Posted on: 5 August, 2019
Application deadline: September 16, 2019

Assistant Professor in Geographic Information Science, University of Minnesota, USA

The Department of Geography, Society, and Environment at the University of Minnesota invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor with expertise in Geographic Information Science to begin fall semester 2020. We are committed to attracting candidates from historically underrepresented groups knowing that diversity enriches the academic experience and provides a knowledge base for innovation.

Screening of applications begins September 16, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.

We seek a distinguished scholar and teacher in Geographic Information Science. We welcome applications from researchers working in any part of geographic information science, but are especially interested in receiving applications from scholars who complement our strengths in geovisualization and cartography; spatial analysis and modeling; and cyber infrastructure and high performance computing. There are particularly exciting opportunities for working in the thematic areas of population and health; urban analysis; science, technology and society; and human-environment dynamics, biogeography, and climate.

For questions about the position, contact Professors Steven Manson (manson@umn.edu) or Ying Song (yingsong@umn.edu). For questions about the application process (after reviewing the application directions online), please contact the department administrator, Glen Powell, at powel160@umn.edu or 612-625-6080.

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Qualifications

At the time of appointment, the candidate must: 1) possess a Ph.D. in geography or a related field; 2) have a record of peer-reviewed publication and graduate advising appropriate to career stage; and 3) demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively with students, practitioners, and the public. Ability to develop an externally funded research program is desired. The ideal candidate will also help provide vision and leadership for various programs, including the interdisciplinary GIS undergraduate minor and Masters of GISc, as well as establish relationships with individuals working in cognate fields at the University and beyond.

Candidates will be evaluated according to a) overall quality of their academic preparation and scholarly work, b) relevance of their scholarly research to the department’s academic priorities and fields of inquiry, c) evidence of commitment to teaching and skills as a teacher, and d) strength of recommendations. Candidates will also be evaluated according to evidence of attention to cultural diversity in teaching, research, and/or service and the proven ability to contribute to the University’s commitment to equity and diversity.

About the Job

We seek a distinguished scholar and teacher in Geographic Information Science. We welcome applications from researchers working in any part of geographic information science, but are especially interested in receiving applications from scholars who complement our strengths in geovisualization and cartography; spatial analysis and modeling; and cyber infrastructure and high performance computing.

There are particularly exciting opportunities for working in the thematic areas of population and health; urban analysis; science, technology and society; and human-environment dynamics, biogeography, and climate.

We encourage applications from those whose teaching and scholarship advances an understanding of cultural and individual diversity in society (e.g., diversity related to age, disability, ethnicity, gender, race, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, religion or culture).

Appointment will be 100% time over the nine-month academic year (late-August to late-May). Appointment will be at the rank of tenure-track assistant professor, depending on qualifications and experience, and consistent with collegiate and University policy.

Responsibilities: 1) Teach four courses per year in the candidate’s area of expertise, including lower-level undergraduate instruction and graduate seminars; 2) publish regularly in appropriate high-quality peer-reviewed outlets; 3) advise undergraduate students and direct graduate student research at the MGIS, MA, and Ph.D. levels; 4) participate in department, college, and university service and governance.

All candidates must meet and exceed the minimum standards for tenure and rank review in the Department of Geography, Environment and Society, as required by Section 7.12 of the Regents Policy on Faculty Tenure. The Standards for Promotion and Tenure for the Department of Geography, Environment and Society are available at: https://faculty.umn.edu/sites/faculty.umn.edu/files/geography.pdf.

For information on the Workload Principles and Guidelines for regular faculty in the College of Liberal Arts, see: https://neighborhood.cla.umn.edu/college-knowledge/workload-principles-a….

About the Department, College, and University

The Department of Geography, Society, and Environment at the University of Minnesota is an internationally recognized department that includes scholars working in urban geography, globalization and development, nature-society studies, social-cultural theory, regional geography, climatology, paleoclimatology, biogeography, and GIScience.

Established in 1868, the College of Liberal Arts supports the University of Minnesota’s land-grant mission as home to disciplines in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. The College of Liberal Arts values diverse cultures, experiences, and perspectives as key to innovation and excellent education. The College of Liberal Arts is committed to intellectual freedom, the pursuit of new knowledge, and the belief that the liberal arts are the foundation of academic learning. CLA prepares students to be independent and original thinkers, innovators in their chosen fields; to create meaning in their lives and in their life’s work; and to become productive citizens and leaders in their communities and the world.

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities is the state’s land-grant university and one of the most prestigious public research universities in the nation.The Minneapolis-St. Paul metro has a population of 3.6 million people and supports a thriving arts and cultural community. The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds. The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U: http://diversity.umn.edu.

How To Apply

Screening of applications will begin on September 16, 2019, and continue until the position is filled. We require three separate pdfs: 1) cover letter that addresses research, teaching, and service; 2) curriculum vitae; and 3) no more than three representative publications. Applicants should also be prepared to have three professional letters of reference sent on short notice.

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please follow the instructions on the job posting (or https://hr.myu.umn.edu/jobs/ext/331473). You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach your cover letter and CV first. Once the online application with a cover letter and CV are attached, save your application. Then add the PDF of publication(s) by accessing your “My Job Applications” page and uploading documents in the “My Cover Letters and Attachments” section. Care should be taken with the size of the publications PDF. No more than three representative publications and reduce the size of the file if possible. Although we prefer one PDF of publications, you may upload the publications as separate files if necessary.

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

This position will remain open until filled.

For questions about the application process, please contact the department administrator, Glen Powell, at powel160@umn.edu or 612-625-6080. For questions about the position, contact Professors Steve Manson (manson@umn.edu) or Ying Song (yingsong@umn.edu).

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail employ@umn.edu or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).