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Assistant or Associate Professor 9 Month Salaried (Environmental Geography and GIScience)

Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL

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Job Title: Assistant or Associate Professor 9 Month Salaried (Environmental Geography and GIScience)
Location: Tallahassee, FL
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 56405

College of Social Sciences & Public Policy, Department of Geography


The Department of Geography in the College of Social Sciences & Public Policy (COSSPP) at The Florida State University (FSU) seeks a 9-month tenure-track Assistant Professor or Tenured Associate Professor in Environmental Geography and Geographic Information Science (GIScience) to begin in August 2024. The Department is especially interested in scholars working on environmental topics such as natural resource analysis and management, conservation and sustainability, biogeography, landscape ecology, water resources, wildland fires, marine/coastal ecosystems, environmental health, resilience, and climate change and adaptation. The successful candidate will also demonstrate skills and expertise in one or more areas of GIScience such as GIS programming, web GIS, spatial modeling, machine learning, etc. Salary and benefits are highly competitive, and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to sustaining a research agenda in Environmental Geography, broadly defined, and will become an integral part of FSU Geography’s faculty. Publication of research in outlets appropriate to the candidate’s specialty is expected, as is the pursuit of external research funding. Moreover, strong candidates will also express a desire to engage in high-quality classroom instruction including teaching lower- and upper-division undergraduate courses, graduate courses, and to act as mentors for graduate students. The successful candidate will also contribute courses to our Master’s program in GIS (MS-GIS).

This is a 9-month position, with a 2-2 teaching assignment (4 courses per year). Teaching will include courses in Environmental Geography, consistent with the candidate’s expertise and Department needs, and at least one graduate-level course in the MS-GIS curriculum. The tenure home will be in the Department of Geography.


Doctoral degree in Geography or a closely related field is required.
Prospective candidates at the tenure-track Assistant Professor level should be able to demonstrate future promise and potential in the areas of research, teaching, and service based on their accomplishments to date and stated future professional goals. Prospective candidates at the tenured Associate Professor level should be able to document a track record of sustained significant achievements in research, teaching, and service.

Other Information The successful candidate will join a Department and University that values a climate and culture of inclusive excellence. ( The Department of Geography at FSU is committed to building and maintaining cutting-edge human, environmental, and GIScience perspectives on our discipline. We seek to foster a welcoming, productive, collaborative, and collegial work environment that allows faculty and students the space to explore their scholarly interests. We offer a bachelor’s degree in Geography and a bachelor’s degree in Environment and Society. At the graduate level we offer a master’s degree in Geography, a master’s degree in Geographic Information Science, and a Ph.D. in Geography.

Florida State University is currently ranked as a top 25 public university by US News & World Reports. FSU is a major research university with substantial external grants and contracts activity, and an impressive array of internal programs to support faculty research endeavors ( FSU faculty have access to numerous teaching resources through the Center for the Advancement of Teaching (, the Program for Instructional Excellence (, the Office of Distance Learning ( in addition to other resources.

Florida State University is located on land that is the ancestral and traditional territory of the Apalachee Nation, the Muscogee Nation, the Miccosukee Tribe of Florida, and the Seminole Tribe of Florida. Tallahassee is the capital city of the State of Florida, which is situated in the Big Bend region of the state, a biodiversity hotspot with undeveloped terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Tallahassee is close to several state parks, rivers, a National Wildlife Refuge, the largest national forest in Florida, and the pristine beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. FSU also hosts rich programs in visual and performing arts, and athletics.

Contact Info

Dr. Mark Horner, Department Chairperson

University Information

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How To Apply

If qualified and interested in a specific Faculty job opening as advertised, apply to Florida State University at If you are a current FSU employee, apply via myFSU > Self Service.

Applicants are required to complete the online application with all applicable information. Applications must include education details even if attaching a Vita.

The position start date is August 2024. Applicants should submit:
• A cover letter describing their interest in the position, including how they might contribute to a diverse and inclusive climate in the Department of Geography.
• A statement of research interests.
• A statement of teaching interests.
• The names and contact information for three professional references.


This is a Faculty position.

This position requires successful completion of a criminal history background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity

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Working at Florida State University

One of the nation's elite research universities, Florida State University — with the Carnegie Foundation's highest designation, Doctoral/Research University-Extensive — offers a distinctive academic environment built on its cherished values and unique heritage, welcoming campus on the oldest continuous site of higher education in Florida, championship athletics, and prime location in the heart of the state capital.

Combining traditional strength in the arts and humanities with recognized leadership in the sciences, Florida State University provides unmatched opportunities for students and faculty through challenging academics, cultural discovery and community interaction.

Underlying and supporting the educational experience at Florida State University is the development of new generations of citizen leaders, based on the concepts inscribed in our seal: Vires, Artes, Mores — Strength, Skill and Character.

Epitomized by recently named Rhodes Scholars Garrett Johnson and Myron Rolle — elite athletes and scholars committed to public service — and Joseph O'Shea — a campus and community leader as well as a top scholar — Florida State's 40,000 students are dedicated to academic excellence and providing leadership in our complex world.

Florida State University's 16 colleges offer more than 275 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, professional and specialist degree programs, including medicine and law, covering a broad array of disciplines critical to society today. Each year the University awards over 2,000 graduate and professional degrees.

With its impressive breadth of leading graduate, professional and undergraduate programs, Florida State University is a demanding, intellectually stimulating, yet warm and caring environment for students and faculty. Recognized nationally for its commitment to diversity, Florida State University is a national leader in the number of doctorates awarded to African-American students and in the graduation rate of African-American undergraduates. Its College of Medicine and College of Law are ranked in the nation's Top 10 for Hispanic students.

Florida State University's arts programs — dance, film, music and theatre — rank among the finest in the world, offering an arts education comparable to leading conservatories. Its creative writing program is ranked among the nation's best and is home to the most consistently honored and published student body in the United States. Florida State is responsible for governance of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and associated arts programs, one of the largest museum/university complexes in the nation.

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