Assistant Professor in Geography and Human Rights

October 24 2017

The Department of Geography ( at the University of South Carolina (USC) invites applications for a full-time tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of Geography and Human Rights starting August 16, 2018.


The successful candidate, who will have a Ph.D. in geography or a closely related field at the time of appointment, should have a research program that provides insights into international human rights issues. Possible interests include humanitarian aid and development; refugee policy; health, education, and housing disparities; gender/sexual oppression; minority rights; and/or food/water security. The successful candidate’s research program will actively engage with current theoretical discussions and debates within geography and across disciplines.  We seek a scholar who is attuned to the particular problems faced by migrants, internally-displaced populations, non-citizens, racialized minorities, sexual minorities, women, and/or children. The hire should have in-depth expertise and fieldwork experience outside the United States context.


The successful candidate will participate actively in study abroad and service-learning programs and will contribute to globalizing initiatives at USC such as the Maxcy Global Scholars program and the Global Studies major. The candidate will be able to pursue cross-campus and interdisciplinary connections with the Rule of Law Collaborative, the Walker Institute of International and Area Studies, and the Colleges of Education and Social Work.


The successful candidate will join an active, top ranked geography program while also having opportunities to work within a dedicated, campus-wide community of scholars.  We encourage candidates who can contribute to University initiatives that foster diversity and inclusion.  Preference will be given to candidates who possess a strong record of publication and extramural funding, research and teaching interests that complement and expand existing departmental strengths, and a demonstrated ability to work with interdisciplinary groups.


Columbia is a vibrant community with approximately 800,000 people across the greater metropolitan area. It is the home of state government, major corporate headquarters, diverse entertainment venues, a lively arts scene, and affordable neighborhoods.  Located in the middle of the state, Columbia provides easy access to South Carolina’s beautiful beaches and mountains.


Candidates should provide a letter of application describing current and future research activities and teaching interests/experience, a curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information (including e-mail addresses) of at least three referees.  Applicants should submit these materials through USC Jobs:  by Monday, November 20, 2017 for full consideration. The search will continue until the position is filled.  Please contact the Search Committee Chair, Professor Kirstin Dow (, for further information.

The University of South Carolina is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, age, disability, veteran status or genetics.


The University of South Carolina is responsive to the needs of dual-career couples.