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Visiting Faculty in Geography & Sustainable Planning

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Position type: FAC - Visiting Faculty - 1st Year - Academic Year
Location: Allendale
Categories: College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Summary:

The Department of Geography and Sustainable Planning invites applications for a one-year Visitor position in regional and cultural geography. The successful applicant may be required to teach courses in physical and regional geography, or a course in their specific area of topical expertise.  Applicants must be committed to undergraduate education and demonstrate excellence in teaching. Contingent on performance and academic needs, position may be renewed. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from women and candidates from underrepresented groups, and from candidates who have interest and/or experience in working with diverse student and community populations. The Department offers B.A. and B.S undergraduate degrees with emphases in Environment and Global Development, Climate Change Mitigation, Adaptation and Resiliency Planning, Geospatial Technology, and Urban and Regional Planning.

Required Qualifications and Education:

  • Ph.D. in geography with expertise in human and regional geography is preferred but not required.
  • GIS skills are not required but may be considered for potential teaching of GIS courses.
  • Strong classroom communication and interpersonal skills, such as the ability to interact with others with respect and empathy, and a commitment to undergraduate teaching in a university that emphasizes a high-quality liberal arts education. Applicants must address in their applications their ability and commitment to work with and instruct a culturally diverse population.

Preferred Qualifications and Education:  

  • Ph.D. in geography with expertise in human and regional geography.
  • GIS skills are considered a plus for potential teaching of GIS courses.
  • Research or other experiences in developing countries or countries other than the United States.

Responsibilities:

  • The successful applicant will teach a selection of courses in global, regional and cultural geography in the department. The normal course load for Visitor appointments is 4 x 4.
  • Summer teaching at supplementary salary is a possibility.

Salary/Benefits: The salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. The university offers an excellent comprehensive package that includes health plans, life insurance, retirement, sick/leave disability, tuition waiver, adoption resources, wellness coaching, and free access to campus fitness facilities. Family and child care options on and off-campus are also available. For a detailed description of benefits, please visit Visiting Faculty Benefits - Benefits and Wellness - Grand Valley State University (gvsu.edu).

Department/College:  The Geography and Sustainable Planning Department currently consists of ten faculty members and teaches a wide variety of courses.  The Department offers B.A. and B.S undergraduate degrees with emphases in Environment and Global Development, Climate Change Mitigation, Adaptation and Resiliency Planning, Geospatial Technology, and Urban and Regional Planning. Our research interests are varied and include climate change research, remote sensing, natural resource use and urban transportation and change. Our students are active with internships, research projects, community engagement, and student geography and planning club activities. We offer a dynamic and innovative academic environment that challenges both students and faculty to learn and open themselves to new ideas in an integrative way.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) is the largest college at Grand Valley, offering over 50 bachelor degrees and a growing number of advanced degrees in the natural and mathematical sciences, the fine arts and humanities, and the social sciences. CLAS is a student-centered and diverse learning community that engages in critical inquiry, extending knowledge to enrich and enliven individual and public life. Our faculty are active teacher-scholars committed to equitable, inclusive, career-connected, and community-engaged liberal arts and sciences education. There are many opportunities for collaboration within CLAS and across a broad group of partners on and off campus. We are interested in attracting a cohort of new faculty committed to these core values as we seek to foster a community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn, and thrive together.

Campus/University:  Grand Valley State University (GVSU) is a public comprehensive institution located in West Michigan with campuses in Allendale, downtown Grand Rapids, and Holland, plus centers in Detroit, Muskegon and Traverse City. The University attracts more than 23,000 undergraduate and graduate students with high quality programs and state-of-the-art facilities, and has been nationally recognized for innovativeness and its contribution to students’ social mobility. The greater Grand Rapids metropolitan area has a population of around one million people, is growing and vibrant, affordable, and offers rich cultural amenities. Grand Valley is located within easy driving distance of Chicago, Detroit, Lake Michigan beaches, and many other superb summer and winter recreational venues. Information can be found at Community Resources - Human Resources - Grand Valley State University (gvsu.edu). Grand Valley is highly rated for safety, sustainability, and veteran and LGBTQ friendliness, and is committed to supporting employees and their families in work-life balance.

How to Apply: A complete application must include: (1) a cover letter addressing qualifications and your motivation to teach at GVSU, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) statement on commitment to inclusive excellence that includes a summary of ongoing and anticipated activities to promote diversity, inclusion, and equity in your teaching, (4) contact information of three professional references, and (5) graduate transcripts. Grand Valley State University has a diverse student body and we encourage applications from individuals with a commitment to mentoring students underrepresented demographics in the sciences. Apply online at jobs.gvsu.edu and select “Apply now”. The online application will allow applicants to attach these documents electronically. Applicants selected for interviews will be required to submit official transcripts prior to the interview. If you need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215.

Application Deadline:  The review process will begin on June 1, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. The posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University.

Grand Valley State University has a COVID-19 Vaccine requirement that requires all faculty, staff and students to be vaccinated. New hires will be expected to adhere to the policy unless they are eligible for allowable exemptions or postponement. We will require proper documentation upon hire. Up-to-date information can be found on our Lakers Together website.

Grand Valley State University does not discriminate against students, faculty or staff in any of its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities. Grand Valley State University is guided by values for inclusiveness and community which are integral to our mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies, and to enrich the community through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. Members of the University community, including candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests, have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, which are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, veteran or active duty military status or weight. In addition, Grand Valley is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to ensure that none of its education programs and activities discriminate on the basis of sex/gender. Sex includes sex stereotypes, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and pregnancy or parenting status. The Office for Title IX and Institutional Equity serves as a resource for the GVSU community and assists individuals who may have been impacted by discrimination or harassment in connecting with resources, imposes measures that protect or support access to programs and activities, and oversees the university’s grievance process for allegations of discrimination and harassment. Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, 4015 Zumberge Hall, titleix@gvsu.edu, (616) 331-9530.

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. See www.gvsu.edu/affirmative/. TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center at 711 (in State) or 1-800-833-7833 (out of State)

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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