Instructional Professor in Geographic Information Science at The University of Chicago

Posted in Other 9 days ago.

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Job Description:


The Division of Social Sciences at the University of Chicago invites applications for appointment as Instructional Professor (IP), at the rank of Assistant or Associate, in Geographic Information Science (GIS) and the College. Rank and term of appointment (from one to three years) are dependent on qualifications. This is a full-time, career-track teaching position. The initial two-year appointment will begin in Academic Year 2021-22 and is renewable with opportunity for promotion.

The IP will annually teach 6 quarter-long undergraduate classes, including one course in the Social Science Inquiry - Spatial Analysis core sequence and at least two courses in the current undergraduate GIS track. Other courses should deal with various aspects of GIS and spatial analysis, such as geocomputation, geovisualization, spatial data bases, spatial statistics and spatial optimization. The IP is also expected to maintain a high level of active engagement with the field of Geographic Information Science, including being an active member of the Center for Spatial Data Science (, in order to ensure the University of Chicago curriculum reflects the latest methodologies and new directions in research.

The IP will also be responsible for participating in co-curricular activities, advising undergraduate majors and other students on quarterly course selections, and advise undergraduate students on post-graduate opportunities. The IP will also be expected to write letters of recommendation for students going to market.


The position requires a PhD in Geography, Urban Planning, or a related discipline focusing on basic research questions in Geographic Information Science; the degree must be in-hand prior to the start date. Teaching experience with undergraduate courses is desired. The candidate's record must demonstrate potential to design and teach courses to undergraduate students at a selective research university. This position will be part of the Service Employees International Union.

Application Instructions

Applicants must apply online at the University of Chicago's Interfolio website at . Applications are required to include 1) a cover letter, 2) a current curriculum vitae, and 3) a teaching statement. In addition, as optional and if available, teaching evaluations from courses previously taught are strongly preferred, as well as syllabi from prior courses taught. Also, three letters of reference are required to be submitted online. The search committee will begin reviewing applications on March 1, 2021, and will continue to consider new applications until the position is filled or the search is closed.