Assistant or Associate Professor (Environmental Sociology)

University of British Columbia
Okanagan, BC, Canada
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The Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences (FASS) at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus, invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in Environmental Sociology, with specialization in Food, Food Security, Environmental racism, and/or Climate Change at the rank of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor. The successful candidate will be a member of the Department of History and Sociology and is expected to start on July 1, 2021.

We are seeking candidates with scholarly interest and expertise in environmental sociology, with an additional program of active research in food, food security, environmental racism, and/or climate change. Candidates must have a PhD in Sociology, a strong record of research productivity, and proven ability to attract external funding. They must also demonstrate a commitment to student mentoring and supervision; an established record of excellence in undergraduate teaching and learning; and evidence of, or interest in, effective graduate teaching appropriate to career stage. They are also expected to show evidence of commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and the promotion of a respectful, collegial, and conducive learning and working environment.

The successful candidate is expected to develop and maintain an active research program that enhances existing expertise in the department, complements established and emerging research strengths within the Faculty, and is well-integrated into the campus' areas of strategic research focus. Teaching duties will include environmental sociology as well as appropriate introductory and core courses in Sociology, and new courses in food, food security, environmental racism, and/or climate change. Service expectations will be commensurate with rank.

Sociology, at UBC's Okanagan campus, is housed in Department of History and Sociology in the vibrant Irving K. Barber School Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. The Faculty offers both discipline-based and interdisciplinary programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The collegial learning environment in the Faculty focuses on effective teaching, critical and creative scholarship, and the integration of scholarship and teaching. We are committed to an ethos of local involvement, global engagement, and intercultural awareness and we provide a positive, inclusive, and mutually supportive working and learning environment for all our students, faculty, and staff.

UBC is one of the world’s leading universities, and is consistently ranked in the top 40. The university has two distinct campuses, one in Vancouver and one in Kelowna. UBC’s Okanagan campus, located in the city of Kelowna, has over 10,000 students in seven faculties, with strong undergraduate and graduate programs. Situated in the heart of the Okanagan Valley, one of the most scenic regions in Canada, it offers an intimate learning environment and excellent opportunities for regional, national, and international scholarly activities. For more information about UBC resources and opportunities, please visit Information about the surrounding community can be found at To learn about the Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, visit

The ideal candidate will also have a strong commitment to Indigenous engagement. As part of the University’s response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, UBC Okanagan has committed to supporting and implementing five key commitments, which can be found at

The Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at UBC Okanagan is deeply committed to increasing the diversity of our community. We ask that all applicants complete a voluntary survey (link to survey) that will help us to assess the effectiveness of our efforts to reach a broad group of potential applicants.

Complete applications should include in one continuous PDF file:

i)                    a cover letter;

ii)                  a curriculum vitae;

iii)                a 1-2 page statement of research program;

iv)                a 1-2 page statement of teaching philosophy and interests;

v)                  evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., teaching/course evaluations);

vi)                the names and contact information of three referees who have agreed to submit letters of reference, if requested.

The deadline for receipt of applications is January 5, 2021. All appointments are subject to budgetary approval. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Inquiries may be directed to Dr. Ruth Frost at:  All correspondence must indicate the competition title (Tenure-track Environmental Sociology) in the subject line of the e-mail.