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Assistant Professor in Geography

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Work type: Teaching & Research Faculty
Senior management: Natural Resources
Department: Geography
Categories: Instructional / Teaching Faculty

Job Description

The Department of Geography at Virginia Tech is seeking applicants for a tenure-track position in Geographic Information Science at the Assistant Professor level. The department values diversity and continually strives to maintain and promote an inclusive learning and research environment that embraces all students, faculty, and staff. We encourage applications from all interested candidates and are particularly interested in applications from persons identifying with groups currently underrepresented in geospatial fields, including but not limited to Black, Indigenous, people of color, and underrepresented genders. This would include cis women, trans women, trans men, non-binary people, and those who are otherwise marginalized.

We seek a geographically-trained candidate specializing in the theory and application of Geographic Information Science to complement existing departmental strengths in geospatial science. The specific area of expertise within GIS is open. Preference will be given to candidates who can strengthen our teaching and research portfolio within one or more of the following areas: spatio-temporal modeling and/or simulation, big data analytics, geospatial data mining, geocomputation, machine learning, geospatial statistics, geographic quantitative methods, and web mapping. We welcome applicants engaged in interdisciplinary and applied research that would enhance existing department strengths in atmospheric science, environmental geography, biogeography, hazards, human-environment interactions, land change science, medical geography, sustainability, urban geography, water, and coastal geography.

This is a full-time, tenure-track, 9-month appointment with primary responsibilities in teaching, research, and service. The successful individual will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in GIS and supervise graduate students in our MS program and the interdisciplinary PhD program in Geospatial and Environmental Analysis based in the department's home, the College of Natural Resources and Environment,  Participation in departmental, college and university affairs and collaboration with faculty both within and across the university is strongly encouraged and expected. Full information concerning the department and university can be found at and

Recognizing the critical importance of diverse teams, Virginia Tech is working to diversify its faculty by actively recruiting from groups that historically have been marginalized. Virginia Tech is a public land‐grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach within the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), the University is dedicated to serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence - InclusiveVT. We seek candidates who adopt and practice efforts to increase access and inclusion to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all.

Interested persons must apply at, posting number 518238, where they will submit (1) a two-three page cover letter highlighting research and teaching experience and interests and commitment to diversity, (2) current curriculum vitae, (3) teaching evaluations or other evidence of teaching effectiveness, and (4) contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin December 6, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Inquiries can be made to Dr. Thomas Pingel, Search Committee Chair, Department of Geography, 225 Wallace Hall, Blacksburg, VA 20061. Email: Phone: (540) 231-0437.

Required Qualifications

Required Qualifications
1. Ph.D. in Geography, Geospatial Science, or in a closely related discipline from an accredited university by the time of appointment (August 2022).
2. Demonstrated ability and interest in developing and teaching courses in GIS and candidate’s area of expertise.
3. Experience publishing in peer-reviewed journals.
4. Demonstrated potential to attract research funding adequate to support an active research program, including graduate students.
5. Demonstrated commitment to the principles and practices of nurturing a diverse and inclusive community.
6. Position requires occasional travel to attend conferences and meetings.

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications
1. Ability and willingness to teach courses related to quantitative methods and/or spatial
2. Demonstrated teaching effectiveness at the university level.
3. Research competencies that complement existing program strengths.
4. Record of attracting research funding to support an active research program.
5. Demonstrated record of research and/or teaching addressing needs of under-represented communities.
6. Experience developing or working in interdisciplinary research teams.

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The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

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