Assistant Professor in Social Dimensions of Climate Change

University of Delaware

Newark, DE, USA 🇺🇸

Job no: 496958
Work type: Faculty
Location: Newark
Categories: Geography, Full Time

The Department of Geography & Spatial Sciences in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor within the broad domain of human geography and specializing in social dimensions of climate change, beginning September 2022. We seek a scholar who shows exceptional promise as an intellectual leader in the area of the social dimensions of climate change including climate justice. This position is critically important for our curriculum within geography and beyond with the context of growing sustainability expertise across campus. The ideal candidate will also support teaching needed in new programs such as the Human Dimensions of Climate Change (HDCC) Minor, the Peace and Justice Studies Minor, and will grow existing affiliations with the Environmental Humanities undergraduate and proposed graduate program. A strong candidate will have disciplinary overlap in the areas of political ecology, urban geography, and political geography. However, applicants with expertise in any appropriate social science / humanities discipline that connects with human geography are invited to apply.

This position will provide the opportunity to interact with colleagues in the department’s well-established climatology and physical geography programs, GIS and data science, and connections to units on campus including the Environmental Policy Program at the Biden School, Environmental Humanities Working Group, Area Studies Programs, the Water Science and Policy Graduate Program, the Delaware Environmental Institute, the Disaster Research Center and the newly established Gerard J. Mangone Climate Change Science and Policy Hub. The Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences at the University of Delaware is a nationally and internationally recognized department that offers undergraduate degrees in Geography, Environmental Science and Environmental Studies, GIScience and Environmental Data Analytics, and Meteorology, MA and MS degrees in Geography, Ph.D. degrees in Geography and Climatology, and a graduate-level certificate program in Geographic Information Science. Our research and teaching interact extensively with programs across campus and beyond. Questions regarding this position (but not applications) may be addressed to the committee chair Lindsay Naylor, [email protected]. Review of applications will begin on October 25, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. Further information about our department and programs may be found at

Recognized by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of America’s best universities to work for and ranked in the nation’s top Carnegie Tier 1 public universities, the University of Delaware is located midway between Philadelphia and Baltimore with access to regional transit and is a Sea Grant, Space Grant, and Land Grant institution and a member of the UCGIS.


The successful candidate will be expected to develop an ambitious research program with a high level of publications and external support, enhance human geography course offerings and mentor students in our degree programs, and offer service to the department, college, university, profession, and community. A Ph.D. in Geography or related discipline is required at the time of appointment.


To be considered for this position, applicants should submit: 1) a letter of application addressing their qualifications for the position, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) statements of research, teaching, and diversity, 4) up to three publications as examples of the candidate’s scholarship, and 5) contact information for three references.

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Applications close: Open until filled

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