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 Assistant Professor, Leisure and Youth
Institution/Organization: University of Waterloo
Job Location: Canada
Job Type: Tenure-Track
Contact Person: Troy Glover
Date Posted: March 1st, 2023
Closing Date: March 10th, 2023
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Assistant Professor, Leisure and Youth
University of Waterloo

The Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies (RLS) in the Faculty of Health at the University of Waterloo invites applications from exceptional scholars for one tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Leisure Studies with a youth focus. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2023 or as soon as practicable thereafter. Youth-focused teaching and/or research may include positive youth development, childhood and youth studies, youth engagement and community building, sport/events and youth, youth programming and evaluation, youth activism, digital leisure and youth, youth and consumer culture, youth and well-being, or other related topics.

The successful candidate must have a completed Doctorate in Recreation and Leisure Studies or a related field by the time of the appointment. Evidence of an actively developing research program is required. The candidate is expected to propose a program of high-quality research that will attract external funding and excellent graduate students. Preference will be given to applicants whose research aligns with the Department, Faculty, and University strategic plans and the Department’s vision “advancing well-being through leisure to create a just and healthy world.”

Applicants’ teaching will be informed by theoretical and methodological engagement with approaches that have governed and continue to govern the study of children, childhood, and youth. Applicants should be familiar with the study of the significant ways children and youth are constructed differently in various times, spaces, and cultures, and by means of a variety of cultural forms. Experience with anti-racist and/or decolonial research methodologies is welcome.

Duties include research, teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level, supervision of graduate students, and service duties. The successful candidate will be required to develop and teach an array of traditional, online, and/or blended courses that support the RLS curriculum. Scholarly expertise with respect to youth development, broadly defined, is required. Ability to teach and conduct research drawing on quantitative analysis is strongly preferred. Applicants must be able to foster and enhance the integration of critical thinking skills, work-integrated learning approaches, problem-solving skills, and various forms of communication (presentations, written work, debates, etc.) into classroom pedagogy.

The successful candidate will join an active, vibrant, and growing program. We currently have 17 faculty and offer Doctorate, research-focused Masters/Magisteriate, and course-based Masters/Magisteriate degrees in Recreation and Leisure Studies; Baccalaureate degrees in Recreation and Leisure Studies, Recreation and Sport Business, and Therapeutic Recreation, Minors in Tourism and Event Management; and a collaborative Doctorate degree in Aging, Health and Well-Being. Visit the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies for more details on our programs and faculty.

Applications received by March 10, 2023, will be given full consideration. However, applications will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled. The annual starting salary range for this position at the rank of Assistant Professor is $85,307 to $107,368. Actual starting salary will be commensurate with experience, qualifications, competence, and research record.

Three letters of reference will be requested for applicants invited for an interview. Send curriculum vitae, cover letter, research statement, evidence of teaching excellence, and contact information for three academic referees by email attachment to Dr. Troy Glover, Chair, Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, University of Waterloo at with a copy to Sandy Heise, Administrative Officer at

The University of Waterloo acknowledges that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our main campus is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is centralized within our Indigenous Initiatives Office (

The University values the diverse and intersectional identities of its students, faculty, and staff. The University regards equity and diversity as an integral part of academic excellence and is committed to accessibility for all employees. The University of Waterloo seeks applicants who embrace our values of equity, anti-racism and inclusion. As such, we encourage applications from candidates who have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including applicants who identify as First Nations, Métis, and/or Inuit/Inuk, Black, racialized, people with disabilities, women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.

The University of Waterloo is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. If you have any application, interview or workplace accommodation requests, please contact Occupational Health who will work with the selection committee to secure accommodation while ensuring that the information is safe-guarded, and confidentiality is maintained.

If you have any questions regarding the position, the application process, assessment process, or eligibility, please contact Dr. Troy Glover, Chair, Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies,, 519-888-4567 ext. 43097.

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

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