Visiting Assistant Professor (Physical and Environmental Geography)


Openings: 1


Position Details: Gustavus Adolphus College invites applications for a full-time position of Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography for a 5- or 4-month term beginning either January 3, 2022, or February 2, 2022. The department anticipates a continued vacancy, and the successful candidate may also be able to teach during the Fall 2022 semester, contingent upon favorable evaluation and the continuing needs of the College.

Institution Information: Gustavus Adolphus College seeks employees who are committed to and will be resolute in advancing inclusion and equity. We seek candidates whose experience has prepared them to help us realize our college-wide goal of engagement and inclusion of culturally and racially diverse audiences in the humanities, arts, and sciences. The Gustavus Acts strategic plan renews our commitment to equip students to lead purposeful lives, and to act on the great challenges of our time by diversifying and expanding the Gustavus community and delivering a distinctive and integrated liberal arts education.

Minnesota is home to a vibrant African American community and growing communities of Hmong, Latinx, and Somali peoples, as well as significant numbers of Indigenous people. We believe that representation from all of these groups contributes positively to our student body.

We are committed to fostering a community that embodies the value of a liberal arts education rooted in pluralism. We engage in this work at a coeducational, private, Lutheran (ELCA) College of Swedish immigrant heritage that is a leading residential, national liberal arts institution of 2200 students.

Major/Essential Functions: The teaching assignment will be 3.5 or 4.5 course equivalents, depending on the start date of the successful candidate. Candidates able to teach in both the January and Spring terms will teach an equivalent of 4.5 courses. Candidates able to teach only the Spring semester (to begin February 2, 2022) will offer an equivalent of 3.5 courses. Salary is based on teaching load.

Primary teaching responsibilities will include courses and labs that contribute to the Geography and Environmental Studies majors, such as Introductory courses in Physical Geography, Climate Change, Human/Environment interactions, and contributions to general education.

Application Procedures: To apply, visit and complete the online application. The documents that must be uploaded include the following:

  • Letter of application that addresses the position qualifications
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A brief (one page) statement of teaching philosophy
  • Transcripts (scanned copies acceptable)
  • The names and contact information for three professional references (at least one must be able to address teaching experience and teaching effectiveness; please indicate the teaching reference in your letter of application). Please do not ask references to submit letters of recommendation; the committee will conduct reference checks by phone.

For full consideration, applications must be received by November 5, 2021. While applications may be accepted after this date, it is not guaranteed that they will be considered. Incomplete applications will not be considered by the search committee.

Gustavus Adolphus College is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, marital status, disability, or veteran status in its education or employment programs or activities.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD in Geography (or a related field); we will consider candidates who have achieved ABD status and who will complete their degree by January 3, 2022
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in teaching
  • Evidence of a commitment to undergraduate teaching and student advising
  • Experience working with people from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to pedagogical methods that enable students across racial, ethnic, and socio-economic groups to reach their maximum potential

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience teaching physical and/or environmental studies courses

Posted 10/05/2021


JoaquĆ­n Villanueva | | 507-933-6283

Posted: Tue Oct 5, 2021

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