Urban Governance and Sustainability at OU

Dec 20, 2018


The Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability at the University of Oklahoma (http://geography.ou.edu) invites applications for an Assistant Professor focused on Urban Governance and Sustainability.We seek a scholar with interests in urban environmental planning and governance. This may include a focus on environmental politics; risk and complexity; social vulnerability and community adaptation to climate change and/or other forcings; technology and infrastructure change; planning for sustainability; urban development; and/or environmental social movements. The position is methodologically open, and may include any mix of qualitative, quantitative, and geospatial methods.

Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability: The ideal candidate will have the potential to contribute to urban-focused collaborations in our intellectually diverse department. Applicants must possess a PhD in Geography or a related discipline at time of appointment. The successful applicants will be expected to develop a vigorous, independent research program; to teach in the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability (the standard load is 2-2); and to contribute to mentorship and advisement for students in our growing graduate program. The Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability is currently composed of 18 tenure-line faculty with diverse research agendas.

The University of Oklahoma (OU) is a Carnegie-R1 comprehensive public research university known for excellence in teaching, research, and community engagement, serving the educational, cultural, economic and health-care needs of the state, region, and nation from three campuses: Norman, Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and the Schusterman Center in Tulsa. OU enrolls over 30,000 students and has more than 2,700 full-time faculty members in 21 colleges. In 2014, OU became the first public institution ever to rank #1 nationally in the recruitment of National Merit Scholars, with 311 scholars. The 277-acre Research Campus in Norman was named the No.1 research campus in the nation by the Association of Research Parks in 2013. Norman is a culturally rich and vibrant town of around 113,000 inhabitants located just outside Oklahoma City.  With outstanding schools, amenities, and a low cost of living, Norman is a perennial contender on “best place to live” rankings. Visit http://www.ou.edu/flipbook and http://soonerway.ou.edu for more information.

Norman, repeatedly ranked as one of America’s most attractive college towns, boasts scenic shopping districts, walkable neighborhoods for faculty living, abundant outdoor recreation, and a year-round average temperature of 61°F. Norman also sits near the southern edge of the Oklahoma City metropolitan area, a 25-minute drive from downtown OKC. The OKC metro is a rapidly growing region of nearly 1.4 million people that serves as a key link on the I-35 corridor and the capital of the state. Oklahoma City is investing heavily in infrastructure (including parks, streetcar service, and scenic canals) to support densification, livability, and local economic development in the greater downtown area. The region has great family amenities, restaurants, and nightlife, as well as a wide array of housing and lifestyle choices for new faculty.Candidates should supply a letter of application which includes a curriculum vitae, names of three referees, teaching and research statements, and up to three representative reprints. Submit your application and supporting material online at the University of Oklahoma Interfolio website: apply.interfolio.com/58232.  The review of applications will begin February 1, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. For questions, you may contact Administrative Coordinator, Emalee Lemke (elemke@ou.edu) or search committee chair, Dr. Travis Gliedt (tgliedt@ou.edu).The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity institution. www.ou.edu/eoo