Assistant/Associate Professor of Geography – GIS Science

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Position Information

Posting Number F529P
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Working Title Assistant/Associate Professor of Geography – GIS Science
Department Geosciences
About the University

Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas is a land grant institution, classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the nation’s top 2 percent of universities with the highest level of research activity. The University of Arkansas works to advance Arkansas and build a better world through education, research and outreach by providing transformational opportunities and skills, promoting an inclusive and diverse culture and climate, and nurturing creativity, discovery and the spread of new ideas and innovations. Ten colleges and schools serve more than 27,600 students with 200+ academic programs. U of A students earn nationally competitive awards at an impressive rate and represent all 50 states and 120 countries.

The University of Arkansas campus is located in Fayetteville, a welcoming community ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. The growing region surrounding Fayetteville is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies and one of the nation’s strongest economies. Northwest Arkansas is also quickly gaining a national reputation for its focus on the arts and overall quality of life. Arkansas is a natural wonder of forests, mountains and lakes framed by picturesque rivers and streams. Some of the best outdoor amenities and most spectacular hiking trails are a short drive from campus.

As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.

About the College/Department

About the College: The University of Arkansas is committed to providing an educational and work environment in which thought, creativity, and growth are stimulated, and in which individuals are free to realize their full potential. The J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences promotes these ideals and welcomes applicants who foster an inclusive environment through an open exchange of voices and ideas from populations of diverse backgrounds.
About the Department: The Department of Geosciences is an interdisciplinary program composed of 22 faculty in Geography and Geology offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees in geography and geology, and a Ph.D. in Geosciences ( The Department also participates in two interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs in Environmental Dynamics and Space and Planetary Sciences. The department is closely affiliated with the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST), Tree-Ring Laboratory, Arkansas Water Resources Center, and the University of Arkansas Stable Isotope Laboratory.

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Job Type Faculty
Faculty Status Tenure Track
Appointment Percent 100
Benefits Eligible Yes
Salary Commensurate with experience and education
Campus, Office Location Fayetteville Campus - G. David Gearhart Hall
Summary of Job Duties

The Department of Geosciences at University of Arkansas invites applications for a 9-month tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor of Geography – GIS Science with an anticipated start date of August 2020. Highly qualified applicants for Associate Professor with tenure will also be considered. We seek an outstanding individual with skills in geospatial data science and/or spatial data analytics, and  systematic expertise that supports some combination of the University’s three signature research areas ( ).

Systematic areas might include, for example, geospatial intelligence, augmented reality and holographic GIS, economic geography, transportation analysis and logistics, urban and rural design, medical geography, social networks and sharing economy, etc. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an independent, externally-funded research program and complement ongoing collaborative and interdisciplinary research in the Department of Geosciences and the University. Teaching duties may include introductory GIScience, geospatial computational tools, geodatabases, and/or upper division undergraduate or graduate courses in the candidate’s field of interest

Regular, reliable and non-disruptive attendance is an essential job duty, as is the ability to create and maintain collegial, harmonious working relationships with others.

Minimum Qualifications: Please ensure that all relevant application materials include details addressing the minimum qualifications. Applicants not meeting the minimum qualifications will be disqualified from consideration.
  • Doctoral degree in geography or a related discipline conferred by the start of employment
  • Demonstrated ability to teach at the senior/graduate level and additional graduate courses
  • Demonstrated ability to develop an independent, externally funded research program
Preferred Qualifications
  • Demonstrated publishing record in respected refereed journals and demonstrated funding capabilities
  • Previous experience/research that complements and enhances the existing research areas of the Department of Geosciences and affiliated centers and programs
Physical activities associated with this position

The following physical activities are associated with the position and will be performed with or without an accommodation. All individuals are encouraged to apply.


  • Balancing
  • Climbing
  • Crawling
  • Crouching
  • Driving
  • Feeling
  • Grasping
  • Kneeling
  • Lifting
  • Pulling
  • Pushing
  • Reaching
  • Stooping


  • Manipulate items with fingers, including keyboarding
  • Repetitive motion
  • Sitting
  • Standing
  • Talking
  • Walking


  • Hearing

Employee is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; and/or visual inspection at distances close to the eyes.

Types of Background Checks Required National criminal background and registered sex offender check
Pre-employment Screening Requirements

The University of Arkansas is committed to providing a safe campus community. We conduct background checks for applicants being considered for employment. Background checks include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check. For certain positions, there may also be a financial (credit) background check, a Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) check, and/or drug screening. Required checks are identified in the position listing. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

Posting Detail Information

Future Open Date
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Anticipated Start Date
Anticipated End Date
Recruitment Contact Information

Dr. Jason A. Tullis

All application materials must be uploaded to the U of A’s employment system at Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Special Instructions Summary

To be considered for the position, applicants must submit a cover letter/letter of application, a curriculum vita, a brief statement of research interests, a brief statement of teaching interests, and a list of three professional references (name, title, email address, and contact number) willing to provide letters of reference. Letters, if requested, should address the research and teaching experiences of the applicant. All applications must be submitted electronically at Questions regarding this position may be addressed to the search committee chair, Dr. Jason A. Tullis ( Completed applications received by October 12, 2019 will be assured full consideration. Late applications will be reviewed as necessary to fill the position.

Hiring Location 222 Administration Building Fayetteville, AR 72701.
EEO Statement

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The university welcomes applications without regard to race/color, sex, gender, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran or military status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law.  Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

Internal Posting No
Work Location Fayetteville, AR

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