Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Carleton University

November 29 2017

Academic Unit: Geography and Environmental Studies
Category of Appointment: Preliminary (Tenure-Track)
Field of Specialization: Environmental Studies
Rank/Position Title: Assistant Professor
Start Date: July 1, 2018
Closing Date: January 3, 2018 or until the position is filled


About the Position:

The Department of Geography and Environmental Studies invites applications from qualified candidates for a tenure-track appointment in Environmental Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning July 1, 2018.


Applications are invited from scholars doing empirically grounded and theoretically significant research from a critical social science perspective who are excited to contribute to our Environmental Studies program. We seek a dynamic colleague to complement and expand existing departmental strengths in research and teaching through work that broadens how the environment is understood, and how environmental challenges are addressed. We welcome applications from scholars focusing on issues such as race, identity, inequality, and justice, as well as those who draw on innovative approaches (for example, feminist political ecology, action research, or Indigenous methodologies) to examine topics that might include but are by no means limited to climate change, water, health, and food or agriculture. Demonstrated commitments to engaged scholarship, or research in conversation with the natural sciences, will be considered assets. Special consideration will be given to applicants who increase departmental faculty diversity.


About the Academic Unit:

Carleton’ s Department of Geography and Environmental Studies (DGES) delivers five undergraduate programs (BA in Environmental Studies, BA and BSc in Geography, BA and BSc in Geomatics), three undergraduate minors (Environmental Studies, Urban Studies, and Geomatics), and three graduate programs in Geography (MA, MSc and PhD). It is home to 400 undergraduate majors and 70 graduate students.


Carleton’s Environmental Studies program ( is anchored in the critical analysis of nature-society relations, with a mission to train students to be scientifically literate, politically engaged contributors to environmental concerns. We seek a colleague who will teach undergraduate courses in Environmental Studies and contribute to other teaching, research, and service needs, including graduate programs in Geography (



Applicants must hold a PhD in Environmental Studies, Geography, or a related discipline by time of appointment; demonstrate their dedication to excellence in teaching and research; and be committed to developing a strong program of research and scholarship in Environmental Studies, as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications and active participation in relevant interdisciplinary scholarly debates. Applicants should consult the Department’s website ( for details on current research activities and course offerings. Information on Carleton’s strategic and academic planning is available from and


The successful applicant will be required to develop a research program with appropriate funding and resources to attract and support graduate students, and develop and deliver innovative teaching in Environmental Studies. Ability to make contributions to student recruitment will also be considered an asset.


Application Instructions:

Applications for this entry-level appointment must be sent electronically in separate files which include the following: 1) a cover letter and curriculum vitae; 2) a teaching portfolio that includes relevant experience, evidence of teaching innovation and performance, and pedagogical approaches to teaching; 3) a summary statement of research interests and experience; 4) up to three research publication reprints (individual files); and 5) contact details for three referees.


Please submit your electronic application to the Department of Geography & Environmental Studies, Environmental Studies Position Search Committee at: Applications submitted in hard copy will not be considered. Questions about this position should be directed to the Departmental Chair, Scott Mitchell, at: with “Environmental Studies Appointment” in the subject line or call the Chair at (613) 520-2561. The closing date for applications is January 3, 2018, or until the position has been filled.


Please indicate in your application if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.


About Carleton University:

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Carleton University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our University including, but not limited to: women; visible minorities; First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples; persons with disabilities; and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expressions.


Applicants selected for an interview are asked to contact the Chair as soon as possible to discuss any accommodation requirements. Arrangements will be made in a timely manner.


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. All positions are subject to budgetary approval.