University of Washington Tacoma, Assistant Professor Urban Studies/GIS; review of applications begins 31 October 2013

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Reference: JOB36711
Application deadline: CLOSED

 The Urban Studies program at the University of Washington Tacoma invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor with a Ph.D. or foreign equivalent in an urban or planning-related field and expertise in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Candidates are expected to have an active research agenda that utilizes critical social theory. Research interests may include work related to disadvantaged or minority populations and associated urban social issues, environmental justice, transit equity, urban/environmental planning, or urban design. In addition to teaching courses in her or his area of expertise, the ability to teach introductory and advanced GIS courses is required. It is also expected that the successful candidate will have the capacity to develop courses incorporating two or more of the following: mobile app development, web-based GIS, location aware mobile computing, Python programming, remote sensing, spatial analysis and modeling, and data visualization. He/she will also collaborate with other Urban Studies faculty members to strengthen a new geospatial graduate program.

Established in 2001, the Urban Studies program currently offers degrees leading to a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Sustainable Urban Development along with a certificate program in Geographic Information Systems. The program currently enrolls approximately 85 majors and certification students and has approximately 12 faculty and lecturers.

One of three campuses of the University of Washington, UW Tacoma is an urban-serving university that shares the University of Washington’s commitment to high quality teaching and research and is committed to participating in the educational, cultural, and economic development of the South Puget Sound. Located largely in renovated historical buildings in Tacoma’s downtown warehouse district, UW Tacoma serves a diverse population of South Puget Sound students. For more information about UW Tacoma, see our website at
To apply, please email to the following materials:

  • Letter of application (addressing qualifications, teaching and research activity, and any mentorship of students from under-represented backgrounds)
  • Curriculum vita including list of courses taught
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness
  • Names and contact information of three references

Initial screening of applications will begin October 31, 2013 and continue until the position is filled. For additional information, please contact Dr. Ali Modarres at or (253) 692-5880.

Please submit your application materials to or mail them to:

Urban Studies GIS Faculty Search
University of Washington Tacoma
Campus Box 358437
1900 Commerce Street
Tacoma, WA 98402-3100

The University of Washington is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. The University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff and strongly encourages applications from women, racial/ethnic minority group members, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. UW Tacoma faculty engage in teaching, research, and service and generally participate in lower-division, upper-division, and graduate instruction.