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Departments of Geosciences and Environmental Conservation

University of Massachusetts Amherst


The Departments of Geosciences (http://ift.tt/1GkfNSR) and Environmental Conservation (http://eco.umass.edu/)at the University of Massachusetts Amherst seek applications for a full-time (12-month) non-tenure-track appointment as Lecturer in Geographic Information Science & Technology (GIST). The initial appointment will be for two years but is renewable based on performance and program need.

The position will emphasize graduate teaching, and development and management of a new 1-year professional Masters degree in GIST. Candidates should care deeply about graduate education in GIST, and be a teacher and mentor whose interests are broad and support the pedagogy that allows students to gain the ability to analyze and solve real-world problems.

Teaching responsibilities include courses on geospatial technology, including but not limited to introductory GIST, spatial database management & interoperability, GIST programming and customization, internet-based GIST, and capstone project advising. The lecturer will contribute classes  (including 6 credits during the summer sessions) to the two departments, specifically to support and manage a new 1-year Professional Masters Degree in GIST. 

Additional responsibilities include management of the GIST graduate program, including advising students in the one-year professional Masters degree program; student recruiting on and off campus; maintaining student academic record files; interacting with the Graduate Registrar to manage degree requirements; and organizing and maintaining information on career opportunities for students. We expect the candidate to work closely with faculties in Geosciences and Environmental Conservation to build and coordinate campus– and web-based GIST programs.  The office for this position will reside in Morrill Building with the Geosciences.

Candidates must have a Master’s, a Ph.D. is preferred, in geography, geomatics, GIScience or other closely related field. Relevant professional experience in this field is required.  A candidate must demonstrate excellence in oral and written communications; teaching (university level is desirable); and interdisciplinary problem-solving.


The successful candidate will be creative and demonstrate a team-player attitude. S/he must have a commitment to collaboration between faculty, students, staff, and partners in industry and government. The successful candidate will serve, as do all other faculty, as a mentor to minorities and other underrepresented groups within the departments.  The University of Massachusetts Amherst places special emphases on faculty-student interaction and a commitment to teach and attract a diverse student body.

APPLICATION:  Earliest start date is September 1, 2016.  Review of applications will begin December 2, 2015.  The position will remain open until filled.  Applicants should submit curriculum vitae, statement of teaching goals, and the names, addresses and contact information of three references.  Materials must be submitted online to: http://ift.tt/1LIc8ei

Specific questions about this search can be directed to:

Co-Chairs Professor Qian Yu (qyu@geo.umass.edu) and Bethany Bradley (bbradley@eco.umass.edu).

The departments of Geosciences and Environmental Conservation host a multi-disciplinary group of faculty with nationally ranked programs Earth, Sustainability & the Environment Sciences. Our programs have an established culture of collegiality and collaboration between faculty, students, staff, industry, and government partners. We commonly teach interdisciplinary classes and share a fundamental commitment to student success.

UMass Amherst is part of the 5-College Consortium in the beautiful Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, with excellent social, cultural and recreational amenities in a town and rural setting. We are 2 hours from Boston, 3 hours from New York City, and 4.5 hours from Montreal.


The university is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body.  The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members.  Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual’s record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. We will also favorably consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic degree and career.

Isaac LarsenAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Geosciences611 North Pleasant Street238 Morrill Science Center IIUniversity of MassachusettsAmherst, MA 01003-9297ilarsen@umass.edu(413) 545-0538https://www.geo.umass.edu/people/isaac-larsen

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