Faculty Position in Geography of Socio-Economic Development and Urban Change

Ryerson University

Tenure Track Position: Geography of Socio-Economic Development & Urban Change

Arts, Dept. Geog and Envir Sty

Posted: April 13, 2021

Deadline to Apply: Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Tenure Track Position: Geography of Socio-Economic Development & Urban Change

Located in downtown Toronto, the largest and most culturally diverse city in Canada,Ryerson University, is on the territory of the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee and the Wendat Peoples. TheDepartment of Geography & Environmental Studies in theFaculty of Arts  at invites applications for a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor effective July 1, 2021, in the Geography of Socio-Economic Development & Urban Change, subject to final budgetary approval.

As part of our commitment to act on the recommendations of Ryerson’sAnti-Black Racism Campus Climate Review, and continuing Ryerson’s commitment to, applications from individuals who self-identify as Black peoples of African descent (Africans and African-heritage people from Latin America and the Caribbean, the Americas, Europe, etc.) and those who self-identify as North American Indigenous peoples, are particularly encouraged.

We are seeking applications from candidates who specialize in geographies of urban/economic development and change, with particular strengths in GIS, data analytics and visualization techniques. Potential areas of focus or application include, but are not limited to equity and inclusion in city building and/or smart cities; migration & demographic change; geospatial technologies for healthy, sustainable community development; critical GIS, data inequalities & geospatial surveillance; and equitable opportunity in changing economies. The applicant should have strengths at the intersections of Geographic Information Science and the Social Sciences. Successful candidates will be appointed to, and teach in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies.

The successful candidate will: engage in a combination of teaching, research and service duties; contribute to problem-solve and collaborate with existing and new research partners on campus and in the wider community; have teaching responsibilities in the Department’s undergraduate programs Geographic Analysis and Environment and Urban Sustainability; have an opportunity to teach and supervise graduate students in the Master of Spatial Analysis (MSA) program and many interdisciplinary MA and PhD programs, including the MA in Immigration and Settlement Studies; MASc and PhD in Environmental Applied Science and Management; and MSc in Data Science and Analytics; develope and maintain partnerships with academic and local communities; and contribute to collegial service. 

Candidates must have a PhD in Geography, Environmental Studies or a closely-related field. Exceptionally qualified candidates who are all-but-dissertation (ABD) and are very close to completion of their PhD in the required areas may also be considered. Candidates must present evidence of:

  • a strong research and/or knowledge mobilization and translation profile with evidence of an emerging scholarly record and the potential to establish and maintain an independent, externally-funded research program;
  • the capacity for effective teaching and student training;
  • the capacity for developing and maintaining partnerships with academic and local communities;
  • a strong commitment to our values of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion as it pertains to service, teaching, and scholarly research or creative activities, including a demonstrated ability to make learning accessible and inclusive for a diverse student population; and
  • the ability to contribute to the life of the Department, Faculty and the University through collegial service.

This position falls under the jurisdiction of the Ryerson Faculty Association (RFA) (www.rfanet.ca). The RFA collective agreement can be viewedhere and a summary of RFA benefits may be found.

Ryerson University

Serving a highly diverse student population of over 45,000, with 100+ undergraduate and graduate programs built on the integration of theoretical and practical learning and distinguished by a professionally focussed curriculum with a strong emphasis on excellence in teaching, research and creative activities, is a vibrant, urban university known for its culture of innovation, entrepreneurship, community engagement and city-building through its award-winning architecture.

Department of Geography and Environmental Studies

The Department of Geography and Environmental Studies has undergone significant growth and diversification in recent years, building on its long-standing reputation for spatial analysis and practical applications. The Department offers two undergraduate programs – BA Honours in Environment and Urban Sustainability, and Geographic Analysis – and one graduate program – Master of Spatial Analysis. The department also offers high-enrolment liberal studies and elective courses to non-program students.

Working at Ryerson

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Ryerson University welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. In addition, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment in Canada, we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, Black-identified persons, other racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+. Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about working at Ryerson University are welcome to contact Tracey King, Indigenous Human Resources Lead at t26king@ryerson.ca. Black identified candidates who wish to learn more about working at Ryerson University are welcome to contact Shurla Charles-Forbes, Black Faculty & Staff Community Network at .   

How to Apply

Applicants must submit their application online via the(click on “Start Application Process” to begin) by May 25th 2021. The application must contain the following:

  • a letter of interest outlining your potential place within the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies and the Environmental Applied Science and Management Graduate Program;
  • a statement outlining the current and future scope of your research and plans for sharing your research findings and knowledges (max. 2 pages);
  • a statement of teaching philosophy (max. 2 pages) and selected examples of recent teaching materials (e.g. course syllabi, workshops, community education events, and other evidence of teaching effectiveness);
  • a curriculum vitae of research, knowledge translation and mobilization, service and other accomplishments;
  • two (2) recent research publications or manuscripts; and
  • contact information for three (3) individuals who may be contacted for references.

Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Candidates must therefore indicate in their application if they are a citizen, or a permanent resident, of Canada.  

Any confidential inquiries can be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. David Atkinson, Chair (datkinson@ryerson.ca).

Ryerson is committed tofor persons with disabilities. For any confidential accommodation needs and/or inquiries regarding accessing the Faculty Recruitment Portal, please contact Jennifer Tejay, HR Advisor, at jennifer.tejay@ryerson.ca.

Review of applications will begin after May 25, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. We thank applicants in advance for their applications; however, only applicants under consideration will be contacted about their candidacy.