Assistant Professor (tenure-track), Sociology of Climate Change

The Department of Sociology in the Faculty of Arts at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver) invites applications for a tenure-stream faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning July 1, 2023. The substantive area of specialization for this position is the Sociology of Climate Change.

An ideal candidate will have a demonstrated record of excellence in research and teaching in the area of the sociology of climate change, and will help to strengthen our global reputation. We expect applicants to have a Ph.D. in sociology at the time of appointment but applicants who have progressed to the point where completion of the Ph.D. is imminent and who demonstrate clear and superior promise of excellence in research will also be considered.

We ask interested individuals to submit the following:

  1. a cover letter describing their interest in the position as well as a description of their research and teaching record and future plans in the area of the sociology of climate change;
  2. a CV;
  3. a one-page statement identifying the applicant’s contributions, or potential contributions, to equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) along with their ability to work with a culturally diverse and international student body;
  4. two sample publications;
  5. a teaching portfolio which must include a statement of teaching philosophy and should include evidence of teaching effectiveness where relevant (e.g. student evaluations, peer assessments, graduate and/or undergraduate course syllabus). In addition, applicants must provide contact details of three referees. Confidential reference letters will only be requested at the long list stage.

Review of applications will begin on September 16, 2022. This position is subject to final budgetary approval. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The University of British Columbia is a globally-acclaimed institution that ranks among the top 30 universities in the world. We rank in the top two Sociology departments in Canada. The university is situated in Vancouver, which is routinely included in lists of the top five most livable cities in the world. It is renowned for its mild year-round climate, innovative urban design, emphasis on the environment and sustainability, extensive cultural and cosmopolitan offerings, ethnic diversity, and spectacular natural beauty set among the coastal mountains and the Pacific Ocean. The UBC Vancouver campus is on the traditional, unceded territory of the Musqueam people.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. The department is committed to facilitating an open and diverse community of faculty, students, and staff that fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Given uncertainty caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, applicants must be prepared to conduct interviews remotely if circumstances require. A successful applicant may be asked to consider an offer with a deadline without having been able to make an in-person visit to campus should travel or other restrictions apply.