Assistant Professor of Human-Environment Geography

Montana State University

Bozeman, MT, USA 🇺🇸

Position Details

Announcement NumberFAC – VA – 22023
For questions regarding this position, please contact:Departmental Contact:
Dr. Julia Hobson Haggerty
[email protected]
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Working TitleAssistant Professor of Human-Environment Geography
Brief Position OverviewThe Department of Earth Sciences at Montana State University invites applications for the position of tenure-track Assistant Professor of Human-Environment Geography. We seek an active teacher and researcher who brings an international perspective to work in the broad area of human dimensions of global change. 
Faculty Tenure TrackYes
Faculty RankAssistant Professor
Position Number4A3276
DepartmentEarth Sciences
DivisionCollege of Letters & Science
Appointment TypeFaculty
Contract TermAcademic Year
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Union AffiliationExempt from Collective Bargaining
Benefits EligibleEligible
SalarySalary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications.
Contract TypeMUS
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Recruitment TypeOpen
General StatementThe Department of Earth Sciences at Montana State University invites applications for the position of tenure-track Assistant Professor of Human-Environment Geography. We seek a human-environment geographer with expertise in a non-US world region and interests in human dimensions of global change, broadly defined. Specific areas of research could include, but are not limited to, social vulnerability to natural hazards and climate change, global environmental governance, and food security/food systems—approaches that complement and triangulate with existing strengths in resource geography (energy and water), environmental planning, political ecology, rural geography, mountain geography and biogeography, as well as the full spectrum of geosciences. The successful candidate will add a novel international perspective to departmental competencies in Latin America, central Asia, Australasia, and the American West and will have a clear vision for launching a successful research program from our location in Bozeman, Montana. The successful candidate will be expected to teach a large introductory course in World Regional Geography, to contribute to our upper-division and graduate curriculum, to provide graduate mentorship in our M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs, and to participate as a team player in a highly collegial and student-focused department.

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. The College of Letters & Science (CLS) at Montana State University encourages individuals interested in advancing the University’s Strategic Plan diversity, equity, and inclusion goals to apply. Links to the University Strategic PlanOffice of Diversity and InclusionBlack, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) PlanCLS Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; and CLS newsletter, Diversity Matters are all embedded here for reference. CLS is committed to developing a diverse faculty, staff, and student body and to modeling an inclusive campus community which values the expression of differences in ways that promote excellence in research, teaching, and service/outreach engagement, and institutional success. In keeping with this commitment, the College encourages applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds. We recruit, employ, train, and promote regardless of race, gender, sex, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, color, national origin, disability, age, veterans status, and other underrepresented groups.  MSU also recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.
Duties and ResponsibilitiesTeach lower division introductory courses, upper division and graduate courses in geography;Maintain an active research program leading to publication in peer-reviewed journals and other venues;Advise undergraduate and graduate students;Participate on department, college, and university committees as appropriate;Perform other duties as assigned. 
Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & SkillsPh.D. in Geography or related discipline by start dateDemonstrated potential to teach effective lower and upper-level courses related to world regional geography and human dimensions of global changeDemonstrated research experience as evidenced by a record of publication in peer-reviewed publicationsDemonstrated potential to develop a competitive externally-funded research programDemonstrated potential for excellence in graduate instruction and mentoring
Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & SkillsEvidence of effective teaching of large lower-division classes, including use of emergent learning platforms, technologies, and techniquesEvidence of scholarly expertise in a non-US world region with a focus within the broad portfolio of human dimensions of global change Evidence of capacity to develop a teaching and research agenda appropriate to the land grant mission of Montana State University Demonstrated expertise and ability to mentor students in the application of quantitative analytical techniques Demonstrated commitment to supporting, promoting, and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environmentDemonstrated ability to integrate digital spatial technologies and concepts into teaching and research 
The Successful Candidate WillBe a dynamic researcher and educator who will:Help MSU continue to provide outstanding scholarship, teaching, and serviceHave effective interpersonal skills including the ability to collaborate successfully with diverse faculty, staff, and studentsHave superior written and oral communication skillsDemonstrate an ability to work in interdisciplinary teams and engage productively with other MSU facultyDemonstrate strong oral and written skills necessary to communicate with diverse audiencesDemonstrate the potential to foster and support student and faculty diversity
Position Special Requirements/Additional InformationThis job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.
Physical DemandsTo perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
The Program
The DepartmentWe are excited to offer strength across the field of Earth System Science with special attention to areas that take advantage of our unique mountain setting in Bozeman, Montana. Our faculty includes 15 full-time earth scientists, geologists, and geographers and our student body includes about 50 graduate students and over 230 undergraduate majors. A complementary staff of roughly 20 adjuncts, research professors, affiliates, and support personnel are an invaluable asset to our departmental community for learning, discover, and engagement. We are proud to offer degrees at the Bachelors, Masters, and Ph.D. levels.

Our department takes the Montana State University tagline “Mountains and Minds” quite literally. Our faculty, staff, and students use their minds for learning and discovery in the scenic and rugged mountains of southwest Montana, as well as in mountainous areas and rural landscapes around the nation and worldwide. Earth Sciences students have many opportunities to participate in field trips that facilitate the study of earth processes, earth resources, earth history, and environments that people have modified. We invite applicants to further explore the opportunities to engage with our programs. 
The CollegeThe College of Letters & Science, the largest center for learning, teaching, and research at Montana State University, offers students an excellent liberal arts education in nearly 50 majors and 25 minors. Within the four areas of the humanities, sciences, mathematics, and social sciences, the college prepares students to respond to the complexities of the world and the rapid expansion of human knowledge. Students learn to think critically, solve problems, communicate clearly, understand various disciplines and cultures, and develop the engagement that will make them life-long learners and leaders.

Building on the great strength of our traditional disciplines, the college provides exciting opportunities for faculty and students at the cutting edge of interdisciplinary inquiry. CLS is dedicated to supporting student success, discovering and disseminating new knowledge, and providing an atmosphere in which discovery and learning are integrated and valued. CLS is at the confluence of intellectual tradition, discovery, and innovation. 
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Applications will be:Screening of applications will begin on 12/1/2021; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established. 
Special InstructionsIn order to be considered for this position, please upload the following:Cover Letter addressing each of the Required and Preferred QualificationsCurriculum VitaeTeaching Statement (max 2 pages)Research Statement (max 2 pages) 
Diversity StatementMontana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, gender, age, political beliefs, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation or preference. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; [email protected] .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: .

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