Tenure-Track Faculty Position – Department of Geography University of Oklahoma

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July 12, 2011

The Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability at the University of Oklahoma (http://geography.ou.edu/) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor. Initial appointment to this position will begin August 2012.

The Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability
In 2010, the department of Geography added new degree programs in environmental sustainability (ES) and subsequently received Regents’ approval to change its name to the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability. The curriculum and faculty expertise in the department focus around four thematic areas. These are: (i) Natural Systems (or Physical geography), including the integrated analysis of the natural environment and how that environment is being affected by human activities; (ii) Cultural and indigenous Geographies, focusing on how indigenous peoples, cultures, and economies throughout the world have been impacted by globalization, environmental degradation, climate change, and other changes in the natural environment; (iii) Analytical and applied geospatial methods, including Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Remote Sensing, Statistics, and Computer Mapping; and (iv) Environmental Sustainability, including concentrations in Sustainability Science and Natural Resources, Sustainability Planning and Management, and Sustainability, Culture and Society. The department offers the following degrees; B.A., B.S. (Geography); B.A., B.S. (Environmental Sustainability), M.A., Ph.D. (Geography). Graduate programs in Environmental Sustainability are under development.

The New Environmental Sustainability Program
The premise of the new OU environmental sustainability (ES) degree program is that meeting the world’s contemporary environmental challenges requires new educational paradigms that weave environmental, economic, and social issues together to provide students with an interdisciplinary education designed for dealing with such complex issues. The curriculum for these degrees comprises courses and instructors from 14 different departments and programs on the Norman campus. Graduates of the new environmental sustainability degrees will be educated to become leaders in research, decision-making, and policies that underpin the drive for sustainability.

Sustainability related research and collaborative opportunities exist in several colleges on the Norman campus, including the Price College of Business and the Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy, which are interested in issues of energy sustainability, as well as the Division of Regional and City Planning (College of Architecture) and the College of Engineering, which are interested in urban and transportation sustainability. Other University centers offer additional opportunities for research collaboration, including the Oklahoma Wind Power Initiative (http://www.ocgi.okstate.edu/owpi/), the Center for Spatial Analysis (http://csa.ou.edu/), the Center for Earth Observation and Modeling (http://www.eomf.ou.edu/), and the Center for Applied Social Science Research (http://casr.ou.edu/).

Candidate Qualifications
The Department seeks a candidate whose research addresses one or more aspects of environmental sustainability. Areas of demonstrated expertise may include: economics of sustainability; global environmental change and sustainability; human dimensions of sustainability; or urban and regional sustainability.

The successful candidate will help lead the development of a new interdisciplinary environmental sustainability program headquartered in the department, develop a funded research program, and teach graduate and undergraduate courses in environmental sustainability. Candidates are expected to have attained a doctoral degree in environmental sustainability, geography, or closely related field by the start date.

Application Process
Confidential review of nominations, indications of interest and applications will begin October 15, 2011 and continue until the position is filled. Candidates are invited to submit a letter of interest describing their research vision and demonstrating how they fulfill the qualifications noted above, a detailed curriculum vitae, and the names of four references.

Applicants must submit all materials electronically, preferably in PDF.

All application information and inquiries should be directed to:

Dr. Aondover Tarhule, Chair
Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability
100 E. Boyd Street, Sarkeys Energy Center
Rm 510, University of Oklahoma
Norman, Oklahoma, 73019-1007
Email: (atarhule@ou.edu).

Additional information about the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability can be found at http://geography.ou.edu.

The University of Oklahoma is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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