Geography and the Environment Tenure-Track Assistant Professor

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Work type: Faculty Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Faculty
Division: Natural Sciences and Math

Position Summary

The Department of Geography and the Environment at the University of Denver is hiring a tenure-track assistant professor with research and teaching expertise in remote sensing. The specialty area within remote sensing is open. We seek a faculty member that would specifically contribute to our GIScience programs, as well as our programs in geography, environmental science, and sustainability, where applicable. The successful candidate will be expected to undertake an active program of research that leads to publication in peer-reviewed scholarly outlets and the pursuit of external funding. The successful candidate will also be expected to teach introductory and advanced remote sensing courses, as well as other courses of interest, and supervise MA, MS, and Ph.D. students and undergraduate research projects. This is a 9-month faculty position that begins September 1, 2024.

The University of Denver

Located where the Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains, the University of Denver embodies the spirit of exploration and discovery that defines our region and our history. DU is a private institution built on exploration through research and collaboration among educators, students, and local and global communities. With nationally recognized academic programs, a history of widespread influence, a forward-looking vision for a 21st-century education, and a deep commitment to promoting inclusion, we open a world of opportunity to students and empower them to make a difference around the world. Through learning, scholarship, and practice, students gain the experience, knowledge, and courage they need to tackle big challenges in the real world and guide diverse communities and organizations.

Colorado has over 30 federally funded science research centers, including National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL); U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and National Center of Atmospheric Research (NCAR). We are a consortium member of the Rocky Mountain Research Data Center (RMRDC), allowing access to nonpublic federal data for research in the spatial, environmental, and health sciences, as well as in economics and demography. The region also boasts a strong tech industry, including several geospatial companies such as ESRI and Maxar. Our department maintains working relationships with these local industries, providing faculty with research collaborations and many student internship opportunities.

The University of Denver recognizes that its success in being a great university dedicated to the public good depends greatly on how well it engages, supports, and champions the values of diversity, equity, inclusion and justice. As part of our intentionality in recruiting and retaining faculty from a wide variety of historically excluded intersecting identities, including those from communities of color, with diverse gender and sexual identities, first-generation college graduates, or with disabilities, new faculty will have the opportunity to choose to participate in a pilot University-wide initiative. This initiative will connect new colleagues in a cohort, building community across units with supportive programming led by the Office of the Vice Provost of Faculty Affairs in collaboration with the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and each faculty participant’s academic unit. To learn more about the University of Denver’s commitments and work in support of DEI and J, please visit: For more information about this program or if you have any questions, please email and/or visit

About the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

The college is home to five academic departments: Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Geography and the Environment, Mathematics, and Physics and Astronomy. The college offers over 30 degrees ranging from Bachelor of Arts to Doctor of Philosophy as well as having many active research labs funded through extramural sources. DU and the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics are strongly committed to a diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment of belonging for all. In alignment with this commitment and regardless of specialization, successful candidates will demonstrate the ability to integrate content, programming, processes, communication, and sentiments to build a welcoming community of learning for all, being conscious of individuals with historically minoritized identities. You can read more about DU’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion on the University’s website.

About the Department of Geography and the Environment

The Department of Geography & the Environment is a community of 17 faculty members, 75 graduate students, and over 300 undergraduate students. The department offers a PhD in geography, MA and MS degrees in geography and geographic information science (including an online MSGISc program), and undergraduate degrees in geography, environmental science, and geographic information science. In all areas of teaching, research, scholarship and service, the department is committed to the University’s vision of “a great private university dedicated to the public good.” We are dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. Visit the department website to learn more about the faculty, students, and degree programs.

Essential Functions

  • Teach introductory and advanced remote sensing courses.
  • Contribute additional courses in support of the undergraduate geography and environmental science programs, as well as graduate courses in area of specialization.
  • Supervise undergraduate research projects, MA, MS, and Ph.D. students.
  • Maintain an active research agenda.
  • Pursue external funding in support of research.
  • Contribute to department, college, or university service as appropriate.
  • Attend department faculty meetings, colloquia, and social gatherings.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Expertise in remote sensing.
  • Ability to teach introductory and advanced courses in remote sensing, other geospatial topics, and/or courses that complement the department’s areas of specialization.
  • Ability to deliver courses in person, with flexibility to pivot online if needed.
  • Ability to learn and use Canvas LMS for instructional purposes.
  • Ability to maintain an active research agenda, including publishing scholarship, attending conferences, making scholarly presentations, and pursuing research grants.

Required Qualifications

  • PhD in Geography, or closely related field at time of appointment
  • Expertise in Remote Sensing
  • Evidence of an active research program through publications and conference presentations with the potential for external funding
  • Ability to teach Introductory and Advanced Remote Sensing

Preferred Qualifications

  • Research and/or teaching expertise also in the areas of GIS
  • Experience in teaching university-level remote sensing courses
  • Teach other courses that contribute to our programs in geography, environmental science, and sustainability.

Working Environment

  1. Standard office environment.
  2. Unexpected interruptions occur often and stress level is moderate to high.
  3. Noise level is quiet to moderate.

Physical Activities

  1. Ability to sit in front of a computer for an extended period of time.
  2. Ability to sit or stand in front of a classroom for an extended period of time.
  3. Occasionally required to move about the office/campus with the capability of transporting objects up to 20 lbs.

Work Schedule

While the University's administrative offices are open Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, faculty schedules vary from term to term and are based on courses taught, service commitments, and research agendas. The University's academic calendars are posted on the registrar's website (the law school is on a semester system and has a different academic calendar).

Application Deadline

Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2023.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. For more information, please contact the search committee chair, Dr. Michael Keables (email: 

Salary Grade Number:

The salary grade for the position is UC.

Salary Range:

The salary range for this position is $80,000 - $85,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.


The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Research Statement
  4. Teaching Statement
  5. Any evidence of teaching experience and quality

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, religion, creed, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, military enlistment, or veteran status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the University's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; the Americans with Disabilities Act; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; Equal Pay Act; Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act; the Colorado Protecting Opportunities and Workers' Rights ("POWR") Act; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For more information, please see the University of Denver's Non‑Discrimination‑Statement.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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