Geography and Anthropology: Assistant Professor in Critical Human or Nature-Society Geography

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Job ID 14656
Location UW Eau Claire;Eau Claire, WI
Full/Part Time Full-Time
Regular/Temporary Regular


POSITION: A tenure-track faculty position at the rank of assistant professor is available in the Department of Geography and Anthropology in the College of Arts and Sciences. We seek a human or nature-society geographer with expertise in social and/or environmental justice informed by contemporary critical perspectives and the ability to integrate their work with geospatial techniques. Areas of scholarly specialization might include: transnational, intersectional feminist, or post-colonial geographies; indigenous resource management or ecological knowledge; development and planning; medical geography or public health; race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality; or other sub-specialty that addresses spatial disparities and advances social equity. The candidate must be committed to teaching excellence, actively engaging undergraduates, and mentoring students from groups underrepresented in geography. The candidate will join a vibrant and well-supported geography department with a dynamic and integrated human/physical/geospatial curriculum. Primary teaching responsibilities will be our introductory human geography (GEOG 111), nature-society (GEOG 178), or geospatial analysis (GEOG 135) course, other geography courses in UW-Eau Claire’s liberal education core, and elective geography courses in the successful candidate’s area of expertise (e.g., feminist or other equity, diversity, or inclusion-themed geographies). The candidate should also be able to teach our introductory GIS course (GEOG 335) and to lead student-focused field experiences. The candidate will be expected to stay current with developments in contemporary critical scholarship in geography and apply them in support of our department’s interdisciplinary contributions to the university and community. We encourage applications from persons of groups historically underrepresented in geography.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Earned doctorate in geography by August 21, 2019. Evidence of potential for excellence in teaching and scholarship; academic specialization in critical human or nature-society geography; evidence of ability to integrate geospatial techniques into critical scholarship and teaching; and demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Evidence of successful university teaching (e.g., knowledge and skills in educational technology, leading student experiences, formal and informal assessment practices, classroom management).

DUTIES: Teach courses in the Department of Geography and Anthropology based on program needs and candidate’s geographic specialization in social and/or environmental justice; develop a successful research program; provide academic advising to students as assigned; engage in service to the department, profession, university, and community. All members of the department are expected to teach an introductory course.

DEPARTMENT: The Department of Geography and Anthropology consists of 13 full-time and 1 part-time academic staff and one geospatial technology facilitator. The department has about 140 geography majors and its courses serve students from across the university. We are active in student-faculty collaborative research, providing opportunities for applied and hands-on learning. A generous endowment provides widespread creative opportunities for students and faculty.

UNIVERSITY and EAU CLAIRE COMMUNITY: UW-Eau Claire, an institution of approximately 11,500 students and 1,200 faculty and staff, is consistently recognized as a top comprehensive university in the Midwest and is widely known as a leader in faculty-undergraduate research and study abroad. We strive for excellence in liberal education and select graduate and professional programs through commitment to teaching and learning and dedication to our core values of diversity, sustainability, leadership, and innovation.

The City of Eau Claire, situated at the confluence of the Chippewa and Eau Claire rivers, is at the center of a metropolitan area of approximately 160,000 people located about 99 miles east of the Minneapolis/St. Paul city centers. The area features beautiful parks and trails, waterways, strong public schools, a vibrant arts and music scene and local food culture, and abundant recreational opportunities.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Applications are submitted electronically. Please follow instructions found on the following UW-Eau Claire Web site: You must create an account and login before you can apply. If you have not yet registered, click on the "Click here to Register" link to begin the registration process. If you are already a registered user, input your "User Name" and "Password" and select "Login." Click the link to the Geography and Anthropology: Assistant Professor in Critical Human or Nature-Society Geography position (Job ID # 14656) and then click the "Apply Now" button to submit your application electronically. Your application will not be considered complete until all required documents are attached and all required fields are completed. Please be sure you have included the following in PDF format:

  • Letter of application
  • Curriculum vita
  • Unofficial graduate school transcript
  • Statement of teaching philosophy (address teaching experience and teaching effectiveness)
  • Statement of research (address research experience, expected future research trajectory, and the role of undergraduates)
  • Statement of commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusiveness in teaching, research, and service
  • Names and contact information for three references from whom confidential recommendation letters can be obtained

Please direct requests for additional information to:

Paul Kaldjian, Department Chair; [email protected]

To ensure consideration, completed applications must be received by 1 October 2018. However, screening may begin prior to that date and continue until the position is filled. The university reserves the right to contact additional references with notice given to the candidates at an appropriate time in the process. A criminal background check is required prior to employment.

The UW-Eau Claire Police Department is dedicated to maintaining a safe and secure environment for learning and working. Although crime at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is limited, the University Police want students, faculty and staff to be aware of crime on campus and the area surrounding the campus. The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose annual information about campus crime. Visit Campus Security and Fire Report ( penings/upload/AnnualSecurityandFireReport-2.pdf) . Also visit our Campus Security Authority policy (

UW-Eau Claire is an AA/EEO/Veterans/Disability employer dedicated to enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.





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Posted: 8/18/2018
Application Due: 10/17/2018
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