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September 24, 2006

job listings - academic

If you are a UMN geography grad student on the job market, you should consider joining the departmental job listserve. You’ll get frequent (hoo boy!) emails with job postings, and while these always also appear in the listings below, sometimes you’ll see them sooner in the UMN listserve, because they come through professorial email channels before they are actually advertised. Visit to subscribe.

Online job boards are of two types: those maintained by discipline-specific professional societies (or people in them); and broad listings of academic jobs maintained by organizations or companies involved in higher education. Most if not all are searchable in various ways – type of job, location, etc.

Professional Societies:

The Association of American Geographers, AAG, maintains an online job list that is the same as the one that appears in the print newsletter (except that it is updated more frequently, about once a week). Sorry, "Jobs in Geography" (JIG) is available for AAG members only. Click on; then click the Jobs/Careers tab and select “Jobs in Geography." These are organized by AAG region, and new listings are starred, which makes it easy to see what is new.

The Canadian Association of Geographers’ list serve (CAGLIST) contains (among other things) a job list that is maintained by the Geography Department at the University of Victoria. You can subscribe to the list to get email notifications.

The American Anthropological Association’s main job page is at: There is a link to search the database. Search criteria are optional, but jobs are listed by date of posting, so it’s easy to see what is new. There is also a link to “Tips for Job Seekers,? which is a page of instructions on how to use AAA’s database. This tips page also has links for setting up automatic email notifications and posting your resume.

For those interested in urban studies or urban planning jobs, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning maintains a job list at These are listed in reverse chronological order by date of posting (most recent postings first). We see listings here that we don’t see on other lists, so if you are an urban geographer, this page is worth checking out. For urban affairs more generally, check out the listings of the Urban Affairs Association at

Non-discipline Specific Job Listings:

The “big board? is at Chronicles of Higher Education, There are thousands of postings here, so you really have to filter your search. The search-by-location function is a disappointment: first by state, and then by institution rather than discipline. Searching by discipline is much better, and it’s worth a browse to see what related disciplines you might consider searching. The “create a search agent? function generates emails with new postings based on criteria you choose.

A commercial site is This site indexes a lot of administrative jobs, so searching by “faculty? and then by discipline is probably the most efficient method (geography is under “science? in the disciplines list).

H-Net is the Humanities and Social Sciences Online community, hosted by Michigan State. The job board is at Choose “Browse for Jobs? on the left, and then choose a field category to browse. This list is extremely well cross-indexed; in each category you’ll find “major? listings, then related listings.

As always, if you find errors here, please let us know in the comments section.

How to use this blog

Unlike many blogs, which are essentially on-line diaries (and hence chronological), this blog provides job-search information by topic. Ignore the dates: they are meaningless. Entries will be updated when we have new information to add to the topic.

A world of gratitude to the people who collected resources and shared them. And thanks to the UMN library system for hosting this blog. (Shane, you rock!)

Please feel free to comment if there are links that don't work or information that is incorrect or outdated, or if you have information you would like to add. We'll update entries periodically using information from the comments.


This site is a collaborative project of some geography grad students at the University of Minnesota. Our aim is to provide annotated links to information about job-hunting for academic and industry jobs for geography graduate students.

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