Faculty Positions

Position Title / Rank: Assistant or Associate Professor - Capacity Development and Extension

College: Ontario Agricultural College

Department: School Of Environmental Design And Rural Development

Deadline: October 27, 2017 or until a successful candidate has been found

Position Description:

The School of Environmental Design and Rural Development (SEDRD) invites applications for a faculty position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor in Capacity Development and Extension. The School is involved in Canadian and international research, teaching and service.

We are seeking an Assistant or Associate Professor with an interest in and commitment to capacity development and extension in rural and remote areas and communities. The preferred candidates will have: demonstrated effective teaching in the classroom, especially at the Masters or PhD level; experience or demonstrated capability in the supervision of graduate students; a strong research program with the potential to secure funding; and evidence of successful community and stakeholder engagement. Experience in collaborative learning and facilitation practice/community development is a requirement. This position will play a key role in the MSc Program in Capacity Development and Extension, the PhD Program in Rural Studies, as well as the distance education undergraduate program.

We welcome candidates who demonstrate a willingness to play a major role in the intellectual and administrative life of the School, College and University. This includes involvement with other SEDRD undergraduate and graduate programs in Landscape Architecture, Rural Planning and Development, and Rural Studies, as well as collaborative programs throughout the rest of the Ontario Agricultural College and University of Guelph.

Candidates must have a doctoral degree in a relevant disciplinary or interdisciplinary field with a degree in Regional/Rural Development, Environmental Studies, Communication Studies, Human Geography, Education, Anthropology, Sociology or a closely related area (the doctoral degree must be completed or nearing completion at the time of the appointment). Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate interest in one or more of the following areas: agricultural and environmental studies; regional/ rural development; sustainable communities; communication process, digital media, and participatory approaches to multi-disciplinary research; and community learning and development. Work experience with government, civil society and private sector organizations will be considered an asset.

The School of Environmental Design and Rural Development (SEDRD) brings together major academic fields concerned with creating strong communities, in Canada and around the world. The fields of Landscape Architecture, Rural Planning and Development, Capacity Development and Extension and Rural Studies share many common goals but approach them in different and complementary ways. This model reflects the imperatives in building authentic communities where leaders, communicators, planners, landscape architects, citizens and politicians all play important interdependent roles in community strength.

As part of the Ontario Agricultural College, SEDRD has a long history of achievements within Ontario and beyond. The University of Guelph (http://www.uoguelph.ca) is a top-ranked comprehensive university in Canada with an enrolment of about 23,000 students. It is located in Guelph, Ontario (population of approximately 120,000) and is a one-hour drive west of Toronto, Ontario.

Applications should include the following:

  1. a curriculum vitae;
  2. a 2-page statement of current and future interests in research and service;
  3. up to two publications;
  4. a teaching dossier including:
    1. 1-page statement of teaching philosophy;
    2. a sample syllabus for a course that the candidate has previously developed and taught;
    3. official teaching evaluations based on this course; and
  5. the names and contact information for three referees.

The deadline for applications is October 27, 2017.

Please direct your application materials to:

The Director, School of Environmental Design and Rural Development
University of Guelph
50 Stone Road East
Guelph, Ontario N1G 2W1
Email: sedrd.hr@uoguelph.ca
Email submissions are preferred.

Short-listed candidates will be required to participate in a public interview process (candidate names and presentations will be advertised to the public and CVs of shortlisted candidates will be available to SEDRD faculty).

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

The University of Guelph acknowledges the Attawandaron people on whose traditional territory the University of Guelph resides and offer our respect to our Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and M├ętis neighbours as we strive to strengthen our relationships with them.

At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution.