Posted on: 6 November, 2018
Application deadline: January 1, 2019

Funded MA position in Climate Change Education, West Virginia University, USA

1 Funded MA position in Geography focusing on Climate Change Education – how to incorporate social factors that shape personal beliefs and perceptions  – in Appalachia.


The Department of Geology and Geography at West Virginia University is seeking  one highly qualified and motivated Masters student with research interests in climate change education and perceptions.  The graduate students will work on campus-based projects to better understand social factors that shape personal beliefs and perceptions of climate change among students. This grant-funded project is a cross-disciplinary collaboration between the Hydrofeminist Lab and the Mountain Hydrology Lab in the WVU School of Natural Resources.  As such, the student will be expected to communicate and collaborate across social and natural sciences.

Candidates with an undergraduate degree in geography, environmental science, anthropology, sociology, women and gender studies, natural resource management or related fields are strongly encouraged to apply.  A background in mixed and/or qualitative methods is preferable. Willingness to work in interdisciplinary research projects is required. Potential candidates should demonstrate an ability and willingness to collaboratively conduct tasks such as: literature reviews, research design, field-based data collection and analysis (e.g. surveys, focus groups, and participant observation), community-oriented science communication and writing high quality peer-reviewed manuscripts. In addition to the specific qualifications for these positions, potential candidates must meet the admission standards and be fully accepted into the Geology & Geography Department at WVU. Applicants must submit a CV and research statement addressing specific interests and qualifications for the potential research topics outlined above. Transcripts and test scores are due December 15th, and completed applications are due January 1st.

Funding includes a stipend, tuition waiver, and health benefits. Funding for second year dependent on performance. Please direct serious inquiries only to Dr. Martina Angela Caretta ( at

West Virginia University is a public land-grant research-intensive (R1) institution and West Virginia’s flagship university since its establishment in 1867. The Department of Geology and Geography ( offers a 2-year MS and MA program and a 4-year PhD.

Dr. Martina Angela Caretta, Assistant Professor

West Virginia University, Department of Geology & Geography

Brooks Hall, Office 349, PO Box 6300

Morgantown, WV 26506

Ph + 1 304 293 11 07   Fx + 1 304.293.6522