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Assistant Professor - Human Geography

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School / Campus / College: College of Arts and Sciences

Organization: Geography

Title: Assistant Professor - Human Geography

Position Details

Position Description

The Department of Geography in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington (Seattle) invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor position. We seek a human geographer studying health and climate change, with emphasis on socio-spatial disparities and/or environmental justice. Any regional specialty welcome. We welcome, but do not require, candidates whose work engages with intersectional approaches (including decolonial, feminist, and/or Indigenous) or computational approaches, or demonstrates commitments to public engagement and community-based research. Anticipated start date is September 16, 2020.


The Department of Geography consistently ranks among the top 10 geography departments in the US. Our vibrant community includes faculty and graduate students who conduct internationally recognized research and over 270 undergraduate majors. Our research and teaching collaborations have transformative impacts from local to global scales, confronting urgent challenges of our time. Faculty research crosses disciplinary boundaries and we have strong connections to campus units that include Center for American Indian & Indigenous Studies; Law, Societies and Justice; Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology; Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies; Labor Studies; the Schools of Public Health & Medicine; and the Simpson Center for the Humanities.


UW Geography faculty engage in research, teaching, and service. Tenure-track faculty in Geography have an annual service period of nine months (September 16-June 15). The normal teaching load includes undergraduate and graduate courses. Other professional duties include an active research program, and service to the Department and University. We are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic community. The University of Washington serves a diverse population of 80,000 students, faculty and staff, including 34% first-generation college students and over 27% Pell Grant students. A recipient of the Alfred P. Sloan award for Faculty Career Flexibility, the UW supports career development and work-life balance for faculty.


The successful candidate’s record will include human geography, health and climate change and demonstrate theoretically innovative and creative research directions and methodologies. A PhD in geography or related field, or foreign equivalent, is required by the date of the appointment.


Applicants should submit a letter of application addressing research and teaching qualifications and experience, a curriculum vitae, name and contact information for 3 references, and a 1-page statement describing past and/or potential contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All
qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed,
religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information,
gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

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