Assistant/Associate professor (tenure-track) in Future Studies with application to Cities 

Monday, January 11, 2021

a bridge a train and some condo buildings
The Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo, invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor (salary range $90,000 to $150,000 per annum) with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2021, or shortly thereafter. The successful applicant will be jointly appointed to both the Faculty of Environment and the School of Planning as the inaugural Caivan Communities Future Cities Professor.

We seek an energetic and dynamic scholar with demonstrated potential for leading academic programing and research related to future studies in the area of cities. Applicants should have an interest to study and critically evaluate plausible futures and their broader societal implications, and to contribute to scholarship and contemporary decision making in planning and/or broader public policy related to cities and their diverse inhabitants. We are particularly interested in applicants who employ interdisciplinary, futurist approaches to study the technology-human interface, society-environment interactions, and societal transitions as they apply to cities

A demonstrated ability to forge and sustain fruitful partnerships with scholars from a variety of disciplines, as well as demonstrated excellence in teaching, are considered assets. We welcome individuals of all disciplinary backgrounds to apply

Potential candidates should have a record of excellence in research and must be able to demonstrate a strong interest and ability to communicate to undergraduate and graduate students and to wider audiences, plus a keenness to mentor students effectively. Candidates are invited to submit an application including

an updated and complete curriculum vitae
a letter of interest (maximum 4 pages) outlining

1. their qualifications for the position;
2. the fit of their profile and expertise with the advertised position;
3. their vision and future research program
4. their potential to enhance the scholarship and capacity of the University and Faculty in strategic ways;
5. the names and contact information of three referees. [References will only be requested for applicants invited for an interview.

The University of Waterloo is located in the Region of Waterloo: a mid-sized and rapidly growing area about an hour's drive west of Toronto's Pearson Airport. The University of Waterloo is a leader in the education of global citizens, with current efforts focusing on promoting Indigenous scholarship, and creating opportunities with and for racialized campus community members. The University celebrates diversity through intersectionality informed initiatives for students, faculty and staff who identify as racialized, Indigenous, women, a person with a disability and/or LGBTQ2+. The University seeks candidates who embrace these goals of diversity and inclusion. The selection committee will be especially attentive to and respectful of the lived experiences of applicants

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority

The Faculty of Environment is a world leader in interdisciplinary research and teaching on the environment and sustainability. The Faculty is the home of five academic units: Department of Geography and Environmental Management; Department of Knowledge Integration; School of Environment, Enterprise and Development; School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability, and School of Planning. The Faculty is a dynamic and vibrant academic environment with ~ 100 faculty members, 50 staff, 2400 undergraduate students and 600 graduate students

The School of Planning, housed in the Faculty of Environment, is at the forefront of planning research and teaching, characterized by a comprehensive, applied, critical, and interdisciplinary approach to planning with vibrant ties to the profession. Home to over 400 undergraduate students, 80 graduate students and 20 faculty members, the School offers undergraduate and Master's degrees accredited by the Professional Standards Board (PSB) for the profession, as well as an on-line professional Master's degree and a doctoral program

If you have any questions regarding the position, the application process, assessment process, eligibility, or a request for accommodation during the hiring process, please contact Sheree Solomon at

Closing date for receipt of applications is February 28, 2021, and the application package should be addressed to

Dean, Jean Andrey  
Faculty of Environment
University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West 
Waterloo, ON, Canada, N2L 3G1

or may be submitted electronically to Juli-Ann Perkins at

Three reasons to apply: