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Assistant or Associate Professor, Cartographies of Racial Justice

Syracuse University
New York, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Aug 4, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Education, Curriculum & Instruction, Teacher Education
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Assistant or Associate Professor, Cartographies of Racial Justice


The Department of Geography and the Environment, in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, at Syracuse University seeks to hire a scholar whose research focuses on Cartographies of Racial Justice, with expertise to teach courses in Map Design. This will be a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. Ph.D. is required at the time of appointment.


We seek a scholar whose research and teaching employ digital cartography, geospatial analysis and/or geo-visualization to analyze and advocate for racial justice. We are particularly interested in hiring a geographer who is both trained in and able to teach traditional, technology-driven cartography and map design, web mapping and other courses in geospatial analysis and whose research and teaching interests engage areas of critical cartographic scholarship, including (but not limited to): Racial justice; Black geographies; Indigenous/Native American geographies; and/or Latinx geographies. Applicants should demonstrate clear evidence of a strong research program and successful teaching experience (that incorporates commonly used open source and/or proprietary software programs such as but not limited to QGIS, ArcGIS, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and Tableau), as well as a demonstrated commitment to the values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.


In addition to contributing to the Department’s research and teaching concentration in cartography and geospatial technologies, we seek a critical scholar with potential to contribute to initiatives across the Maxwell School and the broader university. Syracuse University’s Community Geography Program makes our Department a leader in publicly engaged scholarship. Opportunities for interdisciplinary research beyond the department include the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs; the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Cooperation; the Autonomous Systems Policy Institute; the Campbell Public Affairs Institute; the Center for Environmental Policy and Administration; regional programs on the Middle East, South Asia, East Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, the European Union, and others. The Department maintains strong collaborative links with other departments and programs in the Maxwell School, as well as scholars in the Departments of African American Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, Food Studies, Earth and Environmental Sciences and the Native American and Indigenous Studies program. Syracuse University’s campus adjoins the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF), and the Department of Geography and the Environment maintains close collaborative relationships with SUNY ESF faculty and students.


Syracuse University is a diverse community of about 28,000 students, faculty and staff (including about 15,250 undergraduate and 7,500 graduate students). The Department of Geography and the Environment is located within the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, one of the university’s 13 schools and colleges. The university is located in the city of Syracuse (pop. ~150,000), in Central New York, about 250 miles northwest of New York City. Syracuse University and the Department of Geography and the Environment are committed to fostering diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility, and these values will guide our hiring process. We especially welcome applications from candidates who will not only enhance our representational diversity but whose research, teaching and community engagement will contribute to diverse, equitable and inclusive learning and working environments for our students, staff and faculty.


Our department is a leading center for cutting-edge, socially relevant research. We also strongly value excellence in teaching, and the successful candidate will be expected to offer both undergraduate and graduate courses. Faculty members normally teach two courses per semester.



For consideration, candidates must complete an online faculty demographic summary (available at ) and submit online the following: cover letter; current CV; statements on research, teaching and diversity (maximum of two pages per statement). Please combine files, as only three files can be attached (at a maximum of 2MB each file). Short-listed applicants will be asked to provide names and contact information for three references as well as samples of cartographic and written work, syllabi and/or descriptions of teaching (including software and technologies used).


Applications will be reviewed as they arrive with full consideration given to those received by October 1st, 2021. However, the department will continue to consider applications until this position is filled. Syracuse University is an EO/AA employer.


For questions about the posting, please direct your inquiries to:


Professor Tom Perreault

Department Chair

Department of Geography and the Environment

Syracuse University


Professor Jane Read

Search Committee Chair

Department of Geography and the Environment

Syracuse University

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