The Department of Geography and the Environment, the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University seeks to hire a scholar whose research focuses on Cartographies of Racial Justice, with expertise to teach courses in Map Design. This will be a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. Ph.D. is required at the time of appointment.

We seek a scholar whose research and teaching employ digital cartography, geospatial analysis and/or geovisualization to analyze and advocate for racial justice. We are particularly interested in hiring a geographer who is both trained in and able to teach traditional, technology-driven cartography and map design, web mapping and other courses in geospatial analysis and whose research and teaching interests engage areas of critical cartographic scholarship, including (but not limited to): Racial justice; Black geographies; Indigenous/Native American geographies; and/or Latinx geographies. Applicants should demonstrate clear evidence of a strong research program and successful teaching experience (that incorporates commonly used open source and/or proprietary software programs such as but not limited to QGIS, ArcGIS, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and Tableau), as well as a demonstrated commitment to the values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.Qualifications

Ph.D. is required at the time of appointment.Job Specific Qualifications

In addition to contributing to the Department’s research and teaching concentration in cartography and geospatial technologies, we seek a critical scholar with potential to contribute to initiatives across the Maxwell School and the broader university. Syracuse University’s Community Geography Program makes our Department a leader in publicly engaged scholarship. Opportunities for interdisciplinary research beyond the department include the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs; the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Cooperation; the Autonomous Systems Policy Institute; the Campbell Public Affairs Institute; the Center for Environmental Policy and Administration; regional programs on the Middle East, South Asia, East Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, the European Union, and others. The Department maintains strong collaborative links with other departments and programs in the Maxwell School, as well as scholars in the Departments of African American Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, Food Studies, Earth and Environmental Sciences and the Native American and Indigenous Studies program. Syracuse University’s campus adjoins the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF), and the Department of Geography and the Environment maintains close collaborative relationships with SUNY ESF faculty and students.


Our department is a leading center for cutting-edge, socially relevant research. We also strongly value excellence in teaching, and the successful candidate will be expected to offer both undergraduate and graduate courses. Faculty members normally teach two courses per semester.

Application Instructions

For consideration, candidates must complete an online faculty demographic summary (available at http://www.sujobopps.com/) and submit online the following: cover letter; current CV; statements on research, teaching and diversity (maximum of two pages per statement). Please combine files, as only three files can be attached (at a maximum of 2MB each file). Short-listed applicants will be asked to provide names and contact information for three references as well as samples of cartographic and written work, syllabi and/or descriptions of teaching (including software and technologies used).

About Syracuse University

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About the Syracuse area

Syracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of New York State approximately 250 miles northwest of New York City. The metro-area population totals approximately 500,000. The area offers a low cost of living and provides many social, cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums, festivals, professional regional theater, and premier shopping venues. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range of seasonal recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing and snow skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites, visiting wineries along the Finger Lakes, and biking on trails along the Erie Canal.


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Open Until Filled: Yes

Message to Applicants

Candidates must complete an online faculty demographic summary (available at http://www.sujobopps.com/) and attach online the following: a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, and teaching statement. In addition, applicants will be required to provide the full email address and contact information for three references. Letters of reference will be solicited for a small pool of the most competitive candidates.

Syracuse University is interested in candidates who have the communication skills and cross-cultural abilities to maximize their effectiveness with diverse groups of colleagues, students and community members. Women, military veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other traditionally underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Syracuse University is an equal opportunity employer, as well as a federal contractor required to take affirmative action on behalf of protected veterans.