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Assistant Professor (tenure-track) or Associate Professor (with tenure)

Job ID: 31371
Location: Main Campus
Updated March 18, 2024

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We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta.
The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Districts 5 and 6.

Position Description

University of Calgary Research Chair in Design Justice at the School of Architecture Planning and Landscape

The School of Architecture Planning and Landscape in collaboration with the Faculty of Arts at the University of Calgary invites applications for a University of Calgary Research Chair in Design Justice focused on inclusive urban safety. The successful candidate will be appointed at the rank of Assistant Professor (tenure-track) or Associate Professor (with tenure). The successful candidate will have a PhD in Planning, Landscape, Architecture, or a closely related field. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2024.

The Chair’s responsibilities include creating and managing a dynamic research program that results in scholarly publications reviewed by peers and secures external grant funding. This program should closely align with the strategic objectives of the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, the Faculty of Arts, and the University of Calgary.

The ideal candidate for this role is an emerging scholar specializing in the broader field of Design Justice within the context of the built environment. They should demonstrate outstanding research achievements in one or both of the following areas of specialization:

  1. The Design Justice chair is seeking to create space, policy, and practices that support the inclusion and retention of communities that have been historically underinvested. The Design Justice Network Principles are a good starting point. 
  2. The work of the Design Justice chair is based on the acknowledgment that discriminatory policies and institutionalized racism, woven throughout the built environment, have created gross inequities in health, wealth, and power that have compounded over time. To confront this reality, the position centers expertise and lived experiences through community partnerships and design processes that are inclusive, collaborative, and responsive.
  3. The chair in Design Justice will establish an active research program that bridges the gap through the co-creation of research and design methodologies and applied interventions that harness individuals’ and communities’ lived experiences to create and sustain safe and secure urban environments. 
  4. The Design Justice Chair will cross disciplinary divides and reach out to affected communities as we foster creative thinking, model new forms of research, and produce resources for scholars and the public.

Additionally, the Chair will hold a role in instructing and guiding students within undergraduate and graduate programs. They are expected to contribute to departmental, faculty, university, and community service initiatives. The Chair will have the privilege of participating in a vibrant and diverse research setting with access to cutting-edge core resources in one of Canada’s most rapidly growing cities. Exceptional prospects for collaboration exist with well-established research programs in areas such as digital fabrication, participation, urban studies, housing, and beyond.

The successful candidate at the Assistant Professor level will have a record of high-quality peer-reviewed publications, external research funding, and effectiveness in teaching at the University level.
The successful candidate at the Associate Professor level will have an established body of high-quality peer-reviewed publications, external research funding, effectiveness in teaching at the University level, and evidence of effective graduate student supervision (where possible).

The School of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape is a faculty that places a strong emphasis on both research excellence and rigorous teaching standards. We highly prioritize interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary methodologies in our research and education, actively promoting collaboration among our faculty and students. To learn more about our school, please visit the following link:

Interested individuals are encouraged to apply online via the ‘Apply Now’ link. 

Your application attachments should be organized to contain the following (which may require you to merge documents, such as publications):

  • Cover letter and curriculum vitae, including the name and contact information of three referees.
  • Statement of research interests and two samples of peer-reviewed work that demonstrate scholarly expertise.
  • A teaching dossier that includes a statement of teaching philosophy, a record of teaching experience, sample syllabi, and evidence of teaching effectiveness.
  • An equity, diversity, inclusion (EDI) statement identifying the applicant’s contributions or potential contributions to advancing a culture of equity and inclusion based on lived experience and understanding of racialized groups.

Review of applications will begin on April 30, 2024, and continue until the position is filled.

Questions may be addressed to the Associate Dean Research Dr. Fabian Neuhaus [email protected]

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

As an equitable and inclusive employer, 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. In particular, we encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible/racialized minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply. To ensure a fair and equitable assessment, we offer accommodation at any stage during the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Questions regarding [diversity] EDI at UCalgary can be sent to the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion ([email protected]) and requests for accommodations can be sent to Human Resources ([email protected]).

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

For a listing of all academic opportunities at the University of Calgary, view our Academic Careers website. For more information about the The School of Architecture Planning and Landscape, click here.

About the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape

SAPL is known for applying the disruptive strategies and social innovations of entrepreneurial design thinking to teaching, research, and community outreach. As a leading force in resilient, vibrant, healthy, and equitable city-building, we shape the conversation about Calgary's future through research programs and community-based initiatives. We also host the Design Matters lecture series. This is a school for the brave change-makers and the unapologetically creative — where bold thinking for the built environment happens.

About the University of Calgary
UCalgary is Canada’s entrepreneurial university, located in Canada’s most enterprising city. It is a top research university and one of the highest-ranked universities of its age. Founded in 1966, its 36,000 students experience an innovative learning environment, made rich by research, hands-on experiences and entrepreneurial thinking. It is Canada’s leader in the creation of start-ups. Start something today at the University of Calgary. For more information, visit
About Calgary, Alberta

Calgary is one of the world's cleanest cities and has been named one of the world's most livable cities for years. 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.