Assistant Professor

University of Minnesota, Dept of Geography, Environment & Society
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Competitive salary with excellent benefits
Closing date
Dec 5, 2022

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Job Type
Faculty, Assistant Professor
Organization Type

The Department of Geography, Environment & Society at the University of Minnesota invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty member in Physical Geography at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning in the Fall 2023 semester. Our central priority with this search is to add a new faculty member with robust expertise in quantitative data analysis and/or modeling of space-time processes in bio/physical environments. We are open to a wide range of thematic foci, and welcome applications from individuals working across all areas of bio/physical geography, including, but not limited to: environmental change, landscape and ecosystem dynamics, disaster risk, climate variations and change, and water resources. The ideal candidate will have expertise that expands, diversifies, and complements existing departmental strengths in climatology, paleoclimatology, and landscape ecology. Individuals whose research expertise and/or pedagogy align with perspectives and promote interests of communities that have historically been marginalized are urged to apply.

For complete details, click on the Apply button or visit the University's employment website at

Required Qualifications
• A PhD or equivalent international degree in geography or a closely related discipline at time of appointment (August 2023).
• Candidates should demonstrate a competitive academic record appropriate for their career stage, including peer-reviewed publications in high-quality journals, a track record or trajectory of promise for obtaining research grants as appropriate to the research program, a growing scholarly reputation, and a demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in research and learning communities.

Preferred Qualifications
• Evidence of strong research productivity, with potential for securing research grants, and a vision for developing a successful research program in the new position. 
• A record of teaching and effective mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students.
• A track record of promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in research, teaching, and/or service.

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online. Review of applications will begin November 15, 2022. Applicants wishing to ensure full consideration should submit their materials prior to that date.  To be considered for this position, please click the Apply Button or visit and follow the instructions.  You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and CV.  Your publications may be attached after finishing the initial application by accessing the "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents in the "My Cover Letters and Attachments" section.

Required Documents:
● Curriculum vitae (with brief statements of the applicant’s contribution to publications that include more than one author)
● An expanded cover letter that also includes a statement of research no longer than two pages that describes your current and anticipated agenda; a statement of teaching no longer than two pages that describes your past experience and approach to teaching; and a statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) no longer than two pages that summarizes the candidate’s understanding of these topics and details past and anticipated contributions to advancing DEI within institutional or disciplinary contexts.
● Up to three writing examples, which may be from published, in review, or in-progress journal articles, dissertation chapters, working papers, book chapters, or other appropriate products
● Contact information for three to four references, from whom letters may be solicited at a later date.

The cover letter should be addressed to the co-chairs of the search committee: Professors Daniel Griffin and Kurt Kipfmueller. For questions about the application process, please contact the department administrator, Glen Powell, at or 612-625-6080. For questions about the position, contact Professor Daniel Griffin at  This position will remain open until filled.

About the Department
The Department of Geography, Environment & Society at the University of Minnesota is an internationally recognized department with high profile scholarship in urban geography, globalization, nature-society relations, GIScience, biogeography, and climatology.

Active Geography faculty research projects include the following: Recovery, promotion, and advancement of Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Indigenous approaches to collaborative forest management for climate resilient landscapes; paleoclimate modeling to benchmark climate extremes and dynamics; ecosystem coupling and spatio-temporal responses to global environmental change; fertility and maternal health response to climate shocks in Sub-Saharan Africa; development and application of novel geospatial technologies for transportation, epidemiology, population dynamics, and big-data science; critical race and feminist studies for environmental justice; urban development, social justice futures, and changing environmental trajectories in the Twin Cities; Blackness, capitalism, and the African Diaspora; critical social theory of Latinx and Latina feminist politics; political economies and political ecologies of waste; critical theory of settler colonialism, extractivism, and contemporary trajectories of infrastructure.

We offer B.A., B.S., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in Geography, and interdisciplinary undergraduate majors in Urban Studies, and in Biology, Society, and Environment, plus a professional-track Master’s of Geographic Information Sciences ( Geography also hosts an interdisciplinary minor in GISc and another in Public Health in conjunction with the Department of Sociology and the School of Public Health.
More on the Department of Geography, Environment & Society and its programs can be found at 

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