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Assistant Professor of Geosciences: Geographic Information Sciences

Job Details

This is a full-time, nine-month, tenure-track position in the Department of Geosciences at Fort Lewis College to begin in late August 2023. The primary responsibility of this position is to teach undergraduate courses in Geographic Information Science (GIS), with secondary responsibilities that include supervising/mentoring student research projects and supporting the curriculum of our Certificate Program in GIS.

Major Responsibilities

  • Teach at the undergraduate level with a teaching load of 12 credit hours per academic year
  • Demonstrate a focus on teaching at the undergraduate level, including courses such as Introduction to GIS, Intermediate/Advanced GIS, Programming/Web Mapping, and Remote Sensing 
  • Supervise and mentor independent study projects and internships within the GIS Certificate Program and more broadly within the Geosciences Department 
  • Advise students regarding future career and academic opportunities 
  • Be active in collaborative scholarship (traditional or in relation to teaching) with undergraduate students and professional colleagues 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Completed Ph.D. by late August, 2023 in Physical Geography, Geoscience, Environmental Science, Geographic Information Systems/Science, or a closely-related discipline
  • Experience and competence with modern geospatial software, particularly ESRI’s ArcGIS software (ArcGIS Pro and 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 undergraduate students
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities 

Preferred Qualifications

  • We are particularly interested in candidates with a research specialization in climate science, broadly defined (including, but not limed to climate change, the cryosphere, and/or extreme events), but we welcome applications from all candidates with backgrounds relevant to our Department
  • Experience in field-based geospatial data collection with applicability in the Southwestern US
  • Competency in alternative or open-source software/programming languages for spatial data analysis (e.g.., QGIS, GRASS, Python, R, etc.) 
  • Participate in departmental and college-wide governance and professional service 
  • Maintain knowledge and awareness of digital accessibility including the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 508 
  • Produce and remediate digitally accessible materials in accordance with FLC standards


The salary is $54,000 plus a comprehensive benefits package. The anticipated start date is in August 2023.   

Application Process

The full position announcement and application instructions are available here. A complete application package includes:

  • Cover letter addressing interest and qualifications for position
    • Include details regarding how your personal and professional experiences allow you to encourage a learning environment grounded in equity and inclusion.
  • Resume/CV
  • Names and contact information for three current, professional references

Application materials received by October 16, 2022, will receive full consideration. The position will remain open until filled. The successful candidate will be required to submit original, official college transcripts, and pass a background check.


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 3,300 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.

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