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Assistant Professor of the Practice, Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

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Wesleyan University, founded in 1831, is a diverse, energetic liberal arts community where critical thinking and practical idealism go hand in hand.

Position Details
Wesleyan University’s Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences (E&ES) and the Quantitative Analysis Center (QAC) invite applications for a full-time Assistant Professor of the Practice in Earth & Environmental Sciences and Quantitative Analysis beginning July 1, 2024. The initial appointment is for three years with the possibility of promotion and renewal based on performance and needs. The teaching load is the equivalent of five classes over two semesters. Two courses will originate in E&ES and may include a combination of an introductoryGISclass intended for science students, aGISlaboratory class, or an advancedGISclass. Two classes will originate in theQAC, and follow a project-based learning approach to introduceGISand spatial analysis to primarily social science and humanities students. The person in this position will also have consulting responsibilities with faculty and students onGISprojects and applications. Consulting duties will include providing professionalGIStraining, working individually with faculty and students onGISteaching and research projects, and coordinating with aGISstudent tutoring and assistant program within theQAC. Wesleyan is a highly selective liberal arts college with a strong and diverse undergraduate student body that highly values both scholarship and teaching.
Minimum Qualifications
Candidates must have a Ph.D. in an Earth & Environmental Sciences discipline or related field in hand at the time of appointment to be hired as an Assistant Professor; a successful candidate may be hired as an Instructor if the candidate does not have a Ph.D. at the time of appointment but will complete the Ph.D. within one year of hire.
Special Instructions To Applicants
You will be asked to upload electronic versions of the items we require, which are: (1) a cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) a statement describing the applicant’s teaching philosophy, (4) teaching evaluations (if available), (5) brief descriptions of research interests, (6) courses you would like to teach (uploaded as “other document”), (7) sample course syllabi (optional). In the cover letter, applicants should describe how they will embrace the college’s commitment to fostering an inclusive community, as well as their experience working with individuals from historically marginalized or underserved groups.

You will also be asked to provide the email addresses of three referees from whom we may obtain confidential letters of recommendation (please double-check the accuracy of the email addresses of the referees you name to ensure that you have the most up-to-date email addresses for each one).
After you have submitted all of the required documents, you will see a confirmation number. At that point, each of your referees whose email addresses you have provided will receive an automatically-generated email requesting that they submit a letter of reference for you.
Additional Information
Applications completed byApril 15, 2024,will receive full consideration. Please contacteither Suzanne OConnell (, 860-685-2262) or Manolis Kaparakis (, 860-685-3795)if you have questions about the application process.

Note for Interfolio users:
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Wesleyan University, located in Middletown, Connecticut, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, learning disability or physical disability, political belief, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or non-position-related criminal record. We welcome applications from women and historically underrepresented minority groups. Inquiries regarding Title IX, Section 504 or any other non-discrimination policies should be directed to Vice President for Equity and Inclusion, Title IX and ADA/504 Coordinator. Wesleyan University complies with the Clery Act and maintains records of campus crime statistics and security policies. Copies of Wesleyan University's Clery Act Report are available on request and online at


Wesleyan University

Wesleyan University, founded in 1831, is a diverse, energetic liberal arts community where critical thinking and practical idealism go hand in hand. 

Our student body of approximately 3,000 undergraduate and 200 graduate students is housed on a beautiful 316-acre historic New England campus that offers the comfort of an intimate and collaborative learning environment supported by renowned faculty, cutting-edge facilities, and unique research opportunities.

With our distinctive scholar-teacher culture, creative programming, and commitment to interdisciplinary learning, Wesleyan challenges students to explore new ideas and change the world. Our graduates go on to lead and innovate in a wide variety of industries, including government, business, entertainment, and science.

At Wesleyan, we are all educators. We welcome your interest in Wesleyan's diverse, energetic community of employees who, by their creativity, innovative thinking, and generosity of spirit, help make Wesleyan a great place to work. In this energetic and inclusive community, our talented faculty and staff foster a liberal arts educational experience characterized by boldness, rigor, and practical idealism. Genuinely open-minded, intellectually curious, and mission-driven, our employees invest their impressive talents in fulfilling careers.

Wesleyan offers a broad range of growth and wellness opportunities—comprehensive health benefitsfitness incentives, generous paid time offretirement plansflexible work schedules, and educational benefits, including free employee access to Wesleyan’s Graduate Liberal Studies program and undergraduate tuition reimbursement for dependents of eligible employees. Benefits-at-a-Glance

Campus life affords employees countless opportunities to experience general-interest, academic, artistic, and athletic events. Our location in scenic central Connecticut provides easy access to Boston, New York, and the many other exciting and culturally rich destinations of New England. Few workplaces are like Wesleyan, and we welcome your interest in learning more about us.

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