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Assistant or Associate Professor (Cartography and Geovisualization)

Syracuse University
New York, United States
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Posted Date
Jul 14, 2022
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Assistant or Associate Professor (Cartography and Geovisualization)

Syracuse, NY

Pay Range
Commensurate with Experience

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As determined by Department Chair.

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Syracuse, NY

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Not Applicable

Job Description

The Department of Geography and the Environment, the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University invites applications for a tenure track position in the area of Cartography and Geovisualization at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. Ph.D. is required at the time of appointment.

We seek a geographer whose scholarship focuses on conceptual, critical, empirical, experimental, and/or theoretical work in cartography. This includes scholars whose research and teaching contributes to any of the following areas:
  • Cartography in the digital era, including geovisualization of big data, drone data, and sensor data, geoanalytics, autonomous systems/geoAI, and web mapping
  • Map design, geoliteracy, cartographic education, and the science of communication
  • Indigenous cartographies, feminist visualization, critical cartography, critical GIS, and the politics of maps and mapping
  • Community mapping, counter-mapping, participatory mapping, and participatory GIS
  • Cartographic theory
  • History of cartography and historical GIS
  • GeoHumanities and cartography as art
  • Public health, hazards, vulnerability, and crisis mapping
Candidates should demonstrate clear evidence of a strong research program and successful teaching experience as well as a demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are particularly interested in hiring a cartographer who is both trained in and able to teach traditional cartography and cartography in the digital era, including web mapping, geo-visualization of big data, drone data, and sensor data. Programming experience (e.g., Python) and working with large datasets is an advantage. In addition to a primary focus on cartography and geospatial technologies, the successful candidate will make significant contributions to one of our department’s other research and teaching clusters.

  • Ph.D. is required at the time of appointment.
Job Specific Qualifications

In addition to strengthening our department’s research and teaching concentration in GIS and Geospatial Technologies, we seek a scholar with potential to contribute to initiatives across the Maxwell School and the broader university.

Syracuse University’s Community Geography Program is a leader in publicly engaged scholarship. Opportunities for interdisciplinary research beyond the department include the Autonomous Systems Policy Institute; the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs; the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Cooperation; the Campbell Public Affairs Institute; the Center for Environmental Policy and Administration; and regional programs in the Middle East, South Asia, East Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and European Union, and others. The Department maintains strong collaborative links with other departments and programs in the Maxwell School, as well as scholars in the Native American and Indigenous Studies Program and the Departments of African American Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, Food Studies, and Earth and Environmental Sciences. Syracuse University’s campus adjoins the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry ( SUNY ESF ) and the Department of Geography and the Environment maintains close collaborative relationships with SUNY ESF faculty and students.

Syracuse University has recently invested considerable resources in establishing cross-disciplinary research clusters, including in the areas of Big Data and Data Analytics; Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Systems and the Human-Technology Frontier; Quantum Information Science; Virtual and Immersive Interactions; Social Differences, Social Justice; and Energy and Environment (among others), which present exciting opportunities for collaborative, interdisciplinary research and teaching.


Our department strongly values excellence in teaching, and the successful candidate will be expected to offer both undergraduate and graduate courses. Faculty members normally teach two courses per semester.


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Not Applicable


Not Applicable

Application Instructions

In addition to completing an online application, please attach the following:

1. Resume/CV
2. Cover Letter
3. Separate statements on a) research and b) diversity (maximum 2 pages per statement and combined into one file and submit under “other document”)
4. Teaching Philosophy
5. Email contact information for three references

Applications will be reviewed as they arrive with full consideration given to those received by October 15th, 2022. However, the department will continue to consider applications until this position is filled.

For inquiries, please contact Professor Karl Offen, Search Committee Chair (; or Professor Peng Gao, Department Chair (

Syracuse University is an EO/AA employer and particularly encourages applications from women and minority candidates.

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private, international research university with distinctive academics, diversely unique offerings and an undeniable spirit. Located in the geographic heart of New York State, with a global footprint, and nearly 150 years of history, Syracuse University offers a quintessential college experience.

The scope of Syracuse University is a testament to its strengths: a pioneering history dating back to 1870; a choice of more than 200 majors and 100 minors offered through 13 schools and colleges; nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students; more than a quarter of a million alumni in 160 countries; and a student population from all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. For more information, please visit

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Syracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of New York State approximately 250 miles northwest of New York City. The metro-area population totals approximately 500,000. The area offers a low cost of living and provides many social, cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums, festivals, professional regional theater, and premier shopping venues. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range of seasonal recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing and snow skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites, visiting wineries along the Finger Lakes, and biking on trails along the Erie Canal.

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