Join a vibrant campus community whose excellence is reflected in its diversity and student success. West Chester University’s Department of Geography & Planning invites applicants for the position of Assistant Professor of Geography. This a full-time tenure-track to begin in August 2022.
West Chester University, a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, is a public, comprehensive institution committed to offering high-quality undergraduate education, selected post-baccalaureate and graduate programs, and a variety of educational and cultural resources for its students, alumni, and citizens of southeastern Pennsylvania. The University offers more than 100 graduate and undergraduate programs in the sciences and mathematics, business and public management, arts and humanities, health sciences, education and social work, music, and interdisciplinary studies. We are a community of educators dedicated to developing graduates who succeed personally and professionally and contribute to the common good.
The Department of Geography & Planning prepares students for careers in a range of fields including urban and regional planning, geospatial technologies, environmental conservation, and more. Students in the program are equipped with the professional and technical skills needed to guide complex processes of a changing world, to utilize cutting edge technologies to create sustainable built and natural environments, and to enrich communities through leadership, entrepreneurial activity, social responsibility, and environmentally sustainable planning and policy. The department offers a BS in Urban and Environmental Planning, BS in Geography, Master of Urban and Regional Planning, and MS in Geography. The department is part of the College of Business & Public Management, a signatory of the UN’s Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative. Responsibilities include: • Teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in research methods in urban or environmental geography with a focus on social and environmental justice • Maintaining an active scholarship and research agenda • Directing student projects • Mentoring/ Advising Students • Serving the University and the community through participation in various committees
The typical course load involves teaching four courses per semester.
• Ph.D. in Geography or related field or ABD and completion of degree within one year of appointment • Teaching Experience in geography or related field
• Demonstrated ability applying GIS software as an analytical tool related to area of expertise • Specialization in geographies of urban/environmental development and change, with strengths in data analytics and visualization techniques including equity and inclusion in climate adaptation; migration and demographic change; energy; geospatial technologies for healthy, sustainable community development; and critical GIS, data inequalities, and geospatial surveillance • Established record of research in urban or environmental geographies • Experience in leading undergraduate and graduate research • Demonstrated ability to contribute to departmental and college initiatives such as the PRME and WCU’s Center for GIS and Spatial Analysis
Electronic application allows cover letter, curriculum vitae, diversity statement, and a list of three references with contact information (all required).
As part of your application for a tenure-track faculty position, we have requested a Diversity Statement. This request highlights our Department's commitment to promote diversity and inclusiveness and to cultivate a campus environment that welcomes all. This commitment reflects the Diversity Theme of West Chester University's new Strategic Plan and supports initiatives of our Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (WCU Diversity Equity Inclusion). We expect that each applicant's statement will be unique, as informed by their own experiences and goals. Some issues you might address in a 1-2-page statement include the following: (1) How have you supported diversity and inclusion in your interactions with others in classroom and research environments? (2) What have you done to help students from diverse communities (such as underrepresented minorities, non-traditional, LGBTQ, veteran, rural, and/or first generation) succeed, including any programs for these students that you have participated in? (3) Describe your commitment to working toward achieving equity and enhancing diversity at WCU. In particular, how might you contribute to our current diversity initiatives, and do you have any other ideas to help promote equity on our campus?
Review of applicants will begin October 22, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Finalists must successfully complete an interview, teaching demonstration, and research presentation.
Developing and sustaining a diverse faculty and staff advances West Chester University’s educational mission and strategic Plan for Excellence. West Chester University is an Affirmative Action – Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
All offers of employment are subject to and contingent upon satisfactory completion of all pre-employment criminal background checks.
Internal Number: 22-31
About West Chester University of Pennsylvania
West Chester University (WCU) of Pennsylvania is among the top regional comprehensive public universities in the nation, serving more than 17,500 students at the undergraduate and graduate levels with a national reputation for excellence, value, and student success. Founded in 1871 as an institute for teacher preparation, West Chester offers more than 118 undergraduate and 103 graduate programs in more than 50 fields of study. In addition to the main campus in West Chester, the University offers programs through its graduate center, the Philadelphia campus, and online. Five colleges and two schools comprise the University: Colleges of Arts and Humanities, Business and Public Management, Education and Social Work, Health Sciences, and the Sciences and Mathematics, as well as the School of Music, and the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies. Located in Chester County (25 miles from downtown Philadelphia) the area combines the best of enjoyable daily living with easy access to the full spectrum of country and city attractions. We are a community of educators dedicated to developing graduates who succeed personally and professionally and contribute to the common good.