Director sought for Centre for Environment and Sustainability

Friday, September 11, 2009

Environment and sustainability constitute an interdisciplinary area at The University of Western Ontario, with principal participation from the Faculties of Science, Engineering, and Social Science. An ongoing major initiative is the establishment of a centre for research and teaching in environment and sustainability. The University of Western Ontario now invites applications or nominations for a senior-level faculty appointment as the first Director of the Centre for Environment and Sustainability (CES). The selected candidate will be appointed with tenure either as Professor or Associate Professor in an appropriate academic Department.

The initial term of the Directorship will be for a period of 5 years. The starting date will be July 1, 2010 or thereafter. The Faculty of Science (home page is host Faculty for the Centre, and the Faculty of Engineering ( and the Faculty of Social Science are designated Participating Faculties. It is anticipated the appointment will be made in one of the departments in the Faculties of Science, Engineering, or Social Science. The Director will be expected to lead a vigorous and internationally competitive research program, to supervise graduate and undergraduate student research, and to participate in teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels. In addition, a significant portion of effort will be directed to leading, developing, and administering the Centre for Environment and Sustainability. A description of the Centre, program details, and other information can be found on the CES web site (

The Director will be expected to coordinate and accelerate the development of comprehensive environment and sustainability programs in research, undergraduate education, and graduate studies at Western, to raise the profile of the Centre within Canada, and to advance the University's growth in internationalization by fostering collaborative international research and international student experiences in the area of environment and sustainability. Applications are invited from all interested and qualified individuals. The successful candidate must have an excellent research record in a relevant area and demonstrate the high level of vision, leadership and resourcefulness appropriate to the position of Director.

Candidates should submit a statement of interest and intent, curriculum vitae, research plan, teaching dossier, and the names, addresses of at least three referees to:
Professor David M. Wardlaw, Dean
Faculty of Science
The University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario N6A 5B7, Canada.

Consideration of applications will begin on November 15, 2009. This position is subject to budgetary approval. Applicants should have fluent written and oral communication skills in English. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Western Ontario is committed to employment equity and welcomes applications from all qualified women and men, including visible minorities, aboriginal people and persons with disabilities.