Geographies of Settler Colonial Canada (Assistant Professor, tenure-track)

Geographies of Settler Colonial Canada (Assistant Professor)

The Department of Geography at The University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver campus, invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor. We seek a dynamic scholar with broad intellectual interests committed to critical methodologies which elucidate the global historical processes that have shaped contemporary settler colonial Canada. The successful candidate will contribute to teaching in the Department’s Human Geography and/or Environment and Sustainability programs, engaging Indigeneity, coloniality, sovereignty, and transnationality in Canada.

The Department places a premium on theoretical ambition, social engagement and methodological innovation, including uses of and contributions to digital humanities, and especially welcomes applications from candidates with research and teaching interests in one or more of the following: analysis and critique of settler colonialism; historical and contemporary geographies of Canada including contested sovereignties; environmental history, including political economies and political ecologies of resources; Black Geographies, Indigenous sovereignty, and other social movements; Arctic/Northern socio-natures and Canada’s position in global climate change and the circumpolar Arctic; and urban-rural transformations and legal geographies of inter-jurisdictional political relations and transnational influences.  The successful candidate will have demonstrated excellence in research and excellence (or potential for excellence) in graduate and undergraduate teaching; be expected to maintain an active program of research and publishing; and participate fully in graduate supervision, departmental service and community engagement.

The anticipated start date for this position is July 1, 2021. The closing date for applications is August 21, 2020. 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 by the closing deadline of August 21, 2020 in the following order and in a single PDF (maximum size 15MB):

  • a letter of application;
  • a curriculum vitae that lists the names and contact information of three referees;
  • statements of research and teaching interests;
  • a one-page statement identifying their contributions, or potential contributions, to diversity, along with their ability to work with a culturally international student body;
  • a publication sample;
  • evidence of teaching effectiveness.


In addition, applicants should arrange to have three confidential letters of reference – signed and on official letterhead – sent by their referees directly to the chair of the search committee (Dr. Greg Henry) at by the application deadline, with the subject line “Assistant Professor of Geographies of Settler Colonial Canada”. Only complete applications will be considered by the search committee. Questions may be directed to the chair of the search committee: Dr. Greg Henry

This position is subject to final budgetary approval. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

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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 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.