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Assistant Professor, Marine Affairs Program

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Position Title Assistant Professor, Marine Affairs Program
Posting Number F537P
Type of position Tenure Stream
Department/Unit Marine Affairs Program
Location Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
About the opportunity
The Marine Affairs Program (MAP) in the Faculty of Science at Dalhousie University invites application for a tenure-track or probationary tenure-track appointment at the Assistant Professor level, effective 1 July 2024.

We seek an interdisciplinary scholar, with a promising research profile and agenda, a record of teaching excellence, and a willingness to engage with a broad range of ocean issues in Atlantic Canada. The successful candidate will deliver graduate-level courses in the Marine Affairs Program, including MARA5010 and 5011 (Contemporary Issues in Ocean Management Part I + II) and MARA5009 (Coastal Zone Management), and contribute teaching modules for undergraduate-level courses, OCEAN4401 and/or 4402 (Marine Management Part I and II). The position will also require participation in and assistance with the management and administration of the Marine Affairs Program, including student advising and mentoring, graduate research supervision, and program coordination. A typical teaching load in the Program is four courses.

The candidate must have a PhD in a marine-related social science and at least 2 years of teaching experience at a university by the 1 July 2024 start date. Candidates with marine-related PhDs outside the social sciences may be considered; such candidates must demonstrate strong competence in social dimensions of marine affairs and ocean issues in their research, drawing on theories from human geography, sociology, political ecology, anthropology and/or ethnography. Candidates must have a record of excellence in teaching at a graduate level and must show an ability to teach and develop classes in marine issues. Candidates should also demonstrate a strong understanding of Canadian marine issues in their teaching and/or research record.

Established in 1818, Dalhousie is a leading research-intensive university offering more than 180 degree programs in 11 faculties. It is the largest university in Atlantic Canada and is located in the heart of Halifax, a scenic coastal city and capital of Nova Scotia, which is home to 13 Mi’kmaq First Nations, a deeply rooted African Nova Scotian community, and an increasingly diverse population. With active participation from six faculties (Science, Management, Arts and Social Sciences, Architecture & Planning, Law, and Engineering), and alumni from over 60 countries, the Marine Affairs Program is an international leader in ocean research and teaching. The Marine Affairs Program offers a Master of Marine Management (MMM) degree, a sixteen-month graduate program that provides a stimulating, cross-cultural learning environment to advance the sustainable use of the world’s coastal and marine environments.

Job Description:
The Assistant Professor reports to the Director of the Marine Affairs Program. The candidate is expected to spend the majority of their time on campus, including delivering courses and attending committee meetings in person.
Teaching requirements of the position include, but not limited to the following:
  • Develop and deliver MARA 5010 (Contemporary Issues in Ocean and Coastal Management Part I) in the Fall term and MARA 5011 (Contemporary Issues in Ocean and Coastal Management Part II) in the Winter term;
  • Develop and deliver MARA 5009 (Coastal Zone Management) in the Fall term;
  • Develop and deliver a module for OCEAN 4401 (Marine Management Part I) in the Fall term and/or for OCEAN 4402 (Marine Management Part II) in the Winter term.
For each of the above, the candidate is expected to:
  • Prepare course syllabus in accordance to the course descriptions;
  • Prepare and deliver lectures as per the course syllabus;
  • Maintain the Brightspace and other course-related resources as per the university requirements;
  • Grade course assignments and submit final grades, along with appropriate and fair feedback and evaluations of assignments to the students in a timely manner.
The candidate is also expected to contribute to the operation and administration of the Marine Affairs Program in the following ways;
  • Advise and mentor Master of Marine Management students through the duration of their program;
  • Serve as an academic supervisor for MMM students on their graduate research projects;
  • Support MMM orientation activities and seminar series;
  • Serve on various MAP and Dalhousie committees.
Research expectations of the position include;
  • Develop and conduct research projects on ocean governance issues in Atlantic Canada;
  • Publish their work in academic journals and disseminate their findings to the public via various channels (e.g. press release, podcast, public lecture and seminars);
  • Support graduate student research (both via MMM or through Dalhousie’s Interdisciplinary PhD program) related to their own research projects;
  • Apply for government and/or non-government research grants and funding opportunities.

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

The deadline for completed applications online is December 22 2023. Please submit completed applications, including: a cover letter; curriculum vitae (CV); equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility statement; statement of research interests; a writing sample; teaching statement and dossier addressing teaching effectiveness and interests; and contact information for three referees.

Dalhousie University commits to achieving inclusive excellence through continually championing equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility. The university encourages applications from Indigenous persons (especially Mi’kmaq), persons of Black/African descent (especially African Nova Scotians), and members of other racialized groups, persons with disabilities, women, and persons identifying as members of 2SLGBTQIA+ communities, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit

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Posting Detail Information

Open Date
Close Date 12/22/2023
Open Until Filled No
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Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Résumé / Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  3. Teaching Statement
  4. Teaching Dossier
  5. Research Statement
  6. Sample Publication(s)
  7. EDIA Statement
  8. List of referees
Optional Documents