Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant?Professor of?Geographic Information Sciences position to begin in late August 2020. The position is in the Department of Geosciences and supports the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Certificate program, which serves students majoring in many fields including geology, biology, environmental studies, environmental science, public health, anthropology, and others. Fort Lewis College’s GIS program provides students with an excellent introduction to the use of GIS software, particularly applied to the sciences. Our program’s core strengths are close interactions with GIS faculty, working with industry-standard GIS software and related hardware and equipment, and numerous job and internship opportunities. Fort Lewis College (FLC) maintains a campus-wide Esri Education Institution License which provides students, faculty, and staff with access to the latest versions of ArcGIS software (Desktop and Online), apps, and data. For more information about the GIS Certificate Program, go to https://www.fortlewis.edu/gis.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Completed Ph.D.  in Geography, Geographic Information Systems/Science, or a closely-related discipline
  • Experience and competence with modern geospatial technologies, particularly Esri ArcGIS software (ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Desktop – ArcMap)
  • Experience using geospatial technologies as applied to the physical and natural sciences
  • Ability to teach introductory- and advanced-level GIS, programming, and remote sensing courses
  • Experience and strong interest in teaching and mentoring undergraduates

Preferred Qualifications

  • Research specialty in remote sensing, particularly in science applications
  • Capability and desire to oversee the administration of an academic GIS program. This involves program administration and assessment, coordinating projects and internships with students, other GIS faculty, and onsite supervisors, and networking with other professionals at the local and regional levels.

Major Responsibilities

  • Teaching load is 12 contact/credit hours per term, 24 per academic year. This usually equates to two lecture sections and two lab sections per semester.
  • Committed focus on teaching at the undergraduate level, including such courses as Introduction to GIS, Intermediate- and/or Advanced-level GIS, Programming/Web Mapping, and Remote Sensing
  • Supervise and mentor independent study projects and internships within the GIS Certificate program
  • Advise students about career and academic opportunities associated with GIS
  • Be active in scholarship (traditional and/or in relation to teaching) with undergraduate students
  • Participate in departmental and college governance and professional service?
  • 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

Work Conditions
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 sit at a computer terminal for an extended period of time
  • Ability to maintain a teaching environment, both in the classroom and in a computer lab, that is efficient and organized

Salary is $59,500 plus a comprehensive benefits package. 

Application Process
A complete application packet includes:

  • Cover letter addressing interest and qualifications for position
    • Include a section describing your college-level teaching philosophy and experiences.
    • Include a section describing your research experiences, particularly as it relates to geospatial technologies.
    • Include details regarding how your course design, and personal and professional experiences, allow you to encourage a learning environment grounded in equity and inclusion. “How do you envision contributing to Fort Lewis College’s commitment to equity and inclusion?” [see https://www.fortlewis.edu/about-flc/leadership/mission-core-values]
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Names and contact information for three professional references

Submit materials as one PDF file via email to:

Position will remain open until filled.

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

The College and the Community
Fort Lewis College, a public institution located in Durango, Colorado, offers degree programs in arts, business, education, health fields, humanities, social and natural sciences, and teacher education. Our inspiring mountain campus is located atop a scenic mesa overlooking historic Durango and situated between the San Juan Mountains and the desert Southwest. We are committed to accessible and high-quality baccalaureate education, and our hallmarks are remarkably close relationships between students and faculty, the freedom of intellectual exploration, and the challenge of experiential learning. Our 3,400 students come from 48 states, 17 countries, with 36% Native American and Alaska Native backgrounds, and 11% Hispanic backgrounds. Durango is a thriving multicultural community of 18,500 set along the beautiful Animas River Valley. Averaging 300 sunny days per year, the community is known for its outdoor lifestyle and friendly, festive atmosphere. Durango is also the cultural and economic hub of the Four Corners region, rich in dining, shopping, and entertainment, and linked with airline service to hubs in Denver, Phoenix, and Dallas.

Equal Opportunity
Fort Lewis College does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political beliefs, veteran status, pregnancy, or genetic information. Accordingly, equal opportunity for employment, admission, and education 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; applications from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged.

ADA 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 kpolens@fortlewis.edu 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.