Assistant Professor - Geography and Environmental Studies (Human Geography)

Date: Feb 6, 2024

Location: All locations, CA

Company: Wilfrid Laurier University

Wilfrid Laurier University

Faculty of Science

Department of Geography and Environmental Studies


The Department of Geography and Environmental Studies (GES) invites applications from qualified candidates for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor effective July 1, 2024, depending on the availability of the candidate and subject to budgetary approval. 


The successful candidate will demonstrate primary expertise in human environment interactions.


The ideal candidate will be expected to contribute to undergraduate and graduate teaching and supervision and will be experienced in teaching large classes on topics that might include Introduction to Human Geography or Environmental Studies, Ecotourism, Political Ecology, and related topics.  Teaching responsibilities may be multicampus with course delivery at Waterloo, Brantford, and Milton campuses.


We seek a colleague with demonstrated and/or clear potential to develop an independent and robust research program. The successful applicant will have a track record in scholarly outputs, including publications, research funding, awards, knowledge mobilization, and interdisciplinary collaborations, appropriate to the level of the scholar. Applicants are expected to possess a PhD in geography, environmental studies, or a closely related discipline, at the time of appointment.


In collaboration with departmental colleagues, the successful candidate will play an important role in shaping the future direction of the department. Candidates must be committed to working across sub-disciplinary boundaries and creating a culture of inclusion, as well as a dedication to community service and professional development.


Wilfrid Laurier University is a leading Canadian university renowned for its learning environment and student-focused educational experience. As a comprehensive university with more than 19,000 students, Laurier has grown rapidly in research intensity while at the same time preserving its well-earned reputation for undergraduate and graduate teaching and learning excellence. With a multi-campus and multi-community culture, Laurier offers students an exceptional range and depth of more than 100 academic programs taught by award-winning lecturers across nine faculties.


For more information about working at Laurier as well as the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, applicants are encouraged to visit the institutions web pages:


Department of Geography and Environmental Studies –


Waterloo Campus -


Applications must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a short statement regarding prospective research interests and potential funding sources, a teaching dossier that includes evidence of teaching innovation and excellence, links to up to three selected publications, and the names and e-mail addresses of three referees.


Full application packages may be submitted to:


Attention: Dr. Mary-Louise Byrne, Chair,

Department of Geography and Environmental Studies,

Wilfrid Laurier University,

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, N2L 3C5


Electronic submission of applications is preferred. Applications will be accepted until Friday March 15, 2024|11:59pm.  Applicants can learn more about the Department, affiliated university research centres, and current faculty interests at Geography and Environmental Studies.    


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, as per Canadian immigration laws, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obligated to gather information about applicants’ status as either Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens. Applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenships; however, all applicants must include one of the following statements in their cover letter:


Yes, I am a current citizen or permanent resident of Canada.


No, I am not a current citizen or permanent resident of Canada.


Members of designated groups must self-identify to be considered for employment equity. Candidates may self-identify, in confidence, to Ruth MacNeil (, Senior Administrative Officer, Faculty of Science.  Further information on the equity policy can be found at WLU equity policy


Applicants are encouraged to address any career interruptions or special circumstances that may have affected their record of research and teaching, in accordance with SSHRC and NSERC definitions and guidelines. To obtain a copy of this job description in an accessible format, please contact Human Resources ( 


The Faculty of Science wishes to thank all applicants for their interest. All applications shall be reviewed and considered under a set of criteria established by the Department Search Committee and a short list of candidates shall be interviewed. Only those applicants selected for the short list will be contacted.

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