Towson University — Assistant Professor in Geography

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 the Department of Geography & Environmental Planning beginning August 2021. 

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 2022. Candidates should have expertise in urban geographies and demonstrate the ability to incorporate critical perspectives on social justice, especially in terms of racialization and other sociospatial inequities, in their teaching and research. While we welcome candidates from a broad range of specializations, we encourage applicants whose scholarly work and teaching focus on intersectionality, critical race studies, post/anti-colonial theories, urban economic development, urban political economies, and/or urban political ecologies. Candidates should possess the ability to build an active research agenda in the Baltimore area that incorporates undergraduate and/or graduate student research and course offerings. 

Towson University places a high priority on the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Candidates must be sensitive to the needs of, and possess an interest in working with, a diverse student body. Experience with innovative teaching or the potential to engage undergraduate and graduate students in critical and dynamic ways are highly desirable.

Faculty are assigned an instructional workload of six (6) course units per academic year for the first year. Beginning the second year, faculty are assigned an instructional workload of seven (7) three-credit courses per academic year. Teaching responsibilities include undergraduate introductory courses and other existing or newly developed undergraduate and/or graduate courses that align with faculty area(s) of expertise. Research responsibilities include maintaining a record of scholarly research and publication. Other responsibilities include advising students in major and minor programs and service to the Department, College and University. 

Opportunities exist for contributing to other academic programs, including but not limited to Environmental Science and Studies, Metropolitan Studies, International Studies, Women and Gender Studies, and Interdisciplinary Studies, which houses programs such as African and African American Studies, Latin America and Latinx Studies, Deaf Studies, and Global Humanities.

The Department:
The Department ( offers majors in Geography and Geography and Land Surveying. Minors in Geography, Geographic Information Sciences, and Climate, Weather, and Society 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 over 18,000 undergraduates and approaching 4,000 graduate students across six academic colleges (business, education, fine arts, health professions, liberal arts, science & mathematics), has over 865 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:
Interested applicants should submit a letter of application that addresses the posting details and qualifications. Applications must also include: (1) a curriculum vitae, (2) a teaching statement that includes descriptions of teaching philosophy, practical approaches, and a list of potential course offerings, and (3) a research statement that addresses current areas of expertise and future research agenda. The names and addresses (including email addresses) of three (3) referees should be provided. 

Submit all application materials (preferably in a single PDF file) to

Please direct questions to:
Dr. Sya Kedzior, Chair
Urban Geography Search Committee 

Review of completed applications begins 1 February 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. 

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 – 3401

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.