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Assistant Professor of Geography

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Work type: Faculty - Tenure Track
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Instruction, Geography

Department: Geography
Rank: Assistant Professor
Annual Basis: 9 Month

Application Deadline

Review of applications will begin on 10/28/2022; position open until filled.

Required Application Materials (updated)

Applicants are asked to submit an online application via UO Careers, uploading the following materials: a cover letter (2-page limit), current CV, research statement (3-page limit), teaching statement (2-page limit), and diversity statement (2-page limit). Applicants will be asked to provide the names and contact information for three references.

Position Announcement

For a position beginning Fall 2023, the Department of Geography seeks an assistant professor in the area of climate change impacts on natural and human systems who uses quantitative approaches at landscape to regional scales and will conduct interdisciplinary research to address challenges in sustainability and climate adaptation. Potential areas of interest include (but are not limited to) 1) development and application of ecosystem- and Earth-system models to quantify risk or assess ecosystem-climate feedbacks, 2) data-analytical approaches, such as application of synoptic-scale analyses to address climate impacts on the hydrosphere or biosphere, or 3) statistical attribution of weather- and climate-related events to anthropogenic climate change. We seek a colleague who will develop an externally funded research program and teach at the lower division to graduate level.

The University of Oregon is committed to recruiting and retaining a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates, and strongly encourage members of underrepresented communities to apply. We are especially interested in candidates who can support our work in mentoring, research, teaching, and outreach with women, first-generation students, communities of color, and other underrepresented groups. All applicants are requested to detail how they will contribute to this work in their diversity statement.

Department or Program Summary

The Department of Geography has undergraduate majors in Geography and in Spatial Data Science and Technology. Research and teaching strengths of our department include hydrology, geomorphology, biogeography, political ecology, political and economic geography, GIScience, remote sensing, and cartography. The position will be integrated with the newly formed Environment Initiative, an area of strategic investment at the University of Oregon. The Environment Initiative focuses the intellectual energy and work of faculty, students, and community partners on working towards a just and livable future through transdisciplinary research, teaching, and experiential learning.

Minimum Requirements

• Completion of a PhD in geography or a related discipline
• Existing (or potential for) successful publication record, obtaining research funding, teaching climatology course and transdisciplinary environmental science course.

Preferred Qualifications

• Established research program in climate science as manifested by a coherent publication list and demonstrated ability to attract external support (such as from the NSF), or in the case of an applicant with a recent Ph.D., the potential to develop such a program.
• Engages with specific areas of climate change impacts research such as development and application of ecosystem- and Earth-system models, data-analytical approaches, or statistical attribution of weather- and climate-related events to anthropogenic climate change.
• Uses cutting-edge approaches in climatology to address regional-to-global topics of environmental change with relevance to human systems.

About the University

The University of Oregon is located in Kalapuya Ilihi, the traditional homelands of the Kalapuya people. The UO has a student body of over 25,000 undergraduate and graduate students, approximately 33% of which are students of color. Located 110 miles south of Portland, the University of Oregon is served by the Eugene International Airport. The Eugene metro area (pop. 215,000) is in the Pacific Northwest, a region noted for its dynamic quality of life and progressive cultural environment, including a vibrant local food movement and thriving arts and music communities. We are about an hour's drive from the Pacific coast and the Cascade mountains. The University is an AAU research institution and a member of the Pac-12 Conference, and is pursuing recognition as a Hispanic Serving Institution.


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