Tenure-track Assistant Professor in urban
and regional planning


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, 2021.

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 priority.

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 joan.knox@queensu.ca, although hard copy applications may be submitted to:

Joan Knox
Administrative Assistant to the Head
Department of Geography and Planning
E208, Mackintosh-Corry Hall
68 University Avenue
Queen’s University
Kingston, Ontario
CANADA K7L 3N6

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.

Academic staff at Queen’s University are governed by a Collective Agreement between the University and the Queen’s University Faculty Association (QUFA), which is posted at http://queensu.ca/facultyrelations/faculty-librarians-and-archivists/collective-agreement and at http://www.qufa.ca.

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