Critical Cartography, Computational Geographies and Transformation (Assistant Professor of Teaching, tenure-track)

October 20, 2021

Tenure-track Educational Leadership Position in Critical Cartography, Computational Geographies and Transformation

The Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver) invites applications for a tenure-track position in the Educational Leadership stream centered in the fields of GIS and Geographical Computing. The Educational Leadership stream was established at UBC in 2011 to provide an alternative tenure-track career path for scholars who wish to focus their academic activities on education, pedagogical research and innovation.  Appointment would be at the rank of Assistant Professor of Teaching.

We seek a scholar who is trained in cartography, GIS, spatial analysis, and/or geographical computing and engages the technology in critical and creative ways. e.g., by developing new approaches to digital geographies and their connections with transformations of society and nature. The ideal candidate will contribute to ongoing transformations in geography and related disciplines (for example, but not limited to: Queer, Black, Indigenous, or Latinx geographies). Applicants should have demonstrated excellence or have promise of excellence in teaching and have a strong commitment to innovative approaches to pedagogy, technology and curriculum. We expect the successful candidate to demonstrate a commitment or strong potential to engage in community-based pedagogy.  The successful candidate will be expected to join collaborative efforts to help transform relevant departmental curriculum through relevant funding initiatives.

Applicants would be expected to contribute both to teaching and curriculum development related to GIS and Geographical Computing and the broader departmental curriculum, and to our department’s efforts to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion, and to align it with UBC’s Indigenous Strategic Plan and the calls to action of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Preference will be given to candidates who complement and expand on departmental strengths, both in GIS and Geographical Computation and in their other areas of interest.

The anticipated start date for this position is July 1, 2022. Review of applications will begin November 22, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should have a Ph.D. (or provide solid indication of imminent completion) in geography or a related field.

Applications are to be submitted via this online form:

Applicants should be prepared to upload the following items in the listed order as a single PDF (maximum size 15 MB):

  • a letter of application;
  • a curriculum vitae that lists the names and contact information of three referees;
  • one statement (up to three pages) of pedagogical and scholarly interests and educational leadership;
  • statement (up to one page) identifying your past contributions to equity, diversity and inclusion, along with your ability to work with a culturally diverse student body; as well as your philosophy of, and potential future contributions to equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging at UBC. If appropriate, provide details of how your teaching, service and/or scholarship has supported the success of students in your academic field who are underrepresented or marginalized, including but not limited to on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. Applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should note how their work will further UBC’s commitment to diversity;
  • no more than one journal article, multimedia digital product, poster presentation on pedagogical innovation, or other scholarly product;
  • sample course syllabi and other evidence of teaching effectiveness.

Only complete applications will be considered by the search committee. Questions may be directed to the chair of the search committee: Dr. Dan Moore

This position is subject to final budgetary approval. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. For more information about our department, go to:

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds, including but not limited to those enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Further information on the Educational Leadership Stream can be found via the following links:

Given the uncertainty caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, applicants must be prepared to conduct interviews remotely if circumstances require. A successful applicant may be asked to consider an offer containing a deadline without having been able to make an in-person visit to campus if travel and other restrictions are still in place.