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Geography and Anthropology: Assistant Professor of Environmental Geography

UW-Eau Claire – Eau Claire Campus

Full Time, Faculty/Instructional

  • Official Title: Assistant Professor
  • Job ID: #20040
  • Date Posted:
  • Apply by: | To ensure consideration, completed applications must be received by deadline. However, screening may continue until position is filled.
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Geography and Anthropology: Assistant Professor of Environmental Geography

POSITION: A tenure-track faculty position at the rank of assistant professor is available in the Department of Geography and Anthropology in the College of Arts and Sciences. We seek an environmental geographer with expertise in spatial aspects of interactions between humans and the natural world through avenues such as environmental policy, justice, protection, planning, or resource management. Areas of scholarly specialization might include biogeography, climatology, or soil science. The candidate must be committed to teaching excellence, actively engaging undergraduates, and mentoring students from groups underrepresented in geography. The candidate will join a vibrant and well-supported geography department with a dynamic and integrated geography curriculum. Primary teaching responsibilities include our introductory physical geography (GEOG 104) and environmental geography (GEOG 178) courses, upper-level environmental policy courses, and elective environmental and physical geography courses in the successful candidate's area(s) of expertise. The candidate will be expected to integrate geospatial techniques in coursework and stay current with developments in scholarship in geography and apply them in support of our department's interdisciplinary contributions to the university and community. This appointment carries an initial two-year probationary appointment beginning with the 2024-2025 academic year, August 19, 2024.


  • Earned doctorate in the area of Geography or closely related field by August 18, 2024.
  • Academic specialization in environmental geography.
  • Evidence of ability to integrate geospatial techniques into scholarship and teaching.
  • Demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching; scholarship; academic advising; and service to the department, university, community, and profession.
  • Demonstrated potential to work effectively with diverse students and colleagues.

DUTIES: Instruct courses in the Department of Geography and Anthropology based on program needs and candidate's geographic specialization (12 credits/semester); develop a successful research program; provide academic advising to students as assigned; engage in service to the department, profession, university, and community.

DEPARTMENT The Department of Geography and Anthropology consists of 10 full-time and 2 part-time academic staff and one geospatial technology facilitator. The department has about 100 geography majors and its courses serve students from across the university. We are active in student-faculty collaborative research, providing opportunities for applied and hands-on learning. A generous endowment provides widespread creative opportunities for students and faculty.  To learn more about the Department, visit

UNIVERSITY and EAU CLAIRE COMMUNITY: The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is a comprehensive university with 1,200 faculty and academic staff, offering a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs to approximately 10,000 students. UW-Eau Claire is consistently recognized as a top comprehensive university in the Midwest and is widely known as a leader in faculty-undergraduate research and study abroad. The fourth-largest university in the state, UW-Eau Claire has strong academic programs and a focus on experiential learning. We strive for excellence in liberal education and select graduate and professional programs through commitment to teaching and learning and dedication to our core values of diversity, sustainability, leadership, and innovation. The campus, often described as "Wisconsin's most beautiful campus", is set on the banks of the Chippewa River in the heart of Eau Claire.

A regional center for western Wisconsin, Eau Claire is a vibrant, friendly, and affordable community of 66,000 with outstanding schools, excellent health-care systems, and employment opportunities. Eau Claire has made numerous "Best of" lists including #2 Most Livable College Town ( The Eau Claire area is also a center for culture, featuring a diversity of restaurants, a newly constructed theater, the Pablo Center, a thriving arts community, and a wide variety of music. Eau Claire is home to both symphony and chamber orchestras, and hosts several music festivals each year, including the Blue Ox, Country Jam, and Eau Claire Jazz festivals that attract both local talent and national acts. The area features beautiful parks, trails, outdoor sports and recreation opportunities in the city and surrounding areas. Metropolitan Minneapolis-St. Paul is only a 90-minute drive, offering additional cultural experiences and entertainment events.

AA/EEO/VETERANS/DISABILITY EMPLOYER: UW-Eau Claire is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds and provides equal opportunity in programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity/expression. 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Please apply here:  Click the link to the Geography and Anthropology: Assistant Professor position Job Id #20040 and then click the "Apply Now" button to submit your application. You must create an account to apply. Please be sure you have included the following in PDF format:

  • Letter of application
  • Curriculum vita
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy, Interests, and Experience
  • Statement of Research Experience, Interests, and Plans
  • Graduate and undergraduate transcripts (include copies of unofficial transcripts in PDF format along with the rest of the application; official transcripts are required before an offer is made.)

Finalists will be asked to provide letters of recommendation at a later date. Only applications submitted electronically and preferably compiled as a single PDF document will be accepted. Receipt of complete application packages will be acknowledged by e-mail.

To ensure consideration, completed applications must be received by October 6, 2023. However, screening may continue until the position is filled. Please direct requests for additional information or requests for any accommodations necessary for you to participate in our process to:

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