Search underway for tenure-track faculty position in Africa, Environment, Health

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Monday, January 19, 2015 - 8:56am

Geography & African Studies Program Co-Hire:  Africa, Environment, Health
The Department of Geography and the African Studies Program at The Pennsylvania State University invite applications for a joint tenure track faculty position at the assistant or associate professor rank.  The tenure home for this position is in Geography.  We seek a geographer, or a scholar working in a closely related field, whose research focuses on environment and human health in Africa.  The candidate is expected to have significant experience working in Africa, and is expected to contribute to the undergraduate and graduate curriculum in both Geography <www.geog.psu.edu> and African Studies <afr.la.psu.edu>.  We expect faculty to develop an extramurally funded research program and lead national and international initiatives at disciplinary intersections. 
The successful candidate will be in a position to help shape the development of the African Studies program and help build a dual title graduate degree program in African Studies and Geography.  We are particularly interested in scholars whose research can align with other health-related initiatives on campus.  These initiatives include the Pan University Network of Global Health <sites.psu.edu/globalhealthnetwork>, the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics <www.cidd.psu.edu>, the Population Research Institute <www.pop.psu.edu>, and faculty in the Department of Biobehavioral Health  <bbh.hhd.psu.edu> and the College of Medicine <www2.med.psu.edu>.  We seek candidates who adhere to Penn State’s tripartite mission of teaching, research and service.
Geography of global change is the Department of Geography’s theme for four new hires, including this search. We have a broad view of causes and consequences of global change, and include sustainability, livelihoods, health, geopolitics, systems of production and consumption, water resources, ecosystems, and climate dynamics. We seek perspectives that span local to global levels across spatial and temporal scales.
Applicants should upload (as PDFs):  1) A letter describing how they would contribute to the teaching and research programs in both Geography and African Studies; 2) include in the letter a discussion of how their work fits with the Geography of Global Change theme; 3) a complete curriculum vitae; 4) a maximum of five reprints; and 5) the names and addresses (including email and fax) of three to five referees. Application materials 1, 2, and 3 should be uploaded as a single PDF. Review of applications will begin February 27, 2015, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  We encourage applications from individuals of diverse backgrounds. The following URL will allow applicants to apply online:  https://app2.ohr.psu.edu/Jobs/External/EVMS2_External/currentap1.cfm#55375
Questions about the position should be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. Robert Crane, Department of Geography, The Pennsylvania State University, 201 Walker Building, University Park, PA 16802; Phone (814) 863-7598; Email:  rqc3@psu.edu.