Students and faculty at the University of Waterloo's Faculty of Environment

LECTURER POSITION – School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability

University of Waterloo. School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability (SERS: invites applications for a three-year definite-term appointment as Lecturer, with the possibility of renewal. Applicants must be able to teach undergraduate courses in the School’s core areas of resource and environmental sustainability. These include field ecology, resource management, and environmental policy, politics and governance.  Lecturer duties are primarily in teaching and service, and are assigned in all three terms, though lecturers shall have the option to have at least one term in six be a non-teaching term. The successful candidate will be expected to teach up to six courses annually.

The School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability has been devoted to the pursuit of sustainability in a complex world since 1971. We use transdisciplinary approaches in our teaching and research to help protect, restore, reform and transform social and ecological systems. In practical terms, this means:

  • We use diverse perspectives to address important ecological and social sustainability problems and take advantage of opportunities for lasting gains.
  • We work within, between and across disciplines and ways of knowing. The knowledge we draw on comes from many sources, perspectives, fields and disciplines rather than just one.
  • We work closely with individuals, communities and organizations affected by or responsible for these issues to make sure our work is relevant and effective.

In addition to an undergraduate program that admits 80-100 students annually, the School offers both a Master’s degree program and a doctoral degree program with a combined admission of about 24 students annually.

The candidate should expect to teach some intensive block courses during Spring terms (May – August); these are field ecology skills and research-based courses focused on ecological monitoring, conservation and restoration ecology techniques and concepts.

The candidate may also be asked to teach large, didactic courses and an online course in environmental sustainability.

SERS is part of the Faculty of Environment (, which also includes the Department of Geography and Environmental Management; School of Planning; School of Environment, Enterprise, and Development; and the Department of Knowledge Integration. Strong interrelationships exist among the Faculty’s five units. The Faculty is distinguished by interdisciplinarity in its commitment to undergraduate and graduate education, advanced research activity and community outreach. SERS leads the Centre for Ecosystem Resilience and Adaptation and Centre for Applied Sciences in Ontario Protected Areas. SERS is also linked with the Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change, the Centre for Complexity and Innovation, the Water Institute, the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Canadian Water Network.

Kitchener-Waterloo, population 320,000, is a diverse community surrounded by picturesque farmland. The region has a vibrant local food scene, a thriving tech community, family-friendly amenities, an extensive network of bike trails, and a nearly completed light rail train that will connect Kitchener and Waterloo by 2018.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. or equivalent, as well as a clear commitment to, and demonstrated track record of, very high quality teaching. The successful candidate may participate in the supervision of undergraduate and graduate students.  While this is predominantly a teaching position, applicants would be expected to have a research background relevant to the transdisciplinary, social-ecological focus of the School. 

Applicants should submit a letter of application stating career objectives with an emphasis on approach to learning and teaching, and related research goals. Accompanying that letter, applicants must include a current curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of four people who may be contacted for references.

The closing date for applications is April 30, 2017. The application should be sent to Mrs. Jennifer Nicholson, Administrative Manager, School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability, University of Waterloo, via e-mail

Salary range is $70,000 - $85,000; actual salary will be dependent upon qualifications and experience. The appointment will be effective September 1, 2017.

The University of Waterloo respects, appreciates and encourages diversity. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals including women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities and diverse political perspectives. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. See also ­Three reasons to apply:

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