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Academic Faculty

(Spatial Social Scientist)


Open for Recruitment:  January 2, 2014 - Open until further notice
Announcement #:  10000015979
Salary Range:  DOE
Full or Part Time:  Full Time
Location: Moscow

Materials Required:
    Online Application
    Curriculum Vitae
    Cover Letter
    Statement of Research Accomplishments
    Statement of Research Interests
    Statement of Teaching Interests
    Contact Information for 3 References
    Selected Publications

Title and Rank:  Assistant Professor of Geography
Appointment:   Tenure track, academic year (9 months)
Starting Date:    August 17, 2014

Please note Closing Date Status:  To receive "first consideration", please submit all application materials by February 3, 2014.  Following initial review of "first consideration" applicant pool, job posting may be re-posted until position is filled.


We seek to hire a Human Geographer/Spatial Social Scientist well-versed in using quantitative spatial methods for analyzing human decisions and socioeconomic processes in a spatial context.  The position will be tenure-track in the Department of Geography with research, teaching, service, and undergraduate and graduate advising responsibilities. This hire is part of a state-wide cluster of hires designed to enhance state-wide capability for research and graduate education in coupled natural-human systems research, as a part of a 5-year grant from the National Science Foundation focusing on the integration of social science and ecosystem change in the American West.  The role of this hire in the current interdisciplinary effort is to contribute expertise in drivers for and spatial patterns in population, land use and socio-economic change.  Candidates are expected to collaborate and coordinate with other components of the project team and develop an externally funded research program in their area of expertise which should include, but not be limited by, the goals of the current interdisciplinary project.  There are numerous existing and planned interdisciplinary endeavors at our institution in which the individual in this position could choose to participate, such as initiatives in the theme areas of energy/water nexus, food security and resilient rural communities.  The successful hire is expected to contribute to teaching in human geography.  A reduced teaching load is available, commensurate with research and advising efforts.


         Ph.D. in geography or closely related field (by August 17, 2014)

         Demonstrated research experience in spatial social science

         Potential for high-quality teaching of undergraduate and graduate courses in human geography


Must:  Applicants who are selected as final possible candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check.*


         One or more graduate degrees in geography

         Demonstrated experience in high-quality teaching

         Background for teaching courses in human geography, such as demography, food security; transportation and location theory, regional development, rural geography, economic geography, medical geography, or geographical theory

         Research and publication record commensurate with time since Ph.D.

         Relevance of research experience in spatial social science and use of quantitative spatial methods

         Ability to develop independent, externally funded research program

         Ability to collaborate across disciplines and colleges

         Ability to contribute to GIS program by teaching an introductory GIS course

         Ability to complement existing teaching and research expertise, and fill needed gaps in expertise, in the Department of Geography, and at the University of Idaho

Application Procedures:

To be considered for this position, applicants should submit the following via the online application system:   (


         Curriculum Vita and cover letter 

         Statements of research accomplishments and interests (maximum one page)

         Statement of teaching interests  (maximum one page)

         Contact information for three references 

         (Optional) Sample publication


Please direct inquiries and/or questions to search committee chair, Dr. Karen Humes (


We are particularly interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.


The Department of Geography is an active department in the University of Idaho College of Science offering B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Geography and a GIS certificate program.  The departmentís Ph.D. program was ranked in the top 20 Geography Ph.D. programs by the National Research Council in 2010.  We have had research expenditures approaching $1M per year in recent years.  We are active participants in interdisciplinary programs at the University of Idaho, including the National Institute for Advanced Transportation, International Studies, Environmental Science, Water Resources and Bioregional Planning programs.  We are also partners in regional and federal research initiatives such as the USGS Northwest Regional Climate Science Center.  For further information on the department, see


The College of Science ( consists of the departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Geography, Geological Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics.  The college currently enrolls 800 undergraduate students and 220 graduate students and employs 100 faculty and 40 staff.  The faculty research is largely supported by approximately $8M in external grant funding.  The College of Science was established in 2002.


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