Faculty Positions

Position Title / Rank: Assistant or Associate Professor in Rural Planning and Development (2 positions)

College: Ontario Agricultural College

Department: School of Environmental Design and Rural Development

Deadline: January 12th, 2018 or until a suitable candidate is found
Please reference AD #17-71

Position Description:

The School of Environmental Design and Rural Development (SEDRD) invites applications for two (2) positions in Rural Planning and Development at the Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) or Associate Professor level.  

Our School is actively involved in Canadian and international development planning with a focus on rural, remote, and Indigenous communities and territories. Rural Planning and Development (RPD) at the University of Guelph has an established international reputation offering one of Canada’s leading planning programs.  For more than 30 years, RPD has produced planning graduates who practice around the world and participate in the full spectrum of the discipline.

We are currently seeking two outstanding new colleagues having either Canadian, International and/or Canadian & International professional experience and who will teach the theory and practice of planning through the development of knowledge, skills and values in a variety of Canadian and international contexts. We are looking for people to support the following, but not limited to, planning subjects: natural resources; environment; corporate social responsibility; social enterprise; community development; social, cultural and geo-spatial planning; health; migration, mobility and demography; public administration; financial management; program evaluation; human resources management; techniques in planning facilitation and communication; disasters; and/or quantitative research methods. Work experience with government, civil society and private sector organizations will be an asset.  One position will ideally be central to international content in teaching, supervision, research, and outreach within the program.

We invite applications from qualified candidates who can work within our interdisciplinary environment and who can contribute to teaching across the School’s programs. The successful candidates will be expected to contribute to our MSc, MPlan and PhD programs.  Applicants will be expected to demonstrate their potential for leadership in the development and delivery of planning instruction in lecture courses, seminars, fieldwork, and in the supervision of Master’s and PhD students.

We are seeking applicants who have a recognized planning degree and a doctoral degree in a relevant disciplinary or interdisciplinary field (the PhD degree must be completed or nearing completion at the time of the appointment). The successful applicant should have a strong record of research productivity, engagement with stakeholders and previous teaching experience, preferably at the graduate level. Applicants without a PhD may be considered but they must have a Master’s degree and a minimum of 6 years of relevant professional practice. To support the School’s continued accreditation success, it is expected that successful candidates will achieve full membership as a professional planner with the Ontario Professional Planning Institute within five years of their appointment.

The School (http://www.uoguelph.ca/sedrd) brings together major academic fields concerned with creating strong communities, in Canada and around the world. The fields of Capacity Development and Extension, Landscape Architecture, Rural Planning and Development, 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, facilitators, planners, landscape architects, citizens and politicians all play important interdependent roles in creating community strength. We welcome applicants who demonstrate a willingness to play a major role in the intellectual and administrative life of the School, College and University.

As part of the Ontario Agricultural College (http://www.uoguelph.ca/oac), the School has a long history of achievements in serving communities 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, including the following: 1) a curriculum vitae, 2) a 2-page statement of current and future interests in research and service, 3) two recent publications, 4) a teaching dossier including: i) 1-page statement of teaching philosophy, ii) a sample syllabus for a course that the candidate has previously developed and taught, iii) official teaching evaluations based on this course, and 5) the names and contact information for three referees. The deadline for applications is January 12th, 2018. Please direct your application materials via email 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    

Short-listed candidates will be required to participate in a public interview process (candidate names and presentations will be advertised to the public, 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 Métis 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.