Faculty Positions

Position Title / Rank: College Professor and Kinross Chair in Environmental Governance, 4 to 6-months Contractually-Limited

College: College of Social and Applied Human Sciences

Department: Geography, Environment and Geomatics

Date Posted: November 8, 2021
Deadline: January 31, 2022
Please reference AD #21-48

Position Description:

The College of Social and Applied Human Sciences at the University of Guelph invites applications for the fourth Kinross Chair in Environmental Governance.

Funded by a generous endowment from the Kinross Gold Corporation, the Chair in Environmental Governance will be held by an established contributor to the governance of the environment and natural resources in Canada or abroad. The Kinross Chair will bring extensive experience, professional expertise, Indigenous knowledge, and/or scholarly excellence to campus for a residence of four to six months in the Fall of 2022. During this time the successful candidate will share existing understanding and develop opportunities for further knowledge creation with faculty and students. Unlike traditional Chairs, this is a unique Knowledge Exchange Chair, developed with the intent of bringing high profile experts to the University and enriching intellectual conversations both on- and off-campus.


The term governance refers to the processes and actions through which societies and organizations operate. In the past, the responsibility for environmental governance in Canada and elsewhere resided largely with governments. However, new actors are increasingly taking on this role, from citizens and communities to non-governmental organizations and businesses. This has led to a growing demand in the public and private sectors, as well as in civil society, for people with the knowledge and experience needed to develop and implement policies, campaigns, strategies, and other governance tools to contribute to greater environmental well-being and sustainability. While curriculum around the phenomenon of environmental governance is quickly emerging, students and faculty have much to learn from practitioners who regularly contribute to the contemporary governance of the environment and natural resources.

Linking to the interdisciplinary Major in Environmental Governance (Bachelor of Arts), the Master of Conservation Leadership, and the Community Engaged Scholarship Institute, the Kinross Chair will provide leadership around the processes of, and mechanisms involved in, environmental governance, the challenges and innovations in the field, and emerging societal concerns.

Focus of the Chair

For the 2022 offering of the Kinross Chair, applications addressing any thematic areas related to environmental governance are welcome, as long as they reflect contemporary or, even better, emerging practice. Diverse perspectives, including critical ones, are encouraged.

Required Expertise

Candidates for the Chair will be recognized Indigenous leaders, public servants, NGO leaders, business executives, or applied academics. Most importantly, they will be thoughtful innovators and skilled communicators who have successfully bridged knowledge, policy, and practice.


The Chair holder will participate in a wide range of activities on and off campus, including: offering seminars and workshops for students, faculty, and the general University community; presenting high profile public talks; enabling experiential learning opportunities; mentoring students; and leading the development of collaborative research projects. They will collaborate with campus partners and share innovative ideas with external partners, including policymakers, businesses, and NGOs.

Expected Outcomes

Most significantly, it is expected that the on-campus presence of an innovator in the practice of environmental governance will produce novel understandings of governance processes and mechanisms among students, faculty, and the wider University community. In addition, opportunities for mentoring and networking will undoubtedly emerge for students who work with the Chair holder. It is also expected that longer term relations will be established with faculty for ongoing knowledge exchange and collaborative knowledge creation with the Chair holder and with his or her networks. Finally, it is anticipated that the many and varied activities of the Chair holder, especially public engagement, will enhance the public profile of emerging environmental governance issues.


The Chair holder will be in residence at the University of Guelph for four to six months, beginning in the Fall of 2022. The Chair holder will be provided with a research assistant, office space, and other resources (e.g., email, library access) in the Department of Geography, Environment & Geomatics, in the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences. Prospective applicants should not feel limited to/by the current department offerings: multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary perspectives are most welcome.

The Chair holder may negotiate salary replacement to a maximum of $50,000. The Chair holder will also have access to a professional allowance to cover costs associated with chair-related activities, including travel and living expenses.

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

Deadline for applications is January 31, 2022. Interested persons are invited to contact Prof. Francesco Leri for further information. Those applying should submit a CV and a letter outlining their ideas for activities and anticipated outcomes to:

Prof. Francesco Leri
Associate Dean Research & Graduate Studies
College of Social and Applied Human Sciences
Room 105, Macdonald Institute
University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1
Phone: 519 824 4120 ex. 58264
Email: fleri@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 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.

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