Assistant Professor, Criminal Law, Faculty of Law

Assistant Professor, Criminal Law, Faculty of Law

Position Description

The University of Calgary’s Faculty of Law is in the midst of a sustained period of growth and renewal. In its Strategic plan – Energy.Innovation.Impact. UCalgary Law set itself the dual goals of enhancing its international eminence in the areas of energy, environmental and natural resources law and continuing its position of national leadership in the area of experiential learning. Since 2011, we have made nineteen new Faculty appointments, and we are looking to make further appointments to begin in 2020 and in years to follow. 

The Faculty of Law invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2021. In particular, we are seeking scholars whose research and teaching interests include criminal law and the law of evidence. Interest in teaching advocacy would also be an asset.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach in the core JD program and also, if appropriate, to be involved in the graduate programs. Candidates must have a JD or LLB, together with an advanced degree in Law or a Law-related area at the time of appointment. They must have a proven record of research as evidenced by grants and/or peer reviewed publications. There should also be evidence of a well-developed research program, likely to lead to publications and grant applications. Satisfactory teaching experience and commitment to teaching are also required. Preference will be given to those who hold a PhD or comparable degree with a focus on criminal law or related area, either completed or likely to be completed by the start date.

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

About the Faculty of Law 

Calgary Law offers a JD, as well as both thesis and course-based LLM programs. The school also has a small cohort of doctoral students, and a post-graduate Certificate in the area of Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law (NREEL). Calgary Law offers a joint JD/MBA program with the Haskayne School of Business, and a joint JD/MPP program with the School of Public Policy. Growth and diversification in graduate-level teaching are a priority. As well, the Faculty has a uniquely-focused partnership with the University of Houston Law Center. The `International Energy Lawyers Program enable 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 information on the law school and its programs, visit the Faculty website

In 2015, the Faculty introduced the Calgary Curriculum, which placed it at the forefront of innovation in Canadian legal education. The spirit of innovativeness embodied in the Calgary Curriculum has been a core part of the Faculty’s ethos since its founding in 1976. 

Applications Details 

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 cover letter indicating interest in an appointment in the Faculty of Law describing: 
    • Scholarly and professional accomplishments 
    • Teaching experience and teaching interests, together with a description of how these might fit into the context of the Calgary Curriculum and Energy.Innovation.Impact 
    • Institutional contributions 
  • A curriculum vitae 
  • A statement of research interests 
  • Two representative scholarly publications or, where publications are not available, other samples of written work 
  • A statement of teaching and learning philosophy 
  • A statement of teaching philosophy and evidence of teaching effectiveness (such as evaluations), or, if no formal teaching experience, then evidence of teaching potential

Short-listed candidates will be required to provide three confidential letters of reference and their law and all other transcripts. 

Completed applications received by November 20, 2020 will receive full consideration, though the review process will continue until the positions are filled. 

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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