Assistant Professor in Environmental Geography and International Studies

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Madison, WI, USA 🇺🇸

JOB NO: 269718-FA


JOB SUMMARY:The Department of Geography ( and International Studies Program ( at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are seeking applications for a joint tenure-track position of Assistant Professor in Environmental Geography and International Studies. We are particularly interested in applicants doing innovative research at the nexus of development economics, geography, and environmental studies. More specifically, we seek candidates who apply economic methods, within a quantitative or mixed methods framework, to evaluate contemporary environment and development issues within particular regional contexts. Topics include the economic dimensions of environmental issues such as climate change, urbanization, energy supply and infrastructure, water policy, environmental justice, and extractive industries. Candidates should work in the Global South. Priority study regions include but are not limited to Africa, East Asia, or the Middle East.

The successful candidate will contribute to the International Studies Major’s research and teaching on politics and policy in the global economy. This includes developing an introductory-level economics class for the International Studies undergraduate major that provides students with a balanced, critical understanding of the economic approaches that frame international development. Additional undergraduate and graduate courses will include quantitative social science methods and environment-and-development themes of interest to the successful candidate. We welcome candidates who can contribute to an inclusive environment, bring new perspectives on mentoring and educating students from diverse backgrounds, and value collegiality and collaboration. The Department of Geography and International Studies Program, and our university, have a strong commitment to recruit and retain diverse applicants. We encourage members of underrepresented groups to apply.
RESPONSIBILITIES:The person hired in this position will teach undergraduate and graduate courses, mentor gradate students, do innovative research, and participate in service.
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Terminal Degree
Ph.D. in Development/Environmental Economics or similar.
QUALIFICATIONS:Successful candidates will show high potential for outstanding research and teaching in the economic dimensions of Environmental Geography and International Studies.
WORK TYPE:Full Time: 100%

It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.
ACADEMIC (9 months)
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:The International Studies Major is an interdisciplinary undergraduate instructional unit that focuses on the study of global issues, grounded in three core ideas: (i) A relational, interactional, contextually rooted understanding of global forces and dynamics; (ii) The mutual constitution of the global and the local, (iii) The importance of a broad, interdisciplinary approach to global issues. An outstanding feature of International Studies Major at UW Madison is the support provided by its many Title VI-funded Area Studies Programs ( The Department of Geography at UW-Madison is a top-ranked program with a renowned environmental geography program having strengths in the Global South and mixed method approaches. UW-Madison Geography offers BA/BS and graduate degrees (M.S./Ph.D.).

This vacancy is being announced simultaneously with PVL#269754; please note that only one vacancy exists. Having two position vacancy listings allows the Search & Screen Committee to consider candidates with both PhD in Development/Environmental Economics and PhD in Environmental Geography credentials for this position. Applicants with a PhD in Environmental Geography or similar field should apply using PVL#269718. Applicants with a PhD in Environmental Geography or similar field should apply using PVL#269754.
HOW TO APPLY:Applications are due on December 7, 2022. The position will remain open until filled, but applications arriving after the deadline cannot be guaranteed consideration. To apply for this position, visit and search for position 269718. Applications must be submitted electronically as a single PDF, which should include: 1) letter of interest, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) statement of research interests (1-2 pages), 4) teaching statement (1-2 pages), 5) diversity and inclusion statement (1-2 pages; for examples of UW resources, see:, 6) one or two writing examples, and 7) the names and contact information of three references.

For further questions, please contact search committee co-chairs Lisa Naughton ( or Stephen Young (
CONTACT:Jacqueline Wild
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1. See RELAY_SERVICE for further information.

OFFICIAL TITLE:Assistant Professor(FA040)
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APPLICATIONS OPEN:NOV 3 2022 Central Daylight Time





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