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Assistant Professor or Term Lecturer of Geography, Humanities & Social Sciences

Northwest Missouri State University
Missouri, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
May 18, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Geography
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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PRIMARY DUTY:  To teach lower- and upper-division courses in Geography and Geographic Information Science, including general education courses in physical and cultural Geography depending upon the qualifications of the faculty member and the needs of the department. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in environmental geography, environmental applications of GIS, and/or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and drone technology. Successful candidates will demonstrate a strong commitment to teaching within a comprehensive state university, engagement in student and university service, and the promise of scholarly achievement. 



  1. Teach introductory physical and cultural Geography courses (e.g. GEOG 32-101 Introduction to Geography)
  2. Teach lower division and upper division undergraduate Geography courses (e.g. GEOG 32-364 Image Interpretation)
  3. Teach undergraduate Geographic Information Science courses (e.g. GEOG 32-365 Geographic Information Systems)
  4. Scholarly research in academic field
  5. Department service, including student organization assistance and sponsorship
  6. University service, including committee work
  7. Student advisement and support



        Education:  ABD or PhD in Geography for Tenure Track Position; Masters in Geography for Term


        Experience: College-level teaching experience in Geography and Geographic Information Science preferred

        Skills: Teaching ability in Geography and/or Geographic Information Science and scholarly research in the field


WORKING CONDITIONS:  The position entails classroom instruction in general education and major courses in classes typically ranging from 15 to 75 students (4-4 load).  Faculty maintain regular office hours within the department area to support students. 


EQUIPMENT/MATERIALS USED:  Faculty are issued a personal laptop.  All classrooms are technology-enhanced (document stations, video equipment, wireless Internet access).                       


TYPICAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  Ability to meet essential classroom functions


COMMUNITY: Northwest Missouri State University is located in Maryville, Missouri, a community of 12,000 with a diverse economy and a strong industrial base. Maryville is located 45 miles north of St. Joseph, Missouri, and 90 miles north of Kansas City, Missouri. For more information visit the city’s website at


UNIVERSITY: With an enrollment of more than 7,200 students, Northwest is a coeducational, primarily residential four-year university that offers a broad range of undergraduate and selected graduate programs on its Maryville campus as well as its Northwest-Kansas City location at the Northland Innovation Center and through Northwest Online.


Founded in 1905, Northwest places a high emphasis on profession-based learning to help graduates get a jumpstart on their careers. Students have opportunities to build their résumés with experiences on campus in nearly every area of study, including the Horace Mann Laboratory SchoolNational Public Radio affiliate KXCV, the R.T. Wright Farm, Mozingo Outdoor Education Recreation Area or Knacktive, a student-driven integrated digital marketing communications agency.


The University is a national model for student success and career placement. In addition, 96 percent of Northwest bachelor’s degree earners and 99 percent of master’s degree earners secure employment or continue their education within six months of graduation, according to the most recent data. Zippia, a career website, names Northwest the best college in Missouri for getting a job.


Furthermore, its vibrant and diverse learning community offers more than 150 student organizations, and textbooks and a laptop are included in tuition, which is among the lowest in the nation, saving students an estimated $7,200 over four years. Northwest also offers 1,200 student employment positions, allowing students to build professional skills through its internationally benchmarked student employment program. Designated the Missouri Arboretum, the Northwest campus was named one of the “50 Most Amazing University Botanical Gardens and Arboretums in the U.S.”


For more information about Northwest and its performance, visit



APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications will be reviewed beginning May 16, 2022 and continue until the position is filled


DATE AVAILABLE: August 8, 2022


TO APPLY: Please fill out a Northwest application online by clicking to reach our employment opportunities listing. You will also need to submit the application materials listed below in order for your application to be complete. Please contact the Office of Human Resources at 660-562-1127 or email for more information.


APPLICATION MATERIALS: A complete application consists of: 1) a letter describing your teaching experience and suitability for the position; 2) a current resume; 3) academic transcripts; and 4) three references that could be contacted, including their telephone numbers and e-mail addresses. 



       Dr. Dawn Gilley, Chair

        Department of Humanities and Social Sciences

        Northwest Missouri State University

        800 University Drive

        Maryville, MO 64468

        (660) 562-1290

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