Professor and Chair, Natural Resources Law, Faculty of Law

Job ID: 22540

Updated: April 8, 2021

Location: Main Campus

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

Position Description

Guided by our commitments to reconciliation and to equity, diversity and inclusion, the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Law is in the midst of a sustained period of growth and renewal. Since 2011, we have made over twenty new Faculty appointments, and we are looking to make further ones in the years to come.  The Faculty of Law enjoys a close and positive relationship with the legal profession in Calgary, whose support is invaluable. We seek to deepen our relationship with the Indigenous peoples of the Treaty 7 region, on whose territory the University of Calgary sits, and with the Metis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

The Faculty of Law invites applications for the Chair in Natural Resources Law. This prestigious Chair was established thanks to the generosity of a consortium of donors, and has been held by outstanding scholars such as Professors Alastair Lucas and Nigel Bankes. The Chair will be held at the rank of (full) Professor.  The Chair will have a national and international reputation and be recognized as a distinguished scholar in natural resources, energy, and environmental law, whose record of top-quality, innovative, high-impact research, teaching, graduate supervision and leadership justify an appointment at the rank of Professor. The successful candidate will also have interdisciplinary expertise and a demonstrated understanding of the implications of this area of law for Indigenous people. We welcome Indigenous applicants. This will be a Contingent Term appointment for up to four or five years, though there is a possibility of renewal. The anticipated start date will be January 1, 2022, but alternate dates may be considered.

The Chair holder will teach in areas related to the mandate of the Chair at the JD and Graduate levels, provide leadership in the Faculty’s program of Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law (NREEL), conduct an independent research program in the area of the Chair, and supervise graduate students. Experience with innovative educational approaches, course development and coordination, and a demonstrated record of contribution to effective teaching would be advantageous.  Successful applicants will also be expected to make contributions to areas of service.

The successful applicant must have a JD/LLB, as well as an advanced degree in Law, Business, Economics or other related discipline.

Given the premium placed on collegiality at the University of Calgary, candidates will also be expected to demonstrate a genuine commitment to participation and leadership in the life of the Faculty, the University and the broader professional community.

About the Faculty of Law

The University of Calgary’s Faculty of Law offers programs leading to a JD, LLM and PhD degrees. It also offers a joint JD/MBA program with the Haskayne School of Business, a joint JD/MPP program with the School of Public Policy and a graduate certificate program in NREEL. As well, the Faculty has a uniquely-focused partnership with the University of Houston Law Center. The ‘International Energy Lawyers Program’ enables students to earn both Canadian and American law degrees in four years and to apply for admission to Bars in the United States and Canada.  For more information on the law school and its programs, see

The Faculty of Law respects, appreciates and encourages diversity, and we encourage diverse applicants to apply and self-identify through the application process.  A number of resources are available on campus to support diversity and inclusion, including two daycares, the Q Centre, the Office of Indigenous Engagement, the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and the Women’s Resource Centre. For more information, please visit

How to Apply

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit an application online via the ‘Apply Now’ link.  Please be aware that the application process allows for only four attachments. Your four application attachments should be organized to contain the following (which may require you to merge documents):

  • a letter of application
  • a curriculum vitae
  • a statement of research interests and research plan
  • a statement of teaching philosophy, teaching interests and evidence of prior teaching and supervision

Short-listed candidates will be required to provide three confidential letters of reference.

Completed applications received by May 10, 2021 will receive full consideration, though the review process will continue until the positions are filled.

The University of Calgary recognizes that candidates have varying career paths and that career interruptions can be part of an excellent academic record.  Candidates are encouraged but not required to provide in their cover letter any relevant information about their experience and/or career interruptions to allow for a fair assessment of their application.  Selection committees have been instructed to give careful consideration, and be sensitive, to the impact of career interruptions when assessing a candidate’s research productivity.

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

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 Law visit Careers in the Faculty of Law.

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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