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College of LAS: Teaching Asst Prof & Vtg Asst Prof -Geography & Geographic Information Sciences

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Urbana, Illinois
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences: Teaching Assistant Professor & Visiting Assistant Professor

Department of Geography & Geographic Information Sciences

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Department of Geography & Geographic Information Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites applications for these two positions in GIS/CyberGIS, Geospatial Data Science, and Physical Geography.

Geospatial data science is an emerging interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary field that rests at the intersection of three broad knowledge domains: (1) geographic information science (GIS) and technologies, (2) mathematical and statistical sciences, and (3) cyberinfrastructure and computational sciences. The synergy of this interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary fusion is galvanized by interactions among big data science and geographic/spatial principles that guide critical thinking, discovery, and innovation.

CyberGIS represents the latest development in the fast-growing field of geospatial data science. Combining advances in high-performance and data-intensive computing with developments in geospatial data management, processing, analysis, and visualization for numerous applications, cyberGIS has emerged as a major force in private and public sector organizations and in higher education for harnessing the rapidly evolving geospatial data revolution. The Department of Geography & GIS and the CyberGIS Center for Advanced Digital & Spatial Studies (CyberGIS Center) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are developing multiple exciting education and research programs to solidify a position of leadership in cyberGIS and to accelerate its contributions to geospatial data science. These programs in the education context include: (1) an online Master's degree program focused on cyberGIS and geospatial data science and (2) an innovative B.S. degree program in Computer Science + Geography & GIS that welcomed its first class of undergraduate students in Fall 2019.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is the birthplace of cyberGIS. Powerful digital geospatial infrastructure (see Virtual ROGER - the first geospatial supercomputer, continues to be advanced by the CyberGIS Center. These state-of-the-art capabilities provide unparalleled opportunities for innovative education and research initiatives. Participants in these initiatives will be at the forefront of geospatial data science and will be in a position to take advantage of the University's strengths in data science and information technologies as well as in geospatial-related research and educational foci on energy, globalization, transportation, sustainability, urban inequalities, and water.

To help advance the growth and development of our geospatial data science research and education initiatives, the Department of Geography & GIS seeks applicants for two new positions (described below). If qualified, applicants are welcome to apply for more than one of these positions. Questions about the positions can be directed to Professor Julie Cidell (, Chair of the Search Committee.

Duties & Responsibilities

Teaching Assistant Professor
The successful applicant will help develop and then maintain online courses at the graduate level in the areas of GIS, cyberGIS, and/or geospatial data science; these courses will form the core of an online M.S. program recently launched by the Department. S/he will teach five to six online courses per academic year in these areas; s/he will also have the option to teach one to two additional courses during the summer, with a salary supplement. S/he will be expected to contribute to development and improvement of the online M.S. program, and also advise students in this program. Finally, as a teaching professor, s/he will be expected to conduct disciplinary and/or pedagogical research and service to the department/college/university.

Visiting Assistant Professor
The position requires an innovative teacher in large and small classroom settings, and in-person and on-line formats. Responsibilities will include introductory and upper-level undergraduate courses, graduate-level courses, and supervision of graduate teaching assistants. Candidates for Visiting Assistant Professor will be expected to have an active research agenda and engage in service activities appropriate for the rank.


Teaching Assistant Professor
A Ph.D. in GIS, geography, or a closely related field, is required.
The appointment requires experience in college- or university-level teaching. Also required is experience working with geospatial data-driven analysis and modeling, and proficiency in computer programming. Proficiency in Python or another programming language, experience using high-performance or cloud computing, and experience using and editing video media, will enhance an application. Experience in online teaching and online course development, and experience working with and mentoring students, will also enhance an application. The successful applicant will possess the ability to work collaboratively with faculty in developing online materials, and the ability to work with a multi-media team in video production. The successful applicant should show evidence of effective interpersonal communication skills, organization and time management skills, and demonstrated evidence in teaching and mentoring.

Visiting Assistant Professor
Applicants must have completed all requirements of a Ph.D. in geography, GIS, or a related field by the time of appointment. Candidates with a Ph.D. in hand, an active research agenda, and a year of teaching experience can be considered as a Visiting Assistant Professor. The successful candidate needs to demonstrated evidence teaching and show evidence of effective interpersonal skills.


The teaching professorial and Visiting Assistant Professor positions are full-time, 9-month non-tenure track appointments (paid over 12 months).Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Actual start date is negotiable, beginning as early as January 16, 2023. These positions are renewable yearly based on funding and strong performance reviews.


To apply for this position, please create a candidate profile at (please indicate which position(s) you are applying for) by November 14, 2022. Upload your cover letter, curriculum vitae, and statement of teaching philosophy together with the following materials:
  • A statement that summarizes research experience and how it would advance the research profile of the Department.
  • Copies of representative scholarly works (e.g., articles, conference papers) completed.
  • Sample syllabi, assignments, and other teaching materials that provide evidence of the quality of your instruction so far, or of instruction that you hope to do.
Full consideration will be given to complete applications received by the closing date. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. An email request for contact information for three professional references will be sent to you 1-2 business days after your application is submitted. Once the contact information for the references is uploaded into the system, their letters will be invited.

For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Broderick Williamson Sr at

The University of Illinois must also comply with applicable federal export control laws and regulations and, as such, reserves the right to employ restricted party screening procedures for applicants.

The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, COVID-19 vaccination requirement, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify.

Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply and may request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (2008) to complete the application and/or interview process. Requests may be submitted through the reasonable accommodations portal, or by contacting the Accessibility & Accommodations Division of the Office for Access and Equity at 217-333-0885, or by emailing

Requisition ID: 1010602

Job Category: Faculty

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