Canadian Environmental History – Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track) at UBC Okanagan

July 27 2018

The University of British Columbia – Okanagan Campus


Location: British Columbia
Date posted: 2018-07-11
Advertised until: 2018-09-10

The Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences (IKBSAS) at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus, invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in Canadian History with specialization in environmental history at the rank of Assistant Professor. Regional focus is open, but with a preference for the nineteenth or twentieth centuries. The position will be held in the Department of History and Sociology and is expected to start on July 1, 2019.

We are seeking candidates with scholarly interest and expertise in Canadian environmental history, with an additional program of active research focusing on the nineteenth or twentieth centuries. Candidates must have a PhD in History, a strong record of research productivity, and proven ability to attract external funding. They must also demonstrate a commitment to student mentoring and supervision; an established record of excellence in undergraduate teaching and learning; and evidence of, or interest in, effective graduate teaching appropriate to career stage. They are also expected to show evidence of commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and the promotion of a respectful, collegial, and conducive learning and working environment.

The successful candidate is expected to develop and maintain an active research program that enhances existing expertise in the department, complements established and emerging research strengths within the Faculty, and is well-integrated into the campus’ areas of strategic research focus. Teaching duties will include environmental history as well as appropriate introductory and core courses in Canadian history, and new courses in environmental history. Service expectations will be commensurate with rank.

History, at UBC’s Okanagan campus, is housed in the vibrant Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences. The Faculty offers both discipline-based and interdisciplinary programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The collegial learning environment in the Faculty focuses on effective teaching, critical and creative scholarship, and the integration of scholarship and teaching. We are committed to an ethos of local involvement, global engagement, and intercultural awareness and we provide a positive, inclusive, and mutually supportive working and learning environment for all our students, faculty, and staff. To learn about the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Science, go to

UBC is one of the world’s leading universities, and is consistently ranked in the top 40. The university has two distinct campuses, one in Vancouver and one in Kelowna. UBC’s Okanagan campus, located in the city of Kelowna, has over 9,000 students in seven faculties, with strong undergraduate and graduate programs. Situated in the heart of the Okanagan Valley, one of the most scenic regions in Canada, it offers an intimate learning environment and excellent opportunities for regional, national, and international scholarly activities.

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How to Apply
To apply for this position please visit the link and apply online:  (Job Opening ID#30038)

Applicants are asked to submit:

(i)  A cover letter outlining qualification for the position and fit with the History program and the IKBSAS;
(ii)  A curriculum vitae;
(iii)  A one-page statement of research;
(iv) A one-page statement of teaching philosophy and interests;
(v) Evidence of teaching effectiveness (please provide a complete set of university-issued teaching/course evaluations for courses taught over the last five years);
(vi) Up to three scholarly publications that demonstrate contributions to the field; and
(vii) The names of three referees who have been asked to submit letters of reference.

Applicants should arrange for three letters of reference to be sent by email directly to Dr. Catherine Higgs (Head, History and Sociology) at:

The deadline for applications is September 14th, 2018. All appointments are subject to budgetary approval.

In support of our commitment to equity and diversity, all candidates will be invited to participate in an online Equity Survey as part of the appointment process.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence.  An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged.  We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Inquires may be directed to Dr. Catherine Higgs at All correspondence (i.e., referees’ letters and inquiries) must indicate the competition title (Assistant Professor of History) in the subject line of the e-mail.