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Visiting Faculty Position in Regional and Human Geography
Grand Valley State University

Date Posted May 24, 2022
Title Visiting Faculty Position in Regional and Human Geography
University Grand Valley State University
Allendale, MI, United States
Department Geography and Sustainable Planning
Application Deadline Open Until Filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Visiting Professor
  • Geography

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:
Graduate degree in geography with expertise in human or regional geography.
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.
Ability to teach traditional and online format courses.
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.

The successful applicant will teach a selection of courses in global, regional and cultural geography in the
department. Teaching format will be mostly traditional classroom teaching, with one course per
semester taught online. The normal course load for Visitor appointments is 4 x 4. Summer teaching at
supplementary salary is a possibility.

The salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. The university offers an excellent comprehensive package that includes health/vision/dental 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 (

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 ( 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 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. Email questions about the position to: James Penn, Chair

Application Deadline: The review process will begin on June 12, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. The posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University.

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Contact Information

  • Jim Penn
    Geography and Sustainable Planning
    Grand Valley State University
    MAK B-4-105 1 Campus Dr
    Allendale, MI 49401
  • 616-331-3065


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