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Assistant Professor - Geography and Environmental Studies (GIS)

Carleton University

Field of Specialization: Geographic Information Systems
Academic Unit: Geography and Environmental Studies
Category of Appointment: Preliminary (Tenure-Track)
Rank/Position Title: Assistant Professor
Start Date: July 1, 2020
Closing Date: January 6, 2020

About the Position:

The Department of Geography and Environmental Studies invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor appointment in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) beginning July 1, 2020. We are seeking a dynamic colleague to complement and expand our geomatics program with expertise in human geography applications of GIS such as urban geography, environmental sustainability, health geography, Indigenous geographies, critical race, social justice or community engaged methods.

Candidates must demonstrate the ability to develop and/or apply advanced GIS methods such as qualitative mixed methods GIS, participatory GIS, critical and/or feminist GIS, spatial statistics, interactive cartography, interoperable geospatial data management or geo-visualization within their research domain, and to teach and continuously adapt introductory to advanced level courses in GIS using state-of-the-art geospatial software tools and methods.

About the Academic Unit:

Carleton's Department of Geography and Environmental Studies (DGES) offers BA Environmental Studies; BA Geography, BSc Physical Geography; BA and BSc Geomatics; and Bachelor's in Globalization and International Studies. It also delivers MA, MSc and PhD programs in Geography and hosts Carleton's interdisciplinary Masters programs in Northern Studies. Applicants should consult for more information, and for Carleton's strategic interests.


Applicants must have a PhD in Geography or related discipline, with specialization in GIS, by the time of appointment; demonstrate their dedication to excellence in teaching and research; and show evidence of a strong or emerging program of research and scholarship in GIS as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications and active participation in relevant interdisciplinary scholarly debates. The successful applicant will be required to develop a research program with appropriate funding and resources to attract and support graduate students. They will develop and deliver innovative teaching at various levels in Geomatics. They will have specialized knowledge of geomatics research and related issues; expertise related to the themes in the position description or other themes they can successfully argue as being complementary to our existing strengths; capability to engage and inspire students in academic work; and strong inter-personal, communication and collaboration skills.

The successful candidate will join an active group of faculty members in Geography and Environmental Studies. The suggested application areas above were developed based on the theme of this position, but other interests will be considered provided the applicant can demonstrate complementarity with our existing strengths; similarly, we expect evidence of strong potential collaboration with existing faculty.

Application Instructions:

Applications for this appointment must be e-mailed as a PDF file with: 1) cover letter; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) a summary statement of research interests and experience, including explanation of how the candidate meets the qualifications listed above; 4) teaching portfolio including a description of the candidate's pedagogical approaches and evidence of teaching innovation, performance (including student evaluations if available), and other relevant experience; 5) up to three research publication reprints; and 6) contact details for three referees. Please name the PDF document using the following format: GISFacultyPosition_Last Name.pdf.

Please email your application to; questions can be directed to the Departmental Chair at that address, or by calling +1-613-520-2561. Applications received by January 6, 2020 will receive priority consideration, but the position will remain open until filled.

Please indicate in your application if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

About Carleton University:

Carleton University is a dynamic and innovative research and teaching institution with a national and international reputation as a leader in collaborative teaching and learning, research and governance. To learn more about our university and the City of Ottawa, please visit

Carleton University is committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our university including, but not limited to: women; visible minorities; First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples; persons with disabilities; and persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression. Carleton understands that career paths vary.  Legitimate career interruptions will in no way prejudice the assessment process and their impact will be carefully considered.

Applicants selected for an interview are asked to contact the Chair as soon as possible to discuss any accommodation requirements. Arrangements will be made in a timely manner.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. All positions are subject to budgetary approval.