Athabasca University: Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies/Human Geography

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Athabasca University’s Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, invites applications for a tenure-track position in environmental studies/human geography at the Assistant Professor level, commencing July 1, 2021. Athabasca University is a fully accredited, comprehensive academic and research institution with a commitment to facilitating open access to education.

Qualified candidates with a Ph.D. must demonstrate a critical social science perspective emphasizing empowerment, emancipation, inclusion and justice, as well as an interdisciplinary, and integrative orientation to topics associated with environmental sustainability, resilience and transition. Applications are encouraged from those whose scholarship and teaching interests critically address a number of prioritized substantive areas in environmental studies and/or human geography including: complex systems analysis; communications; counter-mapping; critical management studies; degrowth; eco-feminism; environmental design; geographies of the Global South and/or northern communities; Indigenomics; Indigenous knowledge systems; the built environment; tourism; transportation/mobility; waste/pollution /contaminants; and youth leadership. The ideal candidate will have familiarity with social innovation, demonstrate fluency in a range of environmental studies and/or human geography areas, and have taught environmental studies and/or human geography courses. Ph.D. candidates who are within three months of their defence date may be considered.

The chosen candidate will initially coordinate, design, develop, revise, and teach a suite of existing undergraduate courses in human geography and environmental studies as determined by the needs of the program and the candidate’s expertise and interests. As well, the candidate will be expected to develop, on an on-going basis, new courses that expand the offerings in environmental studies and human geography and are relevant to the proposed environmental studies programme, as well as contribute to the development of a certificate in social innovation.

Evidence of scholarly output and research productivity as well as proof of teaching excellence at the undergraduate level is required. Familiarity with online systems of education is preferred. Experience in graduate teaching will also be considered an asset. All educational credentials must be recognized in Canada and will be verified upon hire.

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For further information regarding this position, please contact Dr. Shabnam Inanloo Dailoo at 1-855-337-8590 or via email:

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Applications will only be received and accepted through our online recruitment system. When applying, please include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, the names of three referees, one to three published articles, and evidence of teaching effectiveness (ideally, a teaching dossier including a philosophy of teaching practice, and a sample syllabus).

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