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Assistant Professor in Biological and/or Environmental Engineering, Teaching Focused

University of Guelph

The School of Engineering at the University of Guelph invites applications for a tenure-track teaching focused position at the Assistant Professor level.

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in engineering and a doctorate in Biological or Environmental Engineering (or a related field). Applicants must have teaching experience at the University level and have a demonstrated record of teaching excellence. Eligibility for registration as a Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario within five years of hiring is a requirement of this position.

We seek candidates whose teaching, research and service interests reflect our School’s values and complement our existing strengths.

The successful applicant is expected to focus on the development and delivery of academic programs in engineering at both the undergraduate and graduate level. They will also develop a research program, which may be discipline specific, interdisciplinary, or focussed in engineering education and pedagogy. They will mentor undergraduate and graduate students, and provide service within and external to the University. The successful candidate will lead aspects of the School’s Graduate Attributes process.

Qualified applicants must have the expertise to teach a large number of our courses, particularly our core engineering design sequence, engineering analysis, and engineering systems courses. In the School of Engineering, students from different undergraduate programs share courses in fundamental engineering science and engineering design. We are particularly interested in applicants who can engage students in different engineering programs in large classes. The successful applicant will also be able to teach a selection of senior undergraduate courses in our environmental and/or biological engineering programs as well as graduate courses in these disciplines. Responsibilities will include advising undergraduate design teams.

Candidates must demonstrate commitment to excellent pedagogical practices and interest in teaching-related scholarly activity. To provide evidence of excellence in teaching and pedagogical inquiry, applicants must submit a teaching dossier that includes: a teaching statement describing philosophy, approach, interests, and experience in all pedagogical settings including classroom, engineering design instruction, laboratory, tutorials, workshops, small group and individual mentorship; awards and accolades; and evidence of successful teaching (e.g. peer evaluations or unsolicited student feedback).

Equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) are essential to academic excellence. To provide evidence of a commitment to EDI, applicants must submit a statement with their application. The statement may include content such as views, experiences, and plans for fostering EDI.

Preference will be given to the candidate who will combine excellence in teaching with a demonstrated capacity to conduct novel, interdisciplinary research that will expand and complement our current research strengths. Preference will be given to individuals with a proven background in accreditation and/or graduate attributes, including assessment approaches. The School has particular emphasis in engineering design and therefore candidates with experience in engineering design and engineering design pedagogy are preferred.

The University of Guelph has well-established and accredited undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Biological Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Engineering Systems and Computing, Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Water Resources Engineering. At present, the School is comprised of over 62 faculty members, 34 staff and technicians, 1700 undergraduate students and 350 graduate students.

The University of Guelph is the third largest employer in Guelph, a city of approximately 130,000 people, located about an hour drive west of Toronto, Ontario. University of Guelph is a top-ranked comprehensive university in Canada with an enrolment of over 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students across more than 40 academic units. The University is known for its commitment to student learning, innovative research, and collaboration with world-class partners. It is a unique place, with transformative research and teaching and a distinctive campus culture. People who learn and work here are shaped and inspired by a shared purpose: To Improve Life. Reflecting that shared purpose in every experience connected to our university positions us to create positive change, here and around the world. Our University community shares a profound sense of social responsibility, a drive for international development, and an obligation to address global issues.

Application Process
Assessment of applications will begin on May 23, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants should submit the following materials (preferably as a single PDF file): (1) a cover letter; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) teaching dossier; (4) statement regarding equity, diversity and inclusion; (5) statement of research vision; (6) the contact information for three references to the address below. Please include in the subject line of the email position reference #: 126-162. Applications should be sent to the attention of:

Dr. John Runciman
School of Engineering
University of Guelph
Guelph, ON N1G 2W1

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

The University recognizes that applicants may have had obligations outside of work that have negatively impacted their record of achievements (e.g., parental, elder care, and/or medical). You are not required to disclose these obligations in the hiring process. If you choose to do so, the University will ensure that these obligations do not negatively impact the assessment of your qualifications for the position.

The University of Guelph resides on the ancestral lands of the Attawandaron people and the treaty lands and territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit and we offer our respect to our Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and Métis neighbours as we strive to strengthen our relationships with them.

At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion ( is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution.

If you require a medical accommodation during the recruitment or selection process, please contact Occupational Health and Wellness at 519-824-4120 x52674.