The Geography program at Western Carolina University seeks an Instructor to teach a combination of introductory courses in support of the University Liberal Studies program and the Geography minor, and advanced courses in support of several majors in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Geography minor.
This is a nine-month fixed-term position with an expected begin work date of August 2020. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until a candidate has been selected.
Geography is housed in the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resources, which is home to 4 degree programs and the Geography minor. The primary responsibility is to teach 4 courses per semester (12 credit hours) including introductory courses such as World Geography, Cultural Geography, and Introduction to Geospatial Analysis, and advanced courses such as Political and Regional Geography. In addition to teaching, Instructors are responsible for service contributions to the department and university as assigned each academic year by the Geosciences and Natural Resources Department Head in consultation with the Instructor.
Western Carolina University is a 12,000-student, primarily undergraduate, campus within the University of North Carolina system. It is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a community engaged university. Inclusiveness and diversity are academic imperatives and thus are university goals. We are particularly interested in candidates who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for students from underrepresented groups. WCU is situated in the picturesque Cullowhee valley in the Blue Ridge mountains, 25 miles southeast of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and 50 miles southwest of Asheville, NC. WCU and the surrounding area offer a wide range of excellent field and laboratory facilities, on and off campus.
PhD in a geography or related field; an ABD candidate will be considered. Degrees must be from an accredited institution.
Teaching experience is preferred.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Applications must be submitted online. Hard copy materials will not be accepted. Interested candidates must upload 1) a resume/curriculum vitae; 2) a cover letter of intent, including discussion of teaching philosophy, experience, and approach to this position if hired; 3) transcripts from highest degree earned (unofficial acceptable); 4) complete contact information for 4 references.
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WCU embraces its role as a regionally engaged university and is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a community engaged university. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to public engagement through their teaching, service, and scholarship.
As the westernmost institution in the University of North Carolina system, WCU provides comprehensive educational opportunities to residents in the state’s western region and attracts students from around the globe to explore the region’s vast natural diversity. Founded in 1889 as a teaching college, Western Carolina now provides an education to more than 10,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs.