This has been a banner year for tenure-track faculty jobs of interest to the historical GIS and environmental history communities. I have never seen so many environmental history job postings as are out right now, and three of them specify some aspect of HGIS as an additional qualification. I’ll highlight our own advertisement here at the University of Saskatchewan:
The Department of History at the University of Saskatchewan invites applications for a tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor specializing in Environmental History, to begin July 1, 2013. We seek a scholar who will strengthen and broaden our existing expertise in Environmental History. Temporal, geographical, and thematic specializations are open, but we welcome linkages to current areas of research strength within the Department, including Native-Newcomer relations; the North American Great Plains; twentieth-century politics, policy, and culture; the history of science and medicine; and the history of gender and sexuality. The successful candidate will be welcome to foster connections with the School of Environment and Sustainability; the Global Institute for Water Security; the One Health Initiative; the School of Public Health, or the Historical GIS Laboratory. Click here to see the full job advertisement.
Two other current two faculty job advertisements ask for a specialization in geospatial history:
The Department of History at Idaho State University seeks a tenure track, assistant professor in digital history, focusing on historical GIS. The field of specialization is open, though preference is towards candidates who will reinforce department strengths in environmental history, women’s history, transnational history, or the North American West. Click here to see the full job advertisement in this department that offers a specialized Master’s degree in Historical GIS.
The Department of History at Central Michigan University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in Environmental History to begin August 2013. A secondary field in public history is preferred. The successful candidate will teach comparative environmental history from the Neolithic to the present as part of a three-course load each semester. Ability to use geospatial technology is required. Click here to see the full job advertisement.
You can view three dozen other environmental history job ads at the H-Net’s Job Guide.
Clearly environmental history is now a normal position title in most North American universities, and more departments every year are linking geospatial skills with environmental history postings.