Overview

The Department of Geography, Geology, and the Environment at Illinois State University invites applications for a 9-month, tenure-line position at the Assistant Professor level in Physical Geography. The preferred starting date is August 16, 2022. A Ph.D. in Geography or another closely related field is required, but ABD candidates who defend their Ph.D. dissertation successfully before the time of appointment will be considered.

The department seeks a candidate who will serve an integral role in helping to grow the Geography program’s intellectual capacity and scholarly efforts in the earth/environmental sciences, attract new students into the existing undergraduate B.A./B.S. Geography major, and contribute to the department’s new major in Environmental System Science and Sustainability (ESSS). Area of specialization is open but preference will be given to candidates who focus on human-physical systems interaction approaches to physical geography, including one or more of the following: biogeography, critical zone science, ecological restoration, environmental and resource management, landscape ecology, natural hazards, renewable natural resources, soil science, and/or weather/climate. A successful candidate is expected to have extensive expertise with GIS in their research and enthusiasm for teaching GIS. The candidate will be expected to maintain an externally funded and internationally visible research program. The potential for a significant startup package exists.

Successful candidates will have an active research agenda and maintain a strong commitment to teaching and mentoring students. Primary teaching responsibilities will include a combination of existing and new courses in the candidate’s area of expertise at both the introductory and upper levels. The candidate will also contribute to our GIS curriculum, including but not limited to, teaching a broad-based, introductory GIS course.

Additional Information


The department recognizes that our commitment to just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive values enriches the educational and cultural experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We encourage applications from individuals in underrepresented groups and those who can advance the university’s continued commitment to justice, equity, diversity, access, and inclusion.

Illinois State University is a research-intensive university with an annual enrollment of approximately 21,000 students. The university is located in the Bloomington-Normal metropolitan area of central Illinois with a population of approximately 150,000. The Department of Geography, Geology, and the Environment currently offers B.S./B.A. degrees in Geography, a B.S. in Environmental Systems Science and Sustainability, a B.S. degree in Geology, and an M.S. degree in Hydrogeology.

Required Qualifications

  1. Ph.D. in Geography or another closely related field is required, but ABD candidates who defend their Ph.D. dissertation successfully before the time of appointment will be considered.
  2. Candidates must be able to demonstrate oral proficiency in the English language as a requirement for this position, as mandated by state law.

Functional Expectations


Must be able to complete the following with or without reasonable accommodation:

  1. Ability to effectively communicate on a daily basis.
  2. Ability to conduct or attend meetings in various locations across campus.

Proposed Starting Date


8/16/2022

Salary Rate / Pay Rate


Pay is commensurate with qualification and experience, combined with an excellent benefits package.

Required Applicant Documents

  1. Letter of Application
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Statement of teaching experience and philosophy, including a list of courses you are interested in designing and teaching.
  4. Statement of research accomplishments and plans
  5. Statement that speaks to personal and professional experiences, actions, and future plans that demonstrate a commitment to promoting just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive environments in teaching, research, and service activities.
  6. List of names and e-mails/contact information for three professional references.
  7. All collegiate level transcripts

PLEASE NOTE: These documents are required to be submitted online in order to complete the application process. Please have these documents ready prior to clicking on “Apply”

Optional Applicant Documents


Certification of Retirement Annuity

PLEASE NOTE: These documents may be submitted online in order to complete the application process. Please have these documents ready prior to clicking on “Apply”

Special Instructions for Applicants


All application materials must be submitted online. Application materials submitted via fax, email, or mail will not be accepted.

Along with your application, please submit (1) letter of application, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) statement of teaching experience and philosophy, including a list of courses you are interested in designing and teaching, (4) a statement of research accomplishments and plans, (5) statement that speaks to personal and professional experiences, actions, and future plans that demonstrate a commitment to promoting just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive environments in teaching, research, and service activities, (6) list of names and e-mails/contact information for three professional references, and (7) all collegiate level transcripts

Contact Information for Applicants


Dr. RJ Rowley, Search Committee Chair (rjrowley@ilstu.edu 309-438-7649)

Additional information about the department and the community can be found at http://geo.illinoisstate.edu/

and http://illinoisstate.edu/about/

Important Information for Applicants


This position is subject to a criminal background investigation based on University Policy 3.1.30 and any offer of employment is contingent upon you passing a satisfactory criminal background investigation. You may not begin work until the criminal background investigation results have been received and cleared by Human Resources.

Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or other state or federal law you may request an accommodation by contacting the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at (309) 438-3383. The Office of Equal Opportunity and Access will hold any confidential information you provide in confidence.

If you are having difficulty accessing the system, please call Human Resources at (309) 438-8311.

Illinois State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer encouraging applications from individuals with disabilities, minorities, females, and veterans.