Assistant or Associate Professor, Human Geography

Worcester State University
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Jul 22, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, Women's & Gender Studies, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Geology & Earth Sciences, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Anthropology & Archaeology, Geography, Other Social & Behavioral Sciences
Employment Type
Full Time
About Worcester State University:

WORCESTER STATE UNIVERSITY is a liberal arts and sciences university with a long tradition of academic excellence dating back to 1874, as well as an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks to reflect the diversity of its community. Our workforce is dedicated to academic quality, student-centered programming, engaged citizenship, open exchanges of ideas, diversity and inclusiveness, and civility and integrity. We are looking for job applicants who share these values and commitment to our students.

Worcester State is centrally located in Massachusetts, about an hour's drive from Boston, Springfield, and Providence, Rhode Island. Our 58-acre campus is nestled in the residential northwest side of Worcester--the second largest city in New England and home to 37,000 college students at more than a dozen colleges and universities. Over 6,000 of those students attend Worcester State--approximately 5,300 are undergraduates and 1,000 are graduate students. Learn more about us at .

Job Description:

Worcester State University, Department of Earth, Environment and Physics, invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant or Associate level beginning in Fall 2022.

We seek a broadly trained human geographer who works on contemporary issues of the environment and sustainability. We especially welcome applicants with expertise in areas such as environmental justice, human dimensions of climate change, sustainable transitions, political-ecology, or critical physical geography. The successful candidate will develop and maintain an active, socially engaged research program that includes a component of undergraduate involvement. Teaching responsibilities include introductory human geography and intermediate and upper level courses in the candidate's area of expertise. An interest and ability to teach some GIS-focused courses is desirable but not required. In addition, department faculty are expected to take turns teaching first-year seminar, research methods and senior capstone courses.

We seek a candidate whose teaching and research supports both of the department's majors, Geography and Environmental Science. Additional preference will be given to candidates who can further develop the Environmental Studies concentration within the Geography major. Applicants should demonstrate a potential for excellence in undergraduate teaching and mentoring, active engagement in research and scholarship and a commitment to public higher education. The successful candidate will contribute to building a small, dynamic program and will complement existing departmental strengths in climate science and global environmental change. They will also have an opportunity to contribute to interdisciplinary university programs such as Environmental and Sustainability Studies, Global Studies, Ethnic Studies, Asian Studies or Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies.


  • Ph.D. in Geography or related discipline, conferred by September 1, 2022
  • Undergraduate teaching experience

Additional Information:

Worcester State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. M/F/D/V. Members of historically underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

It is the policy of Worcester State University that all employees be vaccinated against COVID-19 before they begin employment. Proof of the COVID-19 vaccine is required of all individuals hired by WSU, to be verified after an offer of employment has been made, and as part of the background check process. Prospective employees may submit a request for exemption based on a religious and/or medical basis, to Human Resources.

Salary and rank commensurate with education and experience.

Review of applications will begin on or about November 15, and continue until the position is filled.

Application Instructions:

All applicants must apply online through Interview Exchange:

Please submit the following as part of your application:

  1. A cover letter outlining your pedagogy and teaching experience, research interests, and approach to supporting a diverse and inclusive educational experience;
  2. C.V.;
  3. A sample syllabus for an upper division geography or environmental science class you have or would like to teach; and
  4. the contact information for 3 professional references who will submit a letter of reference on your behalf.

Information which cannot be uploaded by the applicant may be faxed to 508-929-8163 or mailed to:

Executive Director, Chief Human Resources Officer

Worcester State University

486 Chandler Street

Worcester MA 01602-2597


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