Southwestern University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Geographic Information Science (GIS) to begin in Fall 2024. Candidates must have completed a Ph.D. in a relevant field by August 1, 2024. Successful candidates are expected to demonstrate (1) academic training in the current theory and methods as well as applications of environmental GIS (2) enthusiasm for developing courses suited to the liberal arts context that reflect inter/transdisciplinary approaches (3) a commitment to working closely with undergraduate students and mentoring undergraduate research and (4) a record of working towards inclusivity, equity, and diversity in their teaching and institutional service.

Potential research areas are open and the successful candidate will be housed and eventually considered for tenure in the department most appropriate for their scholarly profile. The position will be responsible for teaching introductory and upper level GIS courses that support the Environmental Studies major and minor as well as courses in the candidate’s area(s) of interest.

This position is a 9-month appointment. Southwestern University’s standard teaching load is five courses per academic year (3-2) along with departmental responsibilities, advising, and university service. Southwestern is committed to the teacher-scholar model; we seek candidates with a commitment to teaching undergraduates and pursuing scholarship in a liberal arts college that offers strong ongoing support for scholarly development, including robust pre- and post-tenure sabbatical programs, funding for conferences, opportunities for collaborative research, and low average class sizes.

Southwestern University is committed to recruiting candidates who both excel in teaching and research and can best serve our diverse student population. As of the Fall semester of 2022 semester, 36% of students enrolled at Southwestern were members of groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education and we are committed to further increasing and supporting the diversity of our students, faculty and curriculum. The University seeks candidates who have a demonstrated commitment to, and will take an active role in, enhancing diversity, inclusion, and equity across the University, including fostering a sense of community and belonging for students. In your application materials, please include specific and detailed information about how you have worked to enhance diversity and inclusion through your teaching practices, research, and/or service experiences within the college or university setting.

To apply, candidates should submit the following information by September 15, 2023, to Interfolio

  • a two-page cover letter that includes descriptions of 1) teaching experience and philosophy; 2) research expertise; 3) your work to enhance diversity and inclusion; and 4) your particular interest in working in a liberal arts college context characterized by small, conversation-driven classes and cross- and interdisciplinary thinking
  • a C.V.

Additional materials may be requested at later stages. Please direct any questions about this position to the chair of the committee, Joshua Long The search will remain open until the position is filled.

Southwestern University (Georgetown, Texas) is a selective undergraduate residential liberal arts institution located in the greater Austin area. Established in 1840, Southwestern enrolls approximately 1,500 students and maintains a student–faculty ratio of 11 to 1. The university provides a highly interdisciplinary and holistic education that values high-impact learning experiences, such as study abroad, internships, and faculty-student research. A member of the recently formed Liberal Arts Colleges Racial Equity Leadership Alliance, Southwestern is committed to fostering a diverse educational environment and encourages applications from members of groups traditionally underrepresented in academia. Additional information about the university can be found at our website:

Southwestern University is committed to inclusive excellence that provides access and support, enables participation, and removes barriers so that all people within our community are empowered and can thrive in a campus that is welcoming and validating. Inclusion is the deliberate effort to create an environment in which people from all backgrounds - including but not limited to people of color (race, ethnicity, nationality), sex, sexual identity, gender identity, age, physical and mental disabilities, socioeconomic status, religion, immigrants, and the intersection of these identities - are not only included but welcomed, valued, respected, considered, and supported within our community. People from marginalized (i.e., devalued) and/or minoritized (i.e, underrepresented) groups are heard, seen, respected and accepted in all aspects of our community.

In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, proof of authorization to work in the United States will be required at the time appointment begins. Sponsorship for an employment-based visa may be an option depending upon university needs and the applicant’s qualifications.

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