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Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: Professor and Department Chair
Faculty Rank: Professor
Posting Number: TR0160181
About Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Summary:

The Department of Geography at Virginia Tech is seeking a visionary and energetic individual to serve as professor and department chair. This is a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track position available July 1, 2017. The successful candidate will have a record of effective leadership and a portfolio of teaching, discovery, and engagement successes in geography or a closely related field. The department chair will promote a collaborative vision and oversee the department’s human, fiscal, and physical resources. Currently, the department is comprised of two staff and 17 full-time faculty members who serve 302 undergraduate students and 25 graduate students. The department chair reports to the dean of the College of Natural Resources and Environment and serves on the dean’s leadership team.

The Department of Geography offers the B.A. in Geography, the B.S. in Meteorology, and the M.S. in Geography. Faculty in the department also advise Ph.D. students through the college’s doctoral program in Geospatial and Environmental Analysis. The Department of Geography is situated in the College of Natural Resources and Environment, which is ranked the No. 1 program in the nation for natural resources and conservation by USA Today for the second straight year. More information on the Department of Geography can be found at

The College of Natural Resources and Environment is one of eight colleges at Virginia Tech. Composed of 150 faculty and staff, 1,000 students, $15 million in annual research expenditures and a $25 million budget, more than 20 research centers, and strong and innovative academic programs across four academic departments, the college is a North American and international leader in advancing the science of sustainability through its work in Geography, Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation, Sustainable Biomaterials, and Fish and Wildlife Conservation. See for more information on the college.

In the spirit of Virginia Tech’s strong commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusion, the Department of Geography seeks a broad spectrum of candidates, including women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities desiring adjustments in the application process should notify the search committee chair by the application deadline.

Required Qualifications:

Candidates must have: (1) a Ph.D. in Geography or a closely related field; (2) teaching, discovery, and engagement accomplishments commensurate with expectations for tenure at the rank of professor; (3) experience and/or potential in leading highly engaged research and teaching programs; (4) evidence of a broad view and appreciation of the field of geography as encompassing both human and physical geography and meteorology; and (5) a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Preferred Qualifications:

In addition to the above required qualifications, it is preferred that candidates have: (1) a record of success in leading program design, implementation, and management; (2) experience supporting faculty with diverse areas of expertise; (3) evidence of successful interaction with stakeholder groups, including collaboration with others in fostering private support for departmental programs; (4) demonstrated ability to foster open and transparent communication; (5) an advanced degree in Geography; (6) an understanding of current and emerging trends in the fields represented in the department; and (7) enthusiasm for working within the context of the three-part mission of a land-grant university.

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How to Apply for this Job:

All application materials must be submitted online at, posting TR0160181.

Applications should include the following information: (1) curriculum vitae, (2) a cover letter expressing a statement of interest in the position and description of the candidate’s leadership philosophy as it relates to the Department of Geography, (3) the names, titles, and complete contact information for 3-5 references.

References will not be contacted until the later stages of the screening process and semi-finalists will be notified before we contact references, and an official transcript for highest degree earned is required prior to the start of employment for selected candidate.

Review of applications will begin February 13, 2017.

A resource website for this search can be found at

Nominations for candidates are welcome and can be forwarded to:

Dr. Jay Sullivan, Chair
Geography Department Chair Search Committee
Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation
College of Natural Resources and Environment
Cheatham Hall, Room 313 (0324)
310 West Campus Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Phone: 540-231-4356

Employee Category: Instructional/Research Faculty
Appointment Type: Regular
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FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Tenure Status: Tenure Track
Academic Year or Calendar Year? Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Pay Range: Commensurate with education and experience
Department: Geography
Work Location: Blacksburg
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Job Posting Date: 12/14/2016
Review Begin Date: 02/13/2017
Job Close Date: (if applicable)
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Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
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