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Assistant Professor, School of Land Use and Environmental Change (Land-Use Planning)

School of Land Use and Environmental Change
Application deadline: February 17, 2023

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UFV's School of Land Use and Environmental Change (SLUEC) in the Faculty of Science invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Land-Use Planning with an interest in sustainable development, resiliency planning and Indigenous community design. The successful applicant will join a thriving faculty that supports programs in Human and Physical Geography, Environmental Studies, and Geographic Information Systems. A Bachelor of Regional and Community Planning degree has been approved with an expected start date of 2023. The successful candidate will help to grow the new planning program in SLUEC and contribute to human geography curriculum development and teaching. Depending on expertise of the successful candidate, possible courses he/she/they might teach include Human Geography (GEOG 140), Social Geography: The Urban Experience (GEOG 241), Economic Geography (GEOG 242), Sustainable Communities by Design (GEOG 260), Planning Law (PLAN 310), Resiliency Planning: Applied Techniques in Spatial Planning (PLAN 366), and Indigenous Land Use and Community Planning (PLAN 410).

The successful candidate will teach courses at all undergraduate levels and supervise undergraduate research students using studio, applied practicum, and independent-study courses. The successful candidate will work to build relationships with Fraser Valley municipalities and Indigenous communities to provide collaborative and integrative applied experiential learning opportunities for students. The ability to use Geographic Information Systems to support land-use planning is an asset, as is experience with community outreach in agricultural regions with rapidly growing urban centers.

SLUEC is seeking a collegial and energetic individual who has exceptional communication skills and demonstrated excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level. Incorporating Indigenous perspectives in the curriculum is essential as is teaching international students and managing the needs of a diverse learning environment. Teaching across traditional disciplinary boundaries and delivering courses in community settings are required.

Short-listed applicants will have a strong record of applied research and/or professional productivity commensurate with their experience and a demonstrated ability to establish a successful research program at UFV. The ability to attract external funding to support research and student learning experiences is highly desirable.

The successful applicant will actively participate in departmental activities, service, events, and initiatives. Commitment to an ongoing program of professional development is required.


  • Extensive knowledge of land-use planning in urbanized agricultural regions.
  • Registered Professional Planner certification at time of hire is essential.
  • Experience working with Indigenous communities.
  • Teaching experience at the undergraduate level with recent evidence of teaching excellence.
  • A Master’s degree in geography, planning, or a closely related field from a recognized post-secondary institution is required in addition to extensive professional experience, but a PhD is preferred.
  • Familiarity with technology-supported teaching both in the classroom and online.
  • Effective cross-cultural and interdisciplinary communication skills.
  • Record of impactful applied research and/or community-based planning initiatives.
  • Interest in service contribution to SLUEC, UFV, and Indigenous communities of the Fraser Valley.

To be considered for this position, please submit a complete application package that includes the following:

  • cover letter
  • curriculum vitae
  • teaching philosophy statement
  • research interest statement
  • scholarly activity example (e.g., publication or project portfolio)
  • three letters of reference

In your application, indicate your eligibility to work legally in Canada.

UFV is committed to equity in employment and all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. UFV will contact only candidates receiving an interview. Shortlisted applicants may be required to undergo a criminal record check and/or a verification of their education credentials.

For further information about the position, please contact Dr. Ian Affleck, Associate Dean of Science and Acting co-Director, School of Land Use and Environmental Change, University of the Fraser Valley, at

About UFV:

The University of the Fraser Valley is located on the traditional territory of the Halq'eméylem-speaking peoples. We express our gratitude and respect for the honour of living and working in Stó:lo Tém:éxw (Stó:lo Land; Stó:lo World). In all that we do, UFV strives to support and honour the Stó:lo peoples goals of self-determination and well-being on these lands. A commitment to Indigenization and Reconciliation is core to our institutional Vision and Integrated Strategic Plan: IYAQAWTXW — which means House of Transformation. This commitment includes the goal of centering Indigenous ways of knowing throughout our organization, recognizing our responsibilities to community, and a multi-year plan to increase the number of Indigenous faculty, staff, and administrators working at UFV.

UFV has four campus locations within the beautiful Fraser Valley in British Columbia. Recognized as one of BC's top employers, UFV offers a combination of career and lifestyle benefits. Join a team of 1,400 passionate professionals who value integrity, inclusivity and excellence. At UFV, you will serve a vibrant community, and shape the future of 15,000 students.

Indigenization, equity, and diversity are essential to our work as a university. A diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been historically underrepresented and marginalized. At UFV, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we proudly serve. We encourage applications from Indigenous peoples, members of groups that experience discrimination due to race, colour, place of origin, ancestry, and/or religion, persons who identify as women and 2SLGBTQ+, and persons with disabilities. We invite applicants to complete a confidential self-identification survey as part of the application process. All questions are voluntary, with an option to decline to answer.  Information will be used to support efforts to broaden the diversity of the recruitment process, and results are not shared with the selection committee.  Inquiries about the survey may be directed to careers@ufv.caLearn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In an effort to be both environmentally and fiscally responsible, UFV will contact only candidates receiving an interview. We thank all applicants for considering UFV for employment. Shortlisted applicants may be required to undergo a criminal record check and/ or a verification of their education credentials. 

UFV is committed to the principle of equity in employment.

Please note: you should receive a confirmation email once you have successfully applied to this position. If you do not, please contact the Njoyn Help Desk at or 1-877-427-7717 Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm (EST).

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