Lecturer and Director of GIS and Cartographic Laboratories
Anticipated Start Date:
August 14, 2021
About the Position:
The Department of Geography and Environmental Systems at the University of Maryland Baltimore County invites individuals with strong Geospatial expertise to apply to our open position. The position is a 50/50 split between teaching and management of the department’s geospatial labs. The successful candidate is expected to teach a lab and field-based course that makes extensive use of introductory GIS, environmental science, and basic field sampling techniques. The successful candidate will manage the department’s two computer labs (54 seats), which serve several hundred students each year. Teaching experience in GIS and experience in managing geospatial computing infrastructure is required. Experience in cartographic design and visualization, advanced geospatial analysis, or GIS programming is preferred. Please note that this is not a tenure track or research faculty position, but is a multi-year fixed-term position with potential for advancement.
The successful candidate will teach GES 286 (Introduction to the Environment: A Geospatial Perspective) each Fall and Spring semester with two or three lab sections (30 students each), along with directing GIS/Cartographic Internships (GES 482/483) for undergraduate students. The ability to communicate geospatial topics to undergraduate audiences, assist with class curricula development, and a familiarity with a variety of geospatial applications such as ArcGIS and QGIS is required. Additional knowledge related to associated software such as Microsoft Office, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, ENVI, Microsoft Office, Python, and R, is highly preferred.
Responsibilities also include supervising undergraduate student lab assistants and managing lab equipment. The successful candidate should be able to maintain Windows computer software and hardware, a variety of geospatial software packages, and computer software licenses. They will need to manage the department plotting and printing resources, and work with the university’s Department of Information Technologies (DOIT) to resolve issues affecting GES computing resources.
Qualifications Teaching experience in GIS and experience in managing geospatial computing infrastructure is required. Experience in cartographic design and visualization, advanced geospatial analysis, or GIS programming is preferred. Applicants should document a commitment to equity and diversity and describe how their teaching and work environment will foster an inclusive and equitable educational environment. Applicants must hold a minimum of a Masters Degree at the time of appointment. While the focus of our search is for a Lecturer with expertise in geospatial analysis and lab management, we welcome applicants from a broad range of fields and disciplines, including GIS, urban and regional planning; public health; environmental health; environmental studies; environmental science; human or physical geography; black/Africana studies; indigenous studies; and other ethnic or regional studies disciplines.
In the role of Lecturer, there will also be opportunities to teach an advanced topics course in geospatial analyses in area(s) of expertise. The GES 286 course is required of all GES majors in both our BA and BS degree programs, and the course connects students to geospatial analyses in areas both of human geography and of environmental science and physical geography. GES 286 is open to students from other majors at UMBC as well, and thus serves students spanning all colleges at UMBC. We are especially interested in candidates able to effectively teach geospatial theory and techniques at the introductory level, broadly connecting with students of all disciplines and interests. In the role of Director of GIS and Cartographic Labs, we are also interested in candidates who have experience in managing GIS laboratories, spanning software and hardware expertise as well as expertise in managing personnel (e.g. undergraduate and graduate teaching assistants and proctors) in computer labs.
Screening of Applications Begins:
Review of application materials will begin June 16, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.
Applications should be sent to apply.interfolio.com/87297 and should include: 1. Cover letter with description of qualifications that include the following sections: a. commitment to equity and diversity in teaching and program management; b. teaching experience, along with any evidence of teaching excellence such as sample lessons, syllabi, or peer/student evaluations (appended as supporting documents); and c. technical and applied geospatial experience such as lab management, computer hardware troubleshooting, applied projects or similar 2. Resume/CV; 3. Separate document with names/contact information of three references.
UMBC is especially proud of the diversity of its student body, and we are strongly committed to increasing faculty and staff diversity. We seek and encourage applications from underrepresented groups, including: BIPOC, women, persons with disabilities, and persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity.
UMBC, an honors university serving more than 11,000 undergraduates and 2,000 graduate students, is one of two public universities in Maryland to achieve the “doctoral/research university-extensive” Carnegie classification. Located just outside Baltimore and 45 minutes from Washington, DC, the campus is growing rapidly under dynamic leadership.
Our UMBC community redefines excellence in higher education through an inclusive culture that connects innovative teaching and learning, research across disciplines, and civic engagement. We will advance knowledge, economic prosperity, and social justice by welcoming and inspiring inquisitive minds from all backgrounds. The successful candidate will join a department with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence, and will be expected to contribute actively to these efforts (https://diversity.umbc.edu/).
Equal Opportunity Statement:
UMBC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, minority group members, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
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About University of Maryland, Baltimore County
UMBC is a dynamic public research university integrating teaching, research and service to benefit the citizens of Maryland. As an Honors University, the campus offers academically talented students a strong undergraduate liberal arts foundation that prepares them for graduate and professional study, entry into the workforce, and community service and leadership. UMBC emphasizes science, engineering, information technology, human services and public policy at the graduate level. UMBC contributes to the economic development of the State and the region through entrepreneurial initiatives, workforce training, K-16 partnerships, and technology commercialization in collaboration with public agencies and the corporate community. UMBC is dedicated to cultural and ethnic diversity, social responsibility and lifelong learning.