Assistant/Associate Professor in Physical Geography

University of Illinois
Urbana, Illinois
Salary is competitive, commensurate with skills and experience
Closing date
Nov 1, 2022

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Earth and Space Science Informatics, Global Environmental Change, Hydrology, Solid Earth Geophysics, Space Physics
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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Assistant/Associate Professor in Physical Geography

Human-Environment Interaction and Geospatial Data Science

Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science

​The Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science (GGIS), in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, invites applications and nominations for a full-time 9-month tenure-track Assistant Professor or Associate Professor in Physical Geography with research and teaching experience in Human-Environment Interaction and Geospatial Data Science. We seek applications from individuals with expertise in human interaction with Earth surface systems, the intersection between scientific knowledge about Earth surface systems and public policy, and geospatial data science approaches to understanding Earth surface systems, including human interaction with these systems.

​The Illinois College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is a world leader in research, teaching, and public engagement. Faculty in the College create knowledge, address critical societal needs through the transfer and application of knowledge, and prepare students for lives of impact in the state, nation, and globally. To meet these objectives, the College embraces and values diversity and difference through hiring faculty candidates who can contribute through their research, teaching, and/or service to the diversity and excellence of the Illinois community.

​Our ideal candidate is expected to conduct theoretical and empirical work in Physical Geography with a particular focus on Human-Environment Interaction and Geospatial Data Science. We are open to a range of topical interests related to Earth surface systems, including, for example, research focusing on ecological, geomorphological, hydrological, and biogeochemical processes or interconnections among these processes. Methodological expertise in geospatial data science is interpreted broadly and includes areas such as geographic information science and systems (GIS), cyberGIS, geospatial artificial intelligence, remote sensing, and/or spatial analysis and modeling. Teaching responsibilities include introductory and advanced undergraduate courses on physical geography, geospatial data science, and graduate seminars. The successful candidate is expected to teach effectively at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, establish and maintain an active and independent research program, and provide service to the Department, the University, and the profession. The candidate will have significant opportunities to develop collaborations with other departments and units across campus, such as the CyberGIS Center for Advanced Digital and Spatial Studies; Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment; National Center for Supercomputing Applications; and School of Earth, Society, and Environment. Women and people from underrepresented minority populations are especially encouraged to apply.



Applicants must have completed all requirements of a Ph.D. in geography, GIS, or a related field by mid-June for a preferred start date of August 16, 2023. Evidence of an active research agenda, solid teaching experience, and effective interpersonal and communication skills are required. Candidates who have demonstrated a commitment to working with women and underrepresented minority students or faculty through teaching, mentoring, or administration are especially encouraged to apply.

​Salary and Benefits

Salary is competitive, commensurate with skills and experience.

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​Application Process

To apply, create your candidate profile through, directly apply to our position and upload your application materials: letter of application, CV, a representative publication, statement of teaching and research interests, and a statement of commitment to equity, inclusivity and diversity, and evidence of teaching effectiveness. An email request for contact information for three professional references will be sent to you 1-2 business days after your application is submitted. Once the contact information for the references is uploaded into the system, their letters will be invited.  Only applications submitted through the University of Illinois Job Board will be considered. To ensure full consideration, all required application materials must be submitted by October 3, 2022. For further information regarding application procedures or to submit nominations, you may contact the Search Committee at 


​The University of Illinois must also comply with applicable federal export control laws and regulations and, as such, reserves the right to employ restricted party screening procedures for applicants.

The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, COVID-19 vaccination requirement, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify.

Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply and may request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (2008) to complete the application and/or interview process. Requests may be submitted through the reasonable accommodations portal, or by contacting the Accessibility & Accommodations Division of the Office for Access and Equity at 217-333-0885, or by emailing

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