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(Archived) Assistant Professor - Tenure-track, UNT Geography and the Environment

Last Updated: 1/20/22

Job Description

The Department of Geography and the Environment at the University of North Texas (UNT) is seeking a tenure-track Assistant Professor in human geography with a strong computational/GIS skillset (e.g. data science, spatial databases, GIS programming), and topical interests that strengthen or complement the department’s research focus, including health/medical geography, urban/economic geography, and environmental justice. In addition to a productive research program, candidates will be expected to have a demonstrated record of publications, potential to receive external funding, commitment to student mentoring and teaching, a willingness to participate in building our department, especially the newly created BS degree in Geographic Information System and Computer Science (GIS+CS), and a strong commitment to diversity. The successful candidate would be expected to teach the undergraduate course “Introduction to GIS Programing with Python”, as well as undergraduate and graduate courses in their field of interest. A Ph.D. in Geography or a closely related field is required at the time of appointment. A diversity statement describing how the candidate incorporates diversity, equity, and inclusion into their research and teaching is expected. In that statement, applicants should describe how they incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion into their research and teaching practices, and how they would contribute to the development of a diverse and inclusive learning community at UNT through teaching and service.

The department faculty have made a commitment to increasing the number of faculty members from historically marginalized groups, especially faculty of color. We have established formal and informal mentoring networks and processes by which every faculty member can succeed, feel supported, and find community. Candidates from underrepresented groups in higher education, those with professional or research experiences working with minoritized populations, and individuals with life experiences that have challenged them to know themselves as multicultural beings are strongly encouraged to apply. UNT is recognized as a Minority- and Hispanic-Serving institution, and substantial proportions of our majors (approximately 50%) and graduate students (approximately 30%) are from diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds. A documented commitment to and engagement with diversity in all its forms is expected.

The department offers BA/BS and M.S. degrees in Geography, a newly created BS degree in Geographic Information System and Computer Science (GIS+CS), and undergraduate/graduate certificates in GIS. The department won the AAG’s prestigious Master’s Program Excellence Award in 2017. We also work with the Environmental Science Ph.D. Program and the Department of Philosophy Ph.D. program. Additional information about the department is available at

UNT is ranked among the nation’s 131 “Tier One” research universities according to the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. As the largest and most comprehensive university in the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) area, UNT is dedicated to providing an excellent educational experience to its over 42,000 students through 113 bachelor’s, 94 master’s, and 37 doctoral degree programs in 14 colleges and schools. UNT is located in Denton, Texas, at the northern end of the DFW metropolitan area, home to more than seven million people, with significant growth and a dynamic economy. Denton has been recognized as one of the 10 Best College Towns in the nation with a lively arts and music culture.

UNT has a highly diverse campus with a wide range of languages spoken in addition to English. We welcome candidates who have experience with HSI/MSIs and/or who speak Spanish, Vietnamese, American Sign Language, Chinese (Cantonese, Mandarin and other variations), Arabic, Tagalog, Farsi, French, or/and Yoruba.

The University of North Texas System and its component institutions are committed to equal opportunity and comply with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of North Texas System and its component institutions do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, and employment practices.


    • PhD in Geography or related field.
    • Ability to communicate
    • Human geography
    • Application Procedure: Applications must be submitted online at:
    • Questions regarding the position can be directed to the Chair of the Search Committee, Dr. Pinliang Dong (
    • Application Deadline: The search committee will begin its review of applications on February 1, 2022, and continue to accept and review applications until the position is filled.

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