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Lecturer of Geosciences

Fort Lewis College
Durango, Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Apr 25, 2024

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Position Summary:

Fort Lewis College's Department of Geosciences is seeking a Visiting Instructor of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). This is a 2-year visiting position, with a 9 mo/yr appointment. Responsibilities would include teaching introductory and advanced GIS courses in support of our thriving GIS Certificate Program. In addition to the responsibilities associated with teaching 2-3 classes per semester (27 contact hours per academic year), the Instructor is expected to hold regular office hours, attend department meetings, and contribute to discussions regarding curriculum, assessment, and student recruitment and support.

Job Description:

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
  • Primary teaching responsibilities would including some combination of the following courses: Introduction to computer mapping and GIS, Intermediate GIS, Advanced GIS, Remote Sensing, and GIS Programming and Web Mapping.
  • teach a course load of 27 contact hours per year
  • In addition to 12-15 hours in the classroom each week, hold regular office hours each week.
  • Use course management software to organize courses and post grades.
  • Attend regular department meetings which occur approximately 2 times per month.
  • Employ best practices for culturally responsive teaching and mentoring students
  • Demonstrates 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
Required Education, Specialized Skills, and Experience:
  • M.S. in Geography, GIS, or a closely related field
  • Familiarity with Esri's ArcGIS software environment, including ArcGIS Online
  • 4+ years of experience using GIS software for multiple applications. This experience could include taking GIS courses, teaching GIS, or using GIS on a regular basis at some form of employment.
  • Evidence of potential for excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level
  • The ability to utilize your course design and personal and professional experiences to create a learning environment grounded in equity and inclusion
Preferred Education, Specialized Skills, and Experience:
  • Prior teaching experience as an Instructor of Record
  • Prior experience teaching underrepresented students
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities
Reports to:
  • This position reports to the Chair of the Geosciences Department.
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% travel is expected for this position.

FLSA Status/ Position Type/Expected Hours of Work/ and Salary Range:
  • Exempt from State Classified System.
  • Part Time: .75 FTE
  • Temporary
  • 9 Month Position.
  • Typical Work hours are Monday to Friday between the hours of 8:00 am and 8:00pm

Salary is $50,000 for entire academic term , plus a comprehensive benefits package

Application Process
A complete application packet includes:
  • Cover letter addressing interest and qualifications for the position.

  • C urriculum Vitae

  • Names and contact information for three current, professional references.

Application materials received by May 17, 2024, will receive full consideration.

The position will remain open until filled.

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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