Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Geography;
Anticipated start is August 23rd, 2023;
Review of applications will begin on October 15th, 2022 (continue until the position is filled);
The Department of Geography at the University of Connecticut seeks a tenure-track faculty in Social Aspects of Ethnic and Racial Health Disparities as part of a cluster hire of six tenure-track faculty positions in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. For Geography, we seek a colleague who can holistically investigate health inequities resulting from geographic inequities including but not limited to epidemics, environmental exposure, climate change, urban development, transportation, food insecurity, and migration. It is increasingly critical that we understand the impact of rapidly changing conditions on the inequities in health outcomes and healthcare access among vulnerable and racially marginalized groups at the national, community, and household scales. The ideal candidate’s research and teaching should focus on investigating the relationships and the key causal pathways between patterns of health inequities, risk factors resulting from human-environment interactions, and relevant structural and systemic drivers of disparities across spatial scales. The successful candidate will have a strong interest in using disciplinary strengths to think across disciplinary boundaries and will be expected to contribute to the department’s strength and reputation in diverse transdisciplinary interests and connections. Our faculty’s research and teaching focus on four cluster areas: Spatial Analysis of Social Issues, Geographic Information Science & Systems, Earth System Science, and Human-Environment Dynamics. These four clusters emphasize the importance of space, place, humans, and the environment in addressing important research issues across natural and social sciences and the humanities.
The Department of Geography has twelve faculty and offers both BA and BS in Geography and Geography Information Science (GIS), two minors (Geography and GIS), and four graduate programs (Ph.D., M.A. and M.S., and GIS certificate). The overarching goal of both our undergraduate and graduate programs is to train the next generation of students to serve society and be critical spatial thinkers, using geographic theories and approaches to tackle some of the most challenging problems and questions facing the discipline and society. The vision of our department is to lead the interdisciplinary investigation of many critical social and natural challenges and problems of the 21st century tied to regional, landscape, and environmental changes through a spatiotemporal lens. We are deeply committed to encouraging, promoting, supporting, and sustaining an inclusive environment of a diverse community of faculty, staff, and students in our department. As part of this commitment, our vision and initiatives are centered around the justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) principles. Please see our full diversity statement.
Please apply online to Academic Jobs Online and submit the following application materials:
- A cover letter,
- Curriculum vitae,
- Research and scholarship statement (e.g., prior research findings and impact; future research plans),
- Teaching statement (e.g., teaching experience, teaching philosophy, courses prepared to teach)
- Commitment to diversity statement (e.g., values around social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion; diversity-related experience in teaching, research, and service; plans to continue to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion),
- Writing sample and any supporting materials, (e.g., unpublished materials such as under-review or in-print journal articles; book chapters relevant to the job)
Contact information for three (3) letters of reference. References will not be contacted without notification of the candidate.