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Assistant Professor of Planning, School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape

Job ID: 22338

Updated: March 9, 2021

Location: Main Campus

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, Region III.

Position Description

The School of Architecture Planning and Landscape (SAPL), at the University of Calgary invites applications for an Assistant Professor (tenure-track), in the Master of Planning degree program. The SAPL Master of Planning is a two year first professional degree in planning that incorporates a design studio pedagogy to integrate physical form and spatial planning perspectives into municipal and urban planning contexts at both urban and regional scales. The MPlan is an accredited professional degree that prepares students for registration as professional planners and covers a range of social, environmental, land development, policy and legislative frameworks involved in planning practice.  Anticipated start date is July 1, 2021.

The successful candidate must have experience in successfully teaching and contributing to courses and studios in at least one and preferably more than one of the following areas: spatial planning and analysis, form-based planning and physical design, urban systems, social planning, cross-cultural and community development municipal finance and land development.

The successful candidate must hold a professional degree in Planning from an accredited program at a recognized university, together with a research degree at either the master, or doctoral level; and planning practice experience in the public, private, or not-for-profit sectors, preferably as a registered planner.

The successful candidate will have research experience in an academic context or a strong record of critical practice as a professional planner. The successful candidate will be expected to establish and maintain an active and externally funded research program, supervise graduate student research, participate in the School though service activities as required and engage in community outreach through SAPL partnerships. International academic or professional experience involving interdisciplinary, cross-disciplinary or transdisciplinary research and practice is also desirable.

Candidate applications for this position should present evidence of previous professional practice, research, and teaching experience in studio and classroom settings. Excellence in practice, research, and teaching may be demonstrated through peer-reviewed publications, a strong record of research productivity and a teaching dossier containing a statement of teaching philosophy and examples of student work. Candidates should also be able demonstrate a commitment to service within a university setting, the planning profession, or the wider community.

SAPL offers graduate level professional course-based programs in architecture, landscape architecture, and planning as well as research degrees at the Master and Doctoral levels which all have strong interdisciplinary traditions. SAPL’s new City Building Design Lab enhances this mission by bringing 25,000 sq. ft of teaching, research, and community outreach spaces into the heart of downtown Calgary.              

The School's commitment to innovation is demonstrated through a curriculum that provides students opportunities for international study abroad programs, weeklong intensive master classes, and growing facilities for computational design, simulation and making. These are supported by award winning faculty members, including practitioners and applied researchers working across a variety of media and scales. This position is part of SAPL’s strategy for expanding our community of highly engaged faculty. For further information please visit

Application Instructions:

Qualified individuals are encouraged to submit an application online via the 'Apply Now' link.   Applications should include:

  • updated curriculum vitae
  • statement of intent including teaching philosophy and research interests
  • portfolio that includes samples of professional work, research and student work
  • names and contact information for 3 referees. Referees should be able to evaluate a candidate's experience in teaching, research, and practice.

Please be aware that the application process allows for only four attachments. Your four application attachments should be organized in a way that  may require you to merge documents.  All materials should be submitted online as PDF files.

Applications will be accepted until May 8, 2021

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, 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.

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 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 School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape visit Careers in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape.

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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