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Environmental/Climate Geographer and Planner

Appalachian State University
Job Location:
Boone, North Carolina
Tenure Status
Tenure Track

Provide Rank: Assistant Professor

Position Number: 008981

Department: Geography & Planning - 250300

Minimum Qualifications

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Geography or Planning by July 1, 2022 (start of the position). Candidates should have graduate-level courses or professional experience in the disciplines of both Geography and Planning.

Candidates must have teaching experience and a strong commitment to excellence in teaching, student mentoring, and research. In addition, candidates should have a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Areas of Interest (No Minimum Level Required)

Candidates are especially encouraged to apply if they: a) can show evidence of teaching excellence at the university level; b) have a strong research agenda in Geography and/or Planning, and c) is committed to working in and contributing to a diverse department.

License/Certification Required


Description of the Department or Unit

As one of the departments in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Geography and Planning promotes excellence in the following four interconnected areas:
  1. the scientific understanding of the spatial patterns and processes within the physical systems of the earth's surface and atmosphere;
  2. the understanding of human systems in spatial context;
  3. the role of planning in achieving a better and more sustainable quality of life for people within those systems; and,
  4. the understanding and application of geospatial analysis and technology in geography and planning.
To read the Department of Geography and Planning's full mission statement, please click below.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Candidates should show a desire to involve both undergraduate and graduate students in their research programs. They should have a demonstrated record of teaching that shows a passion for experiential learning, interactive methods, and the application of theory and concepts to current real-world environmental and climate issues. Research foci could include environmental policy and planning, climate adaptation, climate justice, and equity, biogeography, land systems and complexity, wildfires, or energy and water resources.

The teaching load will be three courses each semester. Instructional duties will include a large introductory Global Change of the Biosphere course, Planning courses (Town, City, Regional Planning, Planning Techniques, and/or Planning for Climate Resilience), and GIS courses (Geospatial Technology). The candidate would teach software-intensive courses that involve GIScience and Planning Design. The capability of teaching a GIS programming course will be a desirable quality.

Type of Position: Full Time Position

Appointment Type: 1.0

Number Of Months Per Year: 9

Physical Demands of Position

Typical physical demands of professional position at a university, with extended hours on the computer.

Description of University

Appalachian State University, in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 20,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.

Posting Date: 11/19/2021

Open Until Filled: Yes

Evaluation of Applications Begins

Proposed Date of Hire: 07/01/2022

Suggested Salary Range: Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Special Instructions to Applicants

For a complete application, please apply and submit all below-required documents electronically through Appalachian State University's Job Board:

1. a cover letter;
2. a curriculum vitae;
3. unofficial copies of all transcripts;
4. a teaching philosophy statement;
5. a statement of research interests;
6. a diversity statement;
7. a list of three references with contact information.

Please note this position is based on enrollment and subject to available funding.

Disability Accommodation Information

Individuals with disabilities may request accommodations in the application process by contacting Maranda Maxey, ADA/504 Coordinator, at 828-262-3056 or

AA/EEO Statement

Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The University does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation.

Director of Human Resources/EEO Officer
Office of Human Resources
330 University Hall Dr.
Boone, NC 28608
(828) 262-3187
Director of Title IX Compliance/Title IX Coordinator
Office of Title IX Compliance
123 I.G. Greer Hall
Boone, NC 28608
(828) 262-2144
ADA/504 Coordinator & Office of Disability Resources Director
Office of Disability Resources
224 Joyce Lawrence Lane/Suite 112 Anne Belk Hall
Boone, NC 28608
(828) 262-3056

Diversity and Inclusion at Appalachian

We at Appalachian State University are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence both locally and globally.

We understand that the successful implementation of diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence is the responsibility of the entire university community, including alumni and official university governing bodies. A diverse campus community supports an influx of broad and distinct ideas that increase learning opportunities and strengthen the impact of our community as we work collectively to achieve a just experience for all.

We actively encourage, support, and promote a global mindset and an equitable environment where all will know that they belong and are safe to express their culture, identity, values, ideas, opinions, and creativity. We are committed to creating a culture of equity opportunity for all, one that has an expectation of fairness, justice, and equity-minded practice at all levels of the university community.

Background Check Statement

Any offer of employment to a successful candidate will be conditioned upon the University's receipt of a satisfactory criminal background report.

Eligibility for Employment

Proper documentation of identity and eligibility for employment will be required before the hiring process can be completed.

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