Deadline: 01.12.2022

Planning for Sustainable and Resilient Cities/

Academic Positions

Position code: 22_R_GEOG_O
Date posted: October 4, 2022
Application deadline: December 1, 2022
Advertised until: Position is filled

Position Description

This is a tenure-track position in Urban Planning for Sustainable and Resilient Cities at the rank of Assistant Professor. Duties include research, teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, and service to the institution.

Qualifications and assets

The Department of Geography, Planning and Environment (GPE) is seeking applications from individuals with expertise in urban planning for sustainable and resilient cities. Potential areas of expertise include (but are not limited to) urban sustainability transitions, resilience to climate change, urban ecology, urban agriculture, transportation planning, geospatial analysis, environmental justice, just sustainability, and socio-environmental inclusion. The successful candidate is expected to hold professional planner (urbaniste) status through the Ordre des urbanistes du Québec (OUQ) and will take a lead role in the professional accreditation of our undergraduate Urban Planning program, which will require a working knowledge of French. Work or research collaboration experience with local government planning agencies in Canada is an asset. The incumbent will be expected to join Concordia’s Next Generation Cities Institute (NGCI). A PhD in Urban Planning, Geography, or in a related area, is required at the start date of the appointment.

Candidates must have completed their PhD at the start date of the appointment. The main criteria for selection are scholarly and teaching excellence. The successful candidate will provide evidence of high-quality scholarly output that demonstrates potential for independent research leading to peer assessed publications and the securing of external research funding, as well as strong potential for outstanding teaching contributions at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Candidates are encouraged to share any career interruptions or personal circumstances that may have had an impact on their career goals in their letter of application. These will be carefully considered in the assessment process. The Department values diversity among its faculty and strongly encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented groups. Concordia University is an English-language institution of higher learning at which the primary language of instruction and research is English. Since this position supports academic functions of the university, proficiency in English is required.

How to Apply

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and Permanent Residents will be given priority. To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obliged to gather information about applicants’ status as either Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens. While applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenship, all applicants must include one of the following statements:

Yes, I am a citizen or permanent resident of Canada


No, I am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada

Applications should be addressed to: Dr. Craig Townsend and must include a cover letter clearly identifying the title and position code, a detailed curriculum vitae, a teaching statement, a research statement, an EDI statement, and the names and contact details of three referees.  Electronic applications should be submitted to: [email protected] by 1 December 2022 but will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled. Only short-listed candidates will be notified. The appointment is expected to commence in August 2023.

Concordia University is strongly committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community, and recognizes the importance of inclusion in achieving excellence in teaching and research. As part of this commitment to providing our students with the dynamic, innovative, and inclusive educational environment of a Next‐Generation University, we require all applicants to articulate in their EDI statement how their background, as well as lived and professional experiences and expertise have prepared them to teach in ways that are relevant for a diverse, multicultural contemporary Canadian society.

Possible examples to demonstrate a diverse experience may include, but are not limited to:

  • teaching about underrepresented populations
  • mentoring students from underrepresented backgrounds
  • committee work
  • offering or organizing educational programming
  • participation in training and workshops

All applicants will receive an email invitation to complete a short equity survey. Participation in the survey is voluntary and no identifying information about candidates will be shared with hiring committees. Candidates who wish to self-identify as a member of an underrepresented group to the hiring committee may do so in their cover letter or by writing directly to the contact person indicated in this posting.

Adaptive Measures

Applicants who anticipate requiring adaptive measures throughout any stage of the recruitment process may contact, in confidence, Anna Barrafato, Accessibility Change Lead: [email protected] or by phone at 514.848.2424 extension 3511.

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