Assistant Professor in Geography and Geographic Information Science
University of Illinois Urbana Champaign Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science
United States

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Environmental GIS and Geospatial Data Science Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science 

The Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science (GIS), in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, invites applications and nominations for a full-time 9-month (academic year) tenure-track Assistant Professor with research and teaching experience in Environmental GIS and Geospatial Data Science. We seek individuals with advanced expertise in data-intensive geospatial modeling and spatiotemporal analytics as well as subject-area expertise to complement existing department strengths in human and/or biophysical dimensions of environmental sustainability.

The Illinois College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is a world leader in research, teaching, and public engagement. Faculty in the College create knowledge, address critical societal needs through the transfer and application of knowledge, and prepare students for lives of impact in the state, nation, and globally. To meet these objectives, the College embraces and values diversity and difference through hiring faculty candidates who can contribute through their research, teaching, and/or service to the diversity and excellence of the Illinois community.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit

Our ideal candidate is expected to conduct theoretical and empirical work in GIS and geospatial data science. We are open to a range of application areas, including environmental justice, health disparities, urban studies, water resources science and policy, or any research focused on sustainable and resilient environmental systems. Teaching responsibilities include introductory and advanced undergraduate courses on GIS and geospatial data science, graduate seminars, and potentially an application course. The successful candidate is expected to teach effectively at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, establish and maintain an active and independent research program, and provide service to the Department, the University, and the profession. The candidate will have significant opportunities to develop collaborations with other departments and units across campus, such as the CyberGIS Center for Advanced Digital and Spatial Studies; Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment; National Center for Supercomputing Applications; and School of Earth, Society, and Environment. Women and people from underrepresented minority populations are especially encouraged to apply.


Applicants must have completed all requirements of a Ph.D. in geography, GIS, or a related field by mid-June for a preferred start date of August 16, 2022. Evidence of an active research agenda, solid teaching experience, and strong interpersonal and communication skills are required. Candidates who have demonstrated a commitment to working with students or faculty from groups historically marginalized or underrepresented in the field through teaching, mentoring, or administration are especially encouraged to apply.

Salary and Benefits

Salary is competitive, commensurate with skills and experience.  Information on benefits may be found at:
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Application Process

To apply, create your candidate profile through, directly apply to our position and upload your application materials: letter of application, CV, a representative publication, statement of teaching and research interests, and evidence of teaching effectiveness. The online application will require the contact information or Interfolio ID for three professional references. Referees will be contacted electronically by the Department 1-2 business days after the submission of the application. Only applications submitted through the University of Illinois Job Board will be considered. Search will remain open until the position is filled.  For full consideration, all required application materials must be submitted by October 11, 2021. For further information regarding application procedures or to submit nominations, you may contact the Search Committee at 

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Convictions are not a bar to employment. The University of Illinois must also comply with applicable federal export control laws and regulations and, as such, reserves the right to employ restricted party screening procedures for applicants.  As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment.

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