Faculty Position: Assistant Professor in GIS, Cartography and Transformation

June 14, 2022


Tenure-track Position in GIS, Cartography and Transformation


The Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in GIS, Cartography and Transformation.


The successful candidate will use and advance theories, methods, and technologies in cartography, GIS, spatial analysis, or geographical computing to address theoretical and empirical insights from other areas of geography. We are particularly interested in applicants whose work in GIS and cartography intersect with one or more of emerging and long-term strengths in our department, including the study of climate change, climate justice, political ecology, urban geography, migration, feminist and Black geographies, political economy, Indigenous geographies, socio-spatial inequality, physical geography, health geography, and environmental sustainability.


Applicants are expected to have a record of or demonstrated potential for research excellence and an ability to initiate and maintain an outstanding externally funded research programme; to contribute both to teaching and curriculum development including both to the GIS/Geographical Computing minor and to other undergraduate programmes in Geography; and to further the department’s ongoing efforts to foster diversity, equity and inclusion, to decolonize our curriculum, and to align it with UBC’s Indigenous Strategic Plan.  Furthermore, a demonstrated commitment or strong potential to engage in community-led and/or community-based research and learning is highly desirable. Applicants should understand that maps and map-making have been used as instruments of dispossession and oppression. Consequently, applicants should commit to the use of GIS and Cartography for just futures and transformations.


Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


The anticipated start date for this position is July 1, 2023. The closing date for applications is 15th September, 2022. Applicants must have a Ph.D. (or provide solid indication of imminent completion) in geography or a related field.


Applications are to be submitted via this online form: https://geog.air.arts.ubc.ca/position-000123606/


Applicants should be prepared to upload by the closing deadline of the 15th September, 2022 in the following order and in a single PDF (maximum size 15 MB):

  • a letter of application;
  • a curriculum vitae that lists the names and contact information of three referees;
  • separate statements of research (up to two pages) and teaching interests (up to one page), merged into one file;
  • statement (up to one page) identifying your past contributions to equity, diversity and inclusion, along with your ability to work with a culturally diverse student body; as well as your philosophy of, and potential future contributions to equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging at UBC. If appropriate, provide details of how your teaching, service and/or scholarship has supported the success of students in your academic field who are underrepresented or marginalized, including but not limited to on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. Applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should note how their work will further UBC’s commitment to diversity.
  • no more than one scholarly product in an appropriate digital medium;
  • evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g. sample syllabi, peer reviews of teaching, teaching evaluations).

Only complete applications will be considered by the search committee. Questions may be directed to the chair of the search committee: Dr. Trevor Barnes, tbarnes@geog.ubc.ca


This position is subject to final budgetary approval. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. For more information about our department, go to: http://www.geog.ubc.ca/


Given the uncertainty caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, applicants must be prepared to conduct interviews remotely if circumstances require. A successful applicant may be asked to consider an offer containing a deadline without having been able to make an in-person visit to campus if travel and other restrictions are still in place.