Lecturer in Urban Geography and/or Planning

Sydney, NSW
14 Oct 2016
End of advertisement period
06 Nov 2016
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Geography
Contract Type
Full Time

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Within the Faculty of Arts, the Department of Geography and Planning was established in January 2015 and brings together the disciplines of Human Geography and Urban Planning with an interdisciplinary approach to relations between people, place and culture in terms of social and environmental justice, sustainability, development and professional practice.

The Department has a strong interdisciplinary approach to the study of the interplay of social, environmental, cultural, economic and political processes that shape places and society-environment relations.

Current research in the department includes major projects in urban systems, sustainable transport, urban political ecology, Indigenous knowledge, global environmental change, social dimensions of climate change, culture and risk in the Asia-Pacific region and environmental justice.

The Role

The Department currently has an opportunity for a Lecturer with scholarly expertise in Urban Geography and/or Urban & Regional Planning.  Priority will be given to applicants with expertise in one or more of the following areas: infrastructure and urban transport planning; urban governance and development processes; and/or urban design and spatial planning. The successful applicant will be expected to make a contribution to research; develop, teach and supervise undergraduate and postgraduate coursework; and engage in professional activities related to the professional accreditation of planning programs.

Selection Criteria
To be considered for this position, you will demonstrate the below requirements in your CV and a 1-2 page cover letter.

Essential Criteria

  • A PhD in Urban Planning, Urban Geography or a closely related discipline.
  • A well-articulated research agenda and a strong track record of publications in domestic and international journals, relative to opportunity, in the relevant fields.
  • Demonstrated academic knowledge in the discipline and a commitment and capability to deliver high quality learning and teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
  • Capacity to independently conduct lectures, tutorials, assessment and exam marking in the relevant discipline area, and evidence of teaching quality.
  • Excellent communication skills, with an ability to relate to staff and students from all backgrounds and to represent the Department to external stakeholders and the general public.
  • Demonstrated experience in contributing to academic communities with a track record of effective team work and collegiality.
  • Experience with administrative tasks and willingness to contribute to the administration of the Department and Faculty.

Desirable Criteria

  • Capacity to attract external funding for research and achieve competitive grant successes.
  • Experience and interest in interdisciplinary research.
  • Experience in the development of and ongoing partnerships with industry and professional bodies.
  • Membership of, or demonstrated eligibility for, membership of, the Planning Institute of Australia

Salary Package: Level B from $96,970 - $114,732 per annum, plus 17% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading.

Appointment Type: Full-time, continuing

Enquiries: Dr Donna Houston, Acting Head of Department of Geography and Planning on donna.houston@mq.edu.au 

Applications Close: Sunday 6th November at 11:55pm

Macquarie University is an EO Employer committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications are encouraged from people with a disability; women (particularly for senior and non-traditional roles); Indigenous Australians, people who identify as GLBTI; and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Applications need to be submitted through the Macquarie University online recruitment system. Where circumstances such as disability or remote location prohibit your access to our online system please contact the enquiries person listed in this advertisement for assistance.