Full-Time Lecturer (Geospatial Technologies)

University of Washington
Tacoma, WA, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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The Urban Studies program at the University of Washington Tacoma invites applications for a full-time 9-month position on a renewable 3-year contract that begins September 2019 (Autumn Quarter).  The successful candidate will have the capacity to act as the Geospatial Technology Coordinator for the Urban Studies Program and manage the range of GIS labs and technologies in the Urban Studies Program, including: two computing labs, laptops, tablets, mobile devices, GIS servers, and software maintenance and licensing.  It is expected that the successful candidate will collaborate with other Urban Studies faculty to continue to grow and maintain an undergraduate degree in GIS and Spatial Planning, a Certificate Program in GIS, and a graduate degree in Geospatial Technologies.  Additionally,the successful candidate will be expected to augment technical material with critical and real-world examples of GIS applications in urban and environmental planning scenarios.All UW faculty engage in teaching and service.

Established in 2001, the Urban Studies Program currently offers degrees leading to a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies, a Bachelor of Arts in Sustainable Urban Development, a Bachelor of Science in Urban Design, a Master of Arts in Community Planning, and a Master of Science in Geospatial Technologies, along with a certificate program in Geographic Information Systems. The Urban Studies Program currently enrolls approximately 140 undergraduate and graduate students and has 13 full-time faculty and lecturers.

One of three campuses of the University of Washington, UW Tacoma is an urban-serving university that shares the University of Washington’s commitment to high quality teaching and research and is committed to participating in the educational, cultural, and economic development of the South Puget Sound.  Located largely in renovated historical buildings in Tacoma’s downtown warehouse district, UW Tacoma serves a diverse population of South Puget Sound students. For more information about UW Tacoma, see our website at http://www.tacoma.washington.edu.


  • A graduate degree or foreign equivalent in geographic information systems (GIS)
  • Experience with GIS lab (software and hardware) management.
  • Extensive experience teaching a range of lab-based GIS courses, to include technical and applied introductory and advanced courses in geographic information systems using ESRI products.
  • Experience teaching to a diverse undergraduate population.

Application Instructions

Initial screening of applications will begin on January 15.  Applications should be submitted electronically through Interfolio Faculty Search.  Questions can be directed to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Matthew Kelley at or telephone (253) 692-4679.

  • A letter of application addressing qualifications and teaching activity. Applicants’ statements should specifically detail how their teaching and/or service has supported the success  of students from racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds that are underrepresented in their academic field;  applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience  should note how their work will  further UW Tacoma’s commitment to equity and inclusion.
  • A curriculum vita with a list of courses taught and dates of instruction.
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness to include, at a minimum, syllabi and summary of course evaluations.
  • Names and contact information of three references.