Associate Professor - Geography and Environmental Studies (Indigenous Scholar)

Date: Nov 16, 2022

Location: All locations, CA

Company: Wilfrid Laurier University

Faculty/Academic Area: Faculty of Science 

Department: Geography and Environmental Studies 

Campus: All locations 

Employee Group: WLUFA 

Requisition ID: 5125 








The Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University invites applications for a Tenure Track faculty position at the Associate Professor level beginning July 1, 2023, subject to budgetary approval.

The goal of the Department through this position is to build on existing strengths and to prioritize research in areas of the most significant environmental issues in Canada and globally.  The position will focus on any combination of climate change and water resources governance and collaboration, gender and extractive resources, Indigenous design and planning, community development or environmental risk assessment.   An Indigenous perspective in research to provide support to Indigenous and Northern Communities and the government’s decision-making in a rapidly changing climate is invaluable. Traditional knowledge (TK) and Indigenous perspective are critical to the success of nature-based solutions to climate change in collaborative environmental research, policy design, knowledge translation and mobilization.

Qualified applicants must have a Ph.D. (or will have defended their Ph.D. before July 1, 2023) in Geography, Environmental Studies or in a closely related field.  The successful candidate will be a strong scholar with a promising record of research focusing on climate change impacts and Indigenous experiences that compliments existing research programs at Laurier.  Areas of specialization may include NSERC/SSHRC/CIHR research in Environmental Change or Climate Management. 


The ideal candidate will be a scholar with a commitment to teaching at the undergraduate, masters and doctoral levels, as well as supervising graduate students in the MSc and PhD programs. Applicants must have an active research program that complements existing research programs within the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies; with a strong track record of academic publications (and/or other knowledge outputs) and demonstrated potential for obtaining research funding from Tri-Council and/or other sources. A strong record of teaching excellence at the undergraduate level, with experience teaching and supporting a diverse group of students is an asset. The successful applicant must have excellent communication skills and demonstrate collegiality in a comprehensive department. We also welcome statements that speak to a candidate’s experience with and commitment to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion (e.g., scholarship, teaching, mentoring, lived experience).


Aligned with Laurier’s Action Plan for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and Indigeneity (, the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies is strongly committed to the principles of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in our hiring process and consideration of candidates with lived experience. We strongly encourage applications from candidates from diverse and equity-deserving groups including, but not limited to, individuals who are Black, Indigenous, or People of Colour (BIPOC) as well as those who identify as 2SLGBTQ+, and differently-abled.


The Department of Geography & Environmental Studies is a dynamic subunit in the Faculty of Science, with leading researchers in many fields and a commitment to building collaborative interdisciplinary research partnerships to address complex and diverse issues. There are strong ties between numerous Faculty members in these Departments and government and industry partners.

The Department of Geography and Environmental Studies offers a BA degree in Environmental Studies as well as degrees in Geography and Environmental Science. The Environmental Studies BA prepares students to establish themselves in a variety of stimulating careers ranging from environmental management and consulting to teaching, from land-use planning to intelligence work, and from public administration to development work in Canada's Indigenous communities and globally. Because of their considerable breadth of theoretical and applied knowledge, Environmental Studies graduates are frequently part of multidisciplinary teams working in the natural sciences, business and industry, and public services. Our Geography BA and BSc students are trained in the foundations of both human and physical geography.  BA graduates learn how to study and analyze complex issues associated with human patterns of settlement and interactions with the environment. BSc graduates learn how to recognize, study, and analyze environmental and physical processes at local to global scales.

The department, together with the Department of Geography and Environmental Management at the University of Waterloo, offers a joint program leading to MA, MES, MSc, and PhD degrees. Graduate students are expected to acquire critical understanding of issues and insights in all main areas of Geography as well as an in-depth knowledge of one area of specialization. This objective is achieved through advanced coursework, seminars, and substantive research (i.e., thesis or research paper) which emphasize independent knowledge generation and current research methodologies. Our faculty have received substantial funding and have been founding members of many research centres on campus. The research reputation is well established with eight current or former research chairs with a range of interests that extend from northern water quality/quantity through to international migration.

Candidates who identify as Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, Inuit) are encouraged to apply by including the following in their application. Please note that additional materials may be requested through the review process as required.

  • a letter of intent including the candidate’s research and teaching interests and where this best aligns with the position profile and Laurier’s current strategic research initiatives.
  • a curriculum vitae.
  • a statement on teaching philosophy, and any evidence of teaching effectiveness (such as course syllabus/description, a peer teaching review and student/participant feedback).
  • sample publication, scholarly output or writing sample
  • the names and contact information of three referees (who will not be contacted without the candidate’s consent).
  • Indigenous Identity Fraud/Theft has been a significant issue highlighted in the media, and we will be taking steps to confirm Indigenous Identity as part of the recruitment and selection process. The process used to confirm identity is being developed in consultation with the Indigenous Initiatives office.


Full application packages maybe submitted to:


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 Sunday December 18, 2022 (11:59pm).


Diversity and creating a culture of inclusion is a key pillar of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Strategic Academic Plan and is one of Laurier’s core values. Laurier is committed to increasing the diversity of faculty and staff and welcomes applications from qualified members of the equity-deserving groups. Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programming at Laurier are welcome to contact the Office of Indigenous Initiatives at . Candidates from other equity-deserving groups who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programming at Laurier are welcomed to contact Equity and Accessibility at


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 Dr. Anthony Clarke, Dean of Science (  Further information on the equity policy can be found at   


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  


The Faculty of Science wishes to thank all applicants for their interest. All nominations and applications shall be reviewed and considered under a set of criteria established by the Department Appointments and Promotion 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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