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Environmental Studies: Assistant or Associate Teaching Professor in Geographical Information Systems (initial review date 10.16.23)

Position overview

Position title: Assistant or Associate Teaching Professor in Geographical Information Systems
Salary range: The salary range for this position; academic year (nine-month basis):

Assistant Teaching Professor $96,000 - $110,000.
Associate Teaching Professor $135,000 - $165,000
The posted UC salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and/or step at appointment. “Off-scale salaries” and other components of pay, i.e., a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions.
Percent time: Full-time (100%)
Anticipated start: July 1, 2024, with the academic year beginning in September 2024. Degree required at time of application.

Application Window

Open date: August 17, 2023

Most recent review date: Monday, Oct 16, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Sunday, Jun 30, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Department of Environmental Studies ( at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for an Assistant (Tenure Track) or Associate Teaching Professor (Tenured) in Geographic Information Science (GIS). This position will entail three key roles intended to support a growing geospatial program in the Department of Environmental Studies: 1) lead a newly-approved GIS Masters’ program; 2) teach undergraduate, graduate, and professional development courses in Geographic Information and Spatial Data Science; and 3) maintain Center for Integrated Spatial Research (CISR) facilities and support geospatial research in the department. We seek a scholar who will teach introductory and advanced academic courses at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional development level that will help students acquire, analyze, and visualize spatial data with a focus on techniques for solving complex geographic problems. The candidate should be qualified to teach some of the advanced courses in the curriculum which focus on geospatial software development, web mapping, enterprise spatial databases, 3D systems, drones and aerial technologies, field-based surveying systems, remote sensing, and geospatial server infrastructure and management. In addition, the candidate will develop and teach a variable number of non-academic, short-courses as part of the CISR professional development geospatial training program.

This position requires demonstrated excellence and pedagogical innovation in teaching introductory and advanced spatial mapping, analysis, and programming courses to a diverse student body. Prior experience administering an academic or non-academic training program and broad engagement with the professional environmental and geospatial community are considered highly desirable. The candidate should have a record of scholarly activity (commensurate with a teaching-focused position) in applying GIS to interdisciplinary environmental problem solving and/or in the learning sciences related to GIS and spatial analysis in environmental fields. We seek a candidate who can support teaching and research interests of the department in environmental policy and justice, conservation of natural resources, agroecology, climate change, and political ecology. We welcome candidates with experience in new approaches to participatory, decolonial, and reflexive mapping practices.

The candidate will have experience developing and maintaining complex geographic information solutions for a diverse array of end users. Preferred qualifications include: (1) experience in developing geospatial solutions including custom application development, automated geoprocessing workflows, server-based services in an ESRI environment, and use of Python, R, SQL, ArcGIS, and open-source GIS software to develop scalable geospatial solutions; (2) understanding of web-based application development and be able to validate experience with front end web programming languages; (3) expertise in the design and deployment of back end components including ArcGIS Enterprise, enterprise databases, geospatial web services, and Windows Server administration; and (4) experience fundraising to support GIS facilities and research.

UC Santa Cruz values diversity, equity, and inclusion and is committed to hiring faculty who will work to advance these values. UC Santa Cruz is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) with a high proportion of first-generation students. We welcome candidates who understand and actively work to remove the barriers facing historically underrepresented groups in higher education, and who can clearly demonstrate participation in equity and diversity advancement efforts with respect to teaching, mentoring, creative/professional activity, and service towards building an equitable and scholarly environment. Activities promoting equity and inclusion at UC Santa Cruz will be recognized as important university service during the faculty promotion process. More information can be found at:

The chosen candidate will be expected to sign a statement representing that they are not the subject of any ongoing investigation or disciplinary proceeding at their current academic institution or place of employment, nor have they in the past ten years been formally disciplined at any academic institution/place of employment. In the event the candidate cannot make this representation, they will be expected to disclose in writing to the hiring Dean the circumstances surrounding any formal discipline that they have received, as well as any current or ongoing investigation or disciplinary process of which they are the subject. (Note that discipline includes a negotiated settlement agreement to resolve a matter related to substantiated misconduct.)


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Ph.D. or equivalent foreign degree in a field such as (but not limited to) Geography, Ecology, Environmental Studies, Computer Science, or related fields and demonstrated experience in research and teaching.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter (1 page maximum) - Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position.

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Statement describing teaching philosophy and interests (2 pages maximum)**

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion** - Statement addressing your understanding of the barriers facing traditionally underrepresented groups and your past and/or future contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching and professional or public service. Candidates are urged to review guidelines on statements before preparing their application.

    ** Initial screening of applicants will be based only on the teaching statement and the statement on contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion**

  • Statement describing professional and/or scholarly activity, including pedagogical work and/or research (2 pages maximum).

  • Representative sets of teaching evaluations for courses taught recently - Please combine all evaluations into one PDF.

  • Sample course syllabi - Please combine all syllabi into one PDF

  • Copies of up to three publications - If submitting multiple publications, please combine into one PDF (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-4 required (contact information only)

Applicants must provide the names and contact information of their references (a minimum of 3 are required and a maximum of 4 will be accepted). The hiring unit will request confidential letters* from the references of those applicants who are under serious consideration. Please note that your references, or dossier service, will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit System.

*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at

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