Overview

Position Overview
The University of Kansas seeks a tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Atmospheric Science to begin 8/18/2023. This position is a full-time, academic-year appointment.

We seek applicants with expertise in linking social and environmental factors to examine health inequities in urban systems arising from environmental and/or climatic drivers in a quantitative, geo-spatial context. The candidate will complement the program’s strengths in urban systems, health geography, climatology and geospatial analytics.

The University of Kansas is located in the city of Lawrence, a thriving community 40 minutes from the Kansas City metropolitan area and 30 minutes from the state capital, Topeka. Lawrence, a progressive college town of 95,000, boasts a lively downtown with many music venues, award-winning restaurants, and a nationally celebrated independent bookstore among its many independently owned small businesses. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is the largest school within the campus and plays a central role within the University. Founded in 1865, KU is a designated Carnegie comprehensive doctoral and research university and is one of only 34 public members of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). The University enrolls more than 28,000 students and offers students and faculty opportunities to collaborate in its graduate and professional programs, which include education, public health, medicine, law, and a number of allied social science and humanities disciplines.

In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the university actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education. KU’s vision is to be an exceptional learning community that lifts each other and advances society. The Jayhawks Rising Strategic Plan was developed around three Institutional Priorities: creating a clear and ambitious direction to fulfill our mission to educate leaders, build healthy communities, and make discoveries that change the world. Additional information is available at https://jayhawksrising.ku.edu/.  The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S. by the effective date of the appointment.

Job Description
The position will be appointed with expectations of 40% research, 40% teaching and 20% service.

40% Research
The successful applicant will serve as a tenure-track (Assistant) or tenured (Associate) faculty member in the Department of Geography and Atmospheric Science, where they will develop a productive research program as evidenced by regular publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at professional conferences. The individual will develop national and international recognition for their research program, and demonstrate a capacity for obtaining extramural funding.

40% Teaching/Advising

● Teach three courses per academic year. Courses taught will include those that contribute to the undergraduate curriculum and advanced courses in the successful applicant’s research specialty at the graduate and undergraduate levels.
● Participate in mentoring masters and doctoral students in thesis and dissertation research.
● Conduct course evaluation with student input as directed by the University.
● Hold regular office hours for students of courses taught.
● Adhere to program, College, and University Policies.
20% Service

● Serve on committees at the Departmental, College, and University levels and perform other related duties as opportunities arise.
● Participate in professional service that may include reviewing scholarly articles and grant proposals, serving on advisory panels, activity in national organizations and scientific societies, and organizing meetings or workshops.

Faculty Code
Faculty members are expected to carry out their responsibilities in accordance with the Faculty Code of
Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct, currently viewable at:
http://policy.ku.edu/FacultyCodeKULawrence/faculty-code-of-rights

Required Qualifications
Required Qualifications at the Assistant Professor level are:

● PhD in geography or related field by time of appointment.
● A proven record or demonstration of high potential in research and publications as evidenced by application materials and/or research statement.
● A proven record or demonstration of high potential in securing external funding.
● A proven record or demonstration of high potential in Undergraduate and Graduate teaching and mentoring as evidenced by application materials and/or teaching statement.
● A commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in teaching and research as evidenced by application materials and/or diversity statement.
● Demonstrated ability to work in collegial and collaborative environments.

Required Qualifications for Associate Professor level are:

● PhD in geography or related field by time of appointment.
● A demonstrated record of excellence in research and publications as evidenced by application materials and/or research statement.
● A demonstrated record of external funding.
● A demonstrated record of excellence in Undergraduate and Graduate teaching and mentoring as evidenced by application materials and/or teaching statement.
● A commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in teaching and research as evidenced by application materials and/or diversity statement.
● Demonstrated ability to work in collegial and collaborative environments.
The ability to receive tenure at the University of Kansas.

Contact Information to Applicants
Dr. Nathaniel Brunsell
Search Committee Chair
brunsell@ku.edu

Additional Candidate Instruction
For compline information and to apply online go to https://employment.ku.edu/academic/23443BR.  A complete online application will include the following materials:  (1) cover letter; (2) Curriculum vitae; (3) state of research interests; (4) teaching philosophy statement; (5) a statement addressing their experiences in working to enhance diversity, equity and inclusion in aspects of their professional career; and (6) the names and contact information for three professional references.

In addition to the above materials, learning about each applicant’s contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU’s mission.  As a result, applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application:Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).
If you have already attached a diversity statement as requested above, please enter “see diversity attachment” in the question response field.

Anticipated Start Date: 18-Aug-2023

Position Number: 00002861

Primary Campus
University of Kansas Lawrence Campus

FTE: 1.0

Reg/Temp: Regular

Advertised Salary Range: commensurate with experience

Employee Class: F-Faculty

Disclaimer
The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university’s programs and activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by university policy. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and are the Title IX coordinators for their respective campuses: Director of the Office of Civil Rights & Title IX, civilrights@ku.edu, Room 1082, Dole Human Development Center, 1000 Sunnyside Avenue, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY (for the Lawrence, Edwards, Parsons, Yoder, and Topeka campuses); Director, Equal Opportunity Office, Mail Stop 7004, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS 66205, 913-588-8011, 711 TTY (for the Wichita, Salina, and Kansas City, Kansas medical center campuses).