Assistant Professor in Geography in the field of Race and Identity

Pennsylvania State University
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Nov 29, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Geography
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Assistant Professor in Geography in the field of Race and Identity

The Department of Geography at The Pennsylvania State University (University Park, PA) invites applications for a tenure-line Assistant Professor position in Race and Identity. Areas of interest to the department include teaching and research related to critical socio-spatial perspectives on Black, Latinx, and/or Indigenous life. Topical areas can include but are not limited to critical and/or intersectional perspectives on: emancipatory futures; racial capitalism; settler colonialism; health disparities or wellbeing; resistance and social movements; migration and mobilities; urban politics; labor and economic inequalities; reparative justice; abolitionist geographies; and geographies of education. We welcome critical and innovative methodological approaches to these or related topics.

We are excited to have a scholar of race and identity join the Penn State Geography community. The faculty and graduate students are committed to thinking critically about identity through the lens of justice. A meaningful amount of our research and teaching explores identity as it relates to socio-spatial and environmental justice. Our committee for belonging, dignity, and justice is leading our departmental commitment to advancing a climate and culture that embraces difference and supports individuals in reaching their full potential. The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, where the department is located, also takes an active role in building a talented, inclusive, and culturally competent workforce. Our college community understands that our shared future is guided by basic principles of fairness, mutual respect, and commitment to each other.

In addition to actively researching and publishing, the candidate will be expected to teach both graduate and undergraduate courses, provide service to the department and college and to develop an extramurally funded research program. Evidence of being awarded a PhD in Geography or a related field is required prior to the effective date of employment.

For full consideration, applicants should upload the following materials with their application: 1) a letter describing how they would contribute to the department's research and teaching program; 2) a complete curriculum vitae; 3) a maximum of five reprints; and 4) the names and addresses (including e-mail) of three references. Applicants should highlight, either woven through their application materials or as a separate one-page statement, their experience with fostering belonging, dignity, and justice in their teaching, research, and workplaces. Applications will be reviewed beginning on January 10th, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.

Questions about the position should be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. Lorraine Dowler, Department of Geography, The Pennsylvania State University, 302 Walker Building, University Park, PA 16802; Phone: (814) 863-1806; Fax: (814) 863-7943; E-mail:

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Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.


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