Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Human-Environment Interactions at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Tenure-track Assistant Professor – Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science

The Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science, in the School of Earth, Society, and Environment, invites applications for a full-time 9-month (academic year) tenure-track Assistant Professor with research and teaching experience in human-environment interactions in the urban Global South. Desired areas for subject expertise include infrastructure, mobility, health, resilience, sustainability, and/or poverty to complement our existing departmental strengths. Our ideal candidate is firmly grounded in both theoretical and empirical work in their examination of urban or peri-urban settings. We are open to a range of methodological approaches, including qualitative methods, GIS, spatial analysis, remote sensing, ethnography, discourse analysis, and/or mixed methods. Teaching responsibilities include introductory and advanced undergraduate courses on geographies of development and urbanization, graduate seminars, and potentially a regional course. The successful candidate will have significant opportunities to develop collaborations with other departments and units across campus, such as the Center for Global Studies; Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment; the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory; and area studies centers such as the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and the Center for African Studies. Women and people from underrepresented minority populations are especially encouraged to apply.

The Illinois College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is a world leader in research, teaching, and public engagement. Faculty in the College create knowledge, address critical societal needs through the transfer and application of knowledge, and prepare students for lives of impact in the state, nation, and globally. To meet these objectives, the College embraces and values diversity and difference through hiring faculty candidates who can contribute through their research, teaching, and/or service to the diversity and excellence of the Illinois community.


To be appointed as an Assistant Professor, applicants must have completed all requirements of a Ph.D. in geography or a related field by mid-June for a preferred start date of August 16, 2020. Evidence of an active research agenda, solid teaching experience, and excellent interpersonal and communication skills are required.

Salary and Benefits

Salary is competitive, commensurate with skills and experience. Information on benefits may be found at: https://www.hr.uillinois.edu/benefits/.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

Application Process

To apply, create a candidate profile through https://jobs.illinois.edu and upload your application materials: a letter of application, CV listing publications, a statement of research interests, a statement of teaching that includes evidence of teaching effectiveness and creativity, and the names of three professional references. To ensure full consideration, submit application materials by October 15, 2019. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. Early applications are encouraged.

For inquiries about the position and application procedures, contact Broderick Williamson Sr., Human Resource Associate at brodsr@illinois.edu.

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