Monday, September 5, 2011

[EmergingEthnoNetwork] Position announcement

Assistant Professor, Ethnoecology (Tenure-track), July 1, 2012 start date

We seek an entry-level, tenure-track Assistant Professor for our distinctive program in ethnoecology, which we define as the study of cultural ecological knowledge of the interactions between human societies and their environments. Ethnoecology provides an integrated approach to understanding and appreciating human relationships with their environments, including the lands and waters of the earth and the life forms they support. The ecological knowledge systems of Indigenous and other local peoples are increasingly recognized as having relevance in both conservation and ecological restoration and are also intimately connected to political dynamics. Restoration ecology and political ecology are the other two main themes of our School.

The successful applicant will hold a Ph.D in a relevant discipline, demonstrate an ability to connect ecological and cultural knowledge, a capacity for interdisciplinary work with faculty and students of diverse interests, a proven track record of high caliber research, a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching and graduate supervision, and dedication to long-term community-based knowledge and learning.

At present our focus in ethnoecology is on ethnobotany and local knowledge related to global change, but we are open to other areas of concentration. For example, the successful applicant could also be a botanist, toxicologist, anthropologist, or nutritionist with a strong interest in traditional food systems; a geographer or ecologist focused on bio-cultural diversity—to give only a few examples. While geographic concentration is open, we do expect the successful candidate will demonstrate a significant commitment to working in northwestern North America and with Indigenous communities.

The School of Environmental Studies, is supported by three overlapping pillars of scholarship: ethnoecology, ecological restoration and political ecology. Please visit our website for more details about our program.

The University of Victoria is an equity employer and encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, Aboriginal Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the University.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; in accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Please provide a single PDF which includes a research statement, the names of three referees we may contact, a copy of your CV, and a teaching dossier. You may apply by hard copy, or by email.

We will begin reviewing applications by October 15, 2011.

Please send hard copy, if you prefer, to:

Peter H. Stephenson, Ph.D.

Director, School of Environmental Studies

University of Victoria


Victoria, British Columbia

V8W 3R4 Canada

NOTE: Courier use:

Social Sciences & Math Building B243

3800 Finnerty Road (Ring Road)

Victoria, B.C. V8P 5C2

You may also submit your application via email to:


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