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Sessional Instructor, Designing Smart Communities, Faculty of Environmental Design

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Job ID: 14223

Updated: November 20, 2017

Location: Main Campus

Position Description

The Faculty of Environmental Design is introducing a new graduate-level Certificate in Designing Smart and Secure Communities. This post-baccalaureate Certificate is intended for practitioners in architecture, landscape architecture, planning, economic development, public policy and other disciplines who want to acquire specialized knowledge and skills related to both smart communities and design for security, often referred to as Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED), Design out Crime, or Environmental Crime Reduction. The Certificate will address the needs of working professionals who wish to upgrade their skills and knowledge; to add a relevant professional credential; and to focus on reflective and critical approaches within a concentrated program delivered over a one-year period at the Faculty of Environmental Design. 


The Faculty of Environmental Design is currently recruiting for a Sessional Instructor to teach a half-course in Designing Smart Communities. The course will be offered in an intensive block format at a date in 2018, to be determined. The successful candidate will provide all required curriculum materials for this course and will collaborate with the Director, EVDS Post-Baccalaureate Certificate and the Designing Smart and Secure Communities Advisory Committee to oversee the development and effective delivery of this Certificate. 

The Sessional Instructor will be responsible for designing the course content and materials and delivering it in an innovative and engaging manner to create a positive learning experience. In particular this will mean:

Presenting course content including lectures, seminars, readings, assignments, digital resources and other curriculum materials in an intensive block format during the scheduled time

  • Specification and development or any pre- or post-session study materials, if educationally appropriate.
  • Evaluation of assignments, student presentations and seminar discussions with constructive feedback and in a timely manner.
  • Submission of final grades on a timely basis.

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to the emerging field of Smart Communities, showcasing groups and individuals that have made a conscious and deliberate effort to use information and communications technology (ICT) to transform the community’s life and work in significant and fundamental ways. Smart Communities may be physical or virtual, and the concept is more about the creative use of ICT infrastructure than merely building it. The social, economic, technical, design and ethical aspects of Smart Communities will all be considered.


Applicants must hold an earned doctoral degree and show demonstrated evidence of strong teaching and educational development abilities. The successful candidate must possess a clear understanding of how to apply current and emerging principles and ideas to deliver effective teaching and learning in this field at a post-baccalaureate level.  Also essential are strong communication and interpersonal skills, as well as demonstrated abilities in managing and delivering similar curriculum development and instructional projects.

To Apply

Applicants must submit a letter of application which provides an overview of interest in this position and a brief overview of relevant courses taught, practice-based and educational/curriculum development experiences, an up-to-date curriculum vitae and the contact information for three references.

The application deadline is Friday, November 17, 2017.

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

Additional Information

To learn more about academic opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Academic Careers website. For more information about the Faculty of Environmental Design visit Careers in the Faculty of Environmental Design.

About the University of Calgary
The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit
About Calgary, Alberta

Calgary is one of the world's cleanest cities and has been named one of the world's most livable cities for years. Calgary is a city of leaders - in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from a growing number of world-class dining and cultural events and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour's drive from the majestic Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America. 


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