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Assistant Professor of Geographic Information Science

Fort Lewis College
Durango, Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Dec 12, 2023

Position Summary:

This is a full-time, nine-month, tenure-track position in the Department of Geosciences at Fort Lewis College. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses across the flourishing GIS Certificate Program, and help to coordinate the program, advise certificate-seeking students, and engage in research or applications of GIS. Fort Lewis College has a site license for ESRI’s ArcGIS software suite, numerous well-appointed computer labs, and ample equipment to support research and data collection (e.g., survey-grade GPS units, multiple UAVs, and abundant field equipment). Our location at the junction of desert, mountain, forest, and riparian environments (much of which are found on public land), makes it possible to engage with a wide array of research topics and study sites.

Job Description:

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
  • Develop, instruct, and assess courses at the undergraduate level.
  • Teach a full load for research-active faculty (~12 contact hours/week during the semester), including Introduction to GIS, Remote Sensing, Raster GIS, and GIS Programming courses.
  • Maintain currency in their field through professional development, conference attendance, and engagement in scholarly activities.
  • Support student success in courses and in their pursuit of the GIS certificate.
  • Submit timely feedback to students and upload grades by required deadlines.
  • Participate in Geosciences Department faculty meetings.
  • Participate in program assessment, curriculum planning for the GIS program, and outreach to prospective students and professional GIS organizations.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities.
  • Maintain knowledge and awareness of digital accessibility, including the American with Disabilities Act and Section 508.
  • Produce and remediate digitally accessible materials in accordance with FLC standards.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Required Education, Specialized Skills, and Experience:
  • PhD in Geography, Geosciences, Environmental Science, or related field (ABD will be considered)
  • Ability to teach Introductory through advanced GIS, including a remote sensing course
  • Mastery of ESRI’s ArcGIS Pro software environment
  • Minimum of 4 years of experience using and/or teaching GIS
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities.
Preferred Education, Specialized Skills, and Experience:
  • Experience and/or interest in remote sensing applied to snow science and/or climate change
  • 4+ years of experience with ESRI’s ArcGIS Pro, as well as open-source GIS platforms (e.g. qGIS)
  • Proficiency in Python programming and/or Google Earth Engine
  • GISP certification
  • Active engagement with the broader GIS community (industry, federal government, etc)
Reports To / Supervisory Responsibility:
  • Geosciences Department Chair
Work Environment:
  • 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 work in a confined area.
  • Ability to sit at a computer terminal for an extended period of time.
Physical Demands:
  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential function
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to, stand, sit; talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate computer and telephone equipment
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision requirements due to computer work
  • Light to moderate lifting is required
  • Less than 5% is expected for this position
  • ​ The salary for this position is $58,500, plus a comprehensive benefits package.

    Application Process

    A complete application packet includes:
    • Cover letter addressing interest and qualifications for the position
    • CV
    • Names and contact information for three current, professional references
    Applicant materials received by January 19, 2024, will receive full consideration. The position will remain open until filled.

    The successful candidate will be required to submit original, official college transcripts, and pass a background check.

About Fort Lewis College:

On a sage-brushed mesa overlooking downtown Durango and the La Plata Mountains, Fort Lewis College is Southwest Colorado’s premier public undergraduate research institution. With more than half of the 3,300 students identifying as people of color, FLC’s academic programming and campus life thrive on nurturing safe, diverse spaces for intellectual exploration and helping people achieve their career goals. A Native American-serving, Non-Tribal Institution, FLC is committed to promoting economic development in neighboring tribal communities and connecting students with the education they need to be the change in the world they want to see. Degree programs span the arts, business, education, health sciences, humanities, and social and natural sciences. Coursework builds on the natural, cultural, and historical resources found around the Four Corners region. Students work closely with faculty on research projects with real-world implications. Like the mountain town it resides in, FLC promotes a culture of work-life balance for students, faculty, and staff. Skyhawks enjoy unparalleled access to a healthy outdoor lifestyle thanks to 300 days of sunshine a year and more than 300 miles of hiking and biking trails in and around Durango

Notice to Prospective Employees:
The Fort Lewis College is required by the Clery Act of 1990 to notify prospective employees, current employees, students and applicants where to access our Campus Security Report. The report is updated and published annually in accordance with the Higher Education Amendments of 1998, Federal Student Right-to-Know, the Federal Drug-free Schools and Campuses Act of 1989. This report contains information about:
  • Fort Lewis College's alcohol and other drug policy
  • Sexual assault policy
  • Campus security policies
  • Campus/community resources
  • The Colorado Riot Offense Statute restriction on enrollment
  • Where to find registered sex offender information
  • Crime statistics for the previous three calendar years
  • Reporting crimes
The Campus Security Report can be accessed in two ways:
By going to the internet website at: Fort Lewis College Student Affairs Office will also provide a paper copy of the annual security report upon request. You can reach them at (970) 247-7331.

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

Discrimination Questions?

Office of Compliance and Community Standards
David Pirrone, Director of Compliance
192 Education Business Hall
1000 Rim Drive
Durango, Colorado 81301
(970) 247-7182

Questions about Title IX sex discrimination?
Office of the Title IX Coordinator
Kate Suazo, Assistant Director of Compliance and Title IX Coordinator
230 Skyhawk Station
1000 Rim Drive
Durango, Colorado 81301
(970) 247-6729

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.

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