Assistant Professor in Urban Social Change

Deadline for this position is February 1st.



The Department of Geography at Simon Fraser University, in Burnaby, British Columbia, invites applications for a tenure-track position in urban social change. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, and will begin 1 September 2019.

The ideal candidate will be a geographer whose work addresses the dynamics of urban social change across the following axes of social difference: ability, age, class, ethnicity, gender, health, Indigeneity, immigration status, race and/or sexuality. They will have expertise in the critical analysis of urban life, including but not limited to one or more of the following: decolonization; governance and planning; housing, home and belonging; marginalization and stigmatization; social movements; social reproduction; and urban crises and transformations. They will build an externally-funded research program that complements and contributes to our research strengths in The City and strengthens SFUs contributions to public discourse and policy. The successful candidate will demonstrate excellence, or the clear promise of excellence, in research and teaching, and will pursue collaboration across campus and beyond. They will demonstrate the capacity to develop an effective graduate training program, teach graduate and undergraduate courses in urban and social geography and other courses in the Human Geography program. We seek candidates who will contribute positively and constructively to the department work environment and will participate in community building and collegial governance.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and Permanent Residents of Canada will be given priority. Simon Fraser University, located in Metro Vancouver, is an equity employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including persons with disabilities, people of colour, Indigenous Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the university. All positions are subject to availability of funding and approval by the SFU Board of Governors.

Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. in geography or a related discipline at the time they apply for the position. Candidates should submit a single pdf including a cover letter (with an explicit statement of citizenship and/or residency status) outlining their research strengths and future research plans as they relate to the position and departmental research clusters, a curriculum vitae, and a one page statement of teaching experience and philosophy. They should arrange for three letters of reference to accompany their application. Applications should be submitted by webform at… []. References should be submitted by webform at… [].  The deadline for applications is 1 February 2019. If you have any questions, please contact the Search Committee’s secretary at

Search Committee chair: Professor Tracy Brennand, Department of Geography, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, V5A 1S6

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