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Tenure-Track, Human Geography-Political Ecology.

University of British Columbia Okanagan

University of British Columbia – Okanagan Campus
Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Human Geography - Political Ecology – Tenure-Track Faculty (JR172)

The Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus, on the unceded Syilx territory, invites applications for a tenure-track faculty in Human Geography-Political Ecology. This is an Assistant or Associate rank position to be held in the Community, Culture and Global Studies of the Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences FASS with an expected start date of July 1, 2021.

We seek a Critical Geographer with expertise in Political Ecology. Preference will be given to scholars who draw on Critical Geography to create new understandings about the political ecologies of sustainability. We are thus interested in appointing a person who works on issues of sustainability in the broadest sense of the term, and a key part of their work might be to reconceptualise the idea of sustainability itself. We are especially open to a candidate whose research questions sustainability of what, for whom, and with what consequences at multiple scales. Preference will be given to a candidate that works with Critical Race Theory, Feminist Theory, Indigenous Theory, Queer Theory, and/or the Black Radical Tradition. It is envisioned that the successful candidate will augment existing expertise in, and contribute to, teaching Critical Social & Cultural Geography.

They will also be open to participation in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies program. The candidate should have a record of publication in critical political ecology appropriate to rank. The FASS offers both discipline-based and interdisciplinary programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The collegial learning environment focuses on effective teaching, critical and creative scholarship, and the integration of scholarship and teaching. We also hope to hire a candidate whose work resonates with other departmental programs (Anthropology, Indigenous Studies, and/or Gender and Women’s Studies). The position is open to applications from those who can be appointed at either the Assistant or Associate Professor level. A Ph.D. in Human Geography or closely related discipline is required at time of appointment.

UBC is one of the world’s leading universities, and is consistently ranked in the top 40. The university has two distinct campuses, one in Vancouver and one in Kelowna. The Okanagan campus has undergraduate and graduate programs, with over 9,000 students in seven faculties including 540 Aboriginal students. Situated in the heart of the Okanagan Valley, one of the most scenic regions in Canada, it offers an intimate learning environment and excellent opportunities for regional, national, and international scholarly activities. We are committed to an ethos of local involvement, global engagement, and intercultural awareness, and we provide a positive, inclusive, and mutually supportive working and learning environment for all our students, faculty, and staff. UBC’s strategic plan identifies inclusion as one of our key priorities. We therefore welcome colleagues with the experiences and competencies to contribute to our principles of inclusion, equity, and diversity throughout campus life.

For more information about UBC resources and opportunities, please visit

As part of the University’s response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, UBC Okanagan has committed to supporting and implementing five key commitments, which can be found at Candidates are expected to support UBC Okanagan’s commitments to Indigenous engagement.

The Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at UBC Okanagan is deeply committed to increasing the diversity of our community. We ask that all applicants complete a voluntary survey (link to survey) that will help us to assess the effectiveness of our efforts to reach a broad group of potential applicants.

How to Apply: Applications are submitted online at and should include:

(i) a cover letter, addressed to Dr. Mike Evans (Head pro tem – Community, Culture, and Global Studies), outlining qualification for the position and fit with the Human Geography program and the FASS;
(ii) a curriculum vitae;
(iii) a 2-page statement of research program;
(iv) a 2-page statement on teaching philosophy and interests;
(v) evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., teaching/course evaluations);
(vi) a writing or creative/artistic sample, max 30 pages;
(vii) a 1-page diversity statement (i.e. tell us about your experience working within a diverse environment and your contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion on campus); and,
(viii) the names of three referees who have agreed to submit letters of reference, if requested.

Inquiries may be directed to Dr. Mike Evans at: All correspondence must indicate the competition title (Human Geography-Political Ecology – Tenure-track Faculty) in the subject line of the e-mail.

The deadline for application is January 5, 2021. We anticipate the review of applications for a short list will be complete by the end of January. All appointments are subject to budgetary approval. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.