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TENNESSEE, KNOXVILLE 37996-0925. The Department of Geography at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, seeks a Professor and Head, to begin on June 1, 2021. Applicants must have the rank of full professor with tenure in the Department of Geography, leadership experience, an active research program, and a commitment to undergraduate and graduate education along with public outreach. The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity, intercultural, and social justice goals of the University. The successful candidate will facilitate and strengthen a vision for the Geography and its different programs as well as broaden the Department’s participation at the campus, discipline, and community levels. The candidate is encouraged to consider aligning the department vision with the implementation of VolVision 2020 (, including the strategic priorities in undergraduate education, graduate education, research, scholarship, creative activities and engagement, faculty and staff, resources and infrastructure, as well as diversity and inclusion.

The Department of Geography occupies the Burchfiel Geography Building at the heart of the Knoxville campus. The department consists of 14 full-time faculty, approximately 60 graduate students (MS and PhD), and 100 undergraduate majors, and is committed to maintaining research and teaching excellence in human geography, physical geography, GIScience, and sustainability. The department also participates in interdisciplinary degree programs in computational science, water resources, and environmental policy. To learn more about the department, visit:

Interested applicants should send a letter of application and a curriculum vitae and arrange to have three letters of reference to be sent to Richard Pacelle, Search Committee Chair, via email and in care of Pam Sharpe ( Review of applications will begin February 21, 2021, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the university. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), the ADA (disability), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity, 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone 865-974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.