Lecturer in Geographic Information Science Duties and Responsibilities:
The Department of Geography, Society, and Environment at the University of Minnesota invites applications for a full-time, 12-month, non-tenure track position at the rank of Lecturer with expertise in Geographic Information Science (GISc) to begin teaching in spring semester 2022. We are committed to attracting candidates from historically underrepresented groups knowing that diversity enriches the academic experience and provides a knowledge base for innovation.
We seek a dedicated educator in Geographic Information Science (GISc). We welcome applications from individuals working in any part of the field. We are especially interested in receiving applications from educators who complement our strengths in geovisualization and cartography; spatial analysis and modeling; and cyberinfrastructure and high performance computing; and who are interested in interfacing with one or more of our the department’s thematic areas of population and health; urban analysis; science, technology and society; Black and Latinx geographies; and human-environment dynamics, biogeography, and climate. In addition to North America, the department also has area foci including Europe, Latin America, the Islamic world, and East Asia.
The primary role of this Lecturer position is to provide high-quality GISc instruction with an emphasis on problem-based learning and active learning. The ideal candidate will help provide vision and leadership for the professional Masters of GISc program, the first such program in the country. The candidate will contribute to the undergraduate GIS programs, and will have an opportunity to develop curricular materials demonstrating how GIS and GISc can support diversity, equity, and inclusion in society.
This is a teaching intensive position but includes expectations for professional outreach and service including serving as Associate Director of the GeoCommons, our new collaborative teaching and learning space, and helping coordinate programming and activities for the GeoCommons. The candidate will establish relationships with individuals working in GIS in the public, private, non-profit, and governmental sectors in the state of Minnesota such as through the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium, and advise graduate and undergraduate students.
Provide high-quality instruction in GISc and GISc-related courses. This will include existing courses such as ArcGIS I, ArcGIS II, Principles of Cartography, and Advanced Cartography and Geovisualization as well as newly developed courses.
Maintain and update current course content and, if needed, develop new courses to meet programmatic needs and improve student success given new evolutions in geospatial data and technologies.
Create an inclusive learning environment for a population of students with diverse backgrounds and professional/personal interests.
Dependent upon course size, may supervise teaching assistants.
Continue growth within the profession, keep current with the field, and broaden knowledge and expertise through activities such as reading primary literature, attending workshops/presentations at local and national meetings, and participating in GISc related activities such as the MN GIS/LIS Consortium. It is expected that these efforts will enhance the Lecturer’s own teaching and will also benefit the wider GISc community through interaction between the Lecturer and colleagues.
20% Service and Professional Outreach
Provide service through participation in governance of GES, CLA, and/or the University through membership in committees and leadership in professional organizations.
Develop research, teaching, and public engagement related programming and activities for the GeoCommons including diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives in student-focused experiences and associated active learning modules that integrate geospatial technologies, and spatial thinking into in-class and out-of-class experiences.
Collaborate with U-Spatial and other units to strengthen GISc across the university including, for example, participating in the Esri Innovation Program (EIP) and coordinating licenses for GIS products
Provide guidance in instruction and course development to GES colleagues.
Advise students regarding both coursework and broader academic or career goals.
At the time of appointment, the candidate must:
demonstrate a commitment to supporting diverse and inclusive communities;
possess a Masters or PhD in GIScience, geography, or a related field;
have a record of teaching and student advising appropriate to career stage;
demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively with students, practitioners, and the public;
be proficient with geospatial tools, including ArcGIS Pro, QGIS, and other commercial and open source products in teaching and research settings;
Experience with cloud computing environments (e.g., AWS, Azure).
Strong interest in linking undergraduate and graduate research to classroom experiences so as to promote student engagement in research.
Interest and ability to conduct pedagogical research.
Interest and ability to cooperate with colleagues to develop grant proposals to advance funding for instruction and scholarship of teaching and learning.
Internal Number: 341847
About University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
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