Professor of Geography, School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts

Clayton, Monash, Australia
21 Feb 2017
End of advertisement period
07 May 2017
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Geography
Contract Type
Full Time
  • Make your mark in leading the geography discipline within the Faculty of Arts at Australia's largest university
  • Strategically and collaboratively drive the vision and growth of research-led teaching in Human Geography in a multidisciplinary context
  • Clayton campus

The University

Monash University seeks to improve the human condition by advancing knowledge and fostering creativity. It does so through research and education and a commitment to social justice, human rights and a sustainable environment.

The Opportunity

Monash is seeking to appoint an outstanding candidate as Professor of Geography, with the strategic vision and leadership capacity to steer the future direction of the Geography discipline in the Faculty of Arts. The faculty is one of the largest, most diverse and dynamic arts faculties in Australia. The School of Social Sciences is diverse and vibrant and encourages the development of cutting-edge studies that operate at the intersection of traditional academic disciplines. The position forms part of the leadership team of the School of Social Sciences and the Faculty of Arts, and is expected to work closely with colleagues across disciplines within the University and externally. The Human Geography teaching program currently includes 8 undergraduate and 11 postgraduate units.

The role reports to the Head, School of Social Sciences and will be well supported by the school and faculty's professoriate and leadership teams and a small team of established and highly credentialed academic staff with specialist expertise in human geography. 

This is a unique opportunity to lead and develop the discipline and the incumbent will work strategically and collaboratively with a diverse team to communicate the vision and drive the growth and development of the geography discipline within the school and across the faculty and University. We expect the candidate to make a number of new appointments to grow the discipline.

Candidates will have a research doctorate in social scientific geography and a relevant and dynamic research and teaching profile. Multidisciplinary approaches and new theoretical engagements will be highly regarded. In addition to a track record of academic leadership and an outstanding research record in publications and external competitive grants, candidates should demonstrate a strong teaching history, including curriculum design and innovation, and a record of successful postgraduate supervision.

The external advisory panel, including Professor Gordon Clark and Professor Ruth Fincher, are enthusiastic to make an appointment to drive the growth of the geography discipline.


The appointment will be on a continuing basis.

The Benefits

A competitive remuneration package will be negotiable for an outstanding candidate. Relocation travel, removal allowance and salary packaging are available.

Monash offers a range of professional development programs, support for research, study and overseas work, generous parental leave and flexible work arrangements.

Enquiries only to

Confidential enquiries may be made to Professor Rae Frances, Dean of Arts, Faculty of Arts, +61 3 9905 2100, email OR Associate Professor Dharmalingam Arunachalam Acting Head of School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, +61 3 9905 2357, email

Position Description

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Closing Date

Sunday, 7th May 2017, 11:55pm AEDT

The University reserves the right to appoint by invitation.

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