Department of Geography & the Environment - Thunder Bay

Contract Lecturer Positions
Application Deadline: 
Monday, June 15, 2020 - 11:59pm

Application Deadline: June 15, 2020

Faculty of Science & Environmental Studies 

Department of Geography & the Environment

Lakehead University, Thunder Bay Campus, invites applications for a Contract Lecturer in the Department of Geography & the Environment.  Applicants are requested to teach:

Geography 1190 WA – Indigenous Knowledge, Science & the Environment (Winter 2021)

Course description Current environment and sustainability issues will be examined using a geographical approach that incorporates Indigenous knowledge, worldviews and practices. By comparing traditional ecological knowledge with western scientific approaches students will gain an enhanced understanding of ecosystems and society’s place within it. The course engages students in case studies that exemplify the role of Indigenous Peoples in ecosystem management in Canada, in particular. The role of treaties and aboriginal rights in federal and provincial environment and resource management, the impact of environmental law decisions on Indigenous Peoples, and the adversarial and collaborative roles that Indigenous Peoples play to respond to current environmental changes and challenges will be the focus of key topics. 

Geography 2331 WA – Climatology (Winter 2021)

An examination of atmosphere processes, weather phenomena, macroclimates, microclimates and the nature of climatic change. Laboratory work will include the analysis of meteorological and climatological data and the study of weather maps. 

Geography 3471 WA – Environmental Assessment & Management (Winter 2021)

An examination of the basic principles of biophysical and socio-economic impact assessment and how these are integrated into environmental management policies. Particular attention will be paid to environmental management systems. 

Geography 3631 FA – Geography of Canada (Fall 2020) 

Regional geography of Canada with an emphasis on physical setting of regions, spatial patterns of economic activities and urbanization, core-periphery relationships between and within regions, and national and regional impacts of global economic restructuring. 

Geography 3911 WA – Geography of Religion (Winter 2021) 

To Be Developed 

Geography 4431 FA – Conservation Geography (Fall 2020) 

Topics covered will include the history of conservation as embedded in different cultures. A major focus of the course is the examination of national and international case studies to explore the complex relationships between biological conservation, culture and economic development. 

Start Date/Duration:   September 2020 – April 2021 -- Courses Not Scheduled yet

Qualifications Preferred:  PhD in Geography or related field with significant expertise related to the topic they will be teaching. Experience with experiential learning and online or alternative modes of course delivery is highly desired.

Lakehead is a comprehensive university with a reputation for innovative programs and cutting-edge research. With campuses located in Thunder Bay and Orillia, Lakehead has approximately 10,000 students and 2,160 faculty and staff.  With an emphasis on collaborative learning and independent critical thinking and a multidisciplinary teaching approach, Lakehead offers a variety of degree and diploma programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels through its ten faculties, including Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Health and Behavioural Sciences, Natural Resources Management, Science and Environmental Studies, Social Sciences and Humanities, Graduate Studies, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (West Campus) and Ontario’s newest Faculty of Law. For further information, please visit:

For further information, please contact Dr. Rob Stewart. Detailed information on the Department of Geography & the Environment and our programs is available at:

Review of applications will begin on June 15, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. The electronic application (in the form of one PDF document) should include: a curriculum vitae, statement of teaching interests and/or evidence of teaching effectiveness. A completed Confirmation of Eligibility to Work in Canada.pdf  form must accompany your package.

Applicants should submit their electronic application to:

Send Applications to:

Department of Geography & the Environment

Lakehead University

955 Oliver Road

Thunder Bay, ON P7B 5E1

Attn: Dr. Rob Stewart, Chair


Lakehead University is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals including women, racialized persons, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities and other equity-seeking groups. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.  This is in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements.

We appreciate your interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be notified. Lakehead University is committed to supporting an accessible environment. Applicants requiring accommodation during the interview process should contact the Office of Human Resources at (807) 343.8334 or to make appropriate arrangements.

These positions are subject to budgetary approval.