Assistant Professor of Geography (Tenure Track, F0138A1)

Old Dominion University
Norfolk, Virginia
Competitive and commensurate with experience.
Posted Date
Dec 7, 2022

Job Details

Old Dominion University’s Department of Political Science and Geography seeks applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position to begin July 2023. We are seeking a geographer to teach undergraduate and graduate courses on campus and online whose research addresses the nexus of climate science, human health, and environmental change. The successful candidate will be able to teach existing courses in our undergraduate program in Geography and contribute to expanding courses in physical and environmental geography.

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Ph.D. in geography or closely related discipline required; candidates who are ABD are expected to complete the degree by July 2023.
  2. Demonstrated ability to conduct research, publish, and teach in geography, and a demonstrated commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.
  3. Ability to teach existing courses in our undergraduate program in Geography and contribute to expanding courses in physical and environmental geography

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Evidence of potential grant writing success.
  • Competency in geospatial techniques.

Department of Political Science and Geography:

The Department of Political Science and Geography offers bachelor’s degrees in Geography and Political Science, and contributes to the interdisciplinary undergraduate, masters, and doctoral programs in International Studies. In addition, we offer undergraduate and graduate certificates in GIS and Spatial Analysis of Coastal Environments, a concentration in Geospatial Analytics in the MS in Data Science and Analytics, and are proposing a MS degree in Geospatial Science and Technology. The department has an accomplished and diverse faculty and student body committed to social and environmental justice, and the successful candidate will enrich this atmosphere. Opportunities exist to participate in ODU’s Institute for Coastal Adaptation and Resilience (ICAR), teach in the Spatial Analytics Instructional Laboratory, and collaborate with expanding schools of Public Health and Data Science. The surrounding 14 municipalities of Hampton Roads offer tremendous opportunities for research and engaged scholarship. Old Dominion also has burgeoning partnerships with NASA Langley Research Center, Jefferson National Laboratory, and numerous state and local agencies and non-governmental environmental organizations. More information about the department is available at

Old Dominion University:

Old Dominion University is a residential and R1 very high research activity public institution with a student enrollment of 24,000, one-half of whom are students of color, including nearly 5,000 graduate students, and a diverse and multicultural faculty. ODU is a national leader in supporting social mobility in higher education, helping underrepresented students succeed, and serving the community: among the top 10% of U.S. colleges and universities in the 2019 Social Mobility Index (CollegeNET), the top 15% in the nation for overall diversity (College Factual), the top 10 in the country and top 50 in the world for reducing inequality (Times Higher Education), and a 2020 Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement classification recipient. The university’s main campus is in Norfolk, one of the seven cities that make up the historic Hampton Roads region of Virginia, a major recreational area with a population of 1.8 million near the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay.

How to Apply:

To apply, submit a cover letter, CV, Statement of Research Interests, Statement of Teaching Philosophy, unofficial graduate transcripts, and contact information for three professional references to The application system will automatically request recommendation letters if the candidate moves forward in the search. Review of applications will begin February 15, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. Inquiries should be directed to Dr. Tom Allen ( More information about the department is available at

It is the policy of Old Dominion University to provide equal employment, educational and social opportunities for all persons, without regard to race (or traits historically associated with race including hair texture, hair type, and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists), color, religion, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), national origin, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation or genetic information. Individuals from minoritized communities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Old Dominion University, located in the City of Norfolk in the metropolitan Hampton Roads region of coastal Virginia, is a state-assisted, Carnegie doctoral/research-extensive institution that serves its students and enriches the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world through rigorous academic programs, strategic partnerships, and active civic engagement. Its 24,000 students, including over 6,000 graduate students, form a diverse and multicultural community in six academic colleges. Through a collaborative and innovative approach to education and research, the University focuses on student learning and addresses critical needs in the professions. ODU’s programs are offered on the main campus, at higher education centers in the region, and at numerous distance learning sites.

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