Assistant Professor in Geographic Information Systems and Geospatial Analysis

Position Details

Position Information

Announcement Number FAC - VA - 18028
For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Mary Hubbard, Department Head and Professor
(406) 994-6906
mary.hubbard@montana.edu

Classification Title
Working Title Assistant Professor in Geographic Information Systems and Geospatial Analysis
Brief Position Overview

The Department of Earth Sciences at Montana State University invites applications for the position of tenure-track Assistant Professor of Geographic Information Systems and Geospatial Analysis. We seek an active researcher and teacher in the broad area of geospatial analysis and modelling who can contribute to our Earth Sciences program in areas of Geoscience and / or social-environmental systems.

Faculty Tenure Track Yes
Faculty Rank Assistant Professor
Position Number TBD
Department Earth Sciences
Division College of Letters & Science
Appointment Type Faculty
Contract Term Academic Year
Semester
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FLSA Exempt
Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining
FTE 1.0
Benefits Eligible Eligible
Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications.
Contract Type MUS
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Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

The Department of Earth Sciences at Montana State University invites
applications for the position of tenure-track Assistant Professor with expertise in Geographic Information Systems and Geospatial Analysis. We seek an active researcher and teacher in the area geospatial analysis and modelling who can contribute to our earth sciences program in areas of geoscience and/or social-environmental systems. We seek someone who can contribute to interdisciplinary research initiatives, has demonstrated geospatial analytical skills, working with large data sets, Geographic Information Systems and associated quantitative methods, and is eager to build a nationally competitive research and teaching program that supports undergraduate/graduate education in Earth Sciences education and will participate in the development of a Professional Science Master’s Degree program in GIS. The successful candidate will be expected to teach courses that may include, Intro or Advanced GIS, Geo-visualization, Geospatial analytics, and upper-division/graduate courses in their specialty area and contribute to doctoral training. The Department strives to maintain a rich and diverse faculty group, and women and underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply.

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Teach lower-division introductory courses, upper-division and graduate
    courses in areas of GIS, geospatial analytics and geo-visualization.
  • Maintain an active research program leading to publication in peer-reviewed journals and other venues.
  • Advise undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Participate on department, college, and university committees as appropriate.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. Ph.D. in geography, earth/environmental sciences, or GIS.
  2. Potential to teach effective upper-level courses related to GIS and geospatial analysis.
  3. Potential to publish high-quality, original research and build a nationally-recognized, externally-funded research program.
  4. Potential for excellence in graduate instruction and mentoring.
Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. Evidence of research focused both in the western U.S. and internationally.
  2. Demonstrated research experience in GIS in Earth Sciences as evidenced by a record of publication and external funding.
  3. Evidence of successful collaboration in interdisciplinary teams and participation in a department of diverse scholars.
  4. Background and capability to teach Python in GIS.
  5. Evidence of effective teaching of large lower-division classes, including use of new technologies.
  6. Evidence of successful engagement with diverse audiences within and outside the University environment.
The Successful Candidate Will

Be a dynamic researcher and educator who will:

  • Help MSU continue to provide outstanding research, teaching and service.
  • Have effective interpersonal skills including the ability to collaborate successfully with diverse faculty, staff, and students.
  • Have superior written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrate an ability to work in interdisciplinary teams and contribute to a diverse environmental faculty.
  • Demonstrate strong oral and written skills necessary to communicate with diverse audiences.
  • Demonstrate the potential to foster and support student and faculty diversity.
  • Demonstrate commitment to supporting, promoting, and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment.
Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

Normal classroom environment.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

The Program
The Department

We are excited to offer strength across the field of Earth System Science with special attention to areas that take advantage of our unique mountain setting in Bozeman, Montana. Our faculty includes 13 full-time earth scientists, geologists, and geographers and our student body includes about 50 graduate students and over 230 undergraduate majors. A complementary staff of roughly 20 adjuncts, research professors, affiliates, and support personnel are an invaluable asset to our departmental community for learning, discover, and engagement. We are proud to offer degrees at the Bachelors, Masters, and PhD levels.

Our department takes the Montana State University tagline “Mountains and Minds” quite literally. Our faculty, staff, and students use their minds for learning and discovery in the scenic and rugged mountains of southwest Montana, as well as in mountainous areas and rural landscapes around the nation and worldwide. Earth Sciences students have many opportunities to participate in field trips that facilitate the study of earth processes, earth resources, earth history, and environments that people have modified. We invite applicants to further explore the opportunities to engage with our programs.

The College

The College of Letters & Science, the largest center for learning, teaching and research at Montana State University, offers students an excellent liberal arts education in nearly 50 majors and 25 minors. Within the four areas of the humanities, sciences, mathematics and social sciences, the college prepares students to respond to the complexities of the world and the rapid expansion of human knowledge. Students learn to think critically, solve problems, communicate clearly, understand various disciplines and cultures, and develop the engagement that will make them life-long learners and leaders.

Building on the great strength of our traditional disciplines, the college provides exciting opportunities for faculty and students at the cutting edge of interdisciplinary inquiry. L&S is dedicated to supporting student success, discovering and disseminating new knowledge, and providing an atmosphere in which discovery and learning are integrated and valued. L&S is at the confluence of intellectual tradition, discovery, and innovation.

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1
Desired Start Date August 16, 2018
Position End Date (if temporary)
Open Date
Close Date
Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on October 23, 2017; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

In order to be considered for this position, please upload the following:

  1. Cover Letter addressing Each of the Required and Preferred Qualifications
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Teaching Statement (max 2 pages)
  4. Research Statement (max 2 pages)
  5. A portfolio of maps and visualizations generated in GIS (max 5 products)
Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, gender, age, political beliefs, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation or preference. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; recruitment@montana.edu .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: www2.montana.edu/policy/affirmative_action/ .

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter addressing Each of the Required and Preferred Qualifications
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Teaching Statement
  4. Research Statement
  5. Other - Please see Special Instructions Summary
Optional Documents

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