Asst Proffesorship open in #Environmental and #PhysicalGeography @UTSA_DPSG


Department of Political Science and Geography

Position Announcement

Assistant Professor, Environmental/Physical Geography

The Department of Political Science and Geography at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Environmental/ Physical Geography with an emphasis on sustainability, climate change, resource use, and/or environmental policy. This position supports a new emphasis within the Geography program on environmental sustainability. More broadly, the position contributes to UTSA’s goal of achieving research and teaching excellence in sustainable communities and critical infrastructure, focusing specifically on low impact development, aspects of changing culture, climate change, and sustainable economic development. In developing grants and research projects, the successful applicant will demonstrate an ability to collaborate with such organizations as the Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute, the Water Institute of Texas, the Center for Water Research, the Center for Cultural Sustainability, and/or the Center for Urban and Regional Planning Research. The standard teaching load is two courses per semester. Applicants will be expected to teach courses on subjects such as Physical Geography, Conservation of Resources, Climatology, Climate Change, Urban Sustainability, and the Geography of Natural Hazards.

Required Qualifications: All applicants must have a Ph.D. in Geography or a directly related discipline. The Department is especially interested in attracting outstanding scholars with research and teaching expertise in environmental sustainability, low impact development, sustainable communities, climate change, and environmental policy.

Preferred Qualifications: Preference will be given to applicants with general or specialized knowledge of Lidar, ERDAS, GIS and/or similar programs.

All applicants must provide evidence of scholarly and professional publications commensurate with the rank of assistant professor. All applicants should also provide, if possible, some representative evidence of high-quality teaching – ideally in physical geography courses or courses relating to the environment, climate change, or sustainability.

Responsibilities: Teach, advise, and mentor undergraduate and graduate students; pursue an active research and publishing agenda; and serve the University, profession, and community.

All information and materials associated with an application for this position must be sent electronically to[]. In PDF format, applicants should submit the following:

  1. Letter of application that states research interests, teaching experience, and qualifications for the position;
  2. Current curriculum vita;
  3. Copy of all graduate transcripts;
  4. Samples of written or published scholarly work (no more than three);
  5. Two representative samples of syllabi for courses taught or proposed by the applicant;
  6. Teaching evaluations (if available or other evidence of course instruction evaluation);
  7. Names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of three references who are familiar with the candidate’s scholarship and/or teaching and can be contacted to provide letters of recommendation.

Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled.

As an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer, it is the policy of The University of Texas at San Antonio to promote and ensure equal employment opportunity for all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or veteran status.  The University is committed to the Affirmative Action Program in compliance with all government requirements to ensure nondiscrimination.  The UTSA campus is accessible to persons with disabilities.


Geography is growing in size and importance at UTSA, and our program, department, and university are committed to the emerging sub-field of environmental sustainability. It is impossible to ignore evidence for climate change and related topics in energy, drought, and sea level that surface in the pages of the New York Times on a daily basis. The new position for an Assistant Professor in Environmental/ Physical Geography (advertised below) will fill a void in these areas at UTSA. Salary will be competitive.

We (the department and discipline) value research and teaching equally. Our faculty publish in top journals and have multiple books to their credit. We pride ourselves in personal attention to our students, through dynamic teaching as well as involving students in regional meetings, GIS Day, Study Abroad courses, the Geography Society of UTSA, teaching and office assisting. We are a close-knit group.

The faculty includes:

Dr. Nazgol Bagheri (Ph.D., Univ. of Missouri-Kansas City), Assistant Professor of Geography, coordinator of Qualitative GIS Research Laboratory. Urban, GIS

Dr. Miguel deOliver (Ph.D., Pennsylvania State Univ.), Associate Professor of Geography.  Racial and gender disparities in the postmodern urban landscape.

Dr. Richard Jones (Ph.D., Ohio State Univ.), Professor and Discipline Coordinator of Geography. International migration, social and economic geography of South Texas

Dr. John Morris (Ph.D., Univ. of Texas at Austin), Professor of Geography. Historical and cultural geography of the US Southwest.

Dr. James Vaughan(Ph.D., Texas State Univ.-San Marcos), Senior Lecturer in Geography. Sustainable land use, responses to natural hazards, urban development.

Dr. Dean Lambert (PhD., Univ. of Texas at Austin), Senior Lecturer in Geography. Physical Geography; Latin America