Assistant Prof., The School of Planning at Dalhousie

Dalhousie University
April 11, 2021
Ken Rice

The School of Planning at Dalhousie University invites applications for a probationary tenure stream Assistant Professor position, starting in July 2021 or shortly thereafter.

Dalhousie University, located in the heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia, is one of Canada’s top comprehensive research and teaching universities. Halifax occupies an unsurpassed natural
setting on the Atlantic coast and is the academic, cultural, and economic centre of Atlantic Canada.

The School of Planning at the Dalhousie University serves the Atlantic Region of Canada as the only professional planning school east of Quebec. The School offers graduate and undergraduate professionally accredited planning degrees (Bachelor of Community Design honours and Master of Planning), an undergraduate degree in community design and a research-based graduate degree (Master of Planning Studies). It has a current enrollment of over 50 graduate and 150 undergraduate students. We are a leading interdisciplinary planning school, equipping the next generation of planners to plan inclusive communities, through experiential learning, innovative research, and community partnership. We foster and inspire planning for resilient, equitable and smart communities. We embrace the core values of collaboration, innovation, community integration, and diversity and inclusion.

We are looking for a new faculty member at the Assistant Professor level with a focus on research and teaching in one or more of the following areas: planning theory and history, land use and land development, land economics, indigenous planning, or community engagement. The successful candidate will have a clearly articulated and directed research focus and demonstrated promise in research and scholarship. Familiarity with visual representation techniques and Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and experience with instructing professional writing and communication skills, would be assets.

A successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in planning or a relevant field. Applicant should have a professional degree in planning. Being a registered or licensed professional planner (RPP or LPP, for instance), as recognized by the planning profession in Canada, is an asset. The new faculty member will be expected to teach core and elective course in the graduate and
undergraduate programs and supervise students, advance the discipline through research and scholarship, and actively engage in administrative functions to shape the School’s future. In keeping with the School’s present strengths and directions, the ability to engage in community-based research is an asset. We expect the person in this position to be comfortable in an interdisciplinary setting, demonstrate leadership on collaborative activities, and bring innovative ideas to planning research and teaching.

For more information about the School of Planning, Dalhousie University, and Halifax, please go to these websites:

Candidates should provide a statement of their teaching and research interests, examples of peer reviewed published work, a curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three references (who may be contacted later with the applicant’s knowledge). All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The university encourages applications from Indigenous persons, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of a minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit

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