Chair - Associate or full professor, School of Environmental Planning

  • University of Northern British Columbia
  • Prince George, B.C., Canada
  • Jun 30, 2020
Full time   Design (all areas) Environmental Studies Social & Behavioral Sciences Urban Studies & Planning

Job Description


Posting #FAENPL01-20 ACC


Chair - Associate or full professor               

 School of Environmental Planning

College of Science and Management

Tenured or Tenure –Track


The University of Northern British Columbia invites applications for a Tenured or Tenure-Track, Chair’s position in the School of Environmental Planning at the rank of Associate or Full Professor, with a proposed starting date of September 1st, 2020 . As an institution committed to an inclusive and transformative learning environment, UNBC values high quality and growth in both teaching and scholarship.


The successful candidate will have a doctorate in Planning or a related field and will teach in one or more of three programs of study in the School: First Nations Planning, Northern and Rural Community Planning, and Natural Resources Planning. Preferred candidates will specialize in one of these program areas, but any qualified candidate with a strong scholarly record in the field of planning will be considered. Membership as a fully certified member in the Canadian Institute of Planners or an Affiliate Institute, or eligibility to obtain membership as a fully certified member is required.


The successful candidate will work closely with members of the School of Environmental Planning to foster a strong culture of academic leadership and to develop a clear vision for advancing the School’s mission to serve communities in northern British Columbia and beyond through the delivery of an exceptional professional planning program.

The candidate will have a demonstrated record illustrating that they are an engaged professional, an active and highly accomplished scholar, and an effective and inspiring educator.

As the Chair of the School they will demonstrate strong skills in administration, a capacity to mentor faculty, and a steadfast commitment to promoting a culture of integrity and excellence within the School and the future Faculty of Environment.

The successful candidate will also have a demonstrated record illustrating a commitment to interdisciplinarity and collaboration, and an ability to establish respectful and reciprocal relationships that jointly serve the School’s mandate and the needs of the many communities the School is responsible to. 


The School of Environmental Planning (ENPL) provides a creative and challenging learning environment through small class sizes and an experiential and applied curriculum.

Students work with community partners to tackle today’s most contentious and complex issues in the areas of sustainability, climate change, biodiversity, environmental stewardship, and resilient community design.

Planning is an integrative process that ties together the environmental, social and economic elements of communities and regions. Planning works to improve the quality of human life while maintaining and enhancing the quality of the natural environment. Leading this process are professional planners who move between many roles, working with people and the public trust. 



About the University and its Community

Located in the spectacular landscape of northern British Columbia, UNBC is one of Canada’s best small research-intensive universities, with a core campus in Prince George and three regional campuses in Northern BC (Quesnel, Fort Saint John and Terrace). We have a passion for teaching, discovery, people, the environment, and the North. Northern British Columbia is comprised of friendly communities, offering a wide range of outdoor activities including exceptional skiing, canoeing and kayaking, fly fishing, hiking, and mountain biking. The lakes, forests and mountains of northern and central British Columbia offer an unparalleled natural environment in which to live and work.

UNBC provides outstanding undergraduate and graduate learning opportunities that explore cultures, communities, health, economies, sciences, and the environment. As one of B.C.’s leading research-intensive universities, we bring the excitement of new knowledge to our students, and the outcomes of our teaching and research to the work. In addition to fostering and celebrating academic excellence, UNBC is a welcoming place, with a learning environment that is friendly, inclusive, and supportive.

Small classes and a connected community exemplify UNBC and mean that our student body gets to know their professors by name. Outstanding academics, hands-on research, unlimited adventure and a tight-knit campus community result in strong student satisfaction at UNBC.

For the past 12 years, UNBC has placed in the top three in its category in the annual Maclean’s university rankings, the only University of its size to achieve that feat. UNBC also recently placed among the top four per cent of higher education institutions worldwide by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

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Preferred and Required Qualifications

Preferred and Required Qualifications as included above.

Application Details

Applicants should forward their cover letter indicating potential contributions to the School, curriculum vitae, a brief statement of teaching approaches and research program, and the names and addresses of three references (including telephone, fax, and email information) quoting posting #FAENPL01-20 ACC to:


Office of the Provost, University of Northern British Columbia

3333 University Way, Prince George, B.C., V2N 4Z9




Questions?: College of Science & Management Dean



All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Northern British Columbia is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from women, aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities.


We thank all applicants for their interest in UNBC however, only those applicants selected for further consideration will be contacted.


Applications received on or before July 24, 2020, will receive full consideration; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

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