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Assistant Professor of Geographic Information Systems, University of Kansas
Posted on October 2nd, 2014

Assistant Professor of Geographic Information Systems, University of Kansas
The Department of Geography at the University of Kansas invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The successful candidate should have a research focus in one or more of the following areas: geovisualization and visual analytics, spatial statistics and modeling, spatial optimization and algorithm development, or data mining and machine learning. The candidate also should be able to apply computational methods to one or more of the following areas of study: transportation and urban planning, population and public health/safety, social networks, and human-environment interactions. The candidate should be prepared to participate and develop research clusters in accordance with campus-wide strategic initiatives and to participate and develop new interdisciplinary degrees and certificate programs in GIS. The faculty member is expected to develop a successful, externally funded research program, and write and publish in the specialty of GIS; develop and teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels; serve on graduate student committees, direct theses and dissertations, and perform advising responsibilities; and serve on Departmental, College, and University committees.
The Geography department has M.A., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees and an Atmospheric Science program that has its own B.S. and M.S. degrees. The department has a Cartography Lab and several state-of-the-art computer labs for teaching and research. The department also maintains collaborations with other departments and KU research units such as the Kansas Biological Survey, Kansas Geological Survey, Biodiversity Institute, Center for Global & International Studies, Center for Transportation Research, and Information and Telecommunication Center. Refer to for additional information about the department and the University of Kansas.
Appointment is expected to begin as early as August 18, 2015. Ph.D. in Geography or a related discipline is expected by the start date.  Additional qualifications include:  (1) demonstrated preparation to teach beginning and advanced courses in GIS; (2) demonstrated ability to work in interdisciplinary and collaborative environments; and (3) demonstrated potential for excellence in research. 
For a complete description and to apply on-line go to or and search openings by keyword [GIS]. A complete application will include a letter of application, statements of research and teaching interests, a curriculum vitae, and the full names and contact information for three references. For further information please contact Xingong Li, Department of Geography, 213 Lindley Hall, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 66045 (tel: 1-785-864-5545 fax: 1-785-864-5378, e-mail:  Initial review of applications will begin December 1, 2014, and will continue as long as needed to identify a qualified pool. The University of Kansas is especially interested in hiring faculty members who can contribute to the climate of diversity in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, including a diversity of scholarly approaches, and four key campus-wide strategic initiatives: (1) Sustaining the Planet, Powering the World; (2) Promoting Well-Being, Finding Cures; (3) Building Communities, Expanding Opportunities; and (4) Harnessing Information, Multiplying Knowledge.  For more information see
The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, retaliation, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University’s programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies and is the University’s Title IX Coordinator: the Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access,, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785) 864-6414, 711 TTY.

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