Assistant Professor in Human Geography The National Institute of Education Singapore

Assistant Professor in Human Geography (Humanities & Social Studies Education Academic Group)


The National Institute of Education (NIE) is among the world’s top education institutes, recognised for its excellence in teacher education and educational research.  NIE has played a key and pivotal role in shaping and developing Singapore’s teaching profession and landscape through evidence-informed, practice-focused and values-based programmes and initiatives. 

An autonomous institute situated within the research-intensive Nanyang Technological University, NIE is consistently ranked within the top 15 in the world for research impact in the field of Education.

The Humanities & Social Studies Education (HSSE) Academic Group at the National Institute of Education in Singapore combines the expertise of scholars and experienced education specialists in history, geography and social studies to deliver impactful research and teacher education programmes. We offer an extensive range of courses focused on both classroom pedagogy and disciplinary content relevant to history, geography, and social studies educators, curriculum specialists, undergraduate teaching scholars and higher degree students. HSSE scholarship in educational practice ─ as well as in the disciplines of history, geography, and social studies ─ is relevant to a range of 21st Century issues fundamental to the preparation of professionals interested in academic careers, school leadership and educational specialisations. HSSE also has several collaborative projects focused on digital humanities, sustainability, and disciplinary thinking that focus on innovations designed to lead practice and guide change in education. 

HSSE Academic Group intends to appoint a tenure-track Assistant Professorship for a broadly-trained Human Geographer, with preferred specializations in any of the following:

•             Health Geography.

•             Climate Change Adaptation in Developing Countries.

•             Sustainability, Poverty, and Inequality.

This position provides opportunity to conduct research in the applicant’s area of specialization and teach geography content at the world #11 ranked university (QS World University Rankings). In addition, there are unique opportunities to link content and geographic education research through the Sustainability Learning Lab ( and the IoT@NIE Learning Lab.  




Successful candidates must have:


  • A PhD in Geography, with specialization in a combination of the areas above strongly preferred, from an internationally acclaimed institution at the time of appointment.
  • Experience with, and an ability to teach, GIS, remote sensing, statistics, and geographic techniques.
  • An ability to bridge between human and physical geography and teach collaborative courses that integrate both human and physical geography, and when necessary, teach selected physical geography courses.
  • A good track record in research, including publication, and / or a promising trajectory in research and publication.
  • Demonstrated experience conducting field research in Southeast Asia.
  • Demonstrated experience leading undergraduate field research.
  • A good track record in teaching both undergraduate and graduate levels as well as in-service professional development courses.
  • Familiarity with the Singapore geography curriculum and the Singapore education system (strongly preferred).
  • Experience working and conducting health research with NGOs / not-for-profits in Southeast Asia.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and technology skills and dedication to academic teaching excellence and collegiality.




Successful candidates will be expected to:


  • Conduct scholarship and build a strong research and publication record.
  • Teach undergraduate-level, post-graduate level and in-service professional development courses in Geography.
  • Supervise and mentor undergraduate pre-service teachers in their school teaching practice and capstone Geography fieldwork and research projects.
  • Supervise Masters and PhD dissertation work.
  • Undertake any administrative duties required as exigency of service. 




Applicants should complete and submit the following items to :


Head, Human Resource Department
National Institute of Education
1 Nanyang Walk, 4th Storey Administration Building
Singapore 637616

  • Application Form for Academic Positions (
  • A research statement
  • A teaching statement
  • A detailed curriculum vitae including a publication list, three writing samples and names of three referees and your desired starting date of employment
  • List of your best publications
  • Any other documents beyond those listed here or requested on the application form that demonstrate your qualifications and credentials


Closing Date


This position will remain open until filled.


Other Information


More information on HSSE can be found at


For enquiries, interested applicants may write to A/P Ivy Maria Lim at    

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