Tenure-track faculty position -- planning and geography

Appalachian State University

Boone, NC
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Environmental/Climate Geographer and Planner Tenure Track Position

The Department of Geography and Planning at Appalachian State University invites applications for a tenure-track nine-month faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning July 1, 2022. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Geography or Planning by July 1, 2022 (start of the position). Candidates should have graduate-level courses or professional experience in the disciplines of both Geography and Planning.

Candidates should show a desire to involve both undergraduate and graduate students in their research programs. They should have a demonstrated record of teaching that shows a passion for experiential learning, interactive methods, and the application of theory and concepts to current real-world environmental and climate issues. Research foci could include environmental policy and planning, climate adaptation, climate justice and equity, biogeography, land systems and complexity, wildfires, or energy and water resources.

Candidates must have teaching experience and a strong commitment to excellence in teaching, student mentoring, and research. In addition, candidates should have a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Candidates are especially encouraged to apply if they: (a) can show evidence of teaching excellence at the university level; (b) have a strong research agenda in Geography and/or Planning; and (c) are committed to working in and contributing to a diverse department.

The teaching load will be three courses each semester. Instructional duties will include a large introductory Global Change of the Biosphere course, Planning courses (Town, City, Regional Planning, Planning Techniques, and/or Planning for Climate Resilience), and GIS courses (Geospatial Technology). The candidate would teach software-intensive courses that involve GIScience and Planning Design. The capability of teaching a GIS programming course will be a desirable quality.

The deadline for applications is January 3, 2022. Applicants must submit: (1) one-page cover letter; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) copies of university degree transcripts; (4) one-page statement of teaching philosophy; (5) one-page research plan; (6) one-page statement of contribution to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and (7) a list of three people who can serve as references. To apply for this job, please see the original posting on Appalachian State University’s Employment Opportunities page.

As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System, Appalachian enrolls about 21,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio, and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors (http://www.appstate.edu). Appalachian State University emphasizes undergraduate instruction and the integration of students into research endeavors. The Department of Geography and Planning currently enrolls 100+ undergraduate majors and 25 Master’s degree students.

Appalachian State University is committed to providing equal opportunity in education and employment to all applicants, students, and employees. The university does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation. The university actively promotes diversity among students and employees. The university is committed to its affirmative action plans and seeks to deepen its applicant pools by attracting interest from a diverse group of qualified individuals. Any offer of employment to a successful candidate will be conditioned upon the University's receipt of a satisfactory criminal background report. Documentation of identity and employability of the applicant will be required before the hiring process can be finalized.

Posted November 19, 2021, 12:07 PM PST


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