Assistant Professor

Department of Geography & Environmental Planning

College of Liberal Arts

The College of Liberal Arts invites applications for a tenure-track, 10-month Assistant Professor position in Department of Geography & Environmental Planning beginning August 2017.


PhD in Geography. PhD in cognate field will be considered. ABD applicants considered, but appointment will be at the Instructor rank and all degree requirements must be completed by February 2018. Demonstrable expertise in geographies of Africa course and experience teaching an upper-level Geography of Africa course. Evidence of teaching and scholarly research/publication required. Field research experience using qualitative and/or quantitative methods and experience with innovative teaching or the potential to engage undergraduate and graduate students in dynamic ways are highly desirable.


Faculty assigned an instructional workload of six (6) course units per academic year for the first year. Beginning the second year the workload reverts back to the standard instructional workload of seven to eight (7-8) course units per academic year. Teach undergraduate introductory courses, an upper-level Geography of Africa course and other undergraduate and/or graduate courses that align with faculty area(s) of expertise. Research responsibilities including maintaining a record of scholarly research and publication. Other responsibilities include advising students in major/minor programs and service to the department, college and institution. Opportunities exist for contributing to other academic programs, especially the interdisciplinary studies program, which houses the African and African American Studies minor, International Studies, Environmental Science and Studies, Metropolitan Studies, and Women and Gender Studies.

The Department:

The Department ( offers majors in Geography, Geography and Land Surveying, and a number of combined majors. Minors in Geographic Information Sciences, Meteorology, and Geography are also offered. The department also offers a graduate MA in Geography and Environmental Planning.

Towson University:

Towson University ( was founded in 1866, is recognized by U. S. News and World Reports as one of the top public universities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, is Baltimore’s largest university, and is the largest public, comprehensive institution in the University of Maryland System. TU enrolls almost 19,000 undergraduates and over 3,000 graduate students across six academic colleges (business, education, fine arts, health professions, liberal arts, science & mathematics), has almost 900 full-time faculty, and offers more than 65 bachelor’s, 45 master’s, and 5 doctoral programs. Our centrally located campus sits on 330 rolling green acres and is 10 miles north of Baltimore, 45 miles north of Washington D.C., and 95 miles south of Philadelphia.

Application Process:

Review of completed applications begins November 14, 2016 and continues until the position is filled. Submit a letter of application detailing area(s) of expertise, teaching experience, and background in geographies of Africa. Attach a research statement, teaching statement, curriculum vitae, and names and addresses (including email addresses) for three (3) references to:

Dr. Sya Buryn Kedzior

Assistant Professor Search Committee

Department of Geography & Environmental Planning

Towson University

8000 York Road

Towson, MD 21252


A Criminal Background Investigation is required for the hired candidate and the results may impact employment.

Please be sure to visit to complete a voluntary on-line applicant data form. The information you provide will inform the university’s affirmative action plan and is for statistical-related purposes only. The information will not be used for any other purpose. Please note that the search number for which you have applied is: CLA-N-3019.

Towson University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and has a strong institutional commitment to diversity. Women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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