Assistant Professor, Academic Programming Appointment: Community Energy and Environmental Planning

School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan
University of Saskatchewan
The salary band for this Assistant Professor position is: $93,293 to $112,109 + benefits.
Oct 17, 2019
Dec 16, 2019
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The School of Environment and Sustainability (SENS) at the University of Saskatchewan invites applications from outstanding candidates for a full-time tenure track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor as an Academic Programming Appointee (APA) in Community Energy and Environmental Planning.  This position has an emphasis on teaching (including course delivery, project/placement coordination, community engagement), with the possibility of some research activities. The appointment is anticipated to begin on July 1, 2020. SENS is embarking on exciting new programs, including a suite of professional Masters programs (12-month project/placement based Masters, with an optional 4-month co-operative placement), including water security, energy security, food security, sustainable environmental management, and biocultural conservation. The successful candidate will have established themselves as a lead instructor in the scholarship of community-engaged energy and environmental planning, particularly in relation to the water-energy-food nexus and sustainability development.

We seek a candidate who is recognized for teaching excellence at the graduate level. The successful candidate will teach in the area of community energy planning and make contributions to programming in water security, energy security, food security and their nexus and/or environmental management as their expertise allows. Preference will be given to candidates with expertise in implementing collaborative research and project development with Indigenous, northern, remote or rural communities, especially in the area of energy systems and services.  The successful candidate will be expected to teach community energy planning, and ideally contribute to courses in project management, project finance, consultation and negotiations, permitting process and regulations.  Delivery of courses in other renewable resource sectors (e.g., water and food security) and their interconnections is desirable.  The position requires an ability to evaluate and report on program design, deliver courses, mentor professional Master’s students, and oversee projects and placements.

SENS is a premier site internationally for practicing use-inspired and community-engaged scholarship. The APA appointee will join a highly-engaged interdisciplinary faculty and student body working across natural sciences, engineering, social sciences and humanities. Our faculty are committed to engaging Indigenous peoples and knowledge in research and teaching and we emphasize hands-on experiential learning in our graduate programs. Our focus on community energy and environmental planning will advance our ability to connect with other units on campus, strengthen the policy relevance of our research, and contribute to the graduation of highly-qualified personnel who are poised to become highly-sought-after professional leaders and managers in their fields.

The University of Saskatchewan’s main campus is situated on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis. The University of Saskatchewan is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, a city with a diverse and thriving economic base, a vibrant arts community and a full range of leisure opportunities. The University has a reputation for excellence in teaching, research and scholarly activities and offers a full range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs to a student population of over 24,000.

Qualifications Include:

  • A PhD in a relevant area of community energy and environmental planning;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, as demonstrated through collaborative interdisciplinary interactions, community engagement and faculty collegiality;
  • Excellent communications skills to academic and public audiences.
  • Demonstrated excellence in experiential learning, mentorship and classroom teaching at the graduate level using a variety of teaching modalities; and
  • Experience with transdisciplinary research and teaching partnerships.


Applicants who have experience in teaching professional development courses, and who have experience working with northern, rural, remote or Indigenous communities are desirable.

The salary band for this Assistant Professor position is: $93,293 to $112,109.

This position includes a comprehensive benefits package which includes a dental, health and extended vision care plan; pension plan, life insurance (compulsory and voluntary), academic long term disability, sick leave, travel insurance, death benefits, an employee assistance program, a professional expense allowance, and a flexible health and wellness spending program.

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To be considered for this opportunity, please send your CV and a letter outlining your fit with the position requirements and with the SENS community. Additionally, please submit a 5-page statement describing your research and teaching philosophy and practices, your research accomplishments to date, including your strategy for acquiring external funding, and your objectives in the next 5 years, together with the names of three references, in confidence to:


Dr. Karsten Liber, Executive Director (Interim), School of Environment & Sustainability

117 Science Place, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK S7N 5C8
Telephone: (306) 966-1499


Due to federal immigration requirements, we also ask candidates to indicate whether they are Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or are otherwise already authorized to work at this position for the duration of the appointment, with an explanation if this last category is indicated.

Review of applications will begin October 1, 2019; however, applications will be accepted and evaluated until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2020, or earlier if possible.

The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.