Assistant Professor of Practice, Texas Tech University

published Feb 24, 2022 2:28pm

Feb 24, 2022 - Mar 21, 2022


The Department of Geosciences at Texas Tech University is hiring a 9-month appointment, Professor of Practice to expand our current teaching capacity in Geographic Information Science & Technology (GIST). The successful candidate will work with faculty to teach and update undergraduate and graduate courses with lab components. We are especially interested in candidates with expertise and experience applying GIST to environmental applications. This is a benefits-eligible, full-time, non-tenure track appointment starting August 1, 2022. The position is renewable on an annual basis for a period of up to six years, after which the candidate is eligible for a continuing appointment. The appointment rank will be based upon the level of education and/or professional experience.

In the first year of appointment, responsibilities will include a two- and three-course teaching load with no more than three preparations, increasing to a three and three-course load in subsequent years. Teaching will include a new general education, non-lab, core curriculum course "Digital Earth", and additional courses as part of the GIST program selected in consultation with the department chair. The successful applicant might also have an opportunity to teach a course in their area of specialty.

Other responsibilities include coordination with department and university IT services to support GIS and remote sensing software in the teaching labs. Service duties include program-building, as well as commitment to extra-curricular activities. Service to the department, college, and university is expected.


1. Ph.D. (preferred) or Masters in geography, geospatial sciences, or a closely related field with specialization in GIS and geospatial applications.
2. Demonstrated experience in face-to-face college-level teaching.
3. Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations.
4. Extensive experience with current ESRI ArcGIS technologies using vector and raster formats that can include spatial modeling, geodatabase design and development, field data acquisition (GPS, drones), web mapping and geovisualization, and geospatial data science.

Preference will be given to applicants with strong communication skills including written, oral, and interpersonal.

The Department of Geosciences at Texas Tech University offers B.S., B.A., M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Atmospheric Science, Geology (with concentrations in Geophysics and Environmental Sciences), and Geography, and offers a Graduate Certificate in GIST. The University is a Carnegie Tier 1 Minority (Hispanic) Serving Institution (MSI), and we seek candidates who have an ongoing commitment to serving our diverse >40,000 student population. Applicants who demonstrate experience in mentoring and teaching minoritized students, and proactively seeking opportunities to engage with diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the geosciences, will be prioritized.

Special Instructions to Applicants

A complete application package will include (a) letter of application, (b) curriculum vitae, (c) two equally important statements: 1) a teaching statement that describes background and experience, a summary of courses that the applicant is qualified to teach, and a plan for excellence in teaching that recognizes the value of self-reflective professional development; and 2) a description of ongoing and expected future contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion and how research, teaching, mentoring and professional service may foster and advance DEI goals in the University and our communities. (d) if available, a summary of course evaluations from previous teaching responsibilities, and (e) contact information for three references.

These documents can be uploaded online using the requisition number 27197BR or via the quick link. Applicant review will begin on March 21, 2022. Questions should be emailed to Jeff Lee, Search Committee Chair: As an Equal Employment Opportunity Affirmative Action employer, Texas Tech University is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We actively encourage applications from all those who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community at Texas Tech University. The university welcomes applications from minoritized candidates, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and dual-career couples.