The Department of Earth & Ocean Sciences at the University of North Carolina Wilmington invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in GIScience with an expected start date of August 1, 2020. We seek a faculty member with expertise in one or more of the following: GIS programming (e.g. Python and/or R), mobile data analytics, spatial statistics, cyberGIS, and/or geovisualization. Preferred candidates will apply this expertise to integrated socio-environmental systems and their vulnerability to coastal hazards.

UNCW is a coastal university with strong links to the local and regional community. As such, applicants with a track record of community engagement in teaching and scholarship will be a good fit for our undergraduate and graduate programs. Our department, and the UNCW mission, emphasizes international partnerships through research and study abroad and therefore we seek an individual who conducts research or teaching with international collaborators. We seek an individual with teaching experience in GIS and programming/scripting such as advanced spatial data analytics, cartography, or others related to the individual’s expertise that will fit with our undergraduate (BA Geography, BA Geoscience, BS Geology, BS Oceanography) and graduate programs (MS Geoscience and GIS Certificate). The Department has an active Applied Learning mission that includes a vibrant Internship Program as well as GEOINT certification through our accreditation with the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation.

Minimum Requirements

A PhD in geography or a related area is required.

Preferred Qualifications

The successful candidate for this position will:

  1. be committed to exceptional teaching at the introductory level (e.g. Introduction to GIS, Introduction to Cartography, and other courses suitable to the introductory level) and upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses in their specialty (e.g. Spatial Programming, WebGIS, Advanced Geovisualization, Spatial Statistics );
  2. compliment the established undergraduate and graduate degree programs within the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences;
  3. establish and maintain a vigorous, externally-funded research program that engages students; and
  4. have the potential to collaborate in teaching and research with faculty in the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences, as well as across the various departments at UNCW, and associated governments and agencies in the region. Salary and benefits are highly competitive, and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Primary Function of Organizational Unit

The Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences offers the following degrees: B.S. in geology and oceanography, M.S. and B.A. in geosciences, B.A. in geography, and a Graduate Certificate in GIS. UNCW maintains a full range of analytical facilities in support of research including sedimentology, geospatial analysis, electron microscopy, stable isotope mass spectroscopy, aqueous chemistry, NMR, and DNA sequencing facilities as well as a dive shop, machine shop, and instrument shop at the UNCW Center for Marine Science (http://uncw.edu/cms/).

College/School Information

At UNCW, the College of Arts and Sciences provides the vital foundation for the university’s pursuit of excellence. Through our teaching, we educate students for lives of fulfillment in the twenty-first century. Through our research, we advance the state of knowledge and creativity in the arts and sciences. And through our outreach, we improve the quality of life in Southeastern North Carolina and beyond.

University Information

The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to learning through the integration of teaching and mentoring with research and service. Guided by our Strategic Plan, the university is committed to nurturing a campus culture that reflects its values of diversity and globalization, ethics and integrity, and excellence and innovation. A public institution with nearly 17,000 students, the university is focused on supporting and enhancing the student-centered learning experience that has been a hallmark since its founding in 1947. UNCW offers an array of programs at the baccalaureate and master’s levels, and doctoral programs in marine biology, educational leadership, psychology and nursing practice. UNCW is one of the 17 institutions that make up the UNC System.

EEO Statement

At the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW), our culture reflects our values of inclusion, diversity, globalization, ethics and integrity and innovation and we are committed to providing equality of educational and employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, sex (such as gender, gender identity, marital status, childbirth, and pregnancy), age, color, national origin (including ethnicity), religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran status, military service member status, genetic information, or relationship to other university constituents – except where sex, age, or ability represent bona fide educational or occupational qualifications or where marital status is a statutorily established eligibility criterion for State funded employee benefit programs. UNCW believes that embracing the unique contributions of our faculty, staff and students is critical to our success and paramount in being recognized for our global mindset.

Applicant Instructions

Please include the following: A letter of interest, statements of teaching and research interests, two peer-reviewed publications, a curriculum vitae, and contact information (including e-mail addresses) for three professional references. Please address diversity and inclusiveness in your teaching and/or research statements. All materials must be uploaded to the application portal. No emailed, faxed, or mailed materials will be accepted. Adobe PDF or Word documents are required. Letters of reference and academic transcripts will be requested of those candidates who are included in our short-list or invited to interview.

For questions about the position, please contact the search committee chair: Dr. Joanne Halls, hallsj@uncw.edu. For questions regarding the online application system, please contact Human Resources at UNCW (https://uncw.edu/hr/employment.html).