Faculty Position in Project Management in the Built Environment
Ryerson University Department of Architectural Science

Tenure Track Position in Project Management in the Built Environment

FEAS, Architectural Science

Posted: October 23, 2020

Deadline to Apply: Sunday, December 6, 2020

Tenure Track Position in Project Management in the Built Environment

The Opportunity

Located in downtown Toronto, the largest and most culturally diverse city in Canada and on the  territory of the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee and the Wendat Peoples, the Department of Architectural Science in the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science at welcomes applications for a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor effective July 1, 2021 subject to final budgetary approval. 

At the intersection of mind and action, Ryerson is on a transformative path to become Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university. At Ryerson and within our department, we firmly believe that equity, diversity and inclusion are integral to this path; our current outlines each as core values and we work to embed them in all that we do.  Our Hiring Committee especially welcomes applications from candidates who self-identify as members of underrepresented communities.

Project Management ?is one of three concentrations offered in the Department of Architectural Science. Integrated with Architecture and Building Science in the first three years of our undergraduate Bachelor of Architectural Science Program, students may choose to concentrate in Project Management in the final undergraduate year. The Department proposes to launch a Masters in Project Management in the Built Environment program in 2022.  Students in the department benefit from the downtown location of our  campus and the strong and dynamic AEC (Architecture, Engineering, and Construction) sector. 

Project Management in the Built Environment ?is a unique sub-discipline focused on improving the delivery of building projects in the design, construction and/or operation phases. In the context of increased adoption of digital and “smart” technologies within the built environment as well as the climate crisis, the AEC industry is changing dramatically, and the processes used to design and construct buildings are rapidly evolving. Our proposed graduate program (MASc, M.PM) seeks to address this changing context. 

The successful candidate will engage in a combination of teaching, including mentoring and supervision of students, innovative and independent research or creative activity that is externally funded and produces cutting-edge, high quality results and service duties, while maintaining an inclusive, equitable, and collegial work environment across all activities.


The capacity to speak knowledgeably as a practitioner within the AEC industry is critical to this position. Experience in a leadership role managing projects - either as a practitioner (architectural or engineering design, construction, facility management, or similar) or as a researcher working in close collaboration with AEC industry partner(s) - is thus required. A Master’s degree in Management, Project Management, Construction Management, Architecture, Engineering, or a related field is also required. An advanced post-professional degree beyond these minimum requirements ( i.e. a second Masters in a specialty area, a Doctoral degree, or a Post-professional Masters in Architecture, a Doctoral degree will be an asset. 

In addition, the successful candidate must present evidence of: 

  1. Demonstrated capacity or potential for teaching excellence at all levels of the undergraduate curriculum and suitability for teaching in the proposed new graduate program of Project Management in the Built Environment, as evidenced by a teaching dossier. Teaching excellence as demonstrated by, but not limited to, case-based teaching, role play facilitation, or similar methods is an asset, as is experience teaching in an architectural, comprehensive design studio.
  2. Demonstrated sound ?expertise in one or more of the following related areas of project management in the built environment: i) Low Carbon/Net-Zero Energy ?Buildings ?(e.g. Smart Buildings, Sustainable Design and Construction practices); ii) IT in Construction (e.g. BIM, advanced visualization (AR/VR), site data collection (photogrammetry, LiDar); iii) Construction Management (e.g. wearables for site safety, Virtual Construction Practices), iv) Facility management (Smart Buildings, predictive controls, Ongoing Commissioning), v) Data analytics as applied to building design, construction, and operation, vi) integrated project delivery, or vii) novel cost and schedule management approaches.
  3. Demonstrated application of digital and/or “smart” technologies to improve complex building project delivery and/or resultant building performance is preferred
  4. Capacity to maintain a strong emerging research profile that demonstrates creativity and evidence of impact.
  5. Demonstrated commitment to sustainability and the improvement of the built environment. 
  6. Advanced knowledge of key project management practices such as integrated project planning, cost and schedule management, etc. A Project Management Professional (PMP) designation or other accreditation as a project manager specific to the AEC industry is an asset.
  7. Commitment to our values of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion as it pertains to service, teaching, and scholarly research or creative activities, including a demonstrated ability to make learning accessible and inclusive for a diverse student population.
  8. Ability and willingness to contribute to the life of the Department of Architectural Science, the Faculty and the University through collegial service.  

Our committee recognizes that candidates have varying career paths and that career interruptions can be part of an excellent academic and/or professional record. Candidates are encouraged to provide any relevant information about their experience and/or career interruptions. 

This position falls under the jurisdiction of the Ryerson Faculty Association (RFA) (www.rfanet.ca). The RFA collective agreement can be viewed here and a summary of RFA benefits can be found.

Ryerson University

Serving a highly diverse student population of over 45,000, with 100+ undergraduate and graduate programs built on the integration of theoretical and practical learning and distinguished by a professionally focussed curriculum with a strong emphasis on excellence in teaching, research and creative activities, is a vibrant, urban university known for its culture of innovation, entrepreneurship, community engagement and city-building through its award-winning architecture. 

Department of Architectural Science/Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science

The ?Department of Architectural Science is unique in Canada and North America with an interdisciplinary model that integrates three disciplines: Architecture, Building Science and Project Management. It is one of six departments in the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science.  Ryerson engineering is ranked among the Top 10 engineering schools in Canada by Maclean’s and US News

The Department consists of multidisciplinary faculty and a student body dedicated to the pursuit of integrated and sustainable approaches to the design and development of the built environment; we collaborate across disciplines, merging architectural theory with contemporary and emergent design ideas and technologies with a commitment to the social, cultural and aesthetic impact of architecture. 

Our Department offers undergraduate and graduate (Master’s and Doctoral) programs to over 500 students of diverse backgrounds. Our faculty prides itself on the excellence of its research, the quality of its teaching and community engagement. We are interested in candidates who will contribute to our existing strengths in research/creativity activity and teaching through academic, professional and diverse lived experiences and perspectives. 

Working at Ryerson

Dedicated to a people first culture, Ryerson is proud to have been selected as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers and a Greater Toronto’s Top Employer. We invite you to explore the range of benefits and supports available to faculty and their family, including access to our diverse. 

Visit our Twitter:  @RyersonU, @RyersonHR and @RyersonECI and our.

Ryerson University welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. In addition, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment in Canada, we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, Black-identified persons, other racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit their application online via the (click on “Start Application Process” to begin) by 11:59 p.m on December 6th, 2020. The application must contain the following: 

  • a letter of application that includes your interest in the position; what you would bring to the Department and Faculty; the impact on project management within the built environment that you foresee for your research (your 3-page research statement can elaborate on this); and what makes you a strong candidate overall as a researcher, educator, and community member; 
  • a current curriculum vitae that provides  a clear sense of your scholarly and professional development via your education and your research activities and outcomes; your contributions to making project management a more equitable and inclusive discipline, through committee work, community engagement, social media, and advocacy; a research statement discussing the significance, originality, and potential impacts of your current and developing research program (up to 3 pages) 
  • up to five examples of your most significant research outcomes. This could include peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed publications/contributions, patents, special papers, reviews, conference/symposia proceedings and abstracts, government publications and policy contributions, book reviews by the nominee or published reviews of their work, papers presented at scholarly meetings or conferences, and other forms of scholarly expression, including participation in public discourse and debate, which constitute a contribution to research
  • a teaching statement identifying your teaching philosophy and where/how your strength in teaching might enhance our Department (up to 3 pages);
  • a teaching dossier and results of teaching evaluations. These must demonstrate how you engage, encourage, and develop the learning capacity of students entering higher education from a diverse array of backgrounds, how you embed practices and principles of equity, diversity and inclusion in your classroom, your assignments, and your classroom style. Teaching dossiers should include experience with course and curriculum review and/or development, examples of best practices in pedagogy, including effective use of classroom technology and any experience with experiential learning, sample syllabi, strong teaching evaluations, teaching awards, and other relevant achievements in teaching;
  • the names and email contact information of three academic referees who know you and are familiar with your teaching, research and service experience.

Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority, in accordance with Canadian immigration regulations. Candidates must therefore indicate in their application if they are a permanent resident or citizen of Canada.  


Any confidential inquiries about the opportunity can be directed to the Kathleen Sojor, Administrative Manager at .

Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about working at Ryerson University are welcome to contact Tracey King, Indigenous Human Resources Lead at t26king@ryerson.ca. 

Black candidates who wish to learn more about working at Ryerson University are welcome to contact Nikki Waheed, Co-Chair, Black Faculty & Staff Community Network at . 

Ryerson is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. For any confidential accommodation needs in order to participate in the recruitment and selection process and/or inquiries regarding accessing the Faculty Recruitment Portal, please contact Laurie Shemavonian at ..

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