Three Tenure-Track Positions in Geography

University of Oklahoma in Oklahoma

Date Posted September 1, 2014
Type Tenured, tenure track
Employment Type Full-time

The University of Oklahoma

Three Tenure-Track Positions in Geography


OKLAHOMA, NORMAN 73019. The Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability (" href=""> at the University of Oklahoma seeks nominations and applications for three tenure-track faculty positions. Initial appointment to all three positions will begin August 2015. Salary and remunerations are competitive and commensurate with qualifications.

About the Department: The department offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in Geography, GIS, and Environmental Sustainability. Rapid growth during the past four years has doubled the number of undergraduate majors to over 150. The Department has 45 graduate students, including 23 Ph.Ds, and 22

M.As. We have 15 tenured or tenure-track faculty members, two renewable term faculty members and two adjuncts. In addition to traditional strengths in cultural geography, race and representation, and physical systems, recent hires have expanded our faculty research interests to also include environmental sustainability, land use/land cover modeling, remote sensing, global environmental change, environmental economics, and science and environmental policy.

Opportunities for collaborative research exist within the department in several research groups and centers namely, the Oklahoma Wind Power Initiative, Land Use Land Cover Institute, Working Group on the Geographies of Race and Representation of the Americas, and Environmental Verification and Analysis Center. Additionally, the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences hosts the National Weather Center, South Central Climate Science Center, Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program, and the Center for Spatial Analysis. The University hosts the Center for Applied Social Research and Earth Observation and Modeling Facility as well as the Archeological, Biological, Climatological, Geological, and Water Surveys.

Application Process: Candidates are invited to submit a statement of interest and qualifications, a full curriculum vita, copies of up to five scholarly publications, and a list of three references. Candidates are requested to submit their applications electronically in one PDF file to the chair of the search committee identified at the end of each position description. Screening will begin on October 1, 2014.

1. Associate Professor in Physical Geography. The Department seeks a physical geographer with a strong background in watershed processes or fluvial geomorphology.  The successful candidate shall be willing to teach introductory level Physical Geography, as well as upper division and graduate level courses in physical geography and his/her area of specialization. The successful candidate will also have an active research agenda and have experience in obtaining external funding for their research. Candidates are expected to have attained a doctoral degree in geography or closely related field by the start date. Post-doctoral experience is desirable.

To  apply,  please  submit  all  materials  to  Dr.  Scott  Greene,  Chair,  Physical  Geography  Search

Committee (Email: and copy Ms. Deborah Marsh (

2-3. Assistant and Associate Professor in Geographic Information Science (2 positions). The Department seeks to fill two positions in the area of Geographic Information Science (GIS) and its applications to human/environment interactions. Candidates must demonstrate research excellence applying GIS to large-scale complex spatial problems associated with interactions between humans and the environment including (but not limited to) environmental sustainability and/or urban dynamics. Successful candidates should have strong quantitative and computational skills in GIS. Expertise in spatial statistics, remote sensing, and/or spatial programming is highly desirable. Each successful candidate must have an active research program, have experience in obtaining external funding to support research, and be willing to teach GIS courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Candidates are expected to have attained a doctoral degree in geography or closely related field by the start date. Post- doctoral experience is desirable.

To  apply,  please  submit  all  application  materials  to  Dr.  Kirsten  de  Beurs,  Chair,  GIS  Search

Committee (Email:, and copy Ms. Deborah Marsh (dmarsh@ou.ed).

About the University of Oklahoma. Established in 1890, the University of Oklahoma is a comprehensive public research university offering a wide array of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs and extensive continuing education and public service programs. Its 2000 acre Norman Campus houses

15 colleges with approximately 1300 faculty serving more than 26,000 students. The new 277-acre Research Campus provides more than 750,000 square feet of space constructed since 2003 and includes the National Weather Center, the Stephenson Research and Technology Center, the Stephenson Life Sciences Research Center, and several Partners Place buildings that co-locate University offices with more than 350 private sector employees across more than a dozen companies. Two additional Partners Place buildings are underway.

The City of Norman. Norman is a pleasant college town of around 113,000 inhabitants located just 17 miles from Oklahoma City. Consequently, residents enjoy both a college town feel and the advantages of a major metropolitan area. Oklahoma City is always a pleasant surprise to those who discover it (" href=""> Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ( to-live-in/index.html" href=" to-live-in/index.html"> to-live-in/index.html) currently ranks Norman as the third least expensive city to live in and notes “Norman enjoys a unique combination of low unemployment, low living expenses and high incomes”.

The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity institution.