The Academic Job Market for Geographers: Strategies for Improving Career Preparation

Type: Panel
Sponsor Groups: Careers and Professional Development
Poster #:
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 5:00 PM (MDT)
Room: Studio 2, Marriott, 2nd Floor
Organizers: Mark Revell
Chairs: Denise Blanchard


Studying geography is excellent preparation for a wide range of teaching positions at all levels of education. This panel will address key issues affecting career opportunities for academic geographers and strategies for improving their preparation for employment as educators and scholars. The panelists in this session are educators, researchers, and aspiring academics with a wide range of experiences and perspectives.

Topics for discussion might include:

1) What are some of the important trends that are likely to have an impact on early-career geography faculty and teachers? For example, how are the current economic climate and projected retirements affecting the hiring and retention of geography faculty, instructors, researchers, and scholars?
2) How can aspiring academics equip themselves with the knowledge, skills, and perspectives they will need for successful careers in academia?
3) Which geographic subdisciplines and skills are in highest demand within the academic sector? What hiring trends can we expect to see over the next 10 years?
4) How do career opportunities and working environments for geographers differ among and within academic institutions, settings, and types of appointments?
5) How can geographers seeking employment in the academic sector enhance their competitiveness in a tight job market?
6) What are some alternatives to a traditional faculty career for Ph.D. geographers?

Time will be reserved to address questions and comments from members of the audience.


Type Details Minutes
Discussant Marcello Graziano Central Michigan University 15
Panelist Hannah Torres University of Central Florida 15
Panelist Saskia Van De Gevel Appalachian State University 15
Panelist Paul McDaniel Kennesaw State University 15
Panelist Trushna Parekh Texas Southern University 15
Panelist Elizabeth Mack Michigan State University 15

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