The Department of Geography and Planning, Faculty of Arts and Science at Queen’s University
invites applications for a tenure-track position in urban and regional planning at the rank of
Assistant Professor. We are seeking applicants with expertise in Social Planning and an active
research program in one or more of the following areas: equity planning, participatory
planning, planning with Indigenous Peoples and/or marginalized populations, age-friendly
community planning, community development, and affordable housing. Membership in the
Ontario Professional Planner’s Institute (OPPI) and/or the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP)
will be considered a strong asset. This position will have a preferred starting date of July 1,
The Department of Geography and Planning (GPPL) at Queen's University has 28 faculty
members working in diverse areas of human and physical geography and planning, and offers a
range of undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates. The School of Urban and
Regional Planning (SURP), housed within GPPL, offers an accredited professional Master’s
degree in Urban and Regional Planning (MPL). The School of Urban and Regional Planning is a
national leader in the study and practice of urban and regional planning, with strong regional
and international partnerships.
The successful candidate will be expected to teach primarily in the MPL program. The successful
candidate will bring expertise on the continuing role of urban and regional planning in Canadian
urban centres, and the ways in which Canada’s changing society is affecting planning issues. The
ideal candidate’s teaching and research would reflect on issues of indigeneity, class, race, and
gender, as well as issues around policy and governance, on planning concerns.
Candidates must have a PhD in Planning or a related discipline completed at the start date of
the appointment. The main criteria for selection are academic and teaching excellence, as well
as experience working in the planning profession. The successful candidate will provide
evidence of high quality scholarly output that demonstrates potential for independent research
leading to peer assessed publications and the securing of external research funding, as well as
strong potential for outstanding teaching contributions at both the undergraduate and
graduate levels, and an ongoing commitment to academic and pedagogical excellence in
support of the department’s programs. An established record of publications and presentations
for academic and professional audiences, and diverse teaching experience are considered
strong assets. Candidates must provide evidence of an ability to work collaboratively in an
interdisciplinary and student-centred environment. The successful candidate will be expected
to make contributions through service to the department, the Faculty, the University, and/or
the broader community. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
People from across Canada and around the world come to learn, teach and carry out research
at Queen’s University. Faculty and their dependents are eligible for an extensive benefits
package including prescription drug coverage, vision care, dental care, long term disability
insurance, life insurance and access to the Employee and Family Assistance Program. You will
also participate in a pension plan. Tuition assistance is available for qualifying employees, their
spouses and dependent children. Queen’s values families and is pleased to provide a ‘top up’
to government parental leave benefits for eligible employees on maternity/parental leave. In
addition, Queen’s provides partial reimbursement for eligible daycare expenses for employees
with dependent children in daycare. Details are set out in the Queen’s-QUFA Collective
Agreement. For more information on employee benefits, see Queen’s Human Resources.
Additional information about Queen’s University can be found on the
Faculty Recruitment and Support website. The University is situated on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee
and Anishinaabe, in historic Kingston on the shores of Lake Ontario. Kingston’s residents enjoy
an outstanding quality of life with a wide range of cultural, recreational, and creative
opportunities. Visit Inclusive Queen’s for information on equity, diversity and inclusion
resources and initiatives.
The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Queen’s is committed to
employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women,
visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ persons. All
qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian
immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given
To comply with federal laws, the University is obliged to gather statistical information as to how
many applicants for each job vacancy are Canadian citizens / permanent residents of Canada.
Applicants need not identify their country of origin or citizenship; however, all applications
must include one of the following statements: “I am a Canadian citizen / permanent resident of
Canada”; OR, “I am not a Canadian citizen / permanent resident of Canada”. Applications that
do not include this information will be deemed incomplete.
In addition, the impact of certain circumstances that may legitimately affect a nominee’s record
of research achievement will be given careful consideration when assessing the nominee’s
research productivity. Candidates are encouraged to provide any relevant information about
their experience and/or career interruptions.
A complete application consists of:
- a cover letter (including one of the two statements regarding Canadian citizenship / permanent resident status specified in the previous paragraph);
- a current Curriculum Vitae (including a list of publications);
- three samples of research publications;
- a statement of research interests and experience (including graduate supervision);
- a statement of teaching interests and experience (including teaching outlines and evaluations if available); and,
- the names and contact information for three referees.
The first stage of selection will be based on applicants’ letter of application, CVs, and
supplementary materials. At the second stage, referees will be contacted for long-listed
candidates only. The deadline for applications is September 30, 2020. Applications received
after the deadline will be reviewed only if the position remains unfilled.
Applicants are encouraged to send all documents in their application package electronically as
PDFs to Joan Knox at firstname.lastname@example.org, although hard copy applications may be
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The University will provide support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities,
including accommodation that takes into account an applicant’s accessibility needs. If you
require accommodation during the interview process, please contact Joan Knox at the
Department of Geography and Planning.
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