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Professor and Department Chair
Department of Geography

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

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.

Review of applications will begin on February 13, 2017, and continue until the position is filled. All candidate information will be held in strict confidence. Once campus interviews are scheduled, the names of those being interviewed will become public information.

About the College

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.

Instructions for Applying

All application materials must be submitted online at Refer to posting number 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.
  4. An official transcript for highest degree earned is required prior to the start of employment.

Nominations for candidates are welcome and can be forwarded to the Geography Search Committee Chair:

Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the Commonwealth of Virginia’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of more than $513 million.

Virginia Tech’s main campus is located in Blacksburg, Virginia, nestled in the heart of the beautiful Appalachian Mountains. The surrounding New River Valley offers the charm of a rural setting combined with the wide range of attractions of a thriving city and world-class university.

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