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Sessional Instructor, MSc in Sustainable Energy Development Program

Job ID: 19578

Updated: November 6, 2019

Location: Main Campus

Position Description

The University of Calgary's Master of Science in Sustainable Energy Development (SEDV) is a multidisciplinary offering of the School of Public Policy in collaboration with the Schulich School of Engineering, the Haskayne School of Business, the Faculty of Law, and the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape. This interdisciplinary, comprehensive graduate program provides a holistic approach to energy and environmental management through a cross section of courses taught by faculty from across the university.

The Sustainable Energy Development (SEDV) Program invites applications for sessional instructor appointments to teach the following courses: 

Spring 2020

SEDV 605 - Ecology, Sustainable Development and Indigenous Cultures 
This course is delivered in three integrative modules that include the sociology of First Nations in a Canadian context, Indigenous law and history and contact, and indigenous social ecological systems in the context of sustainable energy development. The structure and function of social ecological systems, indigenous cultures and ways of knowing, and Canadian legal frameworks related to Indigenous people and energy development is explored as a way of understanding Indigenous perspectives in the context of energy development in Canada. Contemporary examples of energy development projects involving and affecting Indigenous people in different areas of Canada are used to illustrate the status of indigenous peoples in both federal and provincial legislation and the opportunities and constraints for Indigenous people in sustainable energy development.

Summer 2020

SEDV 615 - Environmental Impact Assessment in the Energy Sector 
This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the international principles and professional practice of environmental impact assessment (EIA).

SEDV 642 - Capstone Project III: Research Exploration and Examination
This seminar/course (part 3 of 3) is designed to support students through their capstone projects with a focus on exploring the research question through an in-depth literature review, data collection, and analyses of the aspects of energy, environment, and one other.  Completion and submission of a final report, professionally prepared, that explains

Fall 2020

SEDV 613 - Energy Systems II - Planning and Energy Economics 
This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of financial principles and evaluation techniques; application to energy investment planning and to assessment of foundations in energy economics and policies; financial decision-making tools to support environmental and social initiatives, programs, investments and projects.

SEDV 640 - Capstone Project I: Research Design
This seminar/course (part 1 of 3) is designed to support students through their capstone projects with a focus on identification of potential capstone project research questions that are anchored in energy, environment and one other aspect of the student¿s choice; Development of research designs and skills to determine the feasibility of investigating potential research questions, narrowing options, and advancing the best option into a short proposal.

Winter 2021

SEDV 603 - Energy Systems II - Renewable Energy 
This course is designed to provide students with detailed foundation to renewable energy sources as prospective energy supply for the future, along with conditions for a sustained implementation of renewable energy technologies.

SEDV 621 - Environmental Management Tools in the Energy Sector 
In this course environmental management systems and issues are discussed as they relate to organizational and environmental impacts. Topics include: environmental management, strategic planning and policies; sustainable development and the organization, innovation, life cycle assessment; and management processes including audits, development of indicators and reporting, green product development, risk management; environmental accounting; and economic instruments.

SEDV 623 - Strategic Environmental Planning for Energy Organizations 
The purpose of this course is to provide the strategic context for making corporate environmental decisions. Other courses in the program provide students with the environmental science and environmental engineering technical background to make decisions. Specific environmental management tools and methodologies, such as environmental auditing, have been covered in separate courses while environmental law is covered subsequent to this course. This course takes the perspective of the strategic decision maker and analyses environment from the corporate strategy viewpoint.

SEDV 641 - Capstone Project II: Proposal Development
This seminar/course (part 2 of 3) is designed to support students through their capstone projects with a focus on writing a comprehensive proposal designed to answer a research question.  Seeking approval from a supervisor with expertise on the chosen topic, with guidance from the course instructor. Verbally presenting the research question and convincing the audience of its importance. Continuing investigation of the research question with progress reports submitted to both the supervisor and the course instructor.

Position Requirements
The SEDV Program is seeking a candidate with excellent teaching credentials and a demonstrated background in sustainable energy and environmental issues. Applicants must have a strong commitment to teaching, particularly at the post-graduate level, and ideally hold an earned doctoral degree in an area closely related to the particular course of interest. Previous involvement with the SEDV program is an asset. 

To apply, please a letter of interest specifying the course(s) you are interested in, your teaching approach and research interests; a curriculum vitae; evidence of teaching effectiveness; and three letters of reference. All applications should be sent via PDF to

Application Deadline: November 15, 2019. 

We thank you for your application.  Only successful applicants will be contacted.

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

To view a listing of all available academic opportunities and to find out more about what the University of Calgary has to offer, please visit our Academic Careers website.

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 be recognized as 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. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. 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.  


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