The Department of Geomatics at the University of Alaska Anchorage invites applicants for a full-time tenure-track position in Geomatics. The primary duty of this position is full-time teaching in the ABET-accredited four-year degree Bachelor of Science in Geomatics, in the two-year Associate of Applied Science, as well as in Minor in GIS. Courses may include, but are not limited to, undergraduate Geomatics courses, including the fundamentals of surveying, advanced surveying, GPS, GIS, geodesy, mapping and map projections, boundary law, adjustment theory and practice, hydrographic surveying, geomatics computations, computer-aided drafting. The position may include a research component depending on the background of the successful applicant.
The University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) is the largest of three universities in the University of Alaska system, serving nearly 20,000 students. Anchorage, the largest city in Alaska, with an ethnically diverse population of 290,000, offers a lively intellectual and cultural life, including opera, symphony, theater, art events, and a variety of restaurants. Set between snow-capped peaks of the Chugach Mountains and the ocean waters of Cook Inlet, the city offers ready access to state and national forests and parks, year-round outdoor recreation, and unsurpassed natural beauty. While located in Alaska, Anchorage enjoys a moderate climate with snowy but mild winters and pleasantly warm summers.
Within the University of Alaska Anchorage's College of Engineering, the BS Geomatics Program is accredited by Applied Science Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc. The department offers a comprehensive set of surveying, mapping, photogrammetry, geodesy, GPS, LiDAR, Remote Sensing, and GIS courses. Faculty in the program range from practicing land surveyors to researchers involved in a wide variety of geospatial, engineering, and natural resource studies. The Department strongly promotes respectful working environment and collegiality.
The Department of Geomatics invites applicants for a full-time tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor position in Geomatics. The position is open to either surveying practitioners with extensive documented professional experience or applicants with strong research experience in Geomatics. The primary duty of this position is full-time teaching in the Geomatics department in the ABET accredited four-year Bachelor of Science degree in Geomatics, as well as for the two-year Associate of Applied Science in Geomatics, and Minor in GIS.
If the successful applicant is hired based on extensive surveying experience, they must possess a valid Professional Surveyor License and will be required to obtain registration as a Professional Land Surveyor in Alaska during the first four years of employment. If the successful applicant is hired based on research experience, they will be required to carry out scientific research in the area of incumbent’s expertise as well as participate in the Department, College, and University research projects.
The appointment is expected to begin in August 2019. Applicants must be legally authorized for unrestricted employment in the United States.
The College of Engineering endeavors to strengthen partnerships with our diverse communities to lead sustainable improvements to social, economic, and environmental conditions. Within a collegial and innovative atmosphere, we encourage research that is a catalyst for improving Alaska and the world. Our focus areas of distinction are Energy, Arctic, and Health. We value Innovation, Collaboration, and Excellence.
Knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this position
The successful candidate must have demonstrated recent successful teaching experience in Geomatics, or potential for successful teaching at the University level, as well as excellent demonstrated English language communication skills both oral and written.
The successful candidate must have the ability to work effectively and collegially with faculty, staff, students and members of the wider community from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Typical education or training required for this position (including licenses).
The successful candidate must hold an undergraduate degree in Surveying, Geomatics or closely related area. A completed M.S. is preferred for surveying practitioners with extensive documented experience; all other applicants must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent research doctorate (ABD for research doctorate degree is accepted at the time of application. Completed and confirmed Ph.D. is required at the time of hire). The graduate degree must be in Geomatics, Surveying, or a closely related area.
Successful applicants must provide official transcripts documenting the academic credentials required for the position as a condition of employment. Qualifying earned degrees must be conferred either by institutions of higher education which are accredited by one of the six US regional accrediting associations or by an equivalent international institution of higher education as determined by UAA based on a review by a foreign educational credential evaluation service and recognized by UAA.
Length of time and type of experience required for this position.
Criteria, specific to the type of applicant’s background, are outlined below.
Surveying practitioners: minimum seven years of progressive and varying successful professional work in private industry or government; Professional Land Surveyor licensure or Professional Certificate in Photogrammetry, GIS, or Geomatics-related areas.
Applicants with research background: a proven record of funded research and publications in peer-reviewed journals in Surveying, Geomatics, Geospatial Science, or closely related areas.
Preferred knowledge, skills or abilities for this position.
Preference will be given to candidates who show evidence of:
- Demonstrated substantial expertise in one or more of the following areas: land surveying, surveying-grade GPS, geodesy, spatial data adjustment, geo-computations, cadastral surveying, boundary law, and hydrographic surveying;
- Demonstrated professional growth and development;
- Demonstrated record of presentations at professional and technical conferences;
- Demonstrated record of instruction given at professional and technical workshops, professional development courses, etc.;
- Knowledge of Alaska's physical and cultural issues, as well as its unique patchwork of land resources, issues, law, jurisdictions, statutes, and policies;
- A background in and/or understanding of ABET accreditation;
- Experience in outreach to K-12 students and teachers.
Additional preferences specific to the type of applicant’s background are outlined below.
- Earned M.S. Degree or equivalent in a Geomatics related discipline;
- Professional licensure or certification as a Professional Land Surveyor in Alaska;
- Field experience surveying in the US PLSS in Alaska or elsewhere.
Applicants with research background:
- Professional field or office experience with land or hydrographic surveying data collection and processing (in industry or government);
- Demonstrated record of publications in peer-reviewed journals in Surveying, Geomatics, Geospatial Science, or closely related areas;
- Proven record in obtaining research grants in Surveying, Geomatics, Geospatial Science, and related areas (from university, industry, agencies, and national foundations);
- Demonstrated success in managing research teams (including graduate and undergraduate students).
Special instructions to applicants
Please submit the following required documents through the official UA Jobs employment website at http://careers.alaska.edu:
- A cover letter, explicitly stating the type of background (surveying practitioner or Geomatics research);
- Resume or detailed Curriculum Vitae, containing educational preparation, work experience, research, and publications;
- Academic Transcripts (Copies are acceptable for application. The originals will be required at the time of hire);
- Teaching philosophy statement (2 pages max);
- Research statement (only required for applicants with research background, 2 pages max);
- Diversity statement (2 pages max)
- The names, email addresses and telephone numbers of four professional references (Three letters of reference will be required for short-listed candidates).
Optional applicant documents:
Supplemental Document (1)
Supplemental Document (2)
Supplemental Document (3)
For further information, contact Gennady Gienko, Chair, at 907-786-1919 or email@example.com
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