One year visiting Assistant Professor in Geographic Information Systems

Swarthmore College invites applications for a one year visiting assisstant professor position in Geographic Information Systems for the 2014-2015 academic year.


Swarthmore College is seeking a person to teach the theory and practical applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to the joint Environmental Studies Program of the Tri-Colleges (Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore). This one-year visiting assistant professor position begins in fall 2014. A Ph.D. involving research related to environmental studies (specific discipline open) and a strong background in GIS are expected. The teaching load for the full-time position is four courses per year, two at Swarthmore and two at neighboring Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges. In addition, this person will organize a GIS workshop for faculty, as well has collaborate

with faculty and students on projects involving GIS. Alternatively, the teaching of the four courses and workshop could be shared among part-time appointments.



The position of visiting assistant professor is accorded similar status to that of tenure-track junior faculty at Swarthmore, with travel and research funding, a competitive starting salary, and excellent benefits. Swarthmore College is a highly selective liberal arts college located in the suburbs of Philadelphia, whose mission combines academic rigor with social responsibility. Swarthmore has a strong institutional commitment to excellence through diversity in its educational program and employment practices, and actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world.



Information about the Tri-Colleges Environmental Studies program can be found on the Environmental Studies websites of the three colleges:,, and



Candidates should submit a statement describing their teaching experience and possible teaching plans if they were to come to Swarthmore, and a separate statement describing their research (in terms non-experts can understand), including a description of their background in GIS. Candidates should also submit a CV and arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent separately. Application materials should be sent as email attachments to Review of applications will begin May 15, 2014, and continue until the position is filled.



Professor Peter J. Collings

Environment Studies/GIS Search

Department of Physics & Astronomy

Swarthmore College

500 College Avenue

Swarthmore, PA 19081

Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action

In keeping with Haverford College's long-standing policy of non-discrimination, the Board of Managers of Haverford College has established a program of affirmative action. The goal of this program is to attract and retain staff of high quality and diverse backgrounds and to do so without discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, age, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, national origin, citizenship, veteran status, or any other protected characteristic. In accordance with the Affirmative Action Policy, the College recruits persons in these protected categories as candidates for Haverford positions that become available. The results of the hiring process are reviewed regularly by the Affirmative Action Officer (AAO) to make certain these goals are being met.

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