Job Posting: Assistant Professor of Data Analytics and Environmental Justice

Job Posting: Assistant Professor of Data Analytics and Environmental Justice

Deadline to Apply: Review of applications will begin September 15, 2022, and continue until a qualified candidate is identified.

This position is one of three faculty appointments in the Climate, Race and Place cluster hire to advance climate justice at The Ohio State University (OSU), and is part of a broader Race, Inclusion and Social Equity (RAISE) initiative focused on narrowing a range of disparities. This Assistant Professor position is available with the option to be hired into the Provost’s Tenure-Track Fellow to Faculty Program with an appointment to a mentored position as an instructor in the tenure track for up to two-years before transitioning to the Assistant Professor position. 

The Department of Geography invites applications for a tenure-track position at the assistant professor level, commencing autumn semester 2023. We seek a GIScience scholar whose research addresses the racial disparities and social inequities of climate impacts and helps shape adaptations sensitive to these disparities and inequities. Our undergraduate GIS program has nearly 100 majors and has grown significantly in recent years; we are planning to launch a Master of Geographic Information Science and Technology (MGIST) program in 2023. The position will support our GIS program at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The successful candidate will have research interests in GIScience and environmental justice, complementary to our departmental expertise in urban applications of GIS, spatial data science, climate change, human-environment dynamics, and critical human geography. We are particularly interested in candidates whose research focuses on critical GIScience and geospatial analytics, who creatively engage technology to examine the social justice dimensions of climate and environmental change. The successful candidate will be expected to attract external funding and have demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching, and to teach undergraduate and graduate classes in GIS, critical GIS, and digital geographies that are commensurate with their research interests.


A PhD in Geography or closely related field is required. Preferred qualifications include prior experience in seeking external funding and experience working in interdisciplinary research teams. Likewise, prior university teaching experience, and demonstrated commitment to enhancing diversity and mentoring members of underrepresented groups is highly desirable. We are committed to providing mentorship to develop proficiencies in graduate and undergraduate supervision and instruction. Appointment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to a criminal background check.

Application Instructions:

A complete application consists of a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research, teaching, and diversity statements, and a list of three references. In the diversity statement, please address commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion that highlights goals for advancing equity and inclusion in research, teaching and/or outreach and engagement. 

This job posting is part of Ohio State’s Race, Inclusion and Social Equity (RAISE) initiative, through which Ohio State is enhancing its world-class research program on race, inclusion, and social equity. Over the next decade, the university will add at least 50 tenure-track faculty members to existing scholars whose research can help to narrow social disparities in educational attainment, health outcomes, rates of incarceration, political representation, environmental impacts, and economic well-being. Adding scholars in focused areas will enhance the University’s outstanding faculty and inform solutions to intractable issues. RAISE is part of Ohio State’s larger initiative to expand the size and impact of Ohio State’s faculty over the coming decade, while also enhancing academic and personal resources to support Ohio State scholars, educators, and practitioners through all phases of their careers.