Teaching Assistant Professor at UIUC

Job Details


The Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites applications for a Teaching Assistant Professor in Geographic Information Science (GIS) and Geospatial Data Science. This is a 9-month (paid over 12 months), full-time academic appointment (non-tenure track) at the rank of Teaching Assistant Professor, with opportunities for summer salary through online course instruction.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO. To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit http://www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu.


The successful applicant will join a world-class research and education environment for GIS and geospatial data science. Primary responsibilities will include developing and teaching classroom-based and online courses in GIS and geospatial data science. The position also involves serving as an advisor of GIS students, particularly students in the growing Professional Science Master’s in GIS program: https://psm.illinois.edu/gis. The opportunity to teach non-GIS courses also exists based on the hire’s expertise and departmental teaching needs.  Engagement in scholarly research, service to the department/college/university is expected.


This position requires experience in college- or university-level teaching. A Ph.D. in GIS, geography, or a closely related field is also required. Interest or experience in education research, curriculum development, current educational technologies, and a strong desire to create new and innovative course materials will enhance an application. Applicants must demonstrate the ability to make an instructional and curricular impact both within the Department and beyond, either through scholarly publications, invited talks, or other related activities involving their discipline, pedagogy and student interactions.

The successful applicant should possess: excellent interpersonal communication skills, a desire to interact with prospective students, excellent organization and time management skills, and demonstrated excellence in teaching and advising.


Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. The preferred start date is August 16, 2019.


Create your application through http://jobs.illinois.edu and upload PDF files of your cover letter, curriculum vitae, and statement of teaching philosophy. The online application will require information for three references. Applicants must also upload PDF files of the following:

  • Sample syllabi, assignments, and other teaching materials that provide evidence of the quality of your instruction so far, or of instruction that you hope to do.
  • A 1- to 3-page narrative that describes your current and/or future plan for contributing to scholarship that enhances the Department and University and makes an impact beyond the campus. Research discussed can be disciplinary, pedagogical, or both.
  • Copies of any published works completed.

Please contact Jill Randell at jrandell@illinois.edu if you have questions. In order to ensure full consideration, applications (in PDF format only) must be received by March 15, 2019. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

College Name or Administrative Unit: College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Category: Faculty

Title: College of Liberal Arts & Sciences: Teaching Assistant Professor – Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science (109854)

Open Date: 02/22/2019

Organization Name: Geography and Geographic InfoSci