Visiting Instructor-Geography and GIS

Colorado, United States
$39,000.00 - $39,000.00
Jan 12, 2021
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Position Summary 

The Visiting Instructor of Geography and GIS  will teach 27 contact hours in the 2021-2022 academic year. This 9-month position is within the Department of Geosciences. The successful applicant will teach courses in GIS and physical geography, and will support students in the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Certificate program as well as students from across the College who take courses in Geography.  

Minimum Qualifications 

  • Completion of an M.S. or higher in GIS, Geography, Geosciences, or a related field by Aug 28, 2021  
  • Two or more years of experience using Esri GIS software products, including ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Online  
  • Ability to teach GIS at the introductory and intermediate levels 
  • Ability to teach an introductory Weather and Climate course 

Preferred Qualifications 

  • PhD in GIS, Geography, Geosciences, or a related field  
  • Experience teaching college-level courses in Geography and/or GIS  
  • Four or more years of experience using Esri GIS software products, including ArcGIS Pro, ArcMap, and ArcGIS Online, as applied to the physical and natural sciences  
  • Two or more years of experience using alternate GIS software, such as QGIS  
  • Familiarity with the Geography of the Four Corners region  

Major Responsibilities 

  • Teach 27 contact hours per year (~12-15 per semester)  
  • Fall semester courses will include GEOG310 – Introduction to Computer Mapping and GIS, GEOG235 – Weather and Climate 
  • Spring semester courses in the spring semester: GEOG310 – Introduction to Computer Mapping and GIS and GEOG350 – Intermediate GIS (Vector Analysis) 
  • Supervise upper-level undergraduate students on semester-long GIS independent study projects 
  • Advise students about career and academic opportunities associated with GIS  
  • Participate in Departmental Faculty meetings  
  • Work with GIS Certificate Coordinator to plan and implement changes to the program.  
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities 
  • Maintains knowledge and awareness of digital accessibility including the American with Disabilities Act and Section 508 
  • Produces and remediates digitally accessible materials in accordance with FLC standards 
  • Perform other duties as assigned  

Work Conditions 

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that an employee can expect while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  


  • Moderate noise (i.e. business office with computers, phone, and printers, light traffic).  
  • Ability to sit at a computer terminal for an extended period of time.  


Salary is $39,000, for the 9 month academic term, plus a comprehensive benefits package.  

Application Process 
A complete application packet includes: 

  • Cover letter addressing interest and qualifications for position 
  • Include details regarding how your course design and personal and professional experiences allow you to encourage a learning environment grounded in equity and inclusion.  “How do you envision contributing to Fort Lewis College’s commitment to equity and inclusion?” 
  • Curriculum vitae 
  • Names and contact information for three current, professional references 

Submit materials as one PDF file via email to: 



Application materials received by March 7, 2021, will receive full consideration. 

Position will remain open until filled. 


The successful candidate will be required to submit original, official college transcripts,  

and pass a background check. 


The College and the Community  

Fort Lewis College, a public institution located in Durango, Colorado, offers degree programs in arts, business, education, health fields, humanities, social and natural sciences, and teacher education. Our inspiring mountain campus is located atop a scenic mesa overlooking historic Durango and situated between the San Juan Mountains and the desert Southwest. We are committed to accessible and high-quality baccalaureate education, and our hallmarks are remarkably close relationships between students and faculty, the freedom of intellectual exploration, and the challenge of experiential learning. Our 3,300 students come from 48 states, 17 countries, with 36% Native American and Alaska Native backgrounds, and 11% Hispanic backgrounds. Durango is a thriving multicultural community of 18,500 set along the beautiful Animas River Valley. Averaging 300 sunny days per year, the community is known for its outdoor lifestyle and friendly, festive atmosphere. Durango is also the cultural and economic hub of the Four Corners region, rich in dining, shopping, and entertainment, and linked with airline service to hubs in Denver, Phoenix, and Dallas. 

Equal Opportunity  

Fort Lewis College does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin, sex*, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, family or domestic status, political beliefs, veteran status, pregnancy, or genetic information. Accordingly, equal opportunity for employment shall be extended to all persons. The College shall promote equal opportunity, equal treatment, and affirmative action efforts to increase the diversity of students, faculty, and staff. The College is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. 

To file a report, get resources, read policies, or make an appointment, See

Questions about Title IX sex discrimination? 

Office of the Title 9 Coordinator 

Molly Wieser 

230 Skyhawk Station 

1000 Rim Drive 

Durango, Colorado 81301 

(970) 247-7241 

Other discrimination questions?  

Office of the Equal Opportunity Coordinator 

David Pirrone 

192 Education Business Hall 

1000 Rim Drive 

Durango, Colorado 81301 

(970) 247-7182 

Information about Fort Lewis College’s alcohol and drug policy, sexual assault policy, campus security policies, campus crime statistics, fire safety procedures and fire statistics, and campus/community resources can be found in the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. Hard copies are available upon request. 

* Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Part 106 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, including in admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and CFR 106 to Fort Lewis College may be directed to FLC's Title IX Coordinator and/or to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the Department of Education. 

ADAA Accommodations  

Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact Kristin Polens by phone 970-247-7459 or email at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.