Associate Professor - Urban/Economic Geography

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Requisition Title: Associate Professor - Urban/Economic Geography - 1803413

The University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) and the Institute of Management and Innovation (IMI) invites applications for a tenure-stream appointment at the rank of Associate Professor, with a projected start date of July 1, 2019. The successful candidate will hold a 49% appointment in the Institute of Management and Innovation and a 51% appointment in the Department of Geography at UTM.

We are seeking candidates with expertise in finance for urban economic development and economic development planning in the fields of planning, economic geography or urban economics. The successful candidate will teach in the new Master of Urban Innovation program at IMI-UTM, as well as in the undergraduate program in the geography department.

The successful candidate must have a PhD in human geography, planning, urban economics or a related field, and an established record of research excellence with an active, innovative, and creative research program that focuses on urban economic development and innovation, a distinguished record of internationally recognized scholarship, which includes evidence provided in the research statement, a record of sustained high-impact contributions and publications in premier journals in their field, the quality of the representative sample of publications submitted as part of the application, presentations at national and international conferences, recognition for innovative work and strong endorsements from referees of high international standing. The successful candidate will have an established and exceptional research program and proven sustained publication record in the areas of finance for urban economic development, and economic development planning and/or labour market planning for urban economies.

The successful candidate is expected to teach required courses in development finance. This includes: the best practice application of program tools, and policies and models in financing economic development. They are also expected to have the skills and expertise required to teach courses in economic development planning at the graduate level, including a deep knowledge of the best analytical approaches to understanding regional and community economic development and the policy tools to implement those approaches . Primary undergraduate teaching responsibilities will include contributions to the urban/economic program in the department of geography at UTM. Evidence of excellence in teaching will be demonstrated through teaching accomplishments, the teaching dossier to include a teaching statement, teaching evaluations and representative course materials submitted as part of the application, a demonstrated commitment to experiential learning, as well as strong letters of reference.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The Institute for Management & Innovation (IMI) is planning to start accepting students into its newest program, the Master of Urban Innovation (MUI) in September of 2019. MUI is a new degree professional program that focuses on urban economic development, community capacity building, innovation management, local and regional governance, urban sustainability and real estate development. This degree program aligns with the current programs offered at IMI, maintaining a focus on management, innovation and sustainability, and incorporates the research and teaching strengths from UTM Departments of Geography, Economics, Political Science, Management and the Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology (ICCIT).

Housed in a newly expanded building and combining traditional teaching methods with a strong emphasis on experiential education, IMI represents a new approach to management education. IMI takes advantage of the full facilities of UTM as well as participating faculty from other divisions of the University of Toronto to offer multidisciplinary programs that combine the teaching of management with that of specific discipline, technologies, industry sectors or professions. Its graduate programs currently address management and biotechnology, professional accounting, innovation, and sustainability. IMI's growth plans include expanding enrolment of the undergraduate programs it supports and adding more graduate programs that are in keeping with its mandate. The successful candidate will also hold a graduate faculty appointment in the tri-campus Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Toronto, a department with strengths and interdisciplinary linkages in human and physical geography and the environment. Active participate in the UTM undergraduate Geography program, as well as the graduate program of the Department of Geography and Planning is expected. Additional information on the Department can be obtained online at

All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by clicking on the link below. Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a statement outlining current and future research interests, a statement on equity and diversity, up to 3 representative article-length publications, and a teaching dossier that includes a teaching statement, teaching evaluations and representative course materials supporting evidence of teaching quality and experience.

Equity and diversity are among UTM's core values and are essential to academic excellence. We seek candidates who value diversity and whose research, teaching and service bear out our commitment to equity. Candidates are therefore also asked to submit a 1-2 page statement of contributions to equity and diversity, which might cover topics such as (but not limited to): research or teaching that incorporates a focus on underrepresented communities, the development of inclusive pedagogies, or the mentoring of students from underrepresented groups.

All materials must be received by October 22, 2018 (no email applications will be accepted). Any inquiries about the application should be sent to the Chair of the Search Committee, Professor David Wolfe, Director of the Master of Urban Innovation program at [email protected] . All application materials should be submitted online. We recommend combining attached documents into one or two files in PDF/MS word files in the following format:

1. Letter, CV, research statement, teaching dossier (including teaching statement and teaching evaluations), equity and diversity statement
2. Sample publications

Submission guidelines can be found at: .
Applicants should also ask three referees to send letters (signed and on letterhead) directly to the department via email [email protected] by the closing date. Referees should include the candidate's name and "MUI Economic Development Search" in the subject line.

Established in 1827, the University of Toronto is Canada's largest and most research-intensive university and the only Canadian university to be named in the top 20 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Located in and around Toronto, one of the most diverse regions, the University of Toronto's vibrant academic life is defined by the cultural diversity in its community. The University of Toronto Mississauga has a strong interdisciplinary commitment to teaching and research, a multicultural student body of more than 15,000 students, and a modern, spacious campus. For more information about the Institute for Management and Innovation, and University of Toronto Mississauga, please visit and .

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see .

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

Job Field: Tenure Stream
Faculty / Division: University of Toronto Mississauga
Department: UTM: Geography
Campus: Mississauga
Job Posting: Aug 21, 2018
Job Closing: Oct 22, 2018, 11:59pm EST





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Posted: 11/1/2018
Application Due: 11/24/2018
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