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Assistant Professor (Human Geographer)

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Boulder, Colorado





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Job Summary

​​The Department of Geography at the University of Colorado Boulder invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the Assistant Professor level in Health and Medical Geography with a particular focus on global public health or health outcomes in Global South contexts. Candidate should have a PhD or equivalent in Geography, Environmental Science, Sociology, Anthropology, Epidemiology, Global Health, Public Health, or related field that will have been received by August 2024 at the latest. The appointment will begin August 2024.
The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The Department of Geography is committed to a diverse, equitable and inclusive academic culture. As we strive to do our part in implementing the CU Boulder campus’ Inclusive, Diversity and Excellence in Academics plan, we embrace the goal of expanding access and participation of diverse and underrepresented communities in Earth science. Based on our departmental, university goals, and dedication to diversity and inclusive excellence, we particularly welcome applications from candidates whose background/expertise and commitment reflect this work within and among communities that are historically underrepresented in earth and environmental sciences. ​​

The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder is the intellectual core of the university, conducting research, scholarship, creative work and education in more than 60 fields. Our research generates new knowledge, solving some of the world’s most critical problems. The college leads nationally in undergraduate and graduate education, bringing world-class research and scholarship to our students, both in and out of the classroom. The college is the academic home to all five of the university’s Nobel laureates. Additionally, it is home to the university’s four National Medal of Science winners, eight MacArthur "Genius Award" winners, 100 Fulbright Scholars, 17 Guggenheim Fellows, 14 Packard Fellows, 24 members of the National Academy of Sciences, and 23 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. CU-Boulder is the only university in the Rocky Mountain region in the American Association of Universities, a group of the nation’s leading research institutions.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Teach undergraduate and graduate courses at both the lower and upper division levels according to the selected candidate’s expertise. ​
  • Periodically teach Seminars and Special Topics, and mentor Independent Study as needed. ​
  • Advise and mentor undergraduate and graduate students.
  • ​Develop a research program which includes extramural sources of funds and publishing in peer-reviewed national and international journals.
  • ​Support development of teaching and undergraduate degree programs for students interested in public health. ​Participate in University, College, and Department governance and service; participate in professional service and outreach activities.​​ ​
  • As part of the normal teaching load of three courses per year, the successful candidate will rotate into our current suite of public health courses, such as Foundations in Public Health (GEOG 2692), Introduction to Global Public Health (GEOG 3692), and Health and Medical Geography (GEOG 4852) as well as upper division classes in the candidate’s area of expertise. The timing of teaching of these courses will involve coordination with the public health certificate program ( Additionally, the candidate may help teach courses in quantitative methods and in regional courses about the areas of the world their research focuses on, as appropriate.

What You Should Know

  • We seek applicants with research areas that include but are not limited to spatial epidemiology, health care or healthcare work, health disparities relating to social, economic, or political inequities, or how global environmental change is affecting public health. We seek candidates whose scholarship and training focuses on quantitative research methods, and particularly are interested in those who use Geographic Information System (GIS), mapping, or remote sensing in their work. Scholars whose research focuses on public health in the global south will provide diverse perspectives and spatial analyses of public health crises and management. We strongly encourage candidates with an area focus in South American, Central American, or the Caribbean. ​
  • This position is part of a cluster hire at the University of Colorado Boulder to expand our teaching and research expertise within public health. As such, the successful candidate will support the ongoing development of undergraduate teaching in public health and creation of a research community within public health. ​
  • There are many interdisciplinary research institutes and centers on our campus that may interest prospective hires including the Institute of Behavioral Science, the Institute for Behavioral Genetics, the Colorado Population Center, the Health and Society program, EarthLab, the Renee Crown Wellness Institute, the Center for African and African American Studies, the Center for Asian Studies, the Center for Native American and Indigenous Studies, and the Latin American and Latinx Studies Center.
  • As part of the University of Colorado Boulder’s deep commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, the campus has implemented a reference check program with respect to final candidates for tenured faculty appointments. The reference check program is intended to allow CU Boulder to collect and review information about a candidate's conduct at their previous institutions, specifically conduct related to sexual misconduct, harassment, and/or discrimination – before making hiring decisions. All final candidates for tenured faculty appointments are required to complete an Authorization to Release Information.

What We Can Offer

The salary range for this full-time position is $85,000-$90,000 annually, and $6,000 allotted for moving expenses.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • PhD in Geography, Environmental Science, Sociology, Anthropology, Epidemiology, Global Health, Public Health or related field must be obtained by first day of employment.

What You Will Need

  • ​Ability to teach introductory and advanced courses in health and medical geography.
  • ​Potential to publish the results of original research in peer-reviewed journals, and develop an externally-funded research program.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.

What We Would Like You to Have

  • Interest and ability to strengthen the department’s commitment to increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the academy 
  • ​Interest and expertise in areas that complement the department’s existing strengths 
  • ​Ability to integrate current methods and techniques in research and teaching. 
  • ​The successful candidate is expected to show promise in raising external research funding and will demonstrate success supporting diversity and inclusive excellence through research, teaching, mentoring, or sponsoring relevant initiatives related to their scholarship or work.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume/CV
  3. Professional Publications
  4. Statement Describing Teaching Related Goals
  5. Statement Describing Research Related Goals
  6. Diversity and Inclusion Statement (1-2 pages):
    • Please articulate how your efforts or experience would help achieve campus and departmental inclusive excellence. ​
During the application process you will need to enter contact information for three references. We will request letters of recommendation and additional materials, if needed, as the search progresses. 

Full consideration will be given to applications that are submitted by October 28th, 2023.  Applications will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Colleen Reid

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