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Richard Parker Professorship in Metropolitan Growth and Change

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Job ID: 12224

Updated: May 20, 2017

Location: Main Campus

Position Description

The Richard Parker Professorship in Metropolitan Growth and Change (‘the Professorship’) is an exciting, first of its kind, opportunity at the University of Calgary. It has been created to promote a high-quality interdisciplinary learning and research environment that will lead to dissemination of research that deals with current and pressing urban development, design, environmental and social issues. The Haskayne School of Business (HSB) and the Faculty of Environmental Design (EVDS) at the University of Calgary are seeking qualified candidates to fill a three-year, Contingent term position in the area of Metropolitan Growth and Change at the rank of Associate Professor.

Candidates should possess a PhD in business, architecture, planning, urban design or a related discipline and an internationally distinguished scholarly research. A professional record in the area of metropolitan growth and change would be an asset. Candidates need to possess a high quality publication record in top-tier peer-reviewed journals and other publications dealing with urban development, planning and design, or exceptional potential to achieve such standing. Candidates must also provide evidence of consistent, high-quality teaching in a postsecondary setting, ideally at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The successful candidate will be responsible for conducting and disseminating research dealing with the pressing issues that metropolitan areas are currently facing.  In particular, the successful candidate will be responsible for developing and implementing a strategic plan for the Professorship that will integrate new curriculum and teaching tools into undergraduate, masters and doctoral programs associated with Metropolitan Growth and Change, develop collaborative teaching and research links between HSB and EVDS, build research excellence in the area of Metropolitan Growth and Change,  develop outreach activities, design academic programs that address the educational needs of the relevant business and professional communities, and integrate members of these business and professional communities into suitable classroom and mentorship opportunities.  In addition to being an academic leader, the successful candidate must have the ability to mentor junior faculty, and act as a thought leader for developing world-class research that is both rigorous and relevant to the area of Metropolitan Growth and Change.

Accredited by AACSB International, the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary is a progressive and innovative business school with an international reputation for influencing the practice of management and leadership through quality teaching and research. With more than 3,000 full- and part-time students enrolled in Bachelor’s, Master’s, PhD, and Executive Education programs, the business school boasts more than 18,000 alumni in 60 countries around the globe. An AACSB accredited institution, the Haskayne School of Business expects excellence in both research and teaching.

The Faculty of Environmental Design (EVDS) was founded on an overarching commitment to the integration of design, ecology, and culture in the making and managing of human and bio-social environments. EVDS was established in 1971, and over the past four decades, has provided an interdisciplinary approach to professional education and graduate research. In 2015, EVDS launched the MLA, the first graduate program in landscape architecture in Canada since 1980. We have the first two years of the curriculum in place, and will be rolling out the final year in 2017-18. It joins our Master of Architecture and Master of Planning to form a strong inter-related triad of graduate professional programs.

Applications should be submitted before May 19, 2017. Interested individuals should submit electronically their curriculum vitae, along with three letters of reference, samples of their published work, examples of teaching evaluations, and employment eligibility in Canada to the attention of:

Dr. Jim Dewald, Dean
Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary
Dr. Nancy Pollock-Ellwand, Dean
Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Calgary
2500 University Drive N.W.
Calgary, Alberta, Canada  T2N 1N4

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. 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

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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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