

Simon Fraser University is an institution whose strength is based on our shared commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Diversity is an underlying principle of our Strategic Vision, which pledges SFU to “foster a culture of inclusion and mutual respect, celebrating the diversity reflected among its students, faculty, staff, and our community.” SFU is committed to ensuring that no individual is denied access to employment opportunities for reasons unrelated to ability or qualifications. Consistent with this principle, SFU will: advance the interests of underrepresented members of the work force, specifically Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, racialized persons, and women; embrace gender and sexual diversity; ensure that equal opportunity is afforded to all who seek employment at the University; and treat all employees equitably. Candidates that belong to underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

SFU offers several benefits and services aimed at creating a more inclusive and accessible campus community for faculty, please see the Faculty Relations, Benefits and Service page for more details. SFU is also committed to ensuring that the application and interview process is accessible to all applicants; if you require accommodations or have questions about SFU benefits, services, accommodations policies, or equity considerations please contact the Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Faculty Relations.

Under the authority of the University Act, personal information that is required by the University Academic Appointment Competitions will be collected. For further details see the Collection Notice.

Assistant Professorship in Remote Sensing of Global Environmental Change

The Department of Geography invites applications for a tenure-track position in Remote Sensing of Global Environmental Change. This appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor and will begin July 1, 2020.

We seek a candidate who is pursuing transformative research in global environmental change through innovation in remote sensing. The ideal candidate will build an externally funded research program in remote sensing that complements and contributes to our research strengths in geographic information science and global environmental change. The successful candidate will demonstrate excellence in research, an openness to interdisciplinary collaboration, and will establish a vibrant graduate research group. They will show the clear promise of excellence in teaching cutting-edge undergraduate and graduate courses in remote sensing. The ability to teach Physical Geography courses is an asset. We seek candidates who will contribute positively and constructively to the department work environment and will participate in collegial governance and community building.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and Permanent Residents of Canada will be given priority. Simon Fraser University, located in Metro Vancouver, is an equity employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the university. All positions are subject to availability of funding and approval by the SFU Board of Governors.

Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. in Geography or a related discipline at the time of appointment. Candidates should submit a single pdf including a one-page cover letter (with explicit statement of citizenship and/or residency status) explaining their interest in the position, a two-page research statement outlining their experience, interests and future directions as they relate to the position and departmental research strengths, a full curriculum vitae, a one-page statement of teaching experience and philosophy, and a one-page diversity statement explaining their experiences and commitments to diversity. They should arrange for three letters of reference to accompany their application.

Applications should be submitted by webform. References should be submitted by webform. The deadline for applications is August 30, 2019. If you have any questions, please contact the Search Committee’s secretary at geogsec@sfu.ca.

Search Committee chair:
Professor Tracy Brennand

Department of Geography
Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, BC, V5A 1S6

Under the authority of the University Act, personal information that is required by the University for academic appointment competitions will be collected. For further details, see the Collection Notice.

Term Lecturer Position - Urban Studies

The Urban Studies Program, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, in collaboration with the Department of Geography, Faculty of Environment, at Simon Fraser University invites applications for a 1.0 FTE Term Teaching Faculty position at the rank of Lecturer in the area of urban studies.

While this position is housed in the Urban Studies Program, the candidate will be required to teach two courses per year in the Department of Geography. This position is for two years starting Sept 1, 2019, with the possibility of a one-year extension.

This lecturer will be expected to teach graduate and undergraduate courses in a range of urban studies and urban geography topic areas. Graduate courses to be taught include Global Cities and Great Urban Thinkers, among others. Undergraduate courses to be taught should include two of: Urban Planning and Policy, Geography of Transportation, City and Environment, and Cities, Transportation, Infrastructure. A short description of all course offerings can be found in SFU’s Academic Calendar.

Working with colleagues and with professional staff at SFU, this lecturer will also be expected to develop and run a series of enrichment and professional development activities targeted to graduate students in Urban Studies, including visiting speaker series, career development initiatives, field trips, a podcast series, and other possible engagement work. As a member of the SFU Faculty Association (SFUFA), the lecturer will also be expected to participate in the life of both units.

Qualifications: A Ph.D. or late stage ABD in an urban-related discipline by the appointment start date. We seek a candidate who has a demonstrated record of excellence in teaching, ideally at both graduate and undergraduate levels.

SFU is an equity employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the university. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. This position is subject to availability of funding. This is an entry-level term Lecturer position. Only those holding or those eligible to be promoted to the rank will be considered.

Complete applications should consist of a cover letter, CV, teaching dossier (including a one-page statement of teaching philosophy, example course outlines, and teaching evaluations). Applicants should arrange for three reference letters to be sent directly by email or hard copy to the address below.

Applications should be sent to:
Ms. Terri Evans, Program Manager
Urban Studies Program
SFU Vancouver
2nd Floor, 515 W. Hastings St.,
Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3.

Materials can be sent electronically to: urban@sfu.ca. Candidates should not send any additional materials with their applications at this time.

Review of applications will begin on April 23, 2019.

Under the authority of the University Act personal information that is required by the University for academic appointment competitions will be collected. For further details see the Collection Notice.

Associate Professor in Watershed Sciences

The School of Environmental Sciences at Simon Fraser University, in Burnaby, British Columbia, invites applications for a faculty position in Watershed Sciences. The appointment will likely be at the Associate Professor level, but exceptional candidates at the Assistant Professor level will be considered.

The ideal candidate is a physical scientist interested in watershed-scale research questions, with an ability and interest in working collaboratively with other water scientists, such as those interested in biology and ecology. We welcome applications from highly motivated individuals in a broad range of fields related to physical watershed processes. Potential topics of study could include ecohydrology, ecogeomorphology, watershed-scale geomorphology, watershed management, and restoration science. The successful applicant will contribute to a diverse research and teaching community at SFU, joining a group of physical and biological water scientists, spread across Biological Sciences, Earth Sciences, Environmental Science, Geography, and Resource and Environmental Management.

The successful candidate should have demonstrated research excellence through the development of a vigorous, high-profile, and externally-funded research program. The candidate will help build an integrated water sciences group within the new School of Environmental Science. Associate member status with other units on campus will facilitate diverse opportunities for graduate student training. Teaching responsibilities will include delivering select courses in support of the interdisciplinary Environmental Science undergraduate program and the Masters of Ecological Restoration program.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and Permanent Residents of Canada will be given priority. Simon Fraser University, located in Metro Vancouver, is an equity employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the university. All positions are subject to availability of funding and approval by the SFU Board of Governors.

Candidates, please submit a single pdf to EVSCHire@sfu.ca that includes:

1. A one-page cover letter (include a statement of citizenship and/or residency status)

2. A two-page statement of research experience, interests, and future directions

3. A full CV that includes a list of publications, teaching experience, and graduate/post-doc supervision

4. Names and contact information of three references

The deadline for applications is May 1, 2019. If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Ho, Manager, Environmental Science at EVSC_Mgr@sfu.ca.

Search Committee chair:
Dr. Jeremy Venditti, Director 
School of Environmental Sciences
Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, BC, V5A 1S6

Under the authority of the University Act, personal information that is required by the University for academic appointment competitions will be collected. For further details, see the Collection Notice.

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