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Assistant Professor - Geography / Anthropology

Eastern Washington University
Washington, United States
Not specified
Closing date
May 21, 2020

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Geology & Earth Sciences, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Anthropology & Archaeology
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Job Details

The Department of Geography & Anthropology at Eastern Washington University invites applications for a faculty position in the area of disasters, hazards and human and environmental impacts at the rank of Assistant Professor for the 2018-2019 academic school year. The position is a nine-month academic year appointment that would begin September 16, 2018.

We seek candidates with a strong social science background who can provide expertise in the areas of disasters and hazards, either naturally-occurring or anthropogenic, with an emphasis on how these events impact human populations. Specifically, we are interested in applications from scholars who focus their work in disasters and hazards on issues related to 1) the health consequences associated with occurrences of disasters and hazards and/or 2) disasters and hazards within the urban context and/or from an urban ecology perspective. Candidates with demonstrated fieldwork experience working with local communities to prepare, avoid, remedy or remediate environmental and/or man-made disasters and hazards are particularly encouraged to apply.

The department has existing expertise in the areas of resource management, conservation, water resource planning, climate change, multi-scale biogeography, small-scale agricultural production, migration and relocation, urban governance and politics, and social and environmental justice. Candidates should demonstrate the ability to both bridge and integrate with our existing areas of specialization and develop new courses and research opportunities in the area of human impacts of disasters and hazards.

Preference will be given to candidates with a demonstrated record of teaching and scholarship in the area of disaster, hazards and human impacts, experience leading fieldwork opportunities that involve undergraduate and/or graduate students, community-engaged research, interdisciplinary teaching and experiential-learning opportunities. Further preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated technical skills in epidemiology, urban ecology and/or geographic information systems (GIS). Regional specialization is open; however, we are particularly interested in candidates who can situate at least a portion of their current and/or future research and scholarship in Eastern Washington and/or the Pacific Northwest region.

All EWU faculty are expected to engage in effective teaching and assessment of student learning. The typical teaching load is seven courses per year on the quarter system and the successful candidate will be expected to offer introductory courses in one or more of the following: human geography, cultural anthropology, physical geography, biological anthropology, and/or GIS. The successful candidate will also be expected to teach and/or develop upper-division and graduate courses in their areas of expertise as well as maintain an active research program related to disasters , hazards, and human impacts, participate in service activities, and develop and seek external funding to support their research. Additionally, the candidate selected for this position will be expected to offer interest and/or experience in online learning and pursuit of grants, to expand the university's endeavors in these areas.

The Department of Geography and Anthropology is seeking a colleague with a strong commitment to students, collegiality, quality teaching and advising as well as scholarly potential. The faculty member hired for this position will be welcomed into an academic community dedicated to cultural diversity, community engagement and social justice.

Screening of applications will begin in November 2017. All materials will be held in strict confidence, and references will not be contacted without notification to the candidate.

About Eastern Washington University

Eastern is a regional, comprehensive university located in Cheney, 20 minutes from downtown Spokane. In addition to Eastern's Cheney campus, we also offer our Riverpoint campus in Spokane, plus additional teaching/learning centers located in other cities throughout Washington State. Enrollment has reached over 12,000 students. The Cheney-Spokane area is the heart of the Inland Northwest, with excellent restaurants, theater, shopping, skiing, hiking, lakes, a choice of living in a medium-sized city or a small town, and high quality schools and housing.

Eastern Washington University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty, staff, students, and academic program offerings and to strengthening sensitivity to diversity throughout the institution. Eastern Washington University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, and applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged.

Conditions of Employment

The required start date for this position is 9/16/2018. To be considered eligible for appointment into the position, applicants must be available and able to start in the position no later than 9/16/2018.

Required Qualifications:
  • PhD in Geography, Anthropology or related field; ABD may be considered, but PhD must be completed no later than the start date for the position (9/16/2018)
  • One academic year of successful experience as instructor of record at the college or university level
  • Expertise in disasters and hazards and their impacts on human populations as demonstrated by a record of coursework, teaching experience, publications and relevant professional experience
  • Demonstrated potential for active and innovative scholarship
  • Experience establishing and supervising internships and undergraduate and graduate research opportunities.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply a culturally responsive and flexible approach that is supportive to the diverse needs, including universal access, of our students, faculty, staff and the public.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Research and/or teaching experience related to the health consequences associated with occurrences of disasters and hazards and/or disasters and hazards within the urban context.
  • Demonstrated expertise epidemiology, urban ecology and/or GIS, fieldwork opportunities involving students, community-engaged research, interdisciplinary teaching and experiential learning opportunities.
  • Current and/or future regional specialization in Eastern Washington and/or the Pacific Northwest.
  • Interest in leading local community engagement activities.


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