Geographic Information Scientist

Job Type
Job Rank
Assistant Professor, Tenure-Track
Job Institution
University of San Francisco Hilltop Campus
Job Description

Job Summary:

The Department of Environmental Science at the University of San Francisco invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor position to begin August 2023, contingent upon funding approval.

Full Job Description:

We are seeking a Geographic Information Scientist with expertise in one or more of the following research areas applied to environmental science: remote sensing, geovisualization, big data, machine learning, web mapping, geospatial programming, LiDAR, Drone Technologies, and/or spatial modeling and analysis. Other computational/quantitative Geospatial research areas may also be considered. This position is connected to the University of San Francisco's Geospatial Analysis Laboratory (GsAL), which offers a certificate program in Geospatial Information Science (see for more information).

Job Responsibilities: The successful candidate will be expected to teach courses in GIS, remote sensing, and GIS programming at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Depending on the successful candidate's area of expertise, additional courses could include cartography/geovisualization, big data/cloud computing, LIDAR, or drone technologies. The standard teaching load for this position is two 4-unit courses per semester with an additional third course every fourth semester (2-2-2-3 over two years). In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to engage in service to the department and college, as well as maintain an active research program that engages students when possible. The successful candidate will be expected to establish a research program focused on the integration of geospatial technologies with environmental science. The specific environmental application is open; we welcome applicants with research areas in climate science, ecology, hydrology, and air quality as well sustainable communities and environmental justice, among other topics associated with the application of geospatial science to environmental issues from local to global scales.

Minimum Qualifications: At the time of hire applicants must have a Ph.D. in an environmental science-related field with extensive experience in a geospatial science area or a Ph.D. in geospatial science with substantial application in an environmental science field. Additionally, applicants must have a strong record of teaching at the university level, evidence of scholarship, and an understanding of and commitment to support the mission of the University of San Francisco. The successful candidate must be able to offer their reflections on equity, and strategies for success in engaging with BIPoC students.

Applicants should submit: a cover letter summarizing interests and qualifications, curriculum vitae, a statement addressing teaching in a liberal arts environment (2 pages max), a statement of research interests that addresses how undergraduate students might be engaged (2 pages max), evidence of teaching ability (e.g., sample syllabi, teaching evaluations), a diversity statement (which may include your thoughts and/or experiences concerning equitable education for underserved and marginalized communities, your commitment to or experience with broadening participation and accessibility in the field, and/or experience and success in engaging with BIPOC students), and three letters of recommendation (requested upon submission of application). Additional materials may be requested later in the process. Any questions may be addressed to Review of completed applications will begin on December 16, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.

The Environmental Science Department is part of the College of Arts and Sciences and offers two degrees - a BS in Environmental Science and an MS in Environmental Management for working professionals - as well as serving as home base for GsAL faculty and staff. The GsAL has dedicated computing space located nearby new Department laboratories in an integrated science building. The GsAL supports additional programs across the university, including undergraduate programs in Environmental Studies and Art + Architecture, and graduate programs in Energy Management, International Studies, Development Economics, Public and Urban Affairs, and more. Information about the Department's degree programs can be found at:

In order to better serve our Black-identified and Latinx students-who make up 15% and 21% of our undergraduate student body respectively-the University of San Francisco is seeking to hire a cohort of new faculty whose scholarship and/or community-engaged research and creative work focuses on the experiences of Black and Latinx communities, or antiracism, diversity, equity and inclusion more generally, and who have proven expertise and experience in mentoring Black, Latinx and first generation students.

USF is entering into the second year of a faculty diversity hiring initiative; in the first year, 70% of new full-time faculty hires were faculty of color. Junior BIPoC faculty are invited to participate in mentoring, community building and peer to peer opportunities coordinated by the Vice Provost for Equity, Inclusion and Faculty Excellence. Faculty also enjoy peer support through affinity groups such as the,, and

In addition all new faculty have access to a free membership with the and support from the and the


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