Assistant Professor - Physical Geography

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The Department of Geography at Oklahoma State University seeks a broadly trained PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHER specializing in atmospheric dynamics or climate science for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position beginning in August 2022. The successful candidate is expected to develop and maintain an externally funded research program that supports OSU’s land grant mission. A strong candidate with a modeling background or interest in fostering cutting-edge convergent research on global environmental change, which combines the scientific and human aspects of climate science, is desirable. The Department places a high value on interdisciplinary scholarship. Opportunities exist for collaborative research within the Department and through campus centers focused on energy, water resources, unmanned aerial systems, and transdisciplinary climate science research.

We seek candidates who can create inclusive learning environments for our increasingly diverse student population. A commitment to active pedagogy, student success, and excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching is essential. Desired qualities include an ability to teach graduate and undergraduate courses such as Physical Geography, Meteorology, Climate Change & Humanity and/or a seminar related to the candidate’s area of specialization. The position also entails service at the department, college, and university level. A PhD in Geography or a related field is expected at the time of appointment. 

OSU Geography is a doctoral-granting department housed in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) with 15 full-time faculty members, 70 undergraduate majors, and 25 graduate students. The Department offers undergraduate degrees in Geography, Geospatial Information Science, and Global Studies as well as graduate degrees (MS and PhD) in Geography. Oklahoma State University is a comprehensive, land-grant, Carnegie Tier 1 research institution with more than 24,000 students from all 50 states and more than 120 countries. Since 2010, OSU leads the nation among public land-grant colleges and universities for Native Americans who have completed degrees. It has also been nationally recognized for its commitment to diversity and service to veterans. OSU’s attractive main campus is in Stillwater, a one-hour drive from either Oklahoma City or Tulsa. Stillwater has an historic downtown, regional airport with daily flights to/from Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), highly rated public schools, and the newly opened McKnight Center for the Performing Arts.  

OSU places a strong emphasis on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). We especially value a welcoming and inclusive environment that fosters a sense of belonging. For the complete statement about DEI see As an equal opportunity employer, OSU complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The university is committed to equal opportunity and does not discriminate based on race, religion, age, sex, color, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or veteran status with respect to employment, educational programs and activities, and/or admissions. For more information, visit

Applicants must submit the following materials: (1) letter of application describing their research and teaching experience and interest in the position, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) statement of research agenda, (4) statement of teaching philosophy, (5) statement on DEI, and (6) contact information for three professional references. Candidates are encouraged to include evidence of teaching effectiveness such as sample syllabi and/or course evaluations.

Review of applications will begin on October 27, 2021, however applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The position is contingent upon available funding. Further information is available on the department website: Any questions may be directed to Dr. Thomas Wikle, Search Committee Chair,