Overview

The Department of Sociology and Geography at Shepherd University invites applicants for a Visiting Assistant Professor position in Cultural or Human Geography with specializations open. Candidates should be able to effectively teach a range of courses, Core Curriculum courses in world cultural and world regions as well as advanced regional and topical courses. Student success is our highest priority. Additional job requirements include scholarly output, ongoing professional enhancement, and service to the university and community. Geography at Shepherd University provides vital service to Elementary and Secondary Education, the Global Studies B.A., and a variety of other programs across campus. Geography plays a central role in the Global Studies B.A. core as well as in its regional requirement and concentrations: Global Economics and Development, Global Environments, Global Culture and History, and Global Governance and Peace. The Geography Minor and Anthropology-Geography Minor can be combined with most major degree programs on the Shepherd campus.

Specific job responsibilities include teaching 12 undergraduate hours per semester along with normal service functions, including some administrative work specific to the Geography program. A willingness and ability to collaborate with other departments/disciplines in teaching and scholarly activities is highly desirable. International experience in the form of study, teaching, and/or research is considered important in engaging our students and helping to internationalize the Shepherd campus. As the college moves forward with its social research initiatives, the ability to utilize geo-tools in social research would be considered a plus. The successful candidate should be open to collaboration with public, private, and/or non-profit organizations consistent with the university’s mission. Commitment to fostering a diverse and collegial working and learning environment is expected.

Founded in 1871, Shepherd University is a public liberal arts (COPLAC) institution located in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, a historic town on the Potomac River about 75 miles northwest of Washington, D.C. Geography at Shepherd is committed to its strong tradition in the liberal arts in educating holistically and within an interdisciplinary framework. We are committed to the Shepherd University mission as “a gateway to the world of opportunities and ideas” and the University’s core values of learning, engagement, integrity, accessibility, and community. The Geography program is housed within the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and is guided by the College mantra “Global, engaged, innovative, excellent” and the College mission statement: A diverse community of learners committed to innovation and excellence in scientific inquiry, international education, student engagement, community outreach, social justice, and well-being. We open doors to the world of ideas and opportunities, guide students as they convert theory into practice, and serve as a vibrant regional resource in the social and behavioral sciences.

Minimum Qualifications: ABD in Geography with the ability to teach a variety of regional and topical Geography courses; research skills; and willingness to assume service roles.

Preferred Qualifications: Ph.D. in Geography, demonstrated teaching excellence in regional and topical courses, a research agenda, and willingness to assume service roles.

Please submit a cover letter, CV, unofficial transcripts, and a list of references to https://jobs.shepherd.edu. Only electronic applications will be accepted. For more information, contact Dr. Ann Marie Legreid, alegreid@shepherd.edu, telephone 304-876-5332. Review of applications will begin immediately. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. AA/EOE