Faculty Positions

Position Title / Rank: Assistant Professor - Rural Planning and Development (Canadian Stream)

College: Ontario Agricultural College

Department: School of Environmental Design and Rural Development

Date Posted: January 22, 2019
Deadline: February 22, 2019
Please reference AD #19-04

Position Description:

The School of Environmental Design and Rural Development (SEDRD) at the University of Guelph invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant 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 reputation in offering one of Canada’s leading planning programs. For nearly 40 years, RPD has produced planning graduates and community leaders who practice around the world and participate in the full spectrum of the discipline.

We are currently seeking an outstanding colleague who can contribute to our planning program and who will bring a reputation for study and work within rural communities. We are looking for an individual to support the following areas of planning: agriculture, land use (rural, urban and regional), and social planning. Skill sets that can contribute to the School in the following areas will also be assets: geographic information systems; infrastructure and transportation assessment and planning; techniques in planning facilitation and communication; and/or research methods. Work experience with government, civil society and private sector organizations will also be an asset.

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 our PhD programs (with some demonstrated potential for teaching in our School’s undergraduate courses). Applicants will 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 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. 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.

Part of the Ontario Agricultural College, the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development reflects the imperatives in building authentic communities where planners, leaders, communicators, landscape architects, the citizens and politicians all play important interdependent roles in community strength. The faculty strive to create a work environment that emphasizes a cooperative, collegial approach to research, teaching and outreach. SEDRD offers the following programs: Bachelor of Landscape Architecture; Master of Landscape Architecture; MSc and MPLAN in Rural Planning & Development; MSc in Capacity Development & Extension; and PhD in Rural Studies.

The University of Guelph is the second largest employer in Guelph, a city of approximately 130,000 people, located about an hour drive west of Toronto, Ontario. University of Guelph is a top-ranked comprehensive university in Canada with an enrolment of about 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students across over 40 academic units. The University is known for its commitment to student learning, innovative research, and collaboration with world-class partners. It is a unique place, with transformative research and teaching and a distinctive campus culture. People who learn and work here are shaped and inspired by a shared purpose: To Improve Life. Reflecting that shared purpose in every experience connected to our university positions us to create positive change, here and around the world. Our University community shares a profound sense of social responsibility, a drive for international development, and an obligation to address global issues.

Application Process

Assessment of applications will begin on February 25, 2019 and will continue until this position if filled. Interested applicants should submit the following materials (preferable as a single PDF file): (1) a cover letter; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a summary of relevant achievements; and (4) a brief statement of areas of current and future interests in teaching, research and outreach. Evaluations of prior teaching experience will be expected. The cover letter should speak directly to the areas of qualifications above. Applications should be sent to the attention of:

Sean Kelly
School of Environmental Design and Rural Development
University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1
Email: sedrd.hr@uoguelph.ca

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

The University recognizes that applicants may have had obligations outside of work that have negatively impacted their record of achievements (e.g., parental, elder care, and/or medical). You are not required to disclose these obligations in the hiring process. If you choose to do so, the University will ensure that these obligations do not negatively impact the assessment of your qualifications for the position.

The University of Guelph resides on the ancestral lands of the Attawandaron people and the treaty lands and territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit and we 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.

If you require a medical accommodation during the recruitment or selection process, please contact Occupational Health and Wellness at 519-824-4120 x52674.