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CUNY Assistant or Associate Professor - Geography and Environmental Science (Human Geography) in New York, New York

Assistant or Associate Professor - Geography and Environmental Science (Human Geography)

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Hunter College

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The Department of Geography and Environmental Science ( ) at Hunter College of The City University of New York invites applications for a position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor in Human Geography with a focus on geographies of race. This is a one year full-time tenure-track appointment beginning August 2023 pending final college approval.

The position involves teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in their area of specialization, conducting research, contributing to departmental governance, and participating in university programs. Possible research areas may include but are not limited to one or more of the following: Black Geographies/ Black Ecologies or related themes; vulnerabilities to the climate crisis and sustainability; environmental justice; community resilience; housing; financialization; policing or displacement/ gentrification. Intersections with indigenous and Latinx studies as well as research areas that complement or enhance the strengths of the department in urban sustainability and GIS/Remote sensing are welcome.

The candidate will be expected to excel in their research agenda and to contribute to research synergies within the department, Hunter College, and CUNY. The research statement should include examples of ongoing and/or potential collaborative research, in particular collaborations they would expect and plan to develop within the department in the future.

The new hire will add a crucial focus on geographic dimensions of systemic racism to our undergraduate Geography and Environmental Studies programs as well as to our Master’s programs in Geography and GeoInformatics. The candidate is invited to share ideas about innovative courses they would like to teach, in addition to teaching introductory courses in geography and/or environmental studies. Courses in the successful candidate’s area of specialization could qualify for Hunter College Pluralism and Diversity requirement and can be cross-listed with other departments.

Research and teaching synergies may involve Africana and Puerto Rican/Latino Studies, Urban Affairs and Planning, Women and Gender Studies, Public Policy, and Human Rights programs as well as School of Urban Public Health and School of Social Work. The successful candidate may also be able to take advantage of CUNY Black, Race and Ethnic Studies Initiative (BRESI) inaugurated in 2022. There is an option to join the doctoral faculty of the Earth and Environmental Science Ph.D. program at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Located on the 68 th Street campus on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, the diverse faculty of the Geography and Environmental Science Department at Hunter works closely with students and each other in an open and collegial atmosphere. Hunter is committed to active engagement with students and the community at large, and embraces equity, inclusiveness, and global awareness in all dimensions of our work.


For Assistant & Associate Professor:

Ph.D. degree in area(s) of experience or equivalent. Also required are the ability to teach successfully, demonstrate scholarship or achievement, and ability to cooperate with others for the good of the institution.

We invite scholars who examine the effects of space and place as well as human-environmental relationships on the (re)production of racial inequalities. Candidates must demonstrate excellence or a strong promise of excellence in research, publication, and teaching.

For appointment as an assistant professor, applicants must have a Ph.D. in hand by the position’s starting date. For appointment as an associate professor, a substantial publication record and teaching experience are required.


Candidates will be required to provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon commencing employment. Exemption (medical or religious) requests to this requirement will be considered in accordance with applicable law. Being fully vaccinated is defined for this purpose as being at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. Final candidates must be fully vaccinated as of their first day of employment.


Salary commensurate with education and experience.

CUNY offers faculty a competitive compensation and benefits package covering health insurance, pension and retirement benefits, paid parental leave, and savings programs. We also provide mentoring and support for research, scholarship, and publication as part of our commitment to ongoing faculty professional development.

Assistant Professor $52,267 – $99,532

Associate Professor $67,784 – $117,805


Applications must be submitted online by accessing the CUNY Portal on City University of New York job website To search for this vacancy, click on SEARCH ALL POSTINGS and in SEARCH JOBS field, enter the Job Opening ID number 26333

Click on the "APPLY NOW" button and follow the application instructions. Current users of the site should access their established accounts; new users should follow the instructions to set up an account.

Please have your documents available to attach into the application before you begin. Note, the required material must be uploaded as ONE document under CV/ Resume (do not upload individual files for a cover letter, references, etc.). The document must be in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .rtf, or text format- and name of file should not exceed ten (10) characters – also DO NOT USE SYMBOLS (such as accents (é, è, (â, î or ô), ñ, ü, ï , –, _ or ç)).

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Please include:

  • Cover letter

  • Research statement with a brief description of research collaborations

  • Teaching philosophy with a brief description of two innovative courses that would complement departmental offerings

  • Curriculum Vitae/ Resume

  • Graduate transcript

  • Names of three references; submitting reference letters by the application deadline will accelerate consideration ( ).

  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness: peer observations and student scores for courses taught

Upload all documents (except for reference letters) as ONE single file-- PDF format preferred. Letters should be submitted by the referees directly via CUNYFirst system.

All additional inquiries may be directed to Search Chair Bill Solecki ( ) and Department Chair Marianna Pavlovskaya ( ). Please copy to Assistant to Chair Mimoza Frankfurt ( ).


Applicants seeking full consideration should apply and ensure that reference letters are submitted no later than March 3, 2023. Applications submitted after the deadline will only be considered if the position/s remain open after initial round; review will begin immediately.


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