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Assistant Professor of Geography

Towson University

Last Updated: 1/18/23

Job Description

Assistant Professor of Geography

Department of Geography & Environmental Planning

College of Liberal Arts (CLA 3916)


The College of Liberal Arts invites applications for a tenure track, 9-month Assistant Professor position in the Department of Geography and Environmental Planning beginning August 2023.


PhD in geography or cognate field. ABD considered, but appointment will be at the instructor rank and all degree requirements must be completed by February 2024. Candidates should have expertise in urban sustainability, broadly defined, and demonstrate ability to contribute to research on urban adaptation to climate change. The ideal candidate will conduct holistic research on physical climate sustainability and adaptability in urban environments that recognizes the uneven vulnerability to climate change caused by social and political inequality.

Towson University strives to enhance its research standing in the Carnegie classification. Successful candidates will teach a 3/3 load and be expected to seek external funding as well establish a consistent record of scholarly publications. Successful candidates will also be expected to include students in research when possible and enhance the department’s curricular offerings in the realm of urban sustainability.

Successful applicants will be expected to teach courses such as introductory physical geography, environmental impact analysis, and environmental hazards, as well as develop new courses on urban sustainability and adaptation. The successful applicant will also be expected to contribute to a proposed new interdisciplinary PhD program in Environmental, Social, and Homeland Security based in the College of Liberal Arts. Opportunities exist for contributing to other academic programs such as Environmental Science and Studies, Metropolitan Studies, Sociology, and Anthropology.

We encourage applications from those underrepresented in academia who have a commitment to mentoring under-represented students in geography and environmental studies. Towson University’s Diversity Strategic Plan places a high priority on the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Candidates must be sensitive to the needs of, and possess an interest in working with, a diverse student body. Experience with innovative teaching or the potential to engage undergraduate and graduate students in critical and dynamic ways are highly desirable.

The Department of Geography and Environmental Planning

The Department ( offers majors in Geography, Geography and Land Surveying. Minors in Geographic Information Sciences, Climate, Weather, and Society, and Geography are also offered. The Department also offers a graduate MA in Geography and Environmental Planning.

Towson University

The mission of Towson University is to foster intellectual inquiry and critical thinking, preparing graduates who will serve as effective leaders for the public good. Through a foundation in the liberal arts and a commitment to academic excellence, interdisciplinary study, research and public service, Towson University prepares students for careers in high demand today and in the future. The strategic plan outlines the steps the University will take to achieve its mission.

Towson University ( was founded in 1866, is recognized by U.S. News and World Reports as one of the top public universities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, is Baltimore's largest university, and is the largest public, comprehensive institution in the University of Maryland System. TU enrolls over 18,000 undergraduates and approaching 4,000 graduate students across six academic colleges (business, education, fine arts, health professions, liberal arts, science & mathematics), has over 865 full-time faculty, and offers more than 65 bachelor's, 45 master's, and 5 doctoral programs. Our centrally located campus sits on 330 rolling green acres and is 10 miles north of Baltimore, 45 miles north of Washington D.C., and 95 miles south of Philadelphia.

Application Instructions

Interested applicants should submit a letter of application that addresses the posting details and qualifications. Applications must also include: (1) a curriculum vitae, (2) a teaching statement that includes descriptions of teaching philosophy, practical approaches, and a list of potential course offerings, (3) a research statement that addresses current areas of expertise and future research agenda, and (4) a reflective statement on ways the applicant can contribute to inclusion and diversity. The names and addresses (including email addresses) of three (3) referees should be provided.

Please submit all these materials in one file to . Screening of applications will begin on February 15, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.

A Criminal Background Investigation is required for the hired candidate and the results may impact employment.

Towson University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and has a strong institutional commitment to diversity. Women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Company Details

Towson, Maryland, United States