Assistant Professor (Physical Geography)

University of Fraser Valley

Abbotsford, BC, Canada 🇨🇦

School of Land Use and Environmental Change
Application deadline: May 20, 2022

Job Number: J0222-0277
Status: Permanent
Open Positions: 1
Salary Scale: Faculty Scale
Hours/Week: 35

Job Summary:

UFV’s School of Land Use and Environmental Change (SLUEC) in the Faculty of Science invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Physical Geography with interest in ecohydrology, a UNESCO priority, and its connection to climate science. SLUEC seeks a scientist who uses knowledge of hydrological and biological processes at different scales to improve water security, enhance biodiversity, and support sustainable development by reducing ecological threats and maximizing watershed resilience. The successful applicant will join a thriving faculty who support programs in Human and Physical Geography, Environmental Studies, and Geographic Information Systems. The successful candidate will teach courses at all undergraduate levels such as The Physical Environment (GEOG 103), Climatology (GEOG 201), Living Within Our Watersheds (ENV 200), and Environmental Hydrology (GEOG 303). A redesign of River Geomorphology (GEOG 302) to fit the successful candidate’s expertise is possible as is the development of new courses. Supervision of research students through fourth-year independent-study courses and research-assistant positions is expected. Experience in the use of Geographic Information Systems and modelling is an asset, as is the ability to apply environmental science to risk assessment and land-use planning in agricultural regions with rapidly growing urban centers.

SLUEC is seeking a collegial and energetic individual who has exceptional communication skills, demonstrated excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level, and capacity to develop experiential and applied research opportunities for students. Incorporating Indigenous perspectives in the curriculum is essential as is teaching international students and managing the needs of a diverse learning environment. Science communication and outreach to Fraser Valley communities along with the ability to teach across traditional disciplinary boundaries is required.

Short-listed applicants will have a strong record of research productivity commensurate with their experience, a demonstrated ability to establish a successful research program, and an ability to incorporate their research into applied learning opportunities for students. Attracting external funding to support research is highly desirable.

The successful applicant will actively participate in departmental activities, service, events, and initiatives. Commitment to an ongoing program of professional development is required.


  • Extensive knowledge of physical geography as it relates to hydrology and/or climate science.
  • A PhD in geography or a closely related field from a recognized post-secondary institution.
  • Teaching experience at the undergraduate level with recent evidence of teaching excellence.
  • Familiarity with technology-supported teaching both in the classroom and online.
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Record of impactful research and scholarly activity.
  • Interest in service contribution to SLUEC, UFV, and communities of the Fraser Valley.

To be considered for this position, please submit a complete application package that includes a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching philosophy statement, research interest statement, scholarly activity example (e.g., publication or project portfolio), and three letters of reference. In your application, indicate your eligibility to work legally in Canada.

For further information about the position, please contact Dr. J Hughes, Director, School of Land Use and Environmental Change, University of the Fraser Valley, at [email protected].

About UFV:

The University of the Fraser Valley is located on the traditional territory of the Halq’eméylem-speaking peoples. We express our gratitude and respect for the honour of living and working in Stó:lo Temexw (Stó:lo Land; Stó:lo World). In all that we do, UFV strives to support and honour the Stó:lo peoples goals of self-determination and well-being on these lands. A commitment to Indigenization and Reconciliation is core to our institutional Vision and Integrated Strategic Plan: IYAQAWTXW — which means House of Transformation. This commitment includes the goal of centering Indigenous ways of knowing throughout our organization, recognizing our responsibilities to community, and a multi-year plan to increase the number of Indigenous faculty, staff, and administrators working at UFV.

UFV has four campus locations within the beautiful Fraser Valley in British Columbia. Recognized as one of BC’s top employers, UFV offers a combination of career and lifestyle benefits. Join a team of 1,400 passionate professionals who value integrity, inclusivity and excellence. At UFV, you will serve a vibrant community, and shape the future of 15,000 students.

Indigenization, equity, and diversity are essential to our work as a university. A diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been historically underrepresented and marginalized. At UFV, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we proudly serve. We encourage applications from Indigenous peoples, members of groups that experience discrimination due to race, colour, place of origin, ancestry, and/or religion, persons who identify as women and 2SLGBTQ+, and persons with disabilities. We invite applicants to complete a confidential self-identification survey as part of the application process. All questions are voluntary, with an option to decline to answer.  Information will be used to support efforts to broaden the diversity of the recruitment process, and results are not shared with the selection committee.  Inquiries about the survey may be directed to [email protected].  Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In an effort to be both environmentally and fiscally responsible, UFV will contact only candidates receiving an interview. We thank all applicants for considering UFV for employment. Shortlisted applicants may be required to undergo a criminal record check and/ or a verification of their education credentials. 

UFV is committed to the principle of equity in employment.

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