Faculty Positions

Position Title / Rank: Assistant or Associate Professor in Indigenous Environmental Stewardship

College: Ontario Agricultural College

Department: School of Environmental Sciences

Date Posted: August 4, 2020
Deadline: October 26, 2020
Please reference AD #20-26

Position Description:

The School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph invites applications for a tenure-track or tenured position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level.

The Assistant or Associate Professor in Indigenous Environmental Stewardship will be an Environmental Scientist who researches aquatic, terrestrial and/or atmospheric systems in contexts relevant to SES and Indigenous communities, such as ecological restoration, remediation, climate change impacts and adaptations, northern agriculture, or mining impacts. Candidates with research interests examining policy development and planning or community sustainability will also be considered. Candidates will be expected to build a successful research program and to collaborate with researchers, nationally and internationally. The successful candidate must have a PhD in Environmental Science or a related discipline by the start of the appointment. The candidate will demonstrate leadership and experience in working with Indigenous Knowledge and pedagogy, and experience engaging and working within First Nations, Inuit or Métis communities. Candidates will demonstrate significant potential for research excellence and will be expected to build a strong publication record in internationally recognized, peer-reviewed journals.

The position will require the development of an externally funded research program involving the mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students, with particular attention to the mentorship needs of Indigenous students. Candidates must have relationships with First Nations, Inuit or Métis communities and organizations, including those within the region and province, or demonstrate the clear capacity to build relationships with regional Indigenous communities and organizations. The successful candidate will be a significant contributor to the design and delivery of courses in the new undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Indigenous Environmental Stewardship (BIES) program. This program will explore relationships between Indigenous and Western knowledge systems in the context of addressing environmental problem-solving and policymaking, including environmental assessment. The successful candidate will have a clear potential for effective teaching, with classroom experience considered an asset, with experience in facilitating classroom diversity and inclusivity a strong asset. Strong communication skills are essential. Faculty in SES are expected to provide service to the University, to the scientific community, and society at large. The position’s University service commitment will focus on supporting the IES major, including advising of students in the program and representing the program internally and externally as it evolves.

The School of Environmental Sciences is a multi-disciplinary academic unit with researchers in a range of fields including soil science, geology, agricultural meteorology, forest and ecosystem science, environmental microbiology, environmental toxicology, entomology and plant pathology. The School is home to the University of Guelph Arboretum. Researchers in the School have links across campus including Geography, Engineering, Integrative Biology, the Centre for Applied Groundwater Research, Animal Biosciences, Ridgetown Campus and Plant Agriculture, as well as with producer organizations and members of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. The School sits within the Ontario Agriculture College and is located on the main campus in the city of Guelph. More information is available, School of Environmental Sciences, Ontario Agricultural College, University of Guelph.

The University of Guelph is the third 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 October 26, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants should submit the following materials (preferably as a single PDF file): (1) a cover letter; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) statements of their research goals and teaching philosophy and (4) the names, email addresses and telephone numbers of at least three professional references who can evaluate their candidacy. Applications should be sent to the attention of:

Dr. Jon Warland
School of Environmental Sciences
Ontario Agricultural College
University of Guelph
Guelph, ON N1G 2W1

Email: sesuog@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 (https://uoguel.ph/ox2p9) 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.