Position Summary

The Department of Geography & Sustainability Studies at The State University of New York (SUNY) Geneseo is seeking applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position to begin August 2023. The department seeks a Human Geographer specializing in environmental justice who will contribute to a growing Sustainability Studies program and has a strong commitment to teaching excellence in a liberal arts setting. The ideal candidate will specialize in food or water security, urban issues, or climate and energy. The department has a 3/3 standard academic year teaching load (3 courses per semester). A commitment to working effectively with students from diverse backgrounds is essential. The candidate is expected to establish an active research program and to contribute to the campus, community, department, and discipline via service roles.

Duties Include:

• Teach undergraduate introductory human geography and sustainability courses, as well as intermediate and advanced courses focused on environmental justice and the candidate’s topical area of expertise.
• Provide academic advising to undergraduate students.
• Maintain a research agenda with productivity expectations commensurate with that of faculty employed at a teaching-focused college.
• Deliver high-impact learning experiences, including supervision of undergraduate research and internships.
• Contribute to governance through service at the department and college level, and through service to the discipline and/or community. Departmental service obligations will include assisting the Sustainability Studies coordinator with program development and recruitment.

Required Qualifications

Minimum qualifications:

• A PhD in Geography or closely aligned program by time of appointment (September 1, 2023).
• Primary expertise in food or water security, urban issues, or climate and energy.
• Teaching experience as the primary instructor, including evidence of success in teaching human geography and/or sustainability courses.
• A demonstrated interest in undergraduate teaching and research.
• A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.

Preferred Qualifications

• Relevant publication(s) in peer-reviewed journal(s).
• Evidence of an active research program that can involve undergraduate students and that has potential for support through external funding.
• Evidence of environmental justice community service or group engagement.
• Skills in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), statistical computing, and/or data analytics.

Posting Number: F170

Line # to be filled

Length of Initial Appointment: 2 year

Appointment Start Date

Apply By: 02/03/2023

Open Until Filled: Yes


Special Instructions to Applicant

The initial application should consist of:

1) a cover letter that addresses: teaching and research qualifications; a reflection on student diversity, equity, and inclusion; and the strengths of a liberal arts education;

2) a CV;

3) evidence of teaching effectiveness (including sample syllabi, summary teaching evaluations, and/or documentation from formal teaching observations); and

4) contact information for three individuals who have agreed to provide a letter of reference. Referees will be invited to submit a letter of reference at the time application is completed.

Review of completed applications will begin upon receipt. To ensure full consideration, application must be completed by February 3, 2023.

Initial interviews will be conducted virtually in early March. It is anticipated that campus interviews will be conducted in early April.

About SUNY Geneseo

Mission Statement
We are a distinctive public liberal arts college that welcomes and inspires students to develop their knowledge and skills to build a better world. Our supportive, inclusive community is exceptional in cultivating creativity, engagement, and discovery. We find strength in diversity, joy in growth, and fulfillment in lifelong learning.

We will cultivate a distinctive, equity-centered, public honors college experience that propels learners to positively impact society.

The Geneseo campus community is guided by our beliefs in and commitments to the following values:

Learning: Embracing high expectations for intellectual inquiry, critical thinking, scholarly exploration, and personal growth.
Creativity: Empowering a spirit of innovation that inspires intellectual curiosity, self expression, and problem-solving.
Belonging: Welcoming a diverse campus community that supports and celebrates
different identities, promotes equity and inclusion, and respects the ideas and
contributions of each individual.
Civic Engagement: Encouraging active participation grounded in self-reflection,
empathy, and an ethical commitment to the common good of our local and global
Sustainability: Building a culture of well-being that integrates and applies principles of
environmental, social, and economic stewardship informed by an understanding of the past and our obligations to the future.

SUNY Geneseo is committed to fostering a diverse community of outstanding students, faculty, staff, and administration. We recruit, hire, train, and promote persons in all positions and ensure that all other personnel actions are conducted without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, veteran status, disability, genetic information, or any other protected characteristic.

Applicants, students, employees, and other members of the College community (including vendors, visitors, and guests) are protected from illegal forms of harassment or retaliation based upon a protected characteristic.

To request accommodation or assistance for job-related duties or the employment application process, please contact the Office of Diversity and Equity at (585) 245-5020 or email ode@geneseo.edu. Find out more about our Community Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion!