Assistant Professor of Geosciences: Geographic Information Sciences

Department of Geosciences

Position Summary 

This is a full-time, nine-month, tenure-track position in the Department of Geosciences to begin in late August 2023. The primary responsibility of this position is to teach undergraduate courses in Geographic Information Science (GIS), with secondary responsibilities that include supervising/mentoring student research projects and supporting the curriculum of our Certificate Program in GIS. 

Minimum Qualifications 

  • Completed Ph.D. by late August, 2023 in Physical Geography, Geoscience, Environmental Science, Geographic Information Systems/Science, or a closely-related discipline 
  • Experience and competence with modern geospatial software, particularly ESRI’s ArcGIS software (ArcGIS Pro and ArcMap) 
  • Experience using geospatial technologies as applied to the physical and natural sciences 
  • Ability to teach introductory- and advanced-level GIS, programming, and remote sensing courses 
  • Experience and strong interest in teaching and mentoring undergraduate students 
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities 


Preferred Qualifications 

  • A research specialization in climate science, broadly defined (including, but not limited to, climate change, paleoclimate, or the cryosphere) 
  • Experience in field-based geospatial data collection with applicability in the Southwestern US 
  • Competency in alternative or open-source software/programming languages for spatial data analysis (e.g.., QGIS, GRASS, Python, R, etc.) 

Major Responsibilities 


  • Teach at the undergraduate level with a teaching load of 12 credit hours per academic year 
  • Demonstrate a focus on teaching at the undergraduate level, including courses such as Introduction to GIS, Intermediate/Advanced GIS, Programming/Web Mapping, and Remote Sensing 
  • Supervise and mentor independent study projects and internships within the GIS Certificate Program and more broadly within the Geosciences Department 
  • Advise students regarding future career and academic opportunities 
  • Be active in collaborative scholarship (traditional or in relation to teaching) with undergraduate students and professional colleagues 
  • Participate in departmental and college-wide governance and professional service 
  • Maintain knowledge and awareness of digital accessibility including the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 508 
  • Produce and remediate digitally accessible materials in accordance with FLC standards 
  • Perform other duties as assigned 



Work Conditions 

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that an employee can expect while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

  • Moderate noise (i.e. business office with computers, phone, and printers, light traffic) 
  • Ability to sit at a computer terminal for an extended period of time 
  • Ability to maintain a teaching environment, both in the classroom and in a computer lab, that is efficient and organized 


The salary is $57,500 plus a comprehensive benefits package. The anticipated start date is in August 2023.   

Application Process 
A complete application packet includes: 

  • Cover letter addressing interest and qualifications for the position 
    • Include details regarding how your personal and professional experiences allow you to encourage a learning environment grounded in equity and inclusion.  “How do you envision contributing to Fort Lewis College’s commitment to equity and inclusion?” 
  • Resume 
  • Names and contact information for three current, professional references 

Submit materials as one PDF file via email to: 

Application materials received by October 16, 2022, will receive full consideration. The position will remain open until filled. 

The successful candidate will be required to submit original, official college transcripts,  and pass a background check. 

The College and the Community

Fort Lewis College, a public institution located in Durango, Colorado, offers degree programs in arts, business, education, health fields, humanities, social and natural sciences, and teacher education. Our inspiring mountain campus is located atop a scenic mesa overlooking historic Durango and situated between the San Juan Mountains and the desert Southwest. We are committed to accessible and high-quality baccalaureate education, and our hallmarks are remarkably close relationships between students and faculty, the freedom of intellectual exploration, and the challenge of experiential learning. Our 3,300 students come from 48 states, 17 countries, with 36% Native American and Alaska Native backgrounds, and 11% Hispanic backgrounds. Durango is a thriving multicultural community of 18,500 set along the beautiful Animas River Valley. Averaging 300 sunny days per year, the community is known for its outdoor lifestyle and friendly, festive atmosphere. Durango is also the cultural and economic hub of the Four Corners region, rich in dining, shopping, and entertainment, and linked with airline service to hubs in Denver, Phoenix, and Dallas.

Equal Opportunity

Fort Lewis College does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin, sex*, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, family or domestic status, political beliefs, veteran status, pregnancy, or genetic information. Accordingly, equal opportunity for employment shall be extended to all persons. The College shall promote equal opportunity, equal treatment, and affirmative action efforts to increase the diversity of students, faculty, and staff. The College is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. To file a report, get resources, read policies, or make an appointment, See

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ADAA Accommodations

Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact Kristin Polens by phone 970-247-7459 or email at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.