Assistant Professor - Libro Professorship in Regional Economic Development

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The School of Environmental Design and Rural Development (SEDRD) invites applications for the Libro Professorship in Regional Economic Development. The School is involved in Canadian and international planning and development with a focus on rural and remote areas and communities.

SEDRD is seeking an Assistant Professor (tenure-track stream) with an interest and commitment to regional economic development for southwestern Ontario. Successful candidates must have: a clear potential for effective teaching in the classroom, especially at the Masters or PhD level; experience or demonstrated capability in the supervision of graduate students; a strong research program with the potential to secure funding; and evidence of successful community and stakeholder engagement. Experience in professional planning practice/ economic development is a requirement. This position will play a key role in the Rural Planning and Development (RPD) program.

SEDRD welcomes candidates who demonstrate a willingness to play a major role in the intellectual and administrative life of the School, College and University. This includes involvement with other SEDRD undergraduate and graduate programs in Landscape Architecture, Capacity Development and Extension, and Rural Studies, as well as collaborative programs throughout the rest of the Ontario Agricultural College and University of Guelph. The candidate will work to develop partnerships and outreach across southwestern Ontario.

Candidates must have a degree in Planning with a Ph.D. in Regional Economics, Planning, Development or a closely related disciplinary or interdisciplinary field (the Ph.D. degree must be completed or nearing completion at the time of the appointment). Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate interest in one or more of the following areas: regional, rural and small town development; community economic development and engagement; sustainable communities; and downtown revitalization. Command of the standard tools of regional and community economic analysis (e.g. economic base, shift share, location quotient, input-output analysis) is required. If not currently a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners, candidates should be eligible and prepared to obtain their membership. Work experience with government, civil society and private sector organizations will be an asset.

The School of Environmental Design and Rural Development (SEDRD) brings together major academic fields concerned with creating strong communities, in Canada and around the world. The fields of Landscape Architecture, Rural Planning and Development, Capacity Development and Extension and Rural Studies share many common goals but approach them in different and complementary ways. This model reflects the imperatives in building authentic communities where planners, leaders, communicators, landscape architects, the citizens and politicians all play important interdependent roles in community strength. As part of the Ontario Agricultural College, the school has a long history of achievements in serving the agriculture, food and rural affairs within Ontario and beyond.

The University of Guelph is a top-ranked comprehensive university in Canada with an enrolment of about 23,000 students. It is located in Guelph, Ontario (population of approximately 120,000) and is a one-hour drive west of Toronto, Ontario.

Review of applications will begin on February 1, 2016 and will continue until a suitable candidate is found. Applications, including a curriculum vitae and a statement of achievements and future interests in teaching, research, outreach, service and professional practice, should be sent to:

The Director
School of Environmental Design and Rural Development
University of Guelph
50 Stone Road East
Guelph, Ontario N1G 2W1
Email: at

Short-listed candidates will be required to provide three references and participate in a public/open interview process.

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

The University of Guelph is committed to equity in its policies, practices, and programs, supports diversity in its teaching, learning and work environments, and ensures that applications for members of underrepresented groups are seriously considered under its employment equity policy. All qualified individuals who would contribute to the further diversification of our University community are encouraged to apply.

SOURCE: School of Environmental Design and Rural Development

1 Feb 2016
School of Environmental Design and Rural Development
Guelph  Ontario
Educational Programs
Local economy
Rural CED