Assistant or Associate Professor in Planning University of Calgary, Faculty of Environmental Design Canada

Assistant or Associate Professor, Planning, Faculty of Environmental Design

Job ID: 13297


Updated: July 21, 2017


Location: Main Campus


Position Description


The Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor or Associate Professor with Tenure in the area of Planning. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2018.


The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to studio teaching, engage in form-based planning and design research, and participate in local and global issues related to urban design, cultural landscapes, climate change adaptation, regional landscape planning, and land use planning in the unique regional context of Calgary, Alberta and Western Canada. The ability to contribute courses in one or more of the following subject areas will be an asset: land-use planning, planning history/theory, physical planning, urban design, urban infrastructure. There may be an expectation to supervise students in the Faculty's research-based degree programs. All of these responsibilities will contribute to the delivery of the Master of Planning and Master of Landscape Architecture programs.


We are looking for an experienced colleague to join us as we continue to develop our MPlan as a distinct, form-based planning program. You are passionate about the profession of planning, committed to excellence in teaching, and have professional practice experience. You also have a research agenda that you would like to advance within our interdisciplinary academic setting.


The successful candidate must possess, at minimum, a Master's degree in Planning or a closely related field, and have had previous professional practice experience within the area of planning or another environmental design discipline. Applicants should have membership in the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) or equivalent professional planning organization, or be eligible and interested in pursuing membership. A PhD (completed or in progress) would be a definite asset.


Applicants at the Assistant Professor level must present evidence of previous professional practice, teaching experience in studio and classroom settings, and have a proposed program of academic research.


Applicants at the Associate Professor level, in addition to the qualifications listed above, must have an established research program, a strong publication record, and experience in effective leadership in academic, professional, and/or other community contexts.


The Faculty of Environmental Design (EVDS) was founded on an overarching commitment to the integration of design, ecology, and culture in the making and managing of human and bio-social environments. EVDS was established in 1971, and over the past four decades, has provided an interdisciplinary approach to professional education and graduate research. In 2015, EVDS launched the MLA, the first graduate program in landscape architecture in Canada since 1980, and it joins our Master of Architecture and Master of Planning programs to form a strong, inter-related triad of graduate professional programs. The planning program was one of the original disciplines offered in the 40+ year old faculty, and after a pause between 2008 and 20011, was re-launched and re-focused as a studio-based program emphasizing urban design, ecological design and sustainability. The program received unconditional accreditation in 2013 for the full term of five years, and will be undergoing an accreditation visit in 2018.


Please visit our website for more information on our degree programs and faculty research, as well as our professional and community engagement activities.


Applications should include a letter of interest, current curriculum vitae, examples of recent or current scholarly and/or professional work, examples of physical planning work, and the names and contact information of three references. Please send applications to:


Dr. Beverly A. Sandalack FCSLA MCIP RPP
Associate Dean (Academic) Landscape + Planning
Faculty of Environmental Design
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 1N4


Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and must be received by October 31, 2017.


The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)


Additional Information


To learn more about academic opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Academic Careers website. For more information about the Faculty of Environmental Design visit Careers in the Faculty of Environmental Design.


About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit

About Calgary, Alberta


Calgary is one of the world's cleanest cities and has been named one of the world's most livable cities for years. Calgary is a city of leaders - in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from a growing number of world-class dining and cultural events and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour's drive from the majestic Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America.

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