Assistant Professor

Department of Geography & Environmental Planning

College of Liberal Arts
CLA-N-3019

Position: 
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.

Qualifications:

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.

Responsibilities:

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 (www.towson.edu/cla/department/geography) 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 (www.towson.edu) 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

Email: tugeog@towson.edu

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

Please be sure to visit http://www.towson.edu/odeo/employment/resources/data.html 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.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Call for Papers: Public Participation and Digital Geographies

American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting 2017
Boston, MA, April 5-9

Organizers: Jerry Shannon, Ian Rossiter, and Dorris Scott, Community Mapping Lab, University of Georgia

Work in Public Participatory GIS (PPGIS) and Participatory GIS (PGIS) has for many years emphasized the need for deep community engagement as an aspect of quantitative spatial analysis. The increasing ubiquity of big data, volunteered geographic information (VGI), open data and software and mobile and web based GIS systems has significantly shaped these efforts, allowing for new forms of collaboration and community based data collection. With increased use of VGI data from social media and similar sources, however, non-academics may also become increasingly marginalized within the research process.
For this call, we envision a session or series of sessions about the future of participatory spatial analysis, one that creatively makes use of new and emerging forms of data collection, analysis, and distribution or finds new uses for traditional methods. Presenters should be engaged in work that substantively engages with groups outside the academy–local/regional governments, non-profits, neighborhood organizations, or other similar actors. We welcome presentations about work at all stages of the research process and from a variety of geographic contexts. 

Possible topics include:
Open source/low cost software for mobile data collection and analysis
Tools for hosting and visualizing open datasets
Processes and software allowing for collaborative planning
Mixed methods research/qualitative GIS
Participatory research using crowdsourced data
Roadblocks and pitfalls of using mobile data collection and VGI in community engagement
Reworking/augmenting/hybridizing “traditional” PPGIS techniques
Best practices for community engagement with mobile data collection

To apply for this session, email a presentation abstract (250 word limit) by October 15, 2016 to Ian Rossiter or Dorris Scott All accepted participants will be required to register for the conference and submit the pin number for your abstract to the organizers by October 27, 2016.

Posted in Calls for Submission, Opportunities, Uncategorized

Call for Papers Aging, Health, and Health Care

Call for Papers: 2017 AAG Annual Meeting, Boston (April 5-9, 2017)

Organizers:
Mark Rosenberg, Queen’s University
Kyle Plumb, Queen’s University
Jessica Finlay, University of Minnesota

Session:  
Due to the widespread aging of populations coupled with social policy directives such as aging in place, there is a growing need to address the relationship(s) between the dynamic environments where healthcare is provided and the changing face of the people who occupy them. Geographers are well suited to address this need due to the inherent sensitivity to the ways that people and their health outcomes are shaped by the physical, social and psychological aspects of places and vice versa. This session is intended to provide a forum for perspectives of the complex transactions between people, place and health as well how these are further augmented as we age. To this end, emergent concepts and themes in health geography and aging as well as their application to the environments where health care takes place including the home, the hospital and long-term care facilities will be the focus of this session. 
 

Posted in Australia, Uncategorized

Call for Papers Uncertainty and Context in Geography and GIScience

SEE: http://news.aag.org/2016/09/call-for-papers-uncertainty-and-context-in-geography-and-giscience/
For updates and modifications for this call.

Uncertainty and Context in Geography and GIScience

AAG Annual Meeting, Boston, April 5-9, 2017

Uncertainty and context pose fundamental challenges in geographic research and GIScience. Geospatial data are imbued with error (e.g., measurement and sampling error), and understanding of the effects of contextual influences on human behavior and experience are often obfuscated by various types of uncertainty (e.g., contextual uncertainties, algorithmic uncertainties, and uncertainty arising from different spatial scales and zonal schemes). Identifying the “true causally relevant” spatial and temporal contexts that influence people’s behavior and experience is thus also challenging, since people move around in their daily lives and over their life courses and experience the influences of many different contexts. To generate reliable geographic knowledge, these uncertainties and contextual issues need to be addressed.

This theme within the 2017 AAG Annual Meeting will explore research frontiers and advances in theory, method, and research practice that address the challenges of uncertainty and context in geography and GIScience. We welcome papers from all disciplines, subfields and perspectives (e.g., geography, public health, sociology, transportation, urban studies, etc.). Topics may include but are not limited to:

– uncertainty and context: advances in theory and methods

– uncertainty and error assessment

– error propagation and modeling

– quality of geospatial data

– big data, algorithmic uncertainties, and algorithmic geographies

– the uncertain geographic context problem (UGCoP)

– the modifiable areal unit problem (MAUP)

– advances in the conceptualization and assessment of the neighborhood effect

– improving assessments of exposures to physical and social environments and health

– exposure monitoring utilizing real-time interactive GPS/GIS methods

– relational understanding of context and uncertainty

– human mobility and contextual uncertainties

– cumulative contextual influences over the life course

– social networks as individual and social context

– uncertainty in spatial pattern detection

– incorporating uncertainty in spatial modeling

To participate in this theme, please submit your abstract at http://www.aag.org/annualmeeting. When you receive confirmation of a successful abstract submission, please then forward this confirmation to: GeoContext [at] aag [dot] org. The abstract deadline is October 27, 2016.

For more information, please visit http://www.aag.org/annualmeeting, or contact members of the theme’s organizing committee at GeoContext [at] aag [dot] org.

Scientific Committee

Co-Chairs:

Mei-Po Kwan (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Daniel Griffith (University of Texas at Dallas), Michael Goodchild (University of California, Santa Barbara), Tim Schwanen (University of Oxford)

Committee members:

Ling Bian (University of Buffalo)

Xiang Chen (Arkansas Tech University)

Yongwan Chun (University of Texas at Dallas)

Eric Delmelle (University of North Carolina at Charlotte)

Michael Emch (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

Nina Lam (University of Louisiana)

Jing Ma (Beijing Normal University)

Jeremy Mennis (Temple University)

Douglas Richardson (American Association of Geographers)

John Shi (Hong Kong Polytechnic University)

Xun Shi (Dartmouth University)

Kathleen Stewart (University of Maryland)

Yonette Thomas (American Association of Geographers)

Paul Torrens (New York University)

Shaowen Wang (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Michael Widener (University of Cincinnati)

David Wong (George Mason University)

Chaowei Yang (George Mason University)

Eun-Hye Enki Yoo (University at Buffalo, State University of New York)

Posted in Australia, Calls for Submission, Opportunities, Uncategorized

Assistant Professor Positions in Medical and Health Geography

Assistant Professor Health Geography University of Toronto Mississauga
https://utoronto.taleo.net/careersection/10050/jobdetail.ftl?job=1600925

Assistant Professor in Medical Geography at UNC-Chapel Hill
https://uncjobs.northcarolina.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/position/JobDetails_css.jsp?postingId=524394

Posted in Jobs, Opportunities, Uncategorized

Postdoctoral Fellowship at FSU

Climate change is exacerbating existing health problems and disparities.  Older adults, young children, people with disabilities, poor households, communities of color, and people working in specific occupations may face disproportionate risks. Public health departments are at the front lines of responding and adapting to climate change.  Unfortunately, there is limited evidence evaluating the efficacy of interventions such as public education campaigns, early warning systems, or personal protective measures.  

The Postdoctoral Fellow will work with county health departments and at-risk populations to carry out and evaluate climate change interventions.  The resulting work will be developed into  a climate change adaptation plan for the health sector.  The work will evaluate both the process of developing the plan and the project’s outcomes such as improvements to public health.   A PhD is required.  Preference will be given to applicants whose work focuses on Evaluation and/or Epidemiology.  The fellow will work with an interdisciplinary team of investigators trained in Geography, Public Health, Urban Planning, and the Atmospheric Sciences.  

The position begins ~January 2017. The position term is for one year but is renewable for up to four years, contingent on satisfactory progress.  Salary and benefits are competitive.  FSU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants, including women and minorities, are encouraged to apply.  Consideration of applications will begin on November 1st, 2016 and continue until the position is filled.  To apply, please send a cover letter and curriculum vitae to: cuejio@fsu.edu.  The position will be co-supervised by Profs. Tisha Holmes and Christopher Uejio.  For more information about their research activities please visit .  

Posted in Jobs, Opportunities, Uncategorized

HMGSG 2016 Award Winners

Congratulations to all the recipients of the competition and scholarship awards!

The Melinda S. Meade Distinguished Scholarship Award in Health and Medical Geography
Dr. Mei-Po Kwan
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC)

The Emerging Scholar Award in Health and Medical Geography
Dr. Kirsten Beyer
Division of Epidemiology, Institute for Health and Society, Medical College of Wisconsin, U.S.A.

Dr. Paul Mkandawire
Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies
Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Jacques May Thesis Prize
Doctoral level
Dr. Peng Jia
Louisiana State University

Master level
Lea Ravensbergen-Hodgins
University of Toronto

Peter Gould Paper Competition
Undergraduate level
Claire Hofius,
Macalester

Graduate level
Sandy Wong
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC)

Melinda S. Meade Graduate Student Travel Award:
Yanjia Cao
Department of Geographical Sciences, University of Maryland

Emily Rugel
School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia

Posted in Australia, Uncategorized