Director, School of Geography and Development
University of Arizona - Tucson, AZ

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3008-School of Geography and Development


College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

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Exempt / Non-Exempt



Appointed: Administrator

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Maria Swarts

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Documents required to be attached electronically with this application

Letter of Interest Statement of Research and Teaching Interests Curriculum Vitae Writing Sample 1

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The statement of research and teaching interests should also include a section on administration. The letter of interest should include discussion of the vision for geography within a large public university, and strategies for building on the School's achievements in bringing together the human and physical sides of geography in an intellectually creative environment.

Position Summary

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, University of Arizona, invites applications for the position of Director of the School of Geography and Development (SGD). The position will begin August 2013 (negotiable). The Director is expected to advance the School's mission by attracting, mentoring, and retaining the highest quality faculty, expanding and broadening the School's research activities and funding, maintaining innovative educational programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and fostering public engagement and outreach. Field of specialization for this position is open, but preference will be given to candidates who have been broadly trained, who value the full range of theories and methods that geographers employ, who have strong commitments to interdisciplinary engagement, and who complement the School's existing strengths. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in Geography or related field, with academic achievements commensurate with appointment as a full professor with tenure; a distinguished record of scholarship and academic achievement, including mentoring students; and demonstrated leadership and administrative skills and experience. As a faculty member, the successful candidate will be expected to maintain a strong and productive research program, direct graduate research, exhibit excellence in graduate and undergraduate teaching, and demonstrate commitments to service to the university and public engagement and outreach. The University of Arizona is a top-ranked, research-intensive, land-grant university that embraces a distinctive interdisciplinary culture and tradition in which the School of Geography and Development is a valued collaborator. The School is a vibrant and diverse working and learning environment, with 25 regular faculty, 25-30 adjunct and affiliated faculty, over 220 undergraduate majors, and 100 graduate and professional students. We offer four undergraduate degrees: BA and BS in Geography, BS in Regional Development, and BA in Environmental Studies, as well as undergraduate minors in Geography, Regional Development, Geographic Information Science, and Environmental Studies. We offer graduate degrees in Geography, both MA and PhD, and also two professional master's degrees, in Geographic Information Systems Technology and in Development Practice. Further information about SGD can be found at Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. As an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, the University of Arizona recognizes the power of a diverse community and encourages applications from individuals with varied experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds. Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support and promote the vision, mission, and values of the University of Arizona and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. *Lead a team of strong and diverse individuals, and provide guidance on issues including recruitment, retention, management and development of faculty and staff. *Champion the teaching mission of the School's interdisciplinary teaching programs. *Ensure a strong research focus for the School and advance research funding and reputation. *Maintain relationships of trust, collaboration and respect between faculty, students, administration, and the community. *Enhance development/fundraising. *Work to develop multi-disciplinary relationships and partnerships with other areas of the University of Arizona. *Enhance the diversity of faculty and staff, reflecting the diverse communities served by the department. *Other responsibilities as assigned.
Arizona Board of Regents Minimum Qualifications

Not applicable for this position.

Additional Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Geography or related field. * Rank of Associate or Full Professor. * Proven leadership experience. * Interdisciplinary outlook.
Preferred Qualifications

  • A nationally or internationally recognized program of research. *A successful record of fundraising. *Administrative experience at a University setting. *Successful application for extramural funding.
Pre-employment Screening Requirements

The University of Arizona conducts pre-employment screening for all positions, which includes a criminal background check, verification of academic credentials, licenses, certifications, and work history. In addition, a check of names and identification documents is conducted on all new employees to ensure they are legally authorized to work in the United States.

What kind of criminal background check is required for this position?

This position is security sensitive due to title or department and requires a finger-print criminal background check

Supplemental Pre-Employment Screening


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