The Academic Job Market for Geographers

Type: Virtual Panel
Sponsor Groups: Careers and Professional Development
Poster #:
Day: 4/8/2021
Start / End Time: 9:35 AM / 10:50 AM (PDT)
Room: Virtual 1
Organizers: Kenneth Foote, Mark Revell
Chairs: Kenneth Foote


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 budget cuts 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 5-10 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 Start Time
Panelist Paul McDaniel Kennesaw State University 15 9:35 AM
Panelist Jennifer Collins University of South Florida 15 9:50 AM
Panelist Patrick Shabram Front Range Community College 15 10:05 AM
Panelist Toni Alexander Southeast Missouri State University 15 10:20 AM
Panelist LaToya Eaves University of Tennessee 15 10:35 AM

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