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Assistant Professor search in Latinx Geographies

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The Department of Geography and Department of Latino and Caribbean Studies at Rutgers University are pleased to announce a search taking place this fall for a Tenure Track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of Latinx Geographies. We are specifically interested in appointing a scholar who uses critical cartography or related methods of spatial analysis to understand the historical and contemporary experiences of variously constituted Latinx communities in relation to pressing environmental and social transformations at multiple scales. The search will seek a candidate whose appointment would be split between Geography and LCS, and whose teaching and research interests offer innovative theoretical or methodological perspectives that contribute to the emergent subfield of Latinx Geographies using critical spatial methods that directly engage with Latinx Studies. Topical areas might include, for example, carceral geographies, environmental justice, food systems, health, housing, urbanisms, labor geography, or migration and (im)mobilities. We will give preference to a candidate whose interests complement and build upon the existing profile of Geography and LCS faculty and whose scholarship reflects empirical and theoretical rigor. We will also give preference to a candidate who can help diversify our faculty or draw a more diverse student body to our respective disciplines. The candidate will be expected to teach and to advise students at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the relevant fields of Geography and Latino and Caribbean Studies. A demonstration of excellence in scholarly research is required.

Rutgers University offers a dynamic and diverse intellectual environment with multiple interdisciplinary centers connected to the study of Latinx populations, including the Center for Cultural Analysis, Center for Historical Analysis,Center for Race and Ethnicity, Institute for Research on Women, and Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities. Rutgers Geography, founded in 1949, has eleven core and seventeen additional graduate faculty. The department is built on a tradition of critical spatial analysis across the discipline‚Äôs subfields and draws from decades of collaboration with area studies and interdisciplinary units on campus, including LCS. LCS currently has twelve core faculty and thirty faculty affiliates. Founded in 1970, LCS aims to promote interdisciplinary and transnational approaches to studying how Latinx populations have been and continue to be shaped by the legacies of colonialism, slavery, and globalization, as well as social, artistic, and intellectual mobilization in response to these legacies. This joint search builds on growing student interest in exploring Latinx justice through critical spatial methods in specific response to contemporary concerns about race and class polarization and fragmentation, resurgent ethno-nationalisms, and environmental vulnerability, globally and in the US.

The anticipated start date for this position is September 1, 2020. Additional information about the Department of Geography and the Department Latino and Caribbean Studies and Rutgers University can be found at geography.rutgers.eduand lcs.rutgers.edu.

QUALIFICATIONS

Required qualifications: A PhD in Geography or a related field such as American Studies, Anthropology, Chicano/Latino Studies, Environmental Studies, Ethnic Studies, Sociology, Urban Studies, or Urban Planning.

Desired qualifications: teaching experience in a college or university setting in Geography or a related discipline; demonstrated capacity to secure external research funding; experience advising graduate students or preparedness to begin such responsibilities.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

The online application portal can be found at: http://jobs.rutgers.edu/postings/101886

Application materials include: cover letter, CV, a combined statement of research, teaching, and contributions to diversity, two writing samples, and a list of three references. 

For additional information about the position or the application process, please contact Asher Ghertner (a.ghertner@rutgers.edu), Search Committee Chair. Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2019.