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Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, Race and Environment

Georgia State University, Geosciences Department
Georgia State University, Geosciences Department
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Oct 13, 2021

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The Department of Geosciences at Georgia State University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor with an emphasis in Race and Environment to begin August 2022. We welcome applications from scholars across the social and natural sciences specializing in any of the following (or other closely related) areas: environmental justice; racism in environmental organizations, movements, and governance; ecological dimensions of racial capitalism and settler colonialism; critical physical geography; Black geographies and ecologies; racial segregation and disparity in urban ecosystems; race, nature and landscape; or any geoscience or environmental science addressing race. Methodological approach and geographic focus are open.

This position will play a central role in the continued growth of the Department of Geosciences and its contributions to Georgia State University’s strategic goals of using collaborative research to tackle the most challenging global and urban issues of the 21st century and ensuring that students from all backgrounds can achieve academic and career success at high rates. Our faculty members are committed to combating racism, sexism and other forms of structural bias in our disciplines, departments, institutions, and communities. The successful candidate will share this commitment. The department similarly acknowledges the inequitable impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and commits to accounting for this disproportionate impact in application evaluations. 

The Department of Geosciences at GSU is distinguished by its emphasis on both the social and physical dimensions of the environment. The department maintains research and teaching strengths, and ongoing interdisciplinary collaborations, in urban environments, water science, climate change, geographic information science, and geochemistry. The Department of Geosciences also maintains active relationships with the Urban Studies Institute, School of Public Health, and other departments across the College of Arts and Sciences. The successful candidate is expected to help strengthen these collaborations.

Georgia State University, an enterprising R-1 institution in downtown Atlanta, is a national leader in using innovation to drive student success and research growth. Enrolling and graduating one of the nation’s most diverse student bodies, Georgia State provides its world-class faculty and more than 50,000 students unsurpassed research, teaching, and learning opportunities in one of the 21st century’s leading global cities. As an important hub for the university's strategic emphasis on global and urban research, the Department of Geosciences ( is a growing interdisciplinary component of Georgia State, offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the Geosciences in addition to GIS certificates at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Geosciences faculty may direct PhD students through agreements with the Department of Chemistry and the Urban Studies Institute.


The selected candidate will be responsible for maintaining an active, funded research program; teaching a total of four courses per year in their area of specialization; advising graduate students; and participating in service at the department, college, and university levels.


Essential qualifications include:

  1. Earned Ph.D. in geography, geosciences, environmental studies/science, or a related discipline at the time of appointment;
  2. Demonstrated capacity to publish high-impact, peer-reviewed research;
  3. Demonstrated record of pursuing, or high potential to acquire, external research funding;
  4. Aptitude for teaching topics in our department curricula and mentoring highly diverse students.

Preferred qualifications include:

(1) Ability to contribute to geography, geology, or environmental science curriculum design

(2) Demonstrated commitment to partnering with communities and organizations outside the


(3) Demonstrated interest and aptitude for collaborating across fields and disciplines


How to Apply:

To apply, submit the following electronic materials to Dr. Richard Milligan (Search Committee Chair) at

  1. Cover letter addressing the candidate’s qualifications, in which we encourage candidates to address COVID-19 impacts if they wish;
  2. Curriculum vitae;
  3. Research statement summarizing the applicant’s research accomplishments and future research agenda;
  4. Teaching and mentoring statement highlighting experience and philosophy; commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusivity; and vision for contributing to the Department of Geosciences’ degree programs;
  5. Names and contact information for three references. Reference letters will only be requested for candidates who are shortlisted.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, all electronic materials should be submitted by October 15, 2021. Should the candidate be recommended for a position, an offer of employment will be conditional on background verification.

Georgia State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against applicants due to race, ethnicity, gender, veteran status, or on the basis of disability or any other federal, state, or local protected class. As a campus with a diverse student body, we encourage applications from women, minorities, and individuals with a history of mentoring under-represented groups in the geosciences.

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