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University of Wisconsin–Madison

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University of Wisconsin–Madison



Apply now(opens in a new window) Job no: 244536-FA
Work type: Faculty-Full Time, Onsite
Location: Madison
Categories: Faculty

Job Summary:

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Geography is seeking to hire a Tenure-Track Director of GIS Professional Programs (GISPP; The Director will be hired as an Assistant Professor of Geographic Information Science & Technology (GIS&T) with a 9-month academic appointment, with an additional month of summer salary plus standard opportunities for summer salary, and will begin on or after August 2022. This position will follow UW-Madison's integrated model of research, teaching, and service, with demonstrated impact in GISPP leadership part of a successful tenure dossier. To facilitate orientation, the position will begin at the Associate Director level with reduced administrative and teaching responsibilities, with promotion to Director expected to occur approximately three years after initial hire. A Ph.D. in Geography, GIScience, or allied field is required at the time of appointment.

Strong candidates will have broad knowledge and technical skills in GIS&T, established and diverse professional networks, and a leadership vision for continued growth of the GIS Professional Programs. Candidate research can be from any area across GIS&T, including GIS, geocomputation, spatial analysis and modeling, cartography and geovisualization, and remote sensing. Programming skills and experience are preferred given the GISPP curricular emphasis on programming, geocomputing, and full stack development. We will support the candidate with a multi-year onboarding process and teaching load will be reduced relative to standard tenure-track appointments to balance leadership activities, with courses supporting both the professional and traditional undergraduate and graduate programs. We welcome candidates who can contribute to an inclusive environment, bring new perspectives on mentoring and educating students from diverse backgrounds, and value collegiality and collaboration.

Principal Duties: Leadership duties include curriculum planning and course maintenance, strategy and budget planning, staff supervision and performance review, and program advertisement and recruitment online and at industry and academic GIS conferences and events. Faculty duties include teaching graduate and undergraduate courses as well as mentoring students, conducting research, and service at a level consistent with career stage and leadership activities.

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion


A Ph.D. in Geography, GIScience, or allied field is required at the time of appointment.


Successful candidates will have a broad knowledge and technical skills in GIS&T, established and diverse professional networks, and a leadership vision for continued growth of the GIS Professional Programs.

Additional Information:

The Department of Geography at UW-Madison has been a top-ranked program for the last century and GISPP has quickly grown since its launch in 2016. The GISPP offers four technically-oriented degree programs, including a resident Accelerated MS in Cartography & GIS, an online MS in GIS Development and Web Map Programming, and two Graduate Certificates in GIS Fundamentals and Advanced GIS Programming. Research and teaching collaboration opportunities exist with GIS&T-facing units within the Geography Department, including the History of Cartography Project, the Robinson Map Library, the State Cartographer's Office, and the Cartography Lab.



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

This position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:


Anticipated Begin Date:

AUGUST 22, 2022


ACADEMIC (9 months)

How to Apply:

Applications are due on December 17, 2021. The position will remain open until filled, but applications arriving after the deadline cannot be guaranteed consideration. To apply for this position, visit and search for position 244536. Applications must be submitted electronically as a single PDF, which should include: 1) letter of interest, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) statement of research interests (1-2 pages), 4) pedagogical leadership statement that integrates across online, hybrid, and traditional teaching approaches (1-2 pages), 5) diversity and inclusion statement (1-2 pages; for examples of UW resources, see:, 6) up to three writing examples, 7) a portfolio of up to three recent GIS projects, if available, and 8) and the names and contact information of three references.

For further questions, please contact Departmental Administrator Jacqueline Wild ( or Search Committee Chair Jack Williams (


Jacqueline Wild
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

Official Title:

Assistant Professor(FA040)

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