Teaching Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science

Illinois, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Jul 20, 2021
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Teaching Assistant Professor Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is the birthplace of cyberGIS. Powerful digital geospatial infrastructure (see Virtual ROGER – the first geospatial supercomputer, http://cybergis.illinois.edu/infrastructures/) continues to be advanced by the CyberGIS Center. These state-of-the-art capabilities provide unparalleled opportunities for innovative education and research initiatives. Participants in these initiatives will be at the forefront of geospatial data science and will be in a position to take advantage of the University’s strengths in data science and information technologies as well as in geospatial-related research and educational foci on energy, globalization, transportation, sustainability, urban inequalities, and water.

The Department of Geography & GIS is seeking applicants for a Teaching Assistant Professor. Questions about the position can be directed to Associate Professor Brian Jefferson, Chair of the Search Committee. This is a full-time 9-month, non-tenure/track academic appointment with opportunities for summer salary through additional online course instruction.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO.


The successful applicant will join a world-class research and education environment for GIS and geospatial data science. Primary responsibilities will include developing and teaching classroom-based and online courses in GIS and geospatial data science. The position also involves serving as an advisor of geography and GIS students, particularly students in the growing Professional Science Master’s in GIS program: https://psm.illinois.edu/gis. The opportunity to teach non-GIS courses also exists based on the hire’s expertise and departmental teaching needs. Teaching Assistant Professors are expected to conduct disciplinary and/or pedagogical research and service to the department/college/university.


This position requires at least one year of experience in college or university-level teaching. A Ph.D. in GIS, geography, or a closely related field is also required by the time of appointment. Interest or experience in education research, curriculum development, current educational technologies, and a strong desire to create new and innovative course materials will enhance an application. Applicants must demonstrate the ability to make an instructional and curricular impact both within the Department and beyond, either through scholarly publications, invited talks, or other related activities involving their discipline, pedagogy and student interactions. The successful applicant should possess excellent interpersonal communication skills, a desire to interact with prospective students, excellent organization and time management skills, and demonstrated excellence in teaching and advising.


The teaching professorial position is a full-time, 9-month appointment, non-tenure track, renewable yearly subject to enrollments, funding, and positive performance evaluations. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. The actual start date is negotiable, beginning as early as October 1, 2021. 


To apply, please create a candidate profile at https://jobs.illinois.edu and upload your cover letter, curriculum vitae, and statement of teaching philosophy.

Candidates must also upload the following:

  • Sample syllabi, assignments, and other teaching materials that provide evidence of the quality of your instruction so far, or of instruction that you hope to do. • A 1- to 3-page narrative that describes your current and/or future plan for contributing scholarship that enhances the Department and University and make an impact beyond the campus. Research discussed can be disciplinary, pedagogical, or both. • Copies of any published works completed.

Full consideration will be given to complete applications received by August 13, 2021. Online application will require names and contact information including email addresses for three professional references.

For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Broderick Williamson at brodsr@illinois.edu.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Convictions are not a bar to employment. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment.  As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility.