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Assistant Professor - Tenure Track, Geography

University of Victoria

Position Description: Geospatial Approaches to Natural Resource Management

The University of Victoria is consistently ranked in the top tier of Canada’s research-intensive universities. Vital impact drives the UVic sense of purpose. As an internationally renowned teaching and research hub, we tackle essential issues that matter to people, places and the planet. Situated in the Pacific Rim, our location breeds a profound passion for exploration. Defined by its edges, this extraordinary environment inspires us to defy boundaries, discover, and innovate in exciting ways. It’s different here, naturally and by design. We live, learn, work and explore on the edge of what’s next—for our planet and its peoples. Our commitment to research-inspired dynamic learning and vital impact make this Canada’s most extraordinary environment for discovery and innovation. Experience the edge of possibilities for yourself.

The Department of Geography consists of a diverse, welcoming community housing an integrative teaching and research environment that prepares students to address pressing socio-ecological dimensions of sustainability. It is home to 23 faculty members and offers a comprehensive program, including BA, BSc, MA, MSc, and PhD degrees.

For more information about the Department, and the University and Victoria, please see: and

The Department of Geography is seeking to add a tenure-track Assistant Professor to our community with research and teaching interests in geospatial approaches to natural resource management and conservation science. The anticipated appointment start date is July 1, 2022.

Qualified candidates will have a PhD in Geography or a related discipline. We seek, in particular, those with demonstrated outstanding quantitative abilities that utilize geospatial methods and technologies, including environmental/ecological modeling. The successful candidate will develop a research program in the area of geospatial science in natural resource management and conservation. Also, the candidate will instruct courses related to the geospatial science of natural resource management. It is expected that the candidate can demonstrate knowledge of and/or willingness to learn about the unique context of environmental governance in BC with respect to historical and ongoing colonialism and Indigenous resurgence.

Criteria for the position include demonstrated ability to:

1. teach introductory and advanced courses in the department’s Environment & Sustainability stream, including our intro course in Environment, Society and Sustainability, focused course(s) in natural resource management science and/or governance (e.g., forestry, fisheries, coastal ocean, land /marine planning), and advanced courses focused on GIS and spatial analysis;
2. develop and maintain an innovative externally funded research program in their research area;
3. respectfully and ethically collaborate with local community partners (including Indigenous communities), making valuable, practical contributions to sustainability practice in BC (and potentially beyond);
4. communicate results through peer-reviewed literature and other academic and popular venues;
5. supervise graduate students at the MSc and PhD level, as well as postdoctoral fellows;
6. work collaboratively with students, staff, and colleagues in a gender and culturally diverse work environment with a broad range of perspectives.

The University of Victoria campus is located on the territories of Lək̓ʷəŋən and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples, and we are privileged to do our work in a way that is inspired by their history, presence, customs, and culture. Our connections to Indigenous communities, and efforts to actively decolonize and give space for Indigenous resurgence, are important to us.

Interested persons must submit a:

1. cover letter that addresses the full scope of the job requirements;
2. curriculum vitae – identifying your scholarly experiences and key publication(s) to date;
3. statement of research interests and plans;
4. statement of teaching experience and approach, including evidence of teaching effectiveness; and,
5. statement of contributions or potential contributions to equity and diversity in the classroom and workplace.

In addition, applicants should provide names of three referees that could write confidential letters supporting the application; only those shortlisted will be asked to have these letters sent separately and electronically within 2 weeks of notification. Please note that reference and background checks, including credential and degree verification, may be undertaken as part of this recruitment process.

UVic is committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our living, learning, and work environments. In pursuit of our values, we seek members who will work respectfully and constructively with differences and across levels of power. We actively encourage applications from members of groups experiencing barriers to equity. Read our full equity statement here:

The University acknowledges the potential impact that career interruptions can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement. We encourage applicants to explain in their application the impact that career interruptions have had on their record.
Persons with disabilities, who anticipate needing accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, may contact Faculty Relations and Academic Administration in the Office of the VP Academic and Provost at Any personal information provided will be maintained in confidence.
Faculty and Librarians at the University of Victoria are governed by the provisions of the Collective Agreement. Members are represented by the University of Victoria Faculty Association (

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; in accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Please indicate in your application package if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
The preferred format of the application is electronic, and materials can be sent to Dr. David Atkinson ( in one file and in PDF. The closing date for applications is November 30, 2021. Only complete applications will be considered.
All queries and applications should be directed to:

David Atkinson
Chair, Department of Geography
Telephone: 250-721-7325