University of Connecticut, Geography

Position ID:UConn-Geography-2020174 [#14798, 493525]
Position Title: Assistant Professor in Geographic Information Science
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Storrs, Connecticut 06269, United States [map]
Subject Area: Geography / GIS
Appl Deadline: (posted 2019/09/24, listed until 2020/03/24)
Position Description:    

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The Department of Geography at the University of Connecticut, Storrs seeks an outstanding scholar to fill a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in Geographic Information Science (GIScience) with an expected start date of August 2020. We are seeking a spatial data scientist with interests in, but not limited to, big data analytics, Geovisualization, spatial analytics and modeling, or remote sensing. We particularly welcome applicants who are able to strengthen the department's existing research cluster of Geographic Information Science and Systems and complement other clusters of Spatial Analysis of Social Issues, Earth System Science, and Human-Environment Dynamics by critically applying GIScience methods to fields of study such as climate, public health, urban informatics, transportation, and risk assessment. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to teach intermediate and advanced courses in GIScience such as Geovisualization, Cartography, WebGIS, GIS programming, GIS applications, data mining, big data analytics, and other courses in their area of specialization.

The University of Connecticut offers excellent opportunities and resources such as high performance computing ( for interdisciplinary collaborative research with the School of  Engineering, Department of Statistics, College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources, School of Business, Digital Humanities and Media Studies, Center for Environmental Science and Engineering, and Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy.


The successful candidate will be expected to establish and maintain a strong program of research and publication in GIScience and to develop a robust, externally funded research portfolio that advances the candidate's research as well as the mission of the Department of Geography. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in GIScience and take an active role in bringing currency and creativity to the development of the curriculum. The successful candidate will also be expected to mentor graduate and undergraduate students, participate in outreach activities, and contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University.


The successful candidate will have a PhD in Geography or a related discipline by August 23, 2020; a proven record of excellence in teaching; demonstrated potential in establishing a successful research and scholarship program related to spatial data science; and a deep commitment to promoting diversity in academic and research programs.


We are especially interested in candidates who can build upon excellence of our existing faculty and research clusters, while extending our collaborative reach across the university’s big data initiatives. More details on the research clusters can be found at


This is a full-time 9-month tenure-track position. The successful candidate’s appointment will be at the Storrs campus. Salary is competitive based on experience and qualifications.


Select “Apply Now” to be redirected to Academic Jobs Online to complete your application. Please submit a curriculum vitae, letter of application, statement of research and teaching interests, and three samples of publications. Follow the instructions in Academic Jobs Online to direct three reference writers to submit letters of reference on your behalf. For questions, please contact Anji Seth ( and/or Chuanrong (Cindy) Zhang at Review of applications will begin November 1, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

For more information regarding the Department of Geography please visit the department website at

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search #2020174)

This position will be filled subject to budgetary approval.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics, which may be found at

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

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Further Info:
Department of Geography
Austin Building, rm 422
215 Glenbrook Road, U-4148
Storrs, CT 06269-4148

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