Academic and Faculty

Social Science

School of Arts & Sciences


Instructor or Assistant Professor of Geography

Rank and Tenure Status Dependent on Qualifications

The Department of Social Science at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Missouri, invites applications for an Instructor or Assistant Professor of Geography position beginning August of 2015; rank and tenure status dependent on qualifications.  The position seeks a broadly trained human geographer.

This appointment consist of is a twelve-hour teaching load per semester with course load to include some combination of introductory courses, such as: Introduction to Geography, Human Geography, World Regional Geography, or/and Physical Geography, as well as upper-level courses depending on the successful applicant’s teaching interests. All areas of specialization within human geography will be considered. Of particular interest is a human geographer who uses GIS and remote sensing in his or her research and is willing to teach GIS at the undergraduate level. Regional/Topical area of interest is also open and the desire to develop new courses in the applicant’s area of interest is encouraged. 

Qualifications: Doctoral degree in geography is preferred, ABD considered.

The position requires a commitment to teaching excellence at the undergraduate level. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Applicants must apply online at; include the title “Geography – Assistant Professor” in the subject line.  Applicants should submit a detailed letter of application, curriculum vitae (with the names, addresses, email addresses and phone numbers of three references), and copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts. (Official transcripts are required 45 days after contract is issued.)  Employment will require a background check.

MSSU is an EOE employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among faculty and staff.  Must be eligible to work in the United States. E-Verify participating employer.


Adjunct Instructors

Missouri Southern State University is seeking  Adjunct Instructors to teach on campus and on-line courses in the areas of Political Science, Paralegal Studies and Sociology, beginning January 2015.  Successful applicants must have a Master’s degree in the related discipline area (PhD preferred).  Certification in certain fields may also be accepted depending on subject matter.   

Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae with the names, addresses, email and phone numbers of three references, and unofficial transcripts to and indicate the position title in the subject line. Official transcripts are required within 45 days of hire.  Application review begins immediately and will continue until the position(s) has been filled. Employment will require a background check. 

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