The Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability at the University of Oklahoma (geography.ou.edu) invites applications for tenure-track positions at the level of Assistant Professor as part of a cluster focused on Sustainability and Equity. We welcome candidates whose research, teaching and/or service has prepared them to be an integral contributor to advancement of our inclusive and diverse communities.
The University of Oklahoma is committed to achieving a diverse, equitable, and inclusive university community by embracing each person’s unique contributions, background, and perspectives. The University recognizes that fostering an inclusive environment for all, with particular attention to the needs of historically marginalized populations, is vital to the pursuit of excellence in all aspects of our institutional mission. This enhances the OU experience for all students, faculty and staff, and for the communities that we engage.
The Mission of the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences is to provide a world-class academic experience that promotes convergent, innovative and inclusive education and research at the intersections of weather, climate, and sustainability. To fulfill our mission, we are dedicated to preparing students for successful careers in the private sector, academia, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations.
This cluster signals the prioritization of transdisciplinary scholarship by the Department and the University and an opportunity for scholars pursuing a convergence approach to address grand challenges. The successful candidates will be dynamic and innovative scholars with a proven record of research and teaching excellence, as well as those with a commitment to contributing to improved diversity, equity, and inclusion, in the following areas:
1) Environmental Justice and Equity: We seek a colleague who addresses the convergence of social inequalities and environmental impacts. Research foci could include environmental racism, housing, mobility, poverty, or climate justice and equity. The ideal candidate will be well positioned to work on transdisciplinary teams and conduct publicly engaged research.
2) Indigenous Geographies in the Americas: We seek a colleague that connects sovereignty, self-determination or autonomía with environmental, health, water, energy, migration, mobility, or climate change issues. The ideal candidate will be a community-engaged scholar in Indigenous ways of knowing, who has the ability and experience to build respectful, collaborative relationships with Native Nations and other Indigenous communities or collectives. Indigenous scholars are particularly encouraged to apply.
3) Geospatial Data Science: We seek a colleague that applies advanced geospatial analytics to understand human-environment systems to address issues of resilience and sustainability. We are interested in candidates who use spatial modeling, urban informatics, machine learning/artificial intelligence, or innovative remote sensing. Research foci could include, for example, climate adaptation, land systems and complexity, wildfires, water resources, or infrastructure.
4) Geographies of Health and Environmental Change: We seek a colleague who studies the consequences of environmental change for the health of human populations from a geographic perspective. Research foci could include climate and health, emerging infectious diseases, urban health, health disparities, and One Health approaches that encompass human, animal, and ecosystem health. We are interested in candidates who use quantitative or qualitative techniques, including mixed methods and participatory research, to analyze relationships between health and the environment, project the health impacts of global change, or develop and evaluate strategies for improving public health in changing environments.