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University of Massachusetts Amherst Part-Time Lecturer - GIS Programming in Amherst, Massachusetts

Part-Time Lecturer - GIS Programming

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Work type: Faculty Part Time/Adjunct

Location: UMass Amherst

Department:Environmental Conservation


Categories: Temporary Non-Benefited, College of Natural Sciences

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Summary

The Department of Earth, Geographic, and Climate Sciences and the Department of Environmental Conservation together with the MS Geography – GIST program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst seek an instructor (25% time) forGIS Programmingfor the Spring Semester 2024. The instructor of this course will teach one combined section of this three-credit course (ECO 640), with in person flex instruction.

Essential Functions

  • Teach ECO 640 (3 credit) during the Spring 2024 semester.

  • This course will cover a number of programming methods and applications in GIS. Beginning in the (familiar) ArcGIS environment, this course will explore fundamentals of programming in Python while learning the Model Builder interface. By exploring basic automation methods of repetitive or complex tasks, this course will also introduce foundations of computer science and computational thinking. While gaining proficiency in Model Builder, this course will expand to other python scripting applications, both within ArcGIS and in other platforms. By exploring many applications of programming to advance GIS analysis and improve workflows, students will build a strong base of knowledge and capacity for future learning and flexibility with programming in GIS.

Other Functions

  • Work collaboratively and effectively to promote teamwork, diversity, equality and inclusiveness.

  • Work in partnership with colleagues within the CNS community and across the campus to support the Dean’s strategic priorities.

  • Perform other duties as assigned in support of the mission and goals of the College of Natural Sciences.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Master’s degree in Geography or a related field.

  • Experience with Python, ArcPy, and ArcGIS Pro.

Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Prior teaching experience.

Additional Information

This course meets twice per week, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 100p to 215p. The instructor for this course will be provided the most recent course materials used in the course for use and adaption as they see fit. The expected enrollment for the course is 30 students. The instructor will also have access to office space to hold office hours and, given adequate student demand, will be supported by one ten-hour per week graduate TA for grading and office hour support.

Work Schedule

  • Monday – Friday, 10 hours a week, 25% FTE.

Salary Information

  • Salary commensurate with experience.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Along with the application, please submit a resume/CV, a brief (400 word) statement of interest, contact information for three (3) professional references, and a Statement of Diversity (see below). Apply byNovember 20, 2024in order to ensure priority consideration. Search may remain open until a suitable candidate has been identified.

As part of a commitment to their own multicultural community, CNS seeks an individual with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and one who will understand and embrace university initiatives and aspirations. In addition to application materials above, candidates will need to submit a Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The Diversity Statement should identify past experiences and future goals. These contributions may result from lived experiences, scholarships, and/or mentoring, teaching, and outreach activities. (

The University is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual’s record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. We will also favorably consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic career and degree.

Advertised: Nov 1 2023 Eastern Daylight Time

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