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Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor(s), Faculty of Law

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Job ID: 11365

Updated: March 29, 2017

Location: Main Campus

Position Description

The University of Calgary’s Faculty of Law is in the midst of a sustained period of growth and renewal.  In its Strategic plan – Energy.Skills.Excellence. – Calgary Law set itself the dual goals of enhancing its international eminence in the areas of energy, environmental and natural resources law and continuing its position of national leadership in the area of experiential learning.  Since 2011, we have made fifteen new Faculty appointments, and we are looking to make further appointments to begin in 2017 and in years to follow.

The Faculty of Law, University of Calgary, invites applications for up to three tenure or tenure-track appointments at the rank of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor or full Professor.  Rank will be assessed based on experience and qualifications.  The anticipated start date is July 1, 2017, but alternate dates may be considered for exceptional candidates.

Applications are welcome from top candidates at all levels of academic career experience who have and a demonstrated commitment to experiential learning.  In particular, we are seeking scholars whose research and teaching background includes:

  • Energy and/or oil and gas and resources law
  • Aboriginal law
  • Business law 
  • Constitutional law
  • Private law

The successful candidates will be expected to teach in the core JD program and also, if appropriate, to be involved in the graduate programs. They must demonstrate the desire and potential to initiate and produce high-impact research and scholarship. An active research agenda is expected of all member of Faculty, and peer-reviewed external research funding is increasingly valued. 

Applicants at the Assistant Professor level must have evidence of:

  •  The ability to initiate and produce high impact scholarship
  • The ability to develop into a strong teacher

Applicants at the Associate Professor level must have evidence of:

  • A strong scholarly record
  • A successful teaching record
  • Established academic engagement in professional and other communities

Applicants at the Professor level must have evidence of:

  • Outstanding background in research and publication
  • Outstanding teaching and supervision record
  • A superior level of academic service and/or leadership

For each of the positions must have a JD/LLB, normally combined with an advanced degree in Law, Business, Economics or other relevant discipline at the time of appointment.

Given the premium placed on collegiality at the University of Calgary, candidates will also be expected to demonstrate a genuine commitment to constructive participation in the life of the School, the University and the broader professional community.

About the Faculty of Law

Calgary Law offers a JD, as well as a specialized LLM in Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law (NREEL).  The school also has a small cohort of doctoral students, and a post-graduate Certificate in the NREEL area.  Calgary Law offers a joint JD/MBA program with the Haskayne School of Business, and a joint JD/MPP program with the School of Public Policy.  As well, the Faculty has a uniquely-focused partnership with the University of Houston Law Center.  The ‘International Energy Lawyers Program’ enable students to earn both Canadian and American law degrees in four years and to apply for admission to Bars in the United States and Canada.  For information on the law school and its programs, visit the Faculty website.

In 2015, the Faculty introduced the Calgary Curriculum, which placed it at the forefront of innovation in Canadian legal education. The spirit of innovativeness embodied in the Calgary Curriculum has been a core part of the Faculty’s ethos since its founding in 1976.

How to apply

Interested individuals should submit:

  • A cover letter indicating interest in an appointment in the Faculty of Law describing:
    • Academic and research accomplishments;
    • Teaching experience and teaching interests particularly those among the courses in the first year or upper-level required curriculum or those mentioned in the subject areas above;
    • Institutional contributions;
  • A curriculum vita;
  • A statement of research interests;
  • Two representative scholarly publications or, where publications are not available, other samples of written work;
  • A statement of teaching philosophy;
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness (such as evaluations), or, if no formal teaching experience, then evidence of teaching potential.

Short-listed candidates will be required to provide three confidential letters of reference and their law and graduate transcripts.  Letters of application should indicate the rank at which appointment is being sought. Electronic applications are required and should be submitted via email to:

Dr. Ian Holloway,
QC, Dean,
Faculty of Law
University of Calgary

Completed applications received by November 4, 2016 will receive full consideration, though the review process will continue until the positions are filled.

The University of Calgary believes that a respectful workplace, equal opportunity and building a diverse workforce contribute to the richness of the environment for teaching, learning and research, and provide faculty, staff, students and the public with a university that reflects the society it serves. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

Additional Information

To learn more about academic opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Academic Careers website. For more information about the Faculty of Law visit Careers in the Faculty of Law.

About the University of Calgary
The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to become one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. Ranked as the top young university in Canada and North America, the University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit
About Calgary, Alberta

Ranked the 5th most livable city in the world, Calgary is one of the world's cleanest cities and one of the best cities in Canada to raise a family. Calgary is a city of leaders - in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from a growing number of world-class dining and cultural events and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour's drive from the majestic Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America. 


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