Assistant Professor — Climate Change Studies, University of New Mexico

The Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of New Mexico (UNM) invites applications for a probationary appointment leading to a tenure decision at the rank of Assistant Professor. The successful candidate will contribute to research, teaching and academic life in the department and will have expertise in Climate Change Studies.

Candidates should be capable of teaching courses in multiple areas within our curriculum, and of supporting MS and PhD students in research projects that may range from environmental resource management to Geographic Information Science, while maintaining an active research agenda related to understanding climate change. We are searching for someone who works at the intersection of climate change science and human responses to climate change impacts. In particular, research should address ramifications of climate impacts on human populations, which may include adaptation, migration, and marginalization. Salary is competitive and based on experience. Applicants who are appointed to a UNM continuing faculty position are required to provide an official certification of successful completion of all PhD degree requirements prior to their initial appointment with UNM.

The successful candidate will be joining a vibrant department whose faculty teach and research across the breadth of geography and environmental studies. We provide innovative curricular programs that are relevant to current, real-world problems, and that are strongly coupled with our individual research expertise. We enjoy a variety of collaborative partnerships with other units and scholars across campus. Our new PhD program, launched in 2019, is a joint effort with the Department of Geography at New Mexico State University. As New Mexico’s flagship university, UNM is committed to diversity and excellence in research and teaching. The university has a Carnegie Very High Research Activity (R1) designation, and has several research programs of interest to climate change scholars, including focus areas in ecology and climatology; regional resource economics, water, and environment; environmental economics; and art and ecology.

UNM is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected status. The university is one of nine R1 universities designated as Hispanic-Serving Institutes, and one of just two that are designated Minority Serving Institutes. UNM has the highest enrollment of Native American students of any US university.

Minimum qualifications: this position requires a PhD in Geography or a related field to be completed by July 1, 2020, and the ability to join the UNM faculty in Fall 2020.

Preferred qualifications: strong applications will demonstrate evidence of:

  • an active research agenda that addresses ramifications of climate impacts on human populations, which may include adaptation, migration, and marginalization along lines of class, race, gender, sexuality, nationality, or other factors
  • methodological capabilities in political ecology, environmental policy, climate science, water resources management, human geography, physical geography, and/or mixed-methods approaches to geospatial analysis
  • regional expertise that complements departmental and university strengths in Latin America and the U.S. Southwest
  • experience in undergraduate and graduate teaching
  • the capacity to advise and direct graduate students
  • a demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion, and student success as well as working with broadly diverse communities

Application instructions

Applicants should apply online at UNMjobs. A complete application consists of

  • a cover letter that describes the applicant's interest in the position, their research agenda, their teaching philosophy, and their understanding of diversity in higher education
  • a current curriculum vitae
  • from one to three publications
  • contact information for three professional references

Applications must be received by November 15 2019 for best consideration. Please note that you must complete the application in full prior to submission.

Questions can be addressed to Prof Benjamin P Warner via email (, or postal mail (Department of Geography & Environmental Studies, MSC 01-1110, 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131).

Applicants who are appointed to a UNM faculty position are required to provide an official certification of successful completion of all degree requirements prior to their initial employment with UNM.

For best consideration, please apply by 15 November 2019. This position will remain open until filled.